as is usually the case Royce makes mucho sense to me in what he says. I never really gave it any though until I read the post above his my Anony"mouse", but after his mentioning it, I find it to be somewhat true, here in my area anyway...that is that the q-line users usually have just the one set of lines to work with. WHY THE HELL IS THIS? Is it really because if one breaks you can just tie it and go? Since it's supposed to be cheaper than stock lines, it should ceratianly be easier to afford more than one set like us 'stock line users' do.
I'm with Royce, it really is a personal preference, but give me my stock line anytime over the Q-line that as I mentioned before really seems to love itself! For me, Q-line is a love hate relationship..I HATE how it sticks to itself.
And stock lines last fine if you take time to take proper care of them. I have a set of lines on one of my old Naish AR-5's in fact, that is the original set of lines that came with the kite when I bought it brand new. That makes this set of lines right around 2 years old or so doesn't it? And yup, you guessed it right, they are still working and have yet to break after 2 years of use.
I do rinse my kitelines, bar and all, in a tub of fresh water after every use(I LIE, I should do it after every use, but once for every 4 or 5 uses really better describes me)...
I do rub my hands the entire length of each line when I set up my kite and walk the lines out. Alot of people will walk out their lines, making sure to untwist and untangle their rear lines and then just leave the front lines to unwind themselves once connected and flying, and this is fine, I do it myself sometimes, but alot of times, I will walk the front lines out too, just to get to rub my hands the entire length of them for inspecting reasons.(I sometimes ride pretty far from shore and I like to know that my lines are in good shape for me)
I sometimes hear people saying "Johnny, what the hell are you doing? You don't have to walk out your front lines!"..but whatever, I have my reasons.
I also try to refrain from carrying my kite in such a manner that any piece of the lines will be dragging on the beach sand. If they are, just roll them up another lap or two around the bar. PEOPLE, I see you all the time doing this and I even see some guys carrying their kites and letting a wingtip or more drag in the sand. HELLO!!! Is this basically not the same as taking a freakin' piece of sandpaper to your kite and or strings? It causes mad amounts of wear in a very short time. Stop doing that!
Alright, I have to get to work now. Sorry for making such a long post. I type pretty fast, so I normally don't realize the posts are this long from my 2 or 3 minutes of thoughts. BUT, I am most usually trying to help out with them, so it's not really an entire waste of time to type 'em up and or for you to read 'em I don't suppose.