Have you ever had your kite line break? I have and had no clue how to replace them. Do I buy new lines or can I fix the broken line? As a proud outdoor nerd, I did what every member of Outdoors Informed does. I began a comprehensive search for the best kiteboarding flying lines. My search included asking local kiteboarders and scouring the web.
What was the results of my search? Well here is a basic outline of what to look for in a good set of kiteboarding flying lines. First, look for kite flying lines with a high breaking strain/load of between 700 lbs to 1000 lbs. Second, confirm the use of materials like UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethelene). Also known as Dyneema or Spectra by different manufacturers. It yields the highest strength to weight ratio with the best abrasion resistance. Third, ensure the flying lines are pre-stretched, sleeved and coated.
When buying kiteboarding flying lines, you have three options.
- Ready made line sets from most major kite brands
- Standard kite-grade line sets from kite parts vendors
- High quality UHMWPE line spools in bulk. Which you put together yourself using splicing and sleeve tools.
The DIY option is only reserved for experienced or expert kiters though. So for most people the first two options are best, to help you make an informed choice I found three great picks. Plus I have included a DIY choice if you are comfortable with assembling you own lines.
Also, if you don’t know what kiteboarding lines are, there is a guide at the end of the article. You can either navigate via the table of contents or read on. Anyways, let’s “send it” and get the article started.