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What is Good material for a Kite? Answered

I am planning on making a kite for kite boarding, but I have two ideas about what material to use for making a Kite. I went to the store and looked at Dacron and Ripstop but the Dacron seemed very rigid and semi-heavy and Ripstop seemed like the logical choice, but Dacron was recommended in Saul's Instructable. I would like some input from people that have possibly made some kites or know a lot about kite boarding. P.S. I would like to know also what size of a kite that I would need, I am 120 lbs, the winds are about 15-20 MPH and I am just beginning. Thanks

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Kiteman

Best Answer 10 years ago

If you are just starting, and haven't powerkited before, I would get a professionally-made kite first. If you are lucky enough to have a proper kiteshop or kite school close by, you could have a test-flight of a variety of kite styles, as different designs of kite complement different styles of flying. (The first thing to think about is whether you are boarding on water or land?)

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Groovie

8 years ago

Ripstop Nylon is the most common material used. And it is also what most sails are made of. So find a place that repair sails and soft tops for boats and they should have the material..

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ndjalva

9 years ago

A product used for marine applications called "Sunbrella" will do well. Will last for ever (+-) and comes in a zillion colors. Workable, sewable,can be zaped with rf welders, glued, good stuff for many projects that will have to edure the out of doors.