The Story Of Lines

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Kite story of kite lines is a whole session for those of you that may come to our store. Flyers purchasing a kite generally ask " does everything come with the kite in the package? ". There is usually not an answer to this question without some explanation of the construction and different uses of kite lines. For ease of understanding I will first describe kite line materials. I will then describe different uses for each of these materials and a quick look at lengths of kite lines. I will almost always suggest single line kites be flown on braided dacron lines. I will always without question strongly suggest that dual line and quad line kites are flown on spectra lines. There is no substitute for good lines for every kite, protect your investment!

Nylon Lines

I will speak very little about Nylon Kite lines. Generally supplied by the kite manufacturer with the least expensive of single line kites. Nylon lines have extreme stretch and are not very durable. Nylon lines will unbelievably stretch up to 60% of their original length in a heavy wind. If you get a kite with nylon lines I would suggest replacing the lines at once. After you have replace the nylon lines with dacron lines for single line kites and spectra lines for dual line kites you will be amazed at how much better the kite performs.

Dacron Lines ( Twisted )

Most of the single line kites that you will find on my site come with 150 ft. X 30 lb. of twisted dacron line and a small plastic handle. This set up is ok for the first few flights. You will soon find that your lines will look frayed and seem to tangle and twist while letting line out and retrieving the kite. This is because the line is twisted and the more it is used the more it begins to tangle and untwist. Still a far cry better than nylon lines and ok for kids till the line drives you crazy when you are winding it up. When the time arrives ( and it will ) please try braided dacron for your single line kites. You will never regret buying quality lines for your kite investment.

Dacron Lines ( Braided )

Now we enter into the area of quality kite lines. Braided dacron lines are a must for medium and large sized single line kites. Braided dacron lines are braided with a hollow center. These lines are extremely strong and stretch less than nylon. Generally dacron stretches 40% to 50% of it's original length in high winds. Braided lines release easier from the winder and wind up much easier with very little twisting and tangling. When you decide to upgrade to dacron lines you will need a line winder. I recommend empty halo winder item #58025 & #58105 to collect your braided lines on.
If you are purchasing new lines for your kite check out the winder and line packages #58103 and #58102. If you do not want to loose that special kite that you have purchased, buy quality lines of the correct weight rating.

Wind range & weight recommendations.

Most kites will come with a recommended weight of line to fly on. This recommendation is for general wind conditions. I always recommend at least two sets of line for every kite. That recommendation is for single line, dual line and quad line kites. As the wind conditions change so do the line requirements. I use a line one size under the recommended line for very light winds. I use lighter than recommended line for light wind conditions and the recommended line for normal wind conditions. Finally I use a line weight at least one size heavier than recommended for heavy winds. This way I get the maximum performance from my kite under all wind conditions. A general rule of flying is, if the line is sagging excessively when you look up the line, the line is to heavy for the wind conditions. See wind conditions.

Spectra kite lines for dual & quad line kites.

Spectra lines are the kite lines that all serious kite flyers use. Spectra line has the lowest of all stretch, 4% to 5% stretch under maximum wind conditions. Spectra is extremely strong thin and light. Spectra is very slippery for lots and lots of spins with you sport kite. When you purchase a dual or quad line kite from this site it may come with line. Some inexpensive kites come with dacron lines and plastic handles from the manufacturer. These lines are less than desirable in my opinion. I would replace these lines as soon as possible with spectra lines and straps. As with the single line kites I have at least three sets of line for different wind conditions. Spectra lines come in weights from 30 lb. to 500 lb plus for those big traction kites.

Words cannot describe how much better your kite will respond to your commands with spectra lines. There are a few things that you must be aware of when using spectra lines. Spectra lines though extremely strong have a low melting point. This low melting point means when crossed by rough lines or rubbing against an object other than it's self the lines will melt thru. You need to learn to sleeve spectra. See sleeving spectra lines.

Most fliers find tha with experience and lighter wind kites that shorter lighter lines are required to acheive the flight that they expect. Let me know when you get to this point, I have a good selection of light wind kites and lines that may not show up on this site. I am always happy to help where I can with another flier.

If I have missed anything on this page that you may need information or help with please drop me a line. See my contact page.




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