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Author Topic: Is there an ideal flying line length for doing trick flying ?  (Read 3760 times)
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« on: August 07, 2010, 08:47 PM »

Currently I'm using 55kg/100ft. lines from low wind to high wind(25km. or 15.6 miles max) for trick flying.  I tried longer lines before and I don't like it.  I have better control of the kite with 100ft. lines.
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2010, 09:56 PM »

To answer your thread topic's question - no, there isn't.

Edit:- after careful consideration I've unlocked this. If you do post a reply PLEASE attempt to answer the question (or reiterate that such an answer does not exist) and not merely state what line length and weight you prefer to use.

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2010, 03:13 PM »

45rpm is just about right, 33 is a bit slow and 78 is just crazy!
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2010, 06:30 PM »

On a serious note...

I usually do tricks on either 60 feet or 75 feet lines.  I hardly ever fly any further away from the kite than that
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2010, 07:22 PM »

I'll bite  Wink

Preferred flying line is basically what you are truly most comfortable with. However, even your preferred length will also depend upon the kite. There are certain length of lines that will do better for you on Kite A vs Kite B which you may have to resort to using a different length just cuz it does better. However, a person who keeps at it and perseveres (using a non-preferred length line), may find themselves liking such line eventually, or perhaps not. That doesn't quite answer your question directly, as there is no general ideal flying line length, but there is an ideal flying line length for each person per kite.
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2010, 07:25 PM »

I'd always thought of 100 ft plus line lengths as more suited for competition. My personal favorite length bounces right around a 10 to 1 line length to kite wingspan ratio, sometimes more like 11 to 1. So, I fly 8 ft kites on around 80-85 ft.  Right now I'm flying 3/4 sized kites when I do fly, so a 6.5-7 ft kite is working at about 75 ft. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2010, 07:53 PM »

I'll say its mostly personal preference but is somewhat kite dependent too. I rarely fly on lines under 100' but my Talon UL really doesn't do as well on 100' lines as it does on 75' lines.

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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2010, 08:52 PM »

You're welcome. Wink

You might want to bump your line length up to about 75ft though. It'll help smooth things out.

Use the line length that is suitable for what you are attempting to accomplish.

Personally, I lean towards shorter lines most of the time, but it is hard to do insane cascades on anything shorter than 100-125ft without running out of sky pretty quick.

I would agree that certain kites seem to do well with a particular length.

Once you get under about 75ft., you are into a different sort of flying. A lot of kites aren't really designed to go that short IMO.

Not that you shouldn't fly that short but, it is different.
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2010, 09:15 PM »

wind speed and kite size are factors, but for trick flying I like the 65-75' range best
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2010, 07:12 AM »

125'
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« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2010, 08:40 AM »

114'
Occasionally I'll drop down to 100' with a UL in swirly winds when I need to be able to quickly stay in a moving wind window.
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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2010, 08:42 AM »

114'
Occasionally I'll drop down to 100' with a UL in swirly winds when I need to be able to quickly stay in a moving wind window.

126.7'

111.8' for light wind.
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« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2010, 09:06 AM »



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« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2010, 10:30 AM »

I have an excuse - that's the length I need to keep an even stagger in team flying   Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2010, 10:49 AM »

75' for some kites, 100' for some kites, 125' for others.

I generally don't enjoy shorter lines but zero wind can be easier on shorter lines.

All totally a matter of personal choice based on flying style, field size, wind, etc.
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