What is the difference between traction kites and trainer kites?

by Joe

I have heard practice kites be called trainer kites, and traction-trainer kites. What is the difference?

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Mar 18, 2009
And the difference is...
by: Glen - KiteboardingEvolution.com

Trainer kites are small kites that are used to teach the basics of kiteboarding. To do this properly, they need to be small and only range between 1 m2 to 3.6 m2 (even though I call them 'small', these kites are still really big!)

A traction kite is ANY kite that can be used for propulsion. It is any kite that generates a lot of pulling force, and there are no size limits on them. A traction kite can be small or massively huge - provided that it generates a strong pulling force!

Here's the thing - some trainer kites can generate a lot of pulling force and can be called traction kites. When does this happen? Well, small trainer kites don't generate that much force, but when you get above 2.5 m2, they can create a lot of force. So, trainer kites between (approximately) 2.5 m2 and 3.6 m2 can be called Traction-Trainer kites.

Kites that are bigger than 3.6 m2 are not trainer kites - they are full on traction kites - and can not be called traction-trainer kites.

Thanks for the question and I hope this helps!

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