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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



Best Answer 9 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?)

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..

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.