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« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2009, 04:42 AM »

Thanks all! Good info. I think I have a good idea on how to proceed.

AnOldMan nailed it! I am still on my 1st kite with plans on getting a Silver Fox 2.3UL for my 2nd kite. Maybe in a year or two something from the BMK Mantis line. Grin.

If the SF 2.3UL comes with lines, I think I will make my current set the same length as those. You know, to help with the muscle memory thing.

Again - Thanks all! Smiley

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« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2009, 01:50 PM »

Hi Tait,    The lines i flew your kite on were LPG #90 x 80 ft. I would not recommend you use lighter as you might break them , but you could get a set of 150 lb for stronger winds around 20 kph upwards. It is getting colder and rainier these days, and i am not flying as often now ,but as soon as the Exile UL arrives i definitely will go out to the park whatever the weather. I have #50, 90 and 150 line sets that you are welcome to try out if you are in my
area. As you already know, just give me a call. Cool.     
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« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2009, 05:35 PM »

I have Silver Foxes 2.5 UL, Std, and Vented.  They did not come with line sets.  I use 90# and 150# 80' or currently 100' line sets most of the time.  The choice is based on the wind strength.  I cannot think of any situation where a 50# line set would be appropriate for a Silver Fox 2.5 - they are great kites but they are heavy.  You may extrapolate to the 2.3 as you feel appropriate, but the size difference is not as significant as 90# to 50# IMO.

The SF's are fairly slow kites, so 100' lines would give much the same 'large window' effect as, say (guessing), 120' on most full size kites.

I would recommend 80# - 100# and 75' to 100' as the primary line set on the UL.  Once you are used to that, you can experiment.

Most of my full size (8') kites came with 150# 80' Dyneema line sets.  Smaller (6' - 7') kites with 80# to 100# 80' Dyneema.  Yes, medium quality kites come with medium quality line sets.  High quality kites usually come without any line sets (there may be a few exceptions.)

Hope that helps... it really is verifying what the more experienced posters said.

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« Reply #18 on: October 06, 2009, 06:49 PM »

I had been flying my SF 2.5UL (courtesy of Tempest) and my Soul on 90# 75' lines and felt that they were way too short. I did use the 50# lines I had with my HQ Bebop on the SF and it felt like it was going to shred them in no time.
I just used a set of 150# 100' Prism lines on both the Soul and the SF today and they felt much nicer. The extra length was nice, except when I had to walk over to the kite.
I found that the Prism lines, being white were easier to see on the ground vs the red and blue lines of the Laser Pro Modulus. I do like the Modulus line for its slipperiness and the sleeving seems easier to use on it than the Prism line, but that is only after one outing with the new line.

As many here have already stated, longer lines give you that bit extra time to react to your mistakes before a nasty lawn dart.

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« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2009, 07:30 PM »

It's funny Cheesy I chopped the 85'x150# Prism lines that came with my Quantum down to about 70-75' and I like it a better. To me it seems more immediate. Might have something to do with being of the Videogame generation...

Nah, must be I'm too impatient to wait for the kite to do something. Wink

I will more than likely get a set of 90#x75' lines when I get my second kite. That type of line felt good when I flew TEMPEST's SF 2.5UL. Huh I mean the SF 2.5 UL that SMG has.

Thanks again all

Tait
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« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2009, 08:47 PM »

I always like lighter line - never noticed any issues with it not falling out of the way quickly enough for tricks.   For sure, when you are having difficulty keeping the kite in the air, you want to be using 50#.

On the contrary, I've found that overly heavy line for the wind makes it difficult to quickly pop and then slack the kite for tricks due to the lines "bowing".  When you pull, you must also counteract this and its harder to get a good pop - the connection to the kite is not there.

I usually fly with 50# or 90# lines - 100' when I can, but usually 75' due to my small flying field.
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« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2009, 10:07 PM »

It's funny Cheesy I chopped the 85'x150# Prism lines that came with my Quantum down to about 70-75' and I like it a better. To me it seems more immediate. Might have something to do with being of the Videogame generation...

Nah, must be I'm too impatient to wait for the kite to do something. Wink

I will more than likely get a set of 90#x75' lines when I get my second kite. That type of line felt good when I flew TEMPEST's SF 2.5UL. Huh I mean the SF 2.5 UL that SMG has.

Thanks again all

Tait

Go with the line weight and length that YOU feel comfortable with. Wink
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« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2009, 07:46 AM »

Right on,  anOldMan !!!!!
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