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« on: August 26, 2010, 01:50 AM »

What's the best SLK kite line? I have some 80# and 130# braided polyester and it seems to kink/tangle easily, does the the braided Dacron not have this problem?
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2010, 04:59 AM »

best? none that i am aware of...

i like laser pro dacron....have a lot of it in my bags...
i also have winders of other line too....the braided line that i got with a bird'x is nice.....
my favorite is "Tony Bisbano" line....he was a flier in the 80s/90s in the RI area who made his own....i happened to get some of it....it is a polyester braid over kevlar....love the feel of it for active kites.....

all of my small active kites i use 80 or 100# line so that it has a thick enough diameter for me to grab easily......

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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2010, 07:11 AM »

I am kinda liking the Climax braided dacron.  It looks like HQ is becoming a US distributor for them, so it is still a little scarce while HQ ramps up the channel. 

Maybe I'm just a sucker for the speckles.  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2010, 09:27 AM »

The best SLK line is braided. I've not found significant differences among brands for general use. Some are hollow and others, especially as you increase in strength, are solid core. You don't want it real waxy to the point of being stiff, but a light wax can help it hold knots and give it a nice hand. The larger the diameter the easier it is to work with, but the heavier it will be in the air. Some stretch is good for SLKs as it will help absorb wind gusts.

Dacron is a trademarked (Dupont, IIRC) polyester brand. Polyester kite line is made by a variety of companies and marketed/branded by more. I've used Premier, Ashaway, and others. I prefer black but have lots of white and other colors, also.

Another thing to consider is that nylon line may tend to absorb water more readily than polyester, thereby increasing line weight.

As for kinking and tangling, I've never experienced that. Both hoop and flat winders work well for storage although the hoops are bulkier for travel.

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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2010, 09:35 AM »

I will add one caveat.  I really like the black dacron line that Steve carries.  However, if you are flying something active like the 61/49, I find that it disapears in grass.   The white line is hard to see against snow or Fall grass.  The Climax speckle seems the be the best of both worlds.  I expect Steve would be able to order it from HQ without too much trouble.

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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010, 10:09 AM »

Dave Gomberg provides a good line for single line kites that is black.  He is probably the guru of SLKs since his company makes and sells such a  large variety and sizes of kites.   He also flies the large kites he sells..  Give his company a call.

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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2010, 11:23 AM »

Or you can just order GKPI products from Steve.

He is a dealer after all.

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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2010, 12:42 AM »

Thanks for the input everybody:)
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