bay surfer wrote:
Q-line is the way to go, Never had a line break, if the ends start to wear, I just cut off and tie a new loop with a figure 8 knot. And No the figure eight knot will not weaken the Q-line, it is a whole different beast than the cheap Dyleema lines they put on bars, you can tie a knot in it and still untie the knot after a session, sand does not get in the weave cuasing wear. I find when I buy a new bar the cheap lines never last a summer, Never in 10 yrs of kiting have I replace a broken Q-line.
I used to use q-line, but do not any more.
Anyone that knows anything about lines knows that a knot will weaken a line.
Even the recommended figure of 8 knot will weaken the line.
I have had Q-line break at the base of the knots. The knots also lead to tangling.
Also the sleaving on Q-line is abrasive and more likely you cut you.
There is a reason why it is not used by kite companies.
Main cause of lines being damaged is throwing/dropping your lines on the beach.
If the line hit tightly wrapped on the bar hits a sharpish rock or shell it will put a nick into it and initiate damage.
Always handle your lines with care. Don't tread on them on the beach etc.
Proper rigging and repairing is done with splicing and sleeving.