In 1985 Shanti invented speed-line, the worlds first spectra kite line. Speed line has been copied by nearly every kite company in the world and it has been widely used in the sport fishing industry.
To make Spectra suitable for fishing line, companies began coating the line to make it easier to handle, but ironically for the kiteflyer in increased friction! In past 10 years kiteflyers have grown accustom to coated flying lines and some prefer the feel. During this time the quality of coating has improved significantly and in 2009, Shanti began working with engineers to produce a coating that was specifically designed for kiteflying not fishing. This new neon yellow coating uses a polymer-alloy which bonds to the fibres and protects them from damage while remaining slippery.
The new coating allows Shanti to work with some new high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) fibres. “High modulus” is a comparative term which simply refers to the fibres strength to weight ratio. High modulus fibre is stronger and lighter than low modulus fibre.
The new line from Shanti - Skybond - has the highest modulus rating of any kite line they have tested. They explain a 100lb/test Skybond line is thinner than 90 lb/test Spectra, but is 10% stronger, costs almost the same! Bonus!
Is Skybond better than Shanti’s Speedline? Nope. This is the classic oranges versus apples question. Speedline has a soft finish. It is more slippery, has less stretch and wears 3 to 5 times longer than other high performance lines. But for flyers who like coated lines, the new Skybond is as revolutionary as the original was 32 years ago.
Here is a short video on Spectra fibre
If you want to have a great time flying a dual or quad-line sport kite, you simply have to have great line. The better the line, the better the response and the enjoyment. Shanti was the world’s first company dedicated to manufacturing a wide range of sport kiteline as well as assorted spools and winders. Here’s what you need to know…
- Low stretch is critical. If you pull on a line and it stretches, the kite doesn’t react.
- The line must be thin. Thick lines create ”drag” on the kite and slow down response time.
- The line must be slippery so that when you twist up your lines you still have control of your kite.
- Good line should have very little “creep” so that you don’t have to keep re-adjusting your lines.
- Good line costs more, making it important that it lasts a long time.
- Linesets have to be exactly measured and and properly tied or you have no control of your kite.
Did you know?
- Not all spectra lines are made equal. The manufacture of the line like braiding has a significant impact on performance and durability.