An amazing new coating also allows Shanti to work with some new
high-modulus polyethylene (HMPE) fibers. “High-modulus” is a comparative
term which simply relates to a fibre’s strength-to-weight ratio. So a
“high-modulus” fiber is stronger and lighter than a fiber with a lower
modulus rating. Skybond has the highest modulus rating of any kite line Shanti has tested. For
example: a 100 lb/test Skybond line is thinner than 90 lb/test Spectra,
but it’s 10% stronger, and it costs about the same. That’s a good deal. This new, neon-yellow coating uses a polymer-alloy which bonds to the fibers and protects them from damage, yet remains slippery.
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Since 1974, Shanti has led the world in the development of kite
lines, spools and winders. In 1979, Shanti introduced a revolutionary new
line called “Skybond” which had an outer Dacron braid with a Kevlar
core. We stopped making Skybond in 1985, when we invented Speed line, the world’s first Spectra kite line.
Speed line has not only been copied by nearly every kite company in the
world, it’s also been widely used in the fishing industry.
The Scoop on Coated lines:
To make Spectra suitable for fishing, companies began coating the
line to make it easier to handle but this ironically increased its
friction which was bad for kiteflying. In the last ten years,
kiteflyers have grown accustomed to flying coated line and some prefer
its “feel.” During this time, the quality of coatings 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 fibers and protects them from damage, yet remains slippery.