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    Default Do throwlines wear out?

    I know that sounds like a dumb question. I have 200 ft of Zing It that I've been using for a couple years. It's still in good shape but the stupid thing gets in the worst knotted up mess nearly every time I use it lately and it seems to be getting worse. It is very pliable and not firm like it was when new. I have several new pieces I guess I'm gonna try. I just hate to throw something away if there is still life left in it. The newer lines seem to be stiffer and don't collapse on their self like this one is doing. I guess it makes sense for a softer line to tangle worse than a slightly stiffer one. This one is getting like an old wash rag. I hesitate to use the word limp on this site but that's what's happening.

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    I've never worn one out.

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    The older, more used line will get wind knots easier in my experience. Back in my climbing days I replaced mine when I got tired of picking knots out of it. Of course I haven't used my current throw line but maybe 5 times in the last 10 years but I'm a bucket slug now.

    I still have the old, knotted line saved in the truck as backup in case the 'new' line gets trashed or stuck.
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    Old line gets put into reserve, as Brian said, and the retired into the garden or something.
    The line does eventually wear out. It's tensile strength does degrade with use.
    Makes good string line for projects.
    Interesting how a limited gene pool and a limited labor force seem to be so closely related.

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    I have some throw line that looks like parachute cord I bought from KK many years ago. I just bought a Bigshot a year ago and bought some Zing it to go with it. Not real happy with it. Too thin on the fingers and didn't fly that much better. Prone to snarling as well.

    I found 1200 ft. of real military parachute cord on craiglist recently for 20 some dollars. I was shocked how much better it worked than my old worn old glazed up stuff.

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    I disliked the standard 1.8mm Zing-It right from the beginning. I always used the 2.2mm Zing-It. Fat enough to not cut your hands as easily, doesn't cut through the bark and get wedged as easily, doesn't tangle as easily and still light enough to enable high placement.
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    Zing-it does have a coating that will wear off over time. It also has a memory so over time, as the number of locations where knots occurred increase, things get worse. You can sometimes refurbish an old line and remove those knot locations by stretching it out in a straight line with a couple hundred pounds tension and letting it set for a few hours.
    I will do this with a new line too, makes it much smoother.

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    I will have to give that tension thing a try. The parachute cord pretty much unsnarled it self if you just shook it around a bit. Anyone else using it?

    I did buy the heavy zing it but it cuts in hands way more than the p.c.. 550 line it is sometimes called.

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    Some folks like the Dynaglide. Worth a try.
    It grew on me. Still use the 2.2mm zingit.
    Tried some other stuff, but was not sold on it. Ya know, just checking out new offers and such.
    Interesting how a limited gene pool and a limited labor force seem to be so closely related.

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    Until I learned the tension between two Trees at home trick I always thought New line unruly for awhile then worked great ... At the end of it's useful life goes back to unruly

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