Edited by darknight, 17 June 2010 - 01:45 PM.
Posted 17 June 2010 - 01:45 PM
Posted 17 June 2010 - 02:27 PM
Simple answer, the fishing line would probably be strong enough. However you wouldnt like it much once you had a couple of twists in it.
Kit lines have secret slippy stuff in them I think.
Posted 17 June 2010 - 04:59 PM
Believe it or not, all spectra line is not the same. Even though fishing line is made from the same molecular compounds as spectra kite line, other than the basic materials used to make the ultra fine individual fibers, they are totally different from each other. Spectra kite line and fishing line is not just one giant line wound on a spool, they consist of hundreds of fine fibers interwoven and carefully braided in a certain way so that the lines are first very strong and second have a certain type of creep/stretch/wear. This braiding process can be so exact that it can give the line a square, rectangle, round, or even an octagon exterior shape. Kite line is specially braided so that the line has near zero stretch over a long distance and also has a braid structure that allows the line to slide against itself without binding. This obviously is not needed in fishing line as you aren't twisting fishing line around itself 10 or more times while it is under tension in the water. Most fishing line has colored wax embedded into the line, this is great for repelling water and making it harder for the fish to see but is terrible for kite flying as it attracts find particles of dust or dirt which can work itself into the braid and break the line down and cause line failures - or make the line harder to see when flying. Also, fishing line will be braided in a way to allow a lot of creep in the braid, allowing the line to seem to stretch more without breaking. Kite line is braided in a way to minimize any creep in the braid giving you a very direct and solid feel on the kite and making inputs instantaneous.
Like the tires, spectra line is made special for exclusive applications. Kite line is specially made for kite flying and even though your fishing line says Spectra on it, it is not really the same.
If fishing line was any good for kites at all (even partially acceptable), I am sure that Revolution and other manufacturers would be using it for their kite packages as it would save them tens of thousands of dollars in expenses a year. It isn't any good for kites and they prove it by offering 100% Laser Pro Spectra kite line in all of their kite packages (even though it costs so much more).
The old saying of "You get what you pay for" still applies. Especially when it comes to kite line and performance.
This opinion is worth exactly what you paid for it.
Posted 17 June 2010 - 05:12 PM
ps........a line, is not a line, is not a line
Edited by Reef Runner, 17 June 2010 - 05:12 PM.
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Posted 17 June 2010 - 06:15 PM
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Posted 17 June 2010 - 09:00 PM
The extra strength of the fishing line can also make other safety consens. In my opion with 90 feet of line out and a good wind blowing there is a fair bit of strain on the lines. "IF" you do hit someone it will hurt a lot more than if you had spectra lines. Our local kite club will not accept anyone flying with fishing line and will not cover you in any form of insurance while flying with it. This is all from the safety side of things.
Posted 17 June 2010 - 11:11 PM
it does seem hard to find spools of the lpg around though doesnt it, it seemed it would be easier for me to get someone to send some over from u.s.a
Posted 18 June 2010 - 02:39 AM
Posted 20 June 2010 - 12:34 PM
Kevlar...he he he.
If you can't find a kite shop overseas that carries LPG, give me a call, we have bulk line in stock and can ship some to you.
Hey Kent and All,
Have to say Thanks first for explaining this so perfectly, and need to make a plug for the Shanti Speedline and new Skybond. Excellent spectra, made only for the kiting industry and the new Skybond has the coating everyone has wanted with the LPG.
If you need it, this is what I buy in bulk and hand stretch/make all of our linesets from. Also, Shanti can, and does, hand stretch and provide ready made linesets for dual and quads.
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