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Author Topic: 50' or 120' with 50# line  (Read 1273 times)
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« on: July 06, 2011, 07:30 PM »

.I'm fairly new to the sport. I just recently bought a nirvana
sul. I've been flying it with 50' 50# line that comes with the
prism zephyr. I just ordered some laser pro gold 50# at 300yards
I've never flew my nirvana sul with no more than 50' lines.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2011, 08:11 PM »

Here is my 2 cents;
 the downside;if its a sul then the wind will be low and the extra line will weigh the kite down some diminishing its sul-ness. 120' is alot of distance between you and the kite, you may find your not 'connected' well at that length if you are trying to do slack line tricks, if your just flying figures and percision then then it maybe ok. Quality of wind may make the decsion for you as well.
the upside, it does give you a wider window.
Personally I rarely fly longer then 100' unless the wind is up
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2011, 08:37 PM »

On 50# I would not go past 100ft.

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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2011, 08:56 PM »

hopefully someone with the same kite chimes in. most kites have a line length they like best .try going to Th manufactures site and see what there recommendation is.its a place to start anyway i usually fly my sul's on 50ft and on a whim went to 75 WAY better with that kite
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2011, 09:37 PM »

I like longer lines to learn on.  More time and more space. At a certain point you lose connection with the kite.  For 50# I like about 120 foot for competition (ballet), 130 feet for precision.  Then for tricks about 100 feet.  There is just a little less bow in the line but you still have a decent window.
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2011, 11:42 PM »

Since you are already using 50' line, how do you like them?
That's a great length for the real light stuff. Personally, I would keep it under 75' in real light winds. I generally keep it under 85' in any wind Grin

I fly in UL / SUL winds a lot and I usually fly #80 lb @ 60-70'. My most used UL set is 80# 58' with 6' leaders. I still use 50# if the wind is super light and stays that way, say under 2mph but mostly I just use the 80# in light wind no matter what. If it picks up or is fluctuating and you're flying a full sized kite like a Nirvana, the 50s can easily break.

Another thing, and why I always use leaders even in light wind, is that if you are tricking and wrapping the line around the kite, thin line can cut into the kite. I use leaders every time I fly.
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2011, 12:16 AM »

I've flown with 120'x50# lines out in 5mph-8mph winds multiple times without any issues. I've even got 120'x30# lines, for the lightest conditions.

I'm an inland flier, at my field, the winds from 15' down are wonky. The long lines help me get over the turbulent air. In the dreaded light and variable winds, I'll go to a shorter line set.

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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2011, 12:27 AM »

Fly what you like. At 50# weight, the lines will make only a minor difference.

I have 2 50# line sets.

 50' x 50#
100' x 50#

More of a what kind of mood am I in type of choice.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2011, 03:51 AM »

Thank you all for the input
Very helpful
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2011, 10:37 AM »

hmm you got 50# 50' with your zephyr? weird - mine were 50# x 75' and 90# x 100'
As mentioned above - fly with whatever you prefer. 50' is a little short for a full sized kite IMHO.
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