Jul 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm #1277463
I want a spool of this stuff. I can get it in smaller lengths from retailers, but I find I am constantly seeing where I can use it to lighten many of the things I use while hiking. Anyone know where to get a couple hundred feet of it from?
(Spectra fishing line has been mentioned before, but I have no idea what is strong/light enough and if hollow or solid core.)
Thx.Jul 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm #1764967
Paul HatfieldBPL Member
I have a list of lines here, though I don't cover ones that small. I don't like tying knots with lines that small.
You can get 50 pound test (and lighter weights too) Spectra fishing line from Sports Authority. It works well as thread for hand-sewing.Jul 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm #1764999
Joseph RBPL Member
@dianodaLocale: Chicago, IL
Check out mojosgear.com (no relation), they look to have a pretty decent assortment of dyneema cordage. 0.8mm, 1mm, and 1.25mm unsheathed dyneema line are all available. 1.5mm is the smallest listed size they have available sheathed, although I suspect the 60-80kg rated stuff w/ dyneema core is probably between 1-1.25mm:
Note the minimum order requirement of 100 meters (and it's not mix and match, either).
Disclaimer: I have no idea if these guys are legit or not. Can't find them on reseller ratings or BBB…Jul 31, 2011 at 8:56 pm #1765051
Dan DurstonBPL Member
I would avoid the fishing line. I bought some on eBay that claims to be pure dyneema/spectra and it appears to not be. The cord has far more stretch then spectra/dyneema normally does and frankly it's just poor stuff.
I have had good luck buying spectra cordage on eBay. I bought a spool (ie. 200-300 feet) of 1/16" stuff (1.6mm) and it was excellent. Try searching for 'speargun spectra' on eBay. I used my cordage for everything from bear bagging to cinch cords. It was amazing how many uses I was able to find and how much weight I saved. That stuff was around 14g (0.5oz) for 50 feet which is excellent. Unfortunately I gave a lot of it away and then I lost the 50' section I used for bear bagging so one of these days I'll buy some more.
Here are a few eBay listings for 1.9mm stuff. There's 150 feet for $30 or 1000 feet for $160.Jul 31, 2011 at 9:38 pm #1765057
have you inquired about buying a large amount from joe at zpacks?Aug 1, 2011 at 5:48 am #1765092
James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Try searching for spectra bow lines.
These are often listed as pure spectra at around 175# breaking strength and about .030" diameter(just under 1mm if my math is correct.) Usually available in 45 yard spools.
This is braided line.Aug 1, 2011 at 7:41 am #1765106
I have not, but I Joe is a good guy who could perhaps offer me a deal. I guess I was trying to find a manufacturer or wholesaler.
Hrmmm….1.27mmAug 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm #1765302
Paul HatfieldBPL Member
goodboatgear.com has FSE Robline Dinghy Control 1.7mm for $0.16/foot
It's very nice line. Some of the other lines are very nice too, such as ZPack's.Aug 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm #1765311
Is the ebay stuff I posted above the correct stuff?Aug 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm #1765318Aug 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm #1765319
Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Try Treestuff.comAug 5, 2011 at 10:28 am #1766419
@happakiddLocale: Northern California
hey, have you tried kite string for stunt kites or kite boarding kites? It is thin spectra, sold by test rating, in bulk. I don't have any experience with buying it so i can't recommend anywhere to get it, but if you google kite supplies you should be able to come up with a few suppliers of small spectra line. I wasn't able to find diameters on this stuff so not sure how big it is.Aug 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm #1767021
I think it's Q-Powerline Kite String. It's available in hi-vis yellow and this thread has some pics that looks very similar to the stuff I received:
I'll have to call the company to see how think their 200# stuff is.Aug 7, 2011 at 8:34 pm #1767022
http://www.coastalwindsports.com/WhoseLine.htmlAug 9, 2011 at 11:19 am #1767498
Steven McAllisterBPL Member
@brooklynkayakLocale: South West US
I always use Zing-it for bear bag, shelter line, etc…
It is thicker than what you are looking for.
Seems about perfect for everything I do, thick enough and enough slip for bear bagging and enough grip for a double taut-line hitch.
I find anything thinner hard to work with when my hands are cold.
I bought mine at:
The site says it's 2.2mm, but it appears to be more like 1.75mm. They had a bulk sale that was much cheaper than WesSpur at the time.
Note, it is not reflective. I prefer that myself as I sometimes have to stealth it.Aug 15, 2011 at 6:10 am #1769435
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