> What's the difference between Skyshark, 2p, 3p, etc. non tapered rods and
> the p200, p300, etc. rods?
I've read the replies to date and there is some really good information
To reiterate, SS 2P is not the same as the former P series that is still
being used in some European manufacturing. (I think Bilboquet has a
stock pile of them, but that's purely speculation). The old P series
were .2100 ID.
Okay, let's jump to now. The "P" series is no longer being made. The new
2P (8 gram) wrapped carbon graphite linear spar recently introduced has
a .1960 ID. It has a thicker wall than the previous 2P's and is made
from a high modulus carbon that not only makes it stiffer, but makes it
more durable, which can, if used correctly in the right kite design can
more than double the wind range. It offers the best weight to durability
ratio that we know to date in a spar of this weight. That being said, it
is a difficult spar to work with if you don't know what you're doing.
The Sky Shark-P100+ series spars, introduced last year, are wrapped
carbon graphite linear and lightly sanded. These "tubes" are used in a
variety of non-kite applications, just to make it clear why they are
sanded. This series of spars are more durable in most apps, due to the
fact that they are *softer* and more forgiving than tapered spars. The
weights and OD/ID can be accessed at http://www.skyburner.com
We've used them in a variety of applications rather than using
pultrudeds, and they work admirably. (They are GREAT in Single Line Kite
apps) What makes them very useable is that they are reinforced equally
throughout the spar which means you can cut them anywhere. What's really
cool about this is that for anyone who wants to use wrapped carbon
graphite spars it's a snap. You can cut them to any length, internally
ferrule them, and not worry about them not being strong enough to handle
your app. Good tubes and we highly recommend them for hobbiests!