Flying Line, Anchors and Hardware

If you fly a lot of kites, chances are you already have line, swivels and anchor hardware. But if you don't, or if you need something new, here is what we use.

Hardware: Swivels | Carabiners | Figure Eight Rings | Pulleys
Anchors: Straps | Sand Anchors
Flying Line: Heavy Line | Premium Heavy Line | Line Spools | Light Line | Line Winders
Bags: Wonder Bags | Scramble Bags | Compression Bags | Stuff Sacks
Poles and Accessories: Tellescopic | Modular | Stake Display: Banners | Pole Sleeves
Clothing: Gom-Ware Pullovers | Other Clothing | Pins & Patches
Flying Tips: Laundry Attachments | The Larkshead Knot | Line on Rings | Anchor Spikes
Frequently Asked Questions
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Flying Line for Larger Kites:

Quality flying line can seem expensive. But when you consider the cost of quality kites, paying a few dollars for the right equipment to fly them is a small and worthwhile investment.

Lighter Flying Line: For what most people call "normal" kites -- ones that require 500 pound line or less -- we use a black dacron line. The lightly waxed finish is easier to handle and the hollow braid can easily be spliced back together in the case of a cut or break.

We prefer the dark color because it repels dirt, is easier to see in the sky, and because, well, because we like it...

Strength 500 feet 1000 feet

100 lbs

$17

$34

200 lbs

$27.50

$55

300 lbs

$30

$60

500 lbs

$45

$102

Wooden Winder
Premium Wooden Line Winders: You can use all kinds of things to wind up your flying line. We use these handsome Hardwood Handles, individually crafted here in the USA.

There are two sizes - the standard 12 inch for $9 and the large 18 inch for $12.

GKPI Wooden winders are made from laminated hardwood. They have a natural finish that you can write on -- if you are inclined to label your line. Click on the image to see how we recommend you wind line in a figure-eight pattern to eliminatge twists.

Plastic Line Spools:

Grab a handy 6 inch line winder in bright plastic colors. Our colorful spools are hard to break, hard to lose, and hard to resist.

The narrow construction makes them easier to hold and to store.

Line Spools

Choose 200 feet of 85 pound line - great for smaller kites - for $8. Or choose 150 feet of 170 pound line for $9.

Heavy Line for Big Kites: For larger kites, we like a line we can put our hands on. The diameter may be a bit thicker, but big kites can usually lift it and overcome any drag without a problem. This line also has a little stretch. Normally, that's not what you want. But with big kites, a bit of flexibility will keep a gust from pulling your anchor out.

Our heavy line has a twisted nylon core and a black polyester cover. It is tough, wear-resistant, attractive, and economical.

Rather then pack hard line winders, we store and transport our heavier lines in fabric bags. Stuff it in after a day of flying and you'll be surprised how easily it comes out next time. Plus, these stuff sacks pack into the same soft bags as our kites without any problem.

Line comes in 300 foot spools.

Strength Diameter Lbs per 100 ft Price

750 lbs

4mm

.77

$54

1200 lbs

5mm

1.23

$71

1800 lbs

6mm

2.02

$100

2500 lbs

7mm

2.62

$125

Longer lengths are available on a special order basis, although we don't really recommend flying large kites highter than 300 feet.

Premium Heavy Flying Line: One of the problems with heavy duty flying line is that it is .... heavy. Three hundred feet of 2500 pound line weighs nearly eight pounds. And that can add up when you travel to festivals in airplanes like we often do. For that reason, we are starting to carry a more expensive line that is thinner and lighter for its strength.

Specton is a 12-strand single braided rope made from 100% HMWPE (high molecular weight polyethylene). We carry the 1/8 version with a working strength of 1,800 pounds. It weighs one-fourth as much as dacron line in the same strength.

Here is what the manufacturer says:

    100% Spectra Single Braid. Spectron 12 offers great strength and negligible stretch coupled with extremely low weight. This combination makes it the right choice anywhere maximum weight savings is desired. Special UV coating is slippery, so it runs well, though it can be difficult to handle.

Spectron, like the lighter spectra lines you use for sport kites, is spendy. The 1,800 pound is 40 cents a foot. We'll cut any length you want. So for 100 feet, the cost is $40. That's about 30% off the list price.

Looking for a quick and effective way to attach the flying line to the kite? Use a larkshead!

