This is a short buying guide & recommendation to power kites / kites / traction kites / flexifoil kites for beginners.
Of course, this buying guide & recommendation doesn`t replace either a flying course or a test flying, it only reflects my experience what I would advise to beginners.
I will restrict myself by this power kite recommendation to those power kites which I have flown myself.
Power kite Buyer’s Guide 2-line power kites for beginners
These power kites are a successful entry into the sport. They can be flown reliably by beginners in a wide wind range and don`t immediately overcharge the kiter. Beginners can be easily overcharged with a power kite in high winds. I recommend smaller kites – because these kites reduce the risk of frustration.
Buying Recommendation 2-line allround power kites
There are no power kites for beginners for all wind ranges. Nevertheless, two-line all-round power kites cover a wide wind range and are best suited for beginners.
Two line power kites / dual line kites are attractive for beginners because they have a simpler setup and fewer flying lines. Two-line power kites are designed to fly a little more agile in the sky. Typically, dual line power kites are cheaper than quad line kites.
Furthermore, dual line kites fit in a small package. They need less wind than quad line kites and guarantee you a cozy relaxing flight.
Recommendation dual line high speed kite
Buying advice & recommendation Quad Line All Round Traction Kite
I would not recommend beginners to buy a quad line power kite immediately: The beginners should first purchase a less expensive dual line kite (for about 50-60 €), and gain with it some flying experience and in case of a crash there would not be a big negative effect on your purse.
So, the acquired knowledge in flying power kites you can then transfer on four liner kites – it simply reduces the crash risk and the danger to damage more expensive quad line kites.
Size for Beginners – Beginners
The size of the Traction Kite is measured in either square or wingspan. You should check with the pilot’s ability to beginners, weight, height and even more important: The size of the steering pad must be addressed on the winds!
Simple rule of thumb to recommend Traction: Traction size of the mat size in square meters in maximum wind speed + <7:)
In the inland areas can rapidly from a 2 – 3 caused a 4-5 BFT basic wind gust. The kite must be large enough!
Mats above 3 square meters size I recommend for beginners and beginners Lenkmatten not, unless they clearly bring to the 100 kilos.
In a small size high-quality power kites Quadline kites can not buy wrong! Because this small quad line kite will you use it as a high-wind kite (eg beamer 1.4).
Recommended for normal weight from 60 kg in the single country with a wing span 1.8 to 2 m in size, the steering pad. From 75 kg and more experience, larger Zugschirme.
The size of the screen should be conditional upon, in which the area in which winds it flies. In the inland you have to fight too often with little wind and strong gusts and turbulence, while at the beach often “cleaner wind” prevails. It is advisable to choose the 2-4sqm limit.
The rule is a mid-7s for the wind-shield and common area accounts, which should enable the novice to the right depending on the wind screen size to choose. It says the result is the sum of the square and Bft seven, it follows that:
2Bft = ~ 5qm
3Bft = ~ 4sqm
4Bft = ~ 3qm
5Bft = ~ 2qm
6Bft = ~ 1 square meter