Up in the Air: A Kite Buying Guide for Beginners    

When you try to take a relaxing afternoon by yourself or with family, there’s nothing quite as wholesome as the enjoyment of flying a kite. It's enjoyable for any number of people, as long as you have a good breeze in the air. Whether you're looking for things to do with family on a staycation or a vacation away from home, flying kites passes the time quickly. Even though this activity doesn’t take much work, there are still a few things to learn before you buy.

When you're ready to go flying, there are many different types of kites to consider. You can easily narrow down the choice with a little bit of knowledge to take your experience to the next level. Choose from toys that help you perform all the feats you want to accomplish while out on the beach or in a beautiful meadow.

Skill Level

Before you choose a kite for yourself or a family member, you need to consider the experience and skill of the user with this type of toy. While intermediate and advanced users have the knowledge of flying in different winds and more complicated pieces, a beginner needs to focus on the learning curve they experience. If you're a beginner, choose a model that's simple and won’t need multiple hands to control. All the kites available for children are considered beginner models, which makes them easy to find if you simply shop for gifts for kids.

If it's for your child to fly, take the time to look for beginner models with easy control directions. Most kids have a limited attention span, so the goal of any parent is to start quickly with as little setup time as possible. When choosing this outdoor toy as part of a gift set for your little one, stick with the designs that they can handle with a single hand.

Uses

When choosing the right kite, decide what purpose you want it for before making a purchase. Most people choose from various kite designs for leisure and recreation, so you only need minimal setup. Beginners need time to practice before they take on more intense action, though anyone can fly them with the right training.

The most common model is a single-line kite, a design that most people are already familiar with. Single-line styles include many different shapes, but it only needs one line to keep it up in the air. Once you learn to control this type of kite, you can move on to ones that use more strings.

Stunt models are a little different and are typically for intermediate users. However, beginners need something with the same durability. This style uses either fiberglass or carbon to reinforce the frame, which are both excellent substances for a beginner style too. If you want to take your current skill level and truly challenge it, take a few hours to learn how to control a power model. Most people need a trainer to go over the usage, but this type helps beginners adapt to a stronger and more exciting model in no time.

Weight and Stature

You need to make sure that the kite you choose has a balance with your body, since an imbalance causes most beginners to lose control. Your weight acts as an anchor, helping to stabilize the toy against winds, so consider your weight against the size of the fabric. As an easy rule of thumb, someone under 120 pounds should stick with a wingspan of around 6 or 7 feet, while someone over 200 pounds can handle a wingspan of 13+ feet. This safety measure is about the same for any user, even if you aren’t a beginner.

Designs

Despite these technical specifications that beginners should consider, the best part about flying these toys is the kite design. With so many assorted colors and patterns, choose one that stands out in the sky. Even though the design you use has no bearing on the way it flies, this is your chance to personalize your new pastime. If you buy one of these kites and outdoor toys for a friend, find out the different patterns that they like to try and match their preferences. 

Starting any new hobby needs a bit of research to find the right accessories for the job. Flying a beautiful kite in the wind is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, but you need to take the time to figure out the best design for your intentions and skill level. As a novice, seek out knowledge from avid flyers to see what recommendations they have for someone trying to break into the sport. Regardless of your personal style, check out our kite collection to find the best outdoor activities and gifts for your family when the warmer weather settles in.