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Author Topic: What is the best length of kite lines to use for freestyle flying?  (Read 1748 times)
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« on: May 18, 2017, 03:22 PM »

 Hi I'm really new to this and not too sure what length lines I should be buying to learn freestyle fly tricks any help please?
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2017, 03:39 PM »

There are 2 schools of thought on this:

.1) Long lines give you a large window and more room for tricks ... longer cometes, insanes etc.

.2) Shorter lines are push you closer to the kite, its easier to observe the effects of your inputs, which is good for learning tricks.

Shorter lines are my preference and are much more practical, allowing you to fly in smaller spaces (busy beaches for example).

65-75 ft is what I generally use.

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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2017, 06:42 PM »

I like 60 to 80 ft lines myself.....main reason is less walking time to reset my kite when I screw up a trick. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2017, 08:27 PM »

I tend to fly larger kites on longer lines, smaller kites on shorter lines.

A full size, 8', kite often feels like it is limited on shorter lines. the larger turning radius means that you run out of room in the sky faster. This is especially true of older, slower kites.

Most modern kites are a bit smaller, more nimble and are happy on mid-length lines (60'-80') which are also more practical on a variety of flying fields.

6' and smaller kites are great on 40'-60' lines.

All that said, I've happily flown an 8' kite on 50' lines when in very crowded conditions, and 6' kites on 100' lines pulling a long tail.

I fly on 75' lines most of the time with most kites. :-)

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 02:30 PM »

+1 for 75' lines with 3' leaders for general trick flying

would only choose shorter for restricted spaces or longer for team flying or figures.

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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2017, 04:50 PM »

I fly on 90lb X 85ft lines 90% of the time.

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2017, 10:52 PM »

My go to length is 100ft.  I have a few shorter sets for smaller areas or events like Kite party that have length restrictions.  I find 100ft is a good all around length giving a good sized window for lots of flying options and actually makes tricking a bit easier in most cases.  My preferred length is 125ft and a lot of people think I'm strange for using such long lines but I grew up flying when the included line set with most kites was 150ft.  Of course I'm also one of those flyers that uses the whole window and not just the bit in front of me with the kite in a perpetual flippy stall Tongue   A simple side slide across the whole window on 125ft lines is a whole different animal than the same thing on 75ft lines.
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