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Some still think they can test braid themselves, compare one to the other yes, test it's bs, NO,,, Read more in the Forum,, Testing of lines. Paulus

   

 

 

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Before you buy the next spool of braid have a look at this list,  then Line tests & the Braid buyers Guide.         Contact Paulus.  paulvg@pcwi.com.au

 

NEW FORUM,,, Have a read or If you want to post join, have a few Questions then email me. 

 

As I am testing the line I will also review them and put up a report about my findings, then you will have an idea as to what the line is like before purchase.

Some of the Braided lines are very costly to purchase like 75 cents a metre, are they worth it, well read on and we will see.

I have all the retained samples so should be able to go through some of the brands listed.

Paulus

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Paulus Just Fishing, Statement.

The results of line tests are provided from samples provided in good faith as described by the people submitting them, the tests are undertaken with industry standard electronic tensile testing equipment using the worlds best practice techniques appropriate to the material type being tested.

Any branded product of a, Manufacturer, distributor, reseller who does not believe the test results reflect their typical product, as described, are welcome to provide additional samples for comparison testing & inclusion in the line test data set.

BRAID and Braided/ fused type Lines,,,

 

Asari

The lower bs lines tested are all very similar in size and breaking strain. These lines are thick for their breaking strain, I do see this brand being offered as a 6 strand, and were sent to me as a 6 strand but all lines were only a 3 strand, the 20lb being a 4 strand. Again this is sent in as a 6 st 30lb it is a 4 strand and the 30lb is very ropey.
It's a wonder that the importers of these Chinese lines don't do a little home work before they offer these lines for sale, it's not rocket science to at least count the strands.
If this style of line suits your pocket then go with it, but the number speak for themselves.
    

 

Berkley FireLine Tournament Exceed, seems this is very similar line to the Crystal only in colour see below

 

 Berkley FireLine Crystal

This is a stiff wiry line that breaks well over the breaking strain listed, like the 1 lb breaks at 5 lb. These lower breaking strain lines are not as thin as they could be. I guess the stiffness of the line, you need to come to terms with, if your going to use it. This is a fused heat treated braided line.

Just tested tested the 30lb Exceed, it tested at 87lb,,, wow,, was this actually the 50lb, seeing it was a tournament line one would think its breaking close to listed, not near 3 times the bs, guys get your act together.

I do not like this line, some do although it's not a line I would use.

 

 Berkley FireLine tracer

I just tested the 40lb and it breaks at over the 50lb line but thinner.

So what has happened here, like using a better grade of Dyneema, like sk71 or sk75. Or just the 50lb with a few after treatments, or then maybe this is a line meant for the USA

I do like this line, and  I hope it's not a one off line,  I would like to see more of this 40lb or is it a one off.

 

 Berkley Big Game Hollow Braid

This is a typical Pe hollow line that breaks at around it's listed breaking strain, If I was to use a hollow to claim a record fish this is the range I would use.

These lower breaking strain hollow lines are as thin as they could be. I guess compared to the other hollow lines, you need to come to terms with, if your going to use it.

The weave is very open so large insertions are not a problem, so long as they have a good taper on the item inserted.  You May note the 80lb is a 12strand line.  The 130 lb is a 16 strand others sell this one as a 80lb, This is a Pe line although not necessarily a Spectra Pe line.

I do like this line, and it's a line I would use for game fishing or just heavy fishing.

 

 Berkley Nanofil

This is a stiffish flat ribbon line a little like the stuff that you use between your teeth. Not a braid or a mono but between.

It's a wiry line that breaks double its listed breaking strain, like the 4lb breaks at 8lb. These lower breaking strain lines are not as thin as they could be. I guess the stiffness of the line, you need to come to terms with, if your going to use it. This is a fused heat treated braided type line.

I thought I would use this as a serve thread instead of the Dyneema 4 strand I was using so I did a test. I marked off 300mm and loaded both the lines with a weight, both had an initial stretch 5mm, and 24 hrs later the Dyneema went 5mm more the Nanofil 10mm, 10 days later no change to the Dyneema but the Nonofil has gone to 35mm that's more than 12%, so make of it what ever you like but do not use it as a serve thread as it continues the stretch. I do not like this line, and it's not a line I would use. Interesting though,,, as the Europeans just love talking knot strengths in lines (which I do not believe in), this line is similar to a mono but is a ribbon, also a bimini twist in this is almost 100% strong.

 

 Berkley Whiplash Pro green

 

This line generally breaks at close to and above the indicated breaking strain, except the 60 & 80lb which were well down at 52 & 69lb. The low diameters indicated, are generally very much higher, like the 20 lb at 0.06mm its actually 0.239mm. Today we have lines thinner and lighter than these.

The 4 lb is a different type of line and breaks at just over, careful using this one, its like cotton wool.  The sample I have was not fused.  Knot ability, these fused lines are difficult lines to knot, knots can slip.

