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« on: March 14, 2019, 04:08 AM »

I know, I probably should have figured this out by now, but I haven't. Most my kites have come with line sets.
So, my question, where is a good source to get line set? Pre-made or bulk?

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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2019, 05:29 AM »

I like Skybond, using 50#, 100# and 170# depending on the wind. My preferred vendor for this material is Flying Smiles Kites in NC.  I'm sure others carry it too.

Some prefer LaserPro Gold, I haven't used in in many years but lots of people swear by it.  It is less slippery but also less tangle prone, more like flying on wire.  LPG is available in 90lb strength, but it is still a thicker diameter the Skybond.

Skybond is yellow and LPG is white.

With proper knots tied in place, sleeving isn't necessary at all!
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2019, 07:53 PM »

Easy ----------------->

http://www.awindofchange.com/category/line.html

https://www.kitesandfunthings.com/Products/SHANTI-SPEED-LINE__SHANTISP.aspx
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2019, 08:14 PM »



Agreed ☝️
I get skybond from wind of change
I like it over lpg
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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2019, 10:59 PM »

Pre-made or bulk?
Pre-made lines are more convenient, but they are also generally about 2x the cost.

Bulk is more expensive initially since you buy big spools, plus spools to sleeve the line, plus a winder for each set of line, plus either buying or making a fid. (Fid = ropemaking tool to help splice an manipulate lines, for kite lines it is basically a loop of wire or a metal bar with a hook.)  YIf you want multiple weights of line you'll be buying multiple bulk spools, adding to the initial costs.  It also costs more if you want a multiple products, such as Shanti's Speed line, Skybond line, Laser Pro Gold, or various other brands.

Building your own requires time, effort, and enough space to accurately measure and work with the lines. There are several steps involved, like stretching the lines, so it is best to find tutorials like those at awindofchange and some videos showing it and/or get instruction from live people who know what they are doing.

There is a big initial cost to spending $200-$500 on a huge spool plus all the other parts, but if you know you'll be making a bunch of kite lines, it is worth it.
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2019, 02:51 AM »

Thanks for all the input! I figured it would be a simple answer!

If anyone else wants to chime in, I'd like to hear others opinions as well!

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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2019, 08:28 AM »

I haven't tried Shanti and use LPG. Kite Connection had the best price I'd found. Went LPG because opinions were pretty consistent about being less prone to tangles and my flying field is rough.Most dramatic difference getting quality lines was the 50# sets. Struggled on the dyneema. When winds are going 30+ I use my Prism 150# x 100' that came with my Snap Shot. Would rather wear those out sooner than my LPC set.Ebay has a 250# x 98' set for $6.99free shipping from China. Cheap and I'm wondering for high winds or hard pulling kites if Shanti/LPG are worth the extra money. Over 25 mph I can't feel a difference right now. You might be needing 300/350#x 120'/150' lines for a 17' korvo. Danged if I can remember the name but a company in Canada makes some high end stuff for power kiting in the higher weights. Pricey stuff but probably well worth it.
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2019, 09:29 AM »

Aha Q-Pro.
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