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Basic question here is what would be a good age and most important SAFE age and weight to get into kite sports? He will be 8 years old 2 week in August 2020. He is adventurous, average build, fairly smart and sensible. He is now 60 Lbs/27 kilos but has never flown kits before and I was thinking of getting him some form or entry training kits he could learn to fly rather then get pulled. Also these kinds of kits unlike the average toy shop one tend to be easy to launch. But I want him safe, not terrified or hurt and not to put his protective mum (ie sis) off this so need her happy too even if the lad is shouting out 'weeeeeeeeeee' with glee going airborne on his first go, that would mean no more kite and moi in the doghouse. We need to get mum on side here at least long enough for her trust us from the cafe Initial investigation has pointed to 2 Kits. The Cross Kits Air 1.2m £25 or 1.5m £35 (Thinking 1.8 is pushing luck with a 27 kilo 8 year old rookie ) Or the HQ4 Fluxx 1.3 Trainer Power Kite £49-£59 + £8 for the safety system The HQ4 Flux comes with a control bar with the option to get HQ Rush Safety System Wrist strip which looks to be a form of kite killer. The HQ Flux looks a better bt to me due to the bar which is more like what later kites will use so good for practice and I like the Safety system strap but its double the price, Im unemployed and I dont know how much use will be had out of said kite Its likely this would be used when Im not around ie mum or dad taking him, neither of whole have any kite experience as far as I know. So it needs to be suitable for rookies and as said we are talkign a very light weight clueless 8 year old boy here. Ie he too young, to small and light? Would either of the above kites be fine and is the HQ flux worth double the price? Also which would be better the 1.3 m or 1.5m or is or too small a difference to notice. This is likely to be used in the local park or fields as he is on the edge of town, in fields / parks surrounded by trees. Not expecting much wind Have also had a look at the HQ Symphony 3 1.3m kite which looks very similar to the Cross air 1.3m. can you guys advice please? It appears to be do I go for the Cross Kite air with the hand loops or the BQ4 Fluxx 1.3 meter kite with control bar and a safety wrist leash kite killer strap. This loops a bit better but is double the price. Is it worth it? Was told to add this.... Where are you? London Where do you fly? (or want to) Parks in North London - Trent Park, Bush Hill Park, in North London, Also Alexandra Palace, Finsbury Park etc What kiting experience do you already have?Its not for me, i have had a little experience with a Flexifoil 3.5m bullet. I am asking for my nephew who is aged 8, 60 ponds, 27 kilos and never flown any kite its not for me. I have had experience with a 3.5 m flexifiol Bullet.. This is to train an 8 year old who has never flows any kite. First kite to introduce and give him a taste, he could build from What aspect of powerkiting are you interested in? (Buggying, Landboarding, Snow Kiting Kite Surfing, Jumping, etc..) Training an 8 year old who has never flows any kite. First kite to introduce and give him a taste, he could build from What are your local winds like? (Averages, gustiness etc.): Very Low How much do you weigh? (Not trying to be personal, Bigger people are less likely to be overpowered by marginally bigger kites and most of us want to start you on a kite that will teach you without hurting you.) We are talking a possible present for a 60 lb / 27 kilo boy for his 8 year old birthday What kind of budget are you looking at? (just to narrow choices) £25 - £55
This is an extension of my earlier post to try and narrow things down between the last two kites https://kitelife.com/forum/topic/10425-help-please-advice-for-getting-an-8-year-old-nephew-into-kite-sports-birth-day-is-commin-up-looking-at-corss-kite-air-13-or-15-m-or-bq4-fluxx-hand-loops-or-bar-and-safety-leash/ I was looking at the: BQ Symphony Beach 3 1.3m Cross Kite Air 1.3m B4Q Flux 1.3m Trainer kites as a first introduction for my soon to be 8 year old nephew (Weight 60 Lb) to be used in parks safely and teach basics and get him interested in upgrading to power kites. Thanks guys for eliminating kites bigger than this for safety reasons. The B4Q Fluxx looked good with a bar control which would help having the same controls as bigger kites and safety leash kite killer, but is DOUBLE the price of the other two and may have more pull. So currently looking to decide between the other two trainer kites, both look very similar so trying to narrow things down feature and flying control wise etc. Does anyone know what specific differences there are between the two if any? They are both appear to be : The same size Look to have same controls Pretty much same price But I cannot get a more detailed feature list for either like construction, do both lack the means to eject sand? Build quality or is it just the Cross Kites air missing this feature, how do both fly? anything else to narrow things down? What wactly are the differences and selling points between these two similar kites. As said this is to be given to a clueless never flown kites before 8 year olds birthday who is a very light 60 lb / 27 kilo with equally clueless parents in regards power kites, to be taken to parks and fields surrounded by trees on uneven ground in North London UK outskirts near Trent Park, Enfield, Southgate, Oakwood if you are familiar with those areas. Also what other accessories would be wise to get like tent pegs, knee pads, etc and can these kites be adapted to bar control later and if so how much would that be in UK pounds Thanks