Kite Line

Kite Lines are the most important part of any kite flying activity as they help you control, maneuver and even fight your kite. Depending on the type and size of your kite, the number of kite lines attached to it will vary. Though there are numerous types of kite lines available today, there are three basic types which are most common. It is important to know the uses, advantages and disadvantages of each before deciding on the right kite line for yourself.

The different Types of Kite Line

The first type and also the most inexpensive type is Dacron. Used mostly for single line kites, Dacron is ideal for novice kite flyers. Heavier than other types, Dacron is easy to use, and lets the kite flyer focus on maneuvering. This is because Dacron downplays the effect of line stretch, due to its memory characteristic, which causes it to snap right back into place. Another advantage is that Dacron does not require any special sleeving to avoid knots.

But Dacron can be frustrating for experienced kite flyers, as it tends to slow down kites. Also, due to their limited strength, Dacron is not ideal kite line for power kites, as well as dual or quad line stunt kites. Despite the limited response to line stretch, Dacron snaps faster than most other kite lines, and also results in decreased performance after a certain amount of stretching.

The second type of kite line which is quite common is Spectra Blend, which is mostly a Spectra Line combined with a polyester weave. Compared to Dacron, Spectra Blend is smaller in diameter, has less stretch, is stronger, is slicker than Dacron and also does not need to be sleeved for knots and despite the slightly higher price is still quite inexpensive. Spectra Blend can be used easily, even with dual line stunt kites and the larger variety of single line kites.

Most of its disadvantages arise in comparison to the third type of kite line, the Spectra line. These include, large size, less strength and less slippery. Apart from which due to its weight, it is not suitable for indoor kites, or light wind, and also power kites, quad line kites and the larger type of stunt kites.

The final type, the Spectra line, is one of the most popular kite lines for experts and competition fliers. Being extremely strong, it can be used with any kind of kite, especially large varieties of power kites, stunt kites, dual and quad line kites, and even indoor and light wind kites. Being extremely light weight and slippery, this kite line is built for maximum performance. One interesting fact about the Spectra kite line is that it has a hollow core, to which its light weight and minimum stretch can be attributed.

Even if your Spectra line breaks you can repair it just by intertwining the two parts, without even a knot. With so many advantages, Spectra lines tend to be expensive, and due to lack of memory, tend to stretch. Also, due to their slippery nature, they require sleeving, to avoid breakage at knots.

Apart from the different types of kite lines, there are some general points you need to keep in mind regarding kite lines. These include, checking the line regularly for stretching and breakages, ensuring that you are wearing gloves while flying the kite, as some kite lines can cut due to tension, you will also need to watch out for spectators while flying. Apart from this, do not experiment with kite line types, use only lines which are meant for kites, no fishing lines or steel lines, as this could result in dangerous consequences. Depending on your requirements and budget, make sure you get the right kite line for yourself.

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