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« Reply #45 on: August 03, 2011, 12:36 PM »

The kite was a Transformer Vented, the line was a Shanti packaged set, #100 x 85'. I was hitting a fast Comete at the time. This is my experience with one set of SkyBond and it may just be a isolated incident.
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« Reply #46 on: August 15, 2011, 04:19 PM »

Ok I've been flying on this line for about 3 weeks now.  Its really great line so far.  I have to agree with Tom though in that the LPG, at least the comp gold line I have, has a slightly better connection to the kite.  THe skybond has a bit more give(springiness) than the LPG I fly but its very close.  The slight extra give seems to help in gusty inland wind and I notice the kites tend to shudder a bit less when the wind is rough. 

Wrap tolerance is easily double that of my LPG but where this line really shines is drag.  It flies like 50# line.  I have had my Zeph up in 2 mph on 120'x100# skybond where before I had to drop to 75'x100# LPG to get the same flight.  On my saber 2 std I've been able to fly down to 3mph easily on 75' lines and down to ~4 on 120'.  I haven't found a kite in my bag yet that can't handle the 120' lines down to the bottom of its wind range.  Vapor in 0-1 on 120'?  Yep it works and the mile high pinwheels look great.
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« Reply #47 on: August 16, 2011, 11:18 AM »

been on my 75' 100# (self cut and sleeved) set for about a month now.
The only thing i can think of that is remotely a concern is that it's sooo slick i get lost in how many wraps i have going.
When i do get lost, its difficult to tell if i am continuing to wrap, or unwrapping as i can hardly feel a difference.
eventually i figure it out though.  Kiss
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« Reply #48 on: August 16, 2011, 04:06 PM »

If the bright yellow color puts your off, don't be too concerned about it.  My lineset has dramatically faded to a much duller yellow in a short period of time.  I didn't notice it until I recently tied up a longer set.
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« Reply #49 on: August 29, 2011, 03:52 PM »

...it snapped right in the middle of the line the other day in wind that was about 6 -12 mph.

An update on mine - snapped after about 8 weeks of use, right in the middle in regular sorts of wind like you describe here.  Maybe it's an isolated incident or just bad luck.  I've got 2 more sets which I will continue to fly. 

Interestingly enough - also doing a comete on a vented (FL), perhaps a correlation?  Smiley
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« Reply #50 on: August 29, 2011, 04:03 PM »

...it snapped right in the middle of the line the other day in wind that was about 6 -12 mph.

An update on mine - snapped after about 8 weeks of use, right in the middle in regular sorts of wind like you describe here.  Maybe it's an isolated incident or just bad luck.  I've got 2 more sets which I will continue to fly. 

Interestingly enough - also doing a comete on a vented (FL), perhaps a correlation?  Smiley

So far I haven't seen any real wear on the 2 sets I have been using other than the color fading. I did test the break strength on mine using 3 inch pieces on a pull tester and got from 96-110 pound ratings so you definitely want to go up in strength to the 175# if you plan on flying in vented wind or a heavy pulling kite.  No signs of breakage potential yet for me though.
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« Reply #51 on: August 29, 2011, 06:58 PM »

I broke a line this past Friday.  It was about 12' from the end on a 75' pre-cut set.  Equalized the lines and all is well.  Pulled out a prism 50# set this weekend and realized how much this line has spoiled me.  Maybe 8 wraps max on the prism lines and they look thick compared to the skybond.  I am ordering a big spool; hoping the break was a fluke.  My sandy beaches may be a little rough on it as well though.
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« Reply #52 on: August 30, 2011, 11:40 AM »

+1 for these lines. Fidelio sent me a set last year and I really like them, They've worn well and I haven't had to flip them around yet.

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