Just tie a loop in the end of the flying line. Double the loop over itself, slide that over a knot at the end of the kite's bridle, and snug it down. Line tension will keep the larkshead tight until you are ready to remove it.

The Larkshead

Once you get the hang of this simple knot, you'll find it indispensable for connecting your flying line, attaching laundry to "pigtails" and anchoring. For more photos and information, click here.

Anchors and Hardware:

A good strap and a strong carabiner are essential accessories for every large kite. You can easily tie off to trees, bumpers, fences, or ground stakes. And if you are forced to move, holding the strap is much easier then hanging onto the flying line.

Anchor Straps: When we anchor, GKPI uses an eight foot length of tubular climbing webbing with loops power-stitched into each end. We combine this with an Omega oval carabiner rated at over 4000 pounds. Then we attach a small piece of bungee to the strap so we can wrap the whole thing up neatly. If you need a similar set-up, we'll sell you the strap and biner for $20.

Strap and Carabiner

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Mini Carabiners: To attach tubes, pillows. spinsocks, and flags, we twist small "pearabiners" into the line. We used to buy them at climbing stores for $4.50 each, but have now found a way to buy in bulk and save a few dollars. We'll sell them for $3 each. Note: Although ideal for attaching accessories, these smaller carabiners are not designed to handle the stress of anchoring larger kites.

Mini Carabiners

Large Carabiners

Large Carabiners: We also have the larger biners. Omega oval carabiner are rated at over 4000 pounds. Use them with sand anchors or other hardware. $9.50 each.

These are the same biners we include with our anchor straps.

We've seen all kinds of tricks used to attach laundry to a flying line. Most involve knots which cause abrasion and weaken line strength. Our approach is a lot more simple.

We wrap small carabiners into the main flying line. Normally, three twists work just fine. When the line is slack, you can slide the "biner" anywhere you want. But when the kite goes up and tension builds on the line, the "biner" is locked in place.

It's quick, easy, and doesn't reduce line strength.

Attaching Line Laundry

Swivels: If something turns or spins, it needs a swivel. If it doesn't, then don't bother with extra hardware.

For fast turning pieces like Parachutes and Spiked Bols or Baskets, we recommend Sampo Ballbearing Swivels. They are smooth, tough, and don't wear out. We use the double-ring style which we find stronger than the wire snap. The rings are just the right size for Mini Carabiners. Sampo are a bit more expensive, but will pay for themselves over a long working lifespan. Your cost is $6.50 on the 500 pound and $4.00 on the 300 pound.

Sampo Swivels

Large Swivel
Petzl

For larger jobs, you need bigger hardware.

We now have a bigger, stronger aluminum swivel designed for large Spinsocks and Bols. Rated to about 1500 pounds, the aluminum swivel will resist sand and grit, and turn about as well as anything not under water. The cost is $20 each.

And for very serious workloads, the best swivel we have found is the Petzl. It is rated to 5000 pounds and we provide one with each of our 28 foot Crowns.

The price is pretty hefty too -- $60 each. But a quick internet search will show that we're actually well below the normal pricing on this ultimate turning device.

Micro Pulley: Here's how it works: The pulley slides over your flying line, and then you snap a caribiner and strap through the holes and walk the line down. Sure you can do the same thing with your bare hands. But why bother??

Micro Pully

Our pulley handles line of up to 1/2 thickness. Sideplates are anodized aluminum with a steel axle and aluminum sheave. Each pulley is rated to 5,000 pounds. We sell them for $15 each.

Figure 8 Ring
Figure 8 Ring
Figure 8 Rings: You can lock your line into the carabiner at the end of the strap with a simple larkshead. Or you can put a few twists of line around the oval and slowly let line out. It works fine. But it works better with a Figure 8 Ring.

These rings are designed for smooth, controlled line adjustments. Anchor the small end to the ground with a strap, and then wrap the line around the larger "O". With one wrap, you can slowly let line out. With a second wrap, you can lock the line in place.

They are a bit spendy at $16 each, but it's worth having one around. Besides, they never fail to impress the amateurs...

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Sand Anchors: You arrive on the beach ready to fly, look around, and there isn't anything in sight to tie off to. What to do??

Simple. Just pull one of our sand anchors out of your bag. This ingenious Australian design is a square of fabric with straps sewn into it. You dig a hole in the sand, lay the fabric in the hole, fill the sand back in, and then connect your kite to the straps with a carabiner.

