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Where can I get some 1-1.25mm spectra....a lot of it?
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Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Where can I get some 1-1.25mm spectra....a lot of it? on 07/31/2011 13:42:18 MDT Print View

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.)


Paul Hatfield
(clear_blue_skies) - F
Lash-It / Zing-It on 07/31/2011 16:48:11 MDT Print View

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.

Edited by clear_blue_skies on 07/31/2011 16:54:33 MDT.

Joseph R
(Dianoda) - MLife

Locale: Chicago, IL
Re: Where can I get some 1-1.25mm spectra....a lot of it? on 07/31/2011 19:00:23 MDT Print View

Check out (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...

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Spectra on 07/31/2011 21:56:51 MDT Print View

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.

josh wagner
(StainlessSteel) - F
zpacks on 07/31/2011 22:38:08 MDT Print View

have you inquired about buying a large amount from joe at zpacks?

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
"Where can I get some 1-1.25mm spectra....a lot of it?" on 08/01/2011 06:48:13 MDT Print View

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.

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Re: zpacks on 08/01/2011 08:41:53 MDT Print View

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.


Paul Hatfield
(clear_blue_skies) - F
FSE Robline on 08/01/2011 18:09:48 MDT Print View 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.

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
EBAY on 08/01/2011 18:23:38 MDT Print View

Is the ebay stuff I posted above the correct stuff?

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: EBAY on 08/01/2011 18:37:32 MDT Print View

Perhaps you can find something Here.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Where can I get some 1-1.25mm spectra....a lot of it? on 08/01/2011 18:43:36 MDT Print View


Kevin Robin

Locale: Northern California
kite string; although it may be smaller than you are looking for. on 08/05/2011 11:28:25 MDT Print View

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.

Edited by happakidd on 08/05/2011 11:29:25 MDT.

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Kite String on 08/07/2011 21:31:11 MDT Print View

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.

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Re: Kite String on 08/07/2011 21:34:21 MDT Print View

Another pic:

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Zing-it on 08/09/2011 12:19:56 MDT Print View

Hey Bryce,

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.

Edited by brooklynkayak on 08/09/2011 12:39:14 MDT.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
An Update on 08/15/2011 07:10:42 MDT Print View

Check out my recent post:
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