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Best Trainer Kite?

Postby stryker » Thu Aug 03, 2006 9:53 pm

I have a 3.5m Bullet with a bar and it has done well for me to learn on and I've also used it for landboarding and snow kiting.
I have a friend looking to get one but I can't even recommend mine since they no longer make the 3.5m.

Any suggestions on other brands or types?

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Postby BizB » Thu Aug 03, 2006 10:08 pm

HQ Beamer

http://www.cobrakites.com (not a pimp, just where I bought mine)

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Postby Windzup » Sat Aug 05, 2006 2:59 pm

For a trainer almost any kite in that size range will work. Price is part of the issue and you always get what you pay for. The Bullets are a higher quality kite and deliver more power than some of the other brands out there. A similar model to the Bullet in Power is the Samurai II from Ozone, which is the newest design in that category of kites.

Bunch of shops carry both brands and styles.....check out http://www.awindofchange.com http://www.powerlinesports.com for starters or http://www.flyozone.com or http://www.flexifoil.com


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Postby uncleneil » Sat Aug 12, 2006 5:50 am

For the best trainer kite with the most bang for the buck, go with the Best 3m kite from Best Kiteboarding. For @ $150.00 you get a 2-line 3m trainer with bar and lines, a safety leash and a video. Give it a look at http://www.bestkiteboarding.com

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Postby Guest » Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:04 am

Try to avoid 2 line kites for learning. With a 3 or 4 line you can reverse launch after crashing the kite. This saves a ton of time and frustration when learning. With my 3m JoJo if I let go of the bar the kite just flaps away in the sky, fully depowered on the brake bridle. The bar remains close enough I can get things straightened out and start again without the kite ever touching down. Very handy in wet locations.
I LOVE my 3m JoJo!!! :dance:

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What?

Postby psychokiter » Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:53 pm

Actually, I would give the opposite advice. If you have a three, four or five line kite, take the extra lines off and learn with only two. It just makes it simple. You can still relaunch after crashing without lining it up. Nevertheless, that won't be such an issue at first. You have to learn how to launch and bring it up to 12 o'clock. I can't imagine droping my bar, either. Cheap kites will do. I went to a 4.4 for which I paid less than $100, took the back lines off, and was flying it with no trouble in a few sessions. The first experience I had was with a good kite, though, a Slingshot 1 meter. It wasn't easy to learn, expecially since I started in the winter. One meters are quite fast, so it may be easier to start with a 2 or 2.5. I don't know. The more costly kites have excellent bridles, well braided and good flying lines. I bought the best, regular weight flying lines, however, for all my kites. It did make it easier. My first experience with the single meter, I crashed it on a rock and broke the thin lines provided by Slingshot. The kite came with an extra line set, but I purchased a heavier set right away. Now I can use the original thin lines which make the kite much faster. This can make it still fun to fly as the loops can be quite amazing. I didn't start with the bar either. You can use handles or just hold the end of the bridle for starters. As I remember, I used some kind of home-built handles with very short lines to start. The big kite came with cheap wound not braided lines that were extremely long. I found that by cutting them down to 5 to 10 meters, I could get a feel for flying the kite without all the complications. The same goes for the one meter, I just flew it with shortened lines to get a feeling for how the wind carried it. You shouldn't try and rush your learning experience with trainers, either. It may be boring, but the more time you spend with them, the more you'll know how to use them to your advantage.

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go 4 lines

Postby windrider1 » Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:06 pm

Nawww i say go with a 4 line kite. it is frustrating as hell to lauch a crashed kite if you only have 2 lines to work with , and as a learner there will be lots of crashes, infact it may be impossible to lauch a downed crashed kite by yourself especially if its windy.

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Postby psychokiter » Sun Sep 03, 2006 12:56 pm

you want to learn how not to crash your kite as a beginner, not how to re-launch after a crash. Besides, after crashing your trainer, all you do is walk a single line up to it, straighten it out, load the front end with sand and refly it. Setting up a four line kite sucks in plain English, there are too many lines to tangle, too many delays. When was the last time you guys flew one?

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Postby Triplethreatsnowkiteteam » Mon Sep 04, 2006 2:14 am

I liked the three meter waroo as I flew it this weekend. Im gonna make it my school kite. It relaunches easily, and is a very responsive no brainer to fly. Did I tell you it was just a blast to fly as well.


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