We sell three sizes of anchors. Or you can make your own. Use different size "biners" depending on the size of your kites.

  • Medium Anchors - two to a package
      each 18 inches square - $14
  • Large Anchors - one to a package
      each 3 feet square - $15
  • Super Anchors - one to a package - big biner included
      each 4 feet square - heavy duty - $25

Click here for more instructions on how to use sand anchors. Smaller anchors will hold kites that pull up to 100 pounds. Larger anchors will hold larger kites, up to and including the giants if you follow the instructions we've included.

Sand Anchor
Click on the photo for a schematic.

For hard ground, use solid metal stakes. Check your hardware store for re-bar or construction spikes.

Make sure you set your anchor spikes deep into the ground. And remember to tie-off low on the spike. Otherwise the kite will pull your spike loose and create a dangerous situation.

Setting Spike Anchors

Storage and Travel Bags:

Big kites need big bags. But you don't want to spend a bunch of money on bags so check this out.

Wonder Bags: Our big duffels are big enough to hold just about anything!

These big kite duffels are a huge 40 inches long. They hold a full-size Peter Lynn giant, a disassembled buggy, or enough assorted kites, laundry, and line that you easily go over the airline weight restrictions. And now we see that they will even hold your wife! Click here for a better photo of the bag.

Wonder Bag and Wife

Wonder Bags are absolutely the biggest bags the airlines allow. Your price?? Just -- $25! (Wife not included.)

Stuff Sacks: Use them for kites, cram them full of laundry, or store your line in them for easy transport and access -- our stuff sacks are simple and indispensable

Bags are in tough nylon fabric with a round bottom. They include a drawstring and plastic toggle-lock. We also have longer bags, which are great for poles, spars, or longer kites.

Stuff Sacks

Scramble Bags
Giant "Scramble" Bags: You look over your shoulder and suddenly realize that a rain storm is bearing down on you and there are still big kites strewn over the field. You need to scramble! And to do that, you need a scramble bag!!

Our "Scrambles" are a huge 60 by 42 inches and designed to stuff loose foils or a big Peter Lynn away fast. We sell them for $25. If you are lucky, you'll never need one. But when you need one, you'll find it money well spent.

    Stuff Sack and Sleeves - Sizes and Prices:
    • Small Stuff Bag - 16x8 inches - $5 each or three for $12
    • Medium Stuff Bag - 24x12 inches - $7 each or three for $18
    • Large Stuff Bag - 39x24 inches - $12 each or three for $30
    • Giant "Scramble" Bag - 60x42 inches - $25 each.
    • Long Sleeve - 60x6 inches - $6 each or three for $15
    • Extra-Long Sleeve - 72x8 inches - $7 each or three for $18

Compression or "Crunch" Bags: If you are traveling or pressed for storage space, Crunch Bags are the answer. They stand about seven feet tall but have three compression lines that allow you to squeeze down to about three feet.

Designed and manufactured by Peter Lynn, the Crunch Bags will hold two large Octopus or a whole bunch of soft kites, line and laundry. They are tough and take a beating, but also take some effort to compress. This is the bag-of-choice for traveling fliers who want to limit bulk. But they are spendy at $110 each. So if you are just looking for storage, our Wonder Bags are a great option

Crunch Bags

Compression Stuff Bags: Fill it full of fabric and then cinch it down to maximize valuable packing space. Our 13 by 30 inch Compression Bags are just the right size for a 252 Flowform or a Peter Lynn Mid Size. They will also hold a lot of laundry or even a sleeping bag.

This is a top-stuffing bag with a zippered closure. Side straps pull the top and bottom together for maximum compression. They come in black or black-- what a surprise! Your cost is $30 which may seem like a lot until you check what REI or Camping Depot is charging.

 Compression Stuff Bags

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Kite Sleeves:

Keep your favorite kites clean and protected in our durable nylon bags.

We offer two sizes five feet tall and six inches wide, or six feet tall and eight inches wide. That's long enough for almost any kite and convenient to put two kites in one bag for easy transport or storage.

A Velcro tab keeps the bag closed, and a loop at the top is great for hanging or attaching a personal label.

Kite Bags

Kite Sleeves are available in your choice of red, blue, black, aqua, yellow or purple for $6 or $7 each.

