How to buy a beginner kite – 5 Things to take care of

Buying your first own kite is usually a difficult step. Meanwhile, the kite market has become very confusing due many suppliers. Every major kite manufacturer usually offers a beginner-friendly kite model. In this article we would like to give you a few tips on what you should look for when buying a beginner kite.

Buy a used kite, not a new one

It is quite normal that especially in the beginning the kite often falls from the sky. The more annoying it would be if you make a newly purchased kite broken, right? We recommend every kite newcomer, who wants to buy his own equipment, to buy it used.

In addition, only minimal changes have been made to the kites in recent years, so you don’t need a new kite. However, we do not recommend buying a kite that is older than 5 years.

There are several places to buy a used kite. Here are probably the best known:

  • Second hand markets on the internet – Depending on your origin there are different online markets where second hand goods are offered. For Germany, Ebay Kleinanzeigen is a good place to start.
  • Facebook Groups – On Facebook you can find various groups that act as a marketplace for used kite equipment only. Just enter “Used Kite” in the Facebook search, you will find many results.
  • Offers at the kite spot or in the kite store – Often you can find offers at the kite spot or in kite stores, where other kiters offer their used equipment.

Do not buy a C-Kite

The C-Kite owes its name to its strongly curved canopy shape. The advantage of a C-Kite is the increased bar pressure. However, this type of kite is not recommended for beginners, as they are very reactive and therefore not very forgiving for any steering mistakes. In addition, the relaunch of a C-kite is a lot more difficult, but I will go into that in more detail.

So no matter how good the offers are, you should not buy a C-kite as a beginner. Now you are surely wondering which kites are recommended for beginners instead? More about this in the next section.

Recommended Kite Shapes for Beginners

The best beginner kites are Bow, Delta or Hybrid kites. If you want to learn more about the different shapes, check out our overview.

In general, you should make sure that your beginner kite has a rather flat profile. This makes the steering a bit more sluggish and forgiving. In adition, the relaunch is much better.

At the end of the article we will introduce you to some common beginner kites. There you can see the shape a little better.

Easy relaunch at the beginning

We’ve talked about this before, the relaunch capability is very important, especially in the beginning. When practicing, the kite will often fall into the water, this is quite normal.

It is very depressing, if you can’t get the kite started again. Especially hybrid kites allow you an easy relaunch, so it will be no problem for you to relaunch the kite out of the water – even with less wind.

Popular Kite Beginner models

Every major kite manufacturer has a beginner model. We would like to introduce you to some widely used models.

Cabrinha Switchblade

The Cabrinha Switchblade is often used as a schooling kite. On the one hand because of the easy control, but also because of the almost autonomous relaunch. I have learned with this kite myself, so I have a special relationship. 🙂

Duotone Evo

The Duotone Evo is one of the best-selling allrounders. Next to the Duotone Neo it is probably the beginner’s most suitable kite from the manufacturer.

Of course, there are plenty of other beginner-friendly kites out there, so here’s a small list. The kites are very similar in terms of texture and relaunch. It is simply a matter of taste which kite you prefer.

Hopefully we were able to give you a few tips that you can use when buying your first kite. If you have any specific questions, feel free to drop us a comment. You can also use our Kite Finder to find more beginner kite models.

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