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Getting the handle on straps

Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:51 am

Hi all, anyone got any advice on handed and straps. As a novice I’ve only ever had one kite which has handles.
If fortune smiles favourably upon me, I will be adding a Benson Deep Space at some point.
As far as I am aware, there are three main types of straps, wrist, finger and Knuckle-duster?
Are they simply a matter of personal choice or do they perform specific functions.
Which one would be recommended for a Deep Space? I will be practising with a view to becoming fairly competent with truck and freestyle flying over time.... a long time.
Also what is the best line for this kite? Cheers!


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Re: Getting the handle on straps

Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:44 am

Without a doubt either finger or knuckle straps. Far more responsive. Wrist straps are bulky and will get in the way. If your moving onto serious trick kiting then you wont be out in winds much higher than 15mph with a standard kite. 8-12mph is ideal wind speed so 90lb line will be fine. I personally like about 65 - 70 ft but alot of other flyers prefer about 100ft. Its a personal choice, I just like to keep the kite closer.
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Re: Getting the handle on straps

Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:52 am

Thanks Hawkerhunter. I’ll try the finger straps then. What make of line is good? It seems Spectra and Dyneema are ones that a lot of flyers use?


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Re: Getting the handle on straps

Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:55 am

Go for Climax Protec lines.
 
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Re: Getting the handle on straps

Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:38 am

I.m no expert on kite line. I'm still using my first sets of Spectra that came with some of my earlier kites. Lex's recommendation would be worth a try and they seem reasonably priced as well.
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Re: Getting the handle on straps

Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:27 pm

I prefer finger straps, but everyone to their own, always difficult not to recommend Tim's stuff, amazing craftsman and built to last.

http://www.bensonkites.com/shop/accessories.html

Anyone who hasn't seen what else Tim does with his time.....

https://www.instagram.com/bensonworkshop/
 
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Re: Getting the handle on straps

Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:48 pm

Cheers Craig, as soon as I find my DS, I’ll be snagging a pair of those to.
Thanks for the links. Some incredible stuff coming out of that workshop. Really creative.


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Re: Getting the handle on straps

Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:49 pm

Craig, would you know how I would go about ordering something from Benson workshop?
Doesn’t seem to be a webpage for it?
My son would love of those customised LED name signs.


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Re: Getting the handle on straps

Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:29 pm

Yes he has a shop front on etsy.com which you can contact him through.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BensonWorkshop