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Banner Poles and Accessories:

Gomberg Kites offers the complete line of banner and windsock display systems. These are not fishing poles with a "sensitive" (ie. flimsy) tip that will break off in the wind or puncture your banner. Our award winning poles were specifically designed for display and banner applications.

When selecting a display system, you should first consider what you want to do with it. Some poles are designed for convenience and portability. Some are designed for durable long-term commercial displays. Stronger poles are heavier and more expensive than lighter ones. And of course, we have a selection to meet any of these conditions and applications.

  • Tellescopic Poles:Generally speaking, telescopic poles are more convenient for traveling exhibitions. They are lighter and extend quickly. But they have extra parts (end caps and plugs), and sometimes the sections will collapse. Taping the transition will eliminate this problem but that reduces the ease of installation.
  • Modular Poles:Modular poles contain multiple independent section that connect externally. They are heavier and more durable than telescopic poles. They don't have extra parts to keep track of. But they also take slightly more time to assemble. ("Slightly" in this case, mean three minutes instead of one minute.)
  • Anchor Stakes:Use a proper anchor. Metal anchors will weaken or damage the inside of fiberglass poles. Fiberglass anchor stakes are clean, lightweight, and minimize pole damage.

For more details on our poles and mounting/display accessories, go to our Pole Pages.

Heavy Duty Telescopic Poles GKPI stocks a thick-walled, telescopic pole in 16, 28, and 31 foot lengths. If you need to display windsocks, or put a smaller kite on static display, this is the tool to use. And it still collapses to 45 inches. Priced at $35, $60 and $75 retail plus $9 for an anchor stake.

The heavy duty pole has a wider, 2 inch base, multiple extending sections, and a flat black matte finish. To extend the pole, simply remove the end cap and tilt the pole down so all the sections slide out.

Kite line can easily be stored on the pole when wound around the two firmly attached brass clips.

  • Choose 16, 28 or 31 Feet
  • Compact Storage of 44.5 Inches
  • Two Brass Winder Clips
  • Top Ring for Easy Connections
  • Total Weight - Under 5 pounds
  • Black Matte Finish
  • $35, $60, and $75 Retail
  • $14 Anchor Stake


Wide 2 Inch Base

Nine Tellescopic Sections

Two Brass Clips

The 16.5 foot tall Ultra 16 modular fiberglass pole is designed for long-term display and commercial applications.

The "Ultra 16" is a heavy-duty commercial banner pole featuring our exclusive modular stacking assembly. This pole cannot collapse even during extended use and there are no pesky caps and plugs to keep track of! Each section is numbered for fool proof assembly. Use our fiberglass anchor stakes, metal anchor spike, or mounting hardware.

  • Assembles to 16.5 Feet
  • Compact Storage of 44.5 Inches
  • Modular Assembly
  • Heavy Duty Construction
  • Cannot Collapse
  • Optional Extension Available
  • Storage Bag Included
  • No Top and Bottom Caps
  • Total Weight - 5 pounds
  • Classic Black Finish
  • $75 Retail
  • $84 with Anchor Stake
Add an optional extension section to stretch the Ultra 16 to 20 feet! Stinger Extensions are $15.


Five Modular Sections

Reinforced Base

Delux Bag

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Make your Ultra 16 even longer with a 42 inch extension section. Add as many as you wish. $15 each.

The 10 foot tall Ultra 10 modular fiberglass pole is designed for ten foot banners.

This is a dependable three-section pole with a hard rubber base and no-puncture tip. The "Ultra 10" features our exclusive modular stacking assembly. This pole cannot collapse even during extended use and there are no pesky caps and plugs to keep track of! A zippered carry bag is included. Use our fiberglass anchor stakes, metal anchor spike, or mounting hardware.

  • Assembles to 10 Feet
  • Compact Storage of 44.5 Inches
  • Modular Assembly
  • Cannot Collapse
  • Storage Bag Included
  • Total Weight - 3 pounds
  • Classic Black Finish
  • $50 Retail
  • $59 with Anchor Stake


Three Modular Sections

Hard Rubber Base

Delux Bag

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Banner Stakes: Many people use rebar to anchor their banners. And that's why their poles break. The metal edges rub the inside of the pole and weakens it. And the metal doesn't flex in the wind. The preferred way to anchor your poles is with lighter weight, flexible and clean fiberglass stakes.

