Kiteboarding kites: safe and durable

Kitesurfing kites are the most important piece of gear a kiteboarder owns. Launching a kiteboarding kite must follow a rigorous checklist - level of experience of the rider, local wind and weather conditions, kite safety procedures.

Buying a kitesurfing kite is an important investment. You should select a kite which is durable, safe and that might be useful for, at least, a couple of years.

If you already own one or more kites, you should buy a kite that works as a backup for different riding conditions and for racing, slalom or freestyle sessions.

Safety issues have been greatly improved in the kiteboarding kites, in the last ten years. Kite launching, piloting and landing‎ is easier and safer than ever.

Trainer kites are the best option for beginners. These power kite packages are designed to help novice riders learn how to control a kite up in the sky.

Bladders, zippers, depowering and emergency release systems are some of the main features you'll find, for the first time. The most popular trainer kites measure 3-to-3.5 square meters.

Best Kiteboarding offers the "Trainer Kite" for $139. The "Slingshot B2" and "B3" trainer kites are quite popular and can be yours for $119 or $219.

The "HQ Rush V Pro 350 Trainer Kite" offers amazing power and fun with effortless third line relaunch. It is extremely stable and easy to fly in low winds, with a third line provides the safety system and the ability to reverse launch, making it perfect for beginner riders.

Intermediate and experienced kiteboarders demand performance, power and responsiveness. Small gear details matter. Top quality kites for kiteboarding veterans can reach 20 square meters, for the right wind conditions. The pro kite division is led by the high-end kitesurfing brands.

The "Liquid Force Envy" is one of the best kites available in the market. It offers a delta-hybrid profile with three-strut design and fast turning capabilities. It is known for its versatility and ease of use, whether you're a beginner to pro. A great choice if you have $1,599.

The "North Kiteboarding Evo" is the all-round maestro from the brand. It features a five-strut design, and exceptional wind range, greater stability, superior depower and progressive sheet-and-go characteristics.

The "Cabrinha Chaos" is always an intelligent choice, and it was designed to handle your training workload and deliver results. Its superior wind range is a big advantage over its rivals. You can throw a kite loop with the tightest arc possible for $1,129.

The "Cabrinha Switchblade" is an all around kite for the savvy rider that wants the highest performance, most versatile, top quality construction kite on the market. Yours for $1,069.

The "F-One Bandit" is has been refined for a decade. The latest model features a squarer outline, less lateral pull, and a smooth, homogeneous but powerful traction.

The "Slingshot Rally Kite" delivers maximum range, instant de-power, effortless relaunch and precise handling, for only $1,249.

The "Ocean Rodeo Flite" is the lightest kite the brand has ever made. It offers riders of all levels an explosive and dynamic kite designed for tight snappy turns, big lofty jumps and loops that won’t kill you if you miss the landing.

The "Flexifoil Shiva 3D" offers unparalleled ease of use, effortless relaunch, incredible turning speeds and huge wind ranges. The inflation and deflation valve setup and the one-pump system have been improved. Only $785.

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This kitesurfing kite review has been updated on the 18th October, 2016.