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« on: May 26, 2014, 10:30 PM »

hi all,
i noticed few years back in the old prism range of awsome sport kites like elixr/12k e.c.t the sails came with mylar laminate but these days they seem to be other type of material.
so what type of up to date materials are kite manufactures using these days ?
has any one had any sails torn or blown out with rips during flying ?
what is the prefered materials used now ?
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2014, 04:19 PM »

can anyone please help advise me ?
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2014, 04:21 PM »

pc31 which is polycarbonate coated ripstop polyester is the primary sail material. mylar laminates are still used as accents and for reinforcement. leading edges are mostly made of Dacron.

Of course you can make a kite out of anything you want and many do, so others may add lots of other materials to the list, but since no one had answered yet, i didn't want you to go without one.

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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2014, 06:06 PM »

if you have access to european stores offerings take a look at shicarex...another polycarbonate material...
there are also new offerings that are coming into the scene as well:
Doug Stoat uses Cuben Fiber material which is very light...very strong...pretty expensive....looks cool though......
Will Sturdy is using a material from the sail making world that is pretty nice too.....
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2014, 06:57 PM »

Most trick kites use icarex these days, with mylar reinforcements and darcon vor leading edges.
Power kites use whatever the maker wants, mostly cheaper but thicker ripstop
speedkites use all kinds of different fabrics, from thick mylar over icarex to cuben fibre.
foils use all kind sof different fabrics as well, the good ones use some kind of parasail fabric, like skytex.

It really depends on the kite in questions, what you want to do withit, and of course your budget.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2014, 02:41 AM »

[...] speedkites use all kinds of different fabrics, from thick mylar over icarex to cuben fibre.

Bainbridge MP70 and AirX 700 N (from USA) too.
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2014, 09:26 PM »

what onunce are usung generaly using ?
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