Simply position the stake where you want to display your banner or pole. Tap the rod into the ground or sand until solid. This could be as little as 10 inches or as much as two feet. Slide the hollow pole base over the stake and down to the ground. Add an optional plastic ground base for more support.

The GKPI stake is a 42 inch solid 1/2 inch diameter fiberglass pole. Buy them in a set with your poles or buy them separately for $9 each.

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GKPI Poles and Accessories

  • 10 ft Ultra Modular Pole & stake -- $50.00
  • 16 ft Ultra Modular Pole & stake -- $84.00
  • 16.5 ft Telescopic Pole & stake -- $44.00
  • 28 ft Telescopic Pole & stake -- $69.00
  • 31 ft Telescopic Pole & stake -- $84.00
  • Solid Fiberglass Stake -- $9.00
  • 10 ft Ultra 10 Modular Pole only (no stake) -- $59.00
  • 16.5 ft Ultra 16 Modular Pole only (no stake) -- $75.00
  • 16.5 ft Telescopic Pole only (no stake) -- $35.00
  • 28 ft Telescopic Pole only (no stake) -- $60.00
  • 31 ft Telescopic Pole only (no stake) -- $75.00
  • 3.5 ft Ultra Extension Section -- $15.00

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8 ft Feather Banners:

The perfect way to add color or draw attention.

Feather Flags are specially designed from ripstop nylon to minimize color fading and wear or fraying. The lightweight fabric stays open and on display even in no wind.

We’ve designed the feather with a closed top end so it won’t come loose and slide down a pole. Secure the Feather to your pole using the elastic bungee at the bottom.

BFeather Banners

Choose the colorful Rainbow for $40. Economical Basic banners are one solid color for just $30. They come in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or purple. Or advertise your store, garage sale, or event with our Open banners which come in rainbow, warm, or cool for $40.

Feathers are designed for use with our Ultra 10 banner pole. Alternatively, they work well with inexpensive PVC pipe for a pole and rebar stakes for an anchor. (Purchase separately.) Click here for assembly instructions.

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Pole Sleeeve: Why hang just one windsock from a pole when you can attach four or five??

Pole Sleeves are designed to work with 16 foot banner poles. They have grommets placed along the fabric edge so you can display up to five decorations. Set up several poles and you get a managerie of color. $12 each.

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Clothing, Window Stickers, and Accessories:

We'll admit it. Seeing someone sporting our well-worn name on the field gives us a special thrill. So in order to encourage just that, we've produced the very best kite clothing we could find and then offered it to you at our cost. And keep in mind, you never know what kind of discount you may get on other stuff if you make a habit of wearing our colors...

Gom-Ware Pullovers:

In 1996, we outfitted our group to China in GomWare pullovers.

We paraded in the cool night air of the Weifang opening ceremonies, flew in the blistering sun of Tianamin Square, and climbed the Great Wall in a light drizzle.

We wore them day-after-day, slept in them on the train, spilled all kinds of Chinese food across them, shook out the dust and then wore them to formal banquets. After ten days, our Gom-Ware still looked great!

China Troopers

France Troopers

This shirt may be the perfect kite pullover. The outside is tough, soil resistant twill, while the inside is 100% cotton woven fleece. The design is a classic, long sleeve, 2 button polo with knit collar, banded waist and cuff.

No silk-screening here. Everything is completely embroidered and features our distinctive eagle logo. Gom-Ware Polos come in black for $35.

We've finally got patches and pins. Cool!!

Wear them on your hat, your jacket, or sewn to your kite bag. The embroidered patches are 3 inches and the cloisonne pins are one-and-a-eighth inches.

You can have either for $5.

GKPI Stuff

Other Clothing, and Accessories: In cooperation with CafePress, GKPI is now offfering a collection of clothing, tote bags, mugs, window stickers, and cards. You can even order GKPI boxer shorts! Click on any of the images to see our entire product line.

GKPI Tote GKPI Window Sticker GKPI Clothing

Please note that these products are ordered direct from CafePress and not us. And if you are interested in a line of your own shirts, CafePress can do it for you too. They make them one-at-a-time so you don't have to pay for inventory. Please be sure to list GombergKites so we get credit for referring you.

Oh -- and if you buy a Window Sticker for $2.50, send us a picture of it on your car and we'll give you a $5 credit on your next kite or laundry purchase.


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