Part 1 – The beginner!
Experience the crunching sound of virgin powder while you’re laying tracks on freshly snow covered terrain. The thrill of riding off the beaten tracks or the peace and silence of exploring outside busy ski resorts is within anyone’s grasp. At Peter Lynn we offer a diverse line up of kites, and almost all can be used to snowkite, so choosing the right kite for you might be a bit daunting. This is why we have written a series of information giving you our recommendations for riders of any level, starting this informative series with the beginning enthusiast.
Find out what kite you should choose for snowkiting: – The beginner!
Before deciding on which kite you’ll spend your hard earned cash on, the biggest question is; what’s the budget?
Ofcourse you can splash out but if you’re unsure if this sport is for you prices of dedicated snowkites might seem quite high. Rest assured though, you can test the waters for a lot less than you might think. If you’re on a budget a trainer kite is a great way to familiarize yourself with the feeling of using kite power to ride. These kites are much simpler and smaller than their dedicated ‘big’ brothers but they will offer a safe and easy alternative. Besides, a trainerkite is a lot of fun in summer too!
If the budget is a bit bigger you can also look at a 4-line all-rounder like the Hornet, 4 line powerkites are more powerful than a 3-line trainerkite and offer additional control. And more experienced riders can ‘hook in’ which allows for longer sessions and more riding freedom.
If you are convinced that snowkiting is your new hobby and you want a serious start with all the bells and whistles then depower is the way forward. Depower kites come in different variations and performance levels, for this beginner guide we’ll focus on the open cell variant.
The first thing most people notice first is how much bigger these depower kites are compared to trainer or power kites, and this size difference is also the biggest pitfall you should watch out for. Where a 5m powerkite will feel like it wants to rip your arms off in 4Bft, a 5m depower kite just starts to be fun in that same windspeed. So avoid the mistake of buying a small depower kite to learn on, unless you live in a high wind area chances are that too small of a depower will be underpowered in most cases. It’s always a good idea to see which size the local riders use most.
So, now you know the difference between some different types of kites, let’s recap some of our recommendations;
LYNX – Beginner freeride – exploration
A safe entry into the world of snowkiting no matter your skill level, the Peter Lynn Lynx is built to get you going with ease and confidence, right from the first time you launch.
To provide riders a well balanced combination of stability and manoeuvrability the Lynx is an all-round freeride design which combines the easy going flying characteristics of a beginner kite with the quick turning and smooth power build up of a performance kite.
The Kite comes in a fully functional and comfortable backpack that has ample room to spare for snacks and drinks. The complete package includes the Magnet bar; a 53cm bar which fits all 4 kite sizes and is equipped with a 5th line safety release, a reliable self landing handle, high quality Samson Dyneema leader lines and an above the bar clam cleat power adjuster. Link to Lynx
Available sizes: 5m2 /7m2 / 9m2 /11m2