The latest test carried out on 10,2011, Shows that this line is now a 8 strand and made up of 6 thinner and 2 thicker strands, this does make it look and feel like a 4 strand, Separation of the strands shows its coated on the outside only.

 

  Bionic Braid

Tested was the vivid Pink, easily seen. Made in Australia, from Type 75 Dyneema fibres Strand 8 Dy Tested 64.97lb D=.mm 0.369

This is a very nice braid, being an 8 strand it is much more expensive than the normal Bionic braid you see.

The Feel of the line is like silk and very limp. The Breaking strain verses size is V good, one of the best seen. Shape is flattish.

The colour was bright. Testing the line it had some elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are tight and cannot be readily seen, and because its soft it's difficult to separate.

Joining this line to line is a problem as the double Uni and Blood knots slip.

After 6 months use the line came back as a piece of old rope, faded and coarse, not the bright waxy / silky line it was.
It tested similar in thickness (although one end was thicker than the other), but the strength dropped to 53.70lb, that's a long way from the 82.36lb it was, this puts the cat amongst the pigeons.
I am now very disappointed in this brand, as I first thought it was a reasonably good line, but then maybe it was used a little to long.

 

 Blue Water Fishing blue steel

Tested was the blue colour 3 strand, 2 pale blue strands and 1 white. stated as a Dyneema its a mix I think.

The Feel of the line is rough and coarse, very limp with no stiffness. The Breaking strain verses size is poor. Shape is flattish.

The colour is pale with a little gloss and would easily turn white, any chaffing could not be seen. Testing the line it had an extreme amount of elongation prior to breaking, to such an extent that it may be better to use a very hard mono. The weave of the strands are not that tight and can be readily seen and felt, easy to separate.

Although the 6 lb tests well above stated, the 30 lb tests below at (28 lb).

 

 Blue Water Fishing Fibre X

Tested was the lemon/Lime green.

This line seems to be another one made in china and the test result poor. Seems a standard type line, twice I have tested this and twice the result has been the same.

For the thickness the breaking strain is very poor.

 

 Calcutta Ultra braid

Tested was the 15lb and 20lb grey and dark grey, both these are a 4 strand line, I have tested a lot of this type of line, samples sent in by importers.

This is just very slightly stiff waxy line, reasonably smooth line, looks good braided, chaffing could not be seen.  These lines generally get very ropey as the wax disappears, but hard to say on the upper breaking strains.

It was easy separating the strands, as they are due to the loosely spun braiding. It was very easy determining exactly how many strands.

Test results seem to be all over the place, so getting more in to test would give a better idea. Well I got some more, the 20 and 30lb have the same bs although the 30lb is thicker.

Long term it's hard to say how it will go, it may fray,,, maybe at some stage someone using it, can update me. Good one to stay away from.

 

 Chinese braids
  I have tested a lot of this type of line, samples sent in by importers, users, fisho's etc.

This is generally a soft limp, reasonably coarse line, loosely braided,   These lines generally get very big and ropey as the listed breaking strain goes up.

The breaking strain for diameter is generally very poor and can break almost at half the stated / listed bs.

I had extreme difficulty separating the strands, as they are not individually spun during the braiding process. It is very hard determining exactly how many strands 3 or 4 as they are very fluffy.

Long term it's hard to say how all these braids will go. They are not nice lines, but if that is all that can be afforded then that what you use, but fishing is not as good using these lines.

 

 Chinese Power Pro silver grey
  Tested was the silver grey, 3 strand, I have tested a lot of this type of line, samples sent in by importers.

This is a soft silky limp, reasonably smooth line, loosely braided,  and this was a good sample, any chaffing could not be seen.  These lines generally get very ropey as the breaking strain goes up.

I had extreme difficulty separating the strands, as they are not individually spun due to the loose braiding. It was very hard determining exactly how many strands 3 or 4 and I settled on 3.

Long term it's hard to say how it will go, it may fray,,, maybe at some stage someone using it, can update me.

 

Cortland Master braid

Tested was the White  initially which was a good braid with good diameter to bs, The new bronze line seems considerably down on breaking strain as is the new white, the 85lb at the moment seems still to be the old style line, for how long its hard to say, maybe they are just having some manufacturing problems.

This is a reasonably smooth line, tight braided, I had extreme difficulty separating the strands as they are fluffy, as they are not individually spun due to the loose braiding. It was very hard determining exactly how many strands. If all this should change send me an email.

 

 Daiwa Accu Depth this also comes as a samurai braid

Tested was the 20, 30, 40, 50, 85lb Depth metered. I have seen the 20lb listed as 0.180mm and the 30lb as 0.160mm so take your pick, it measures at around 0.209mm

This looks to be a very nice braid, well some of it maybe. With little use it is just not strong enough.

I tested the standard 20lb first and it is a 4 strand, this is the standard Accu depth line, diameter listed is 0.120mm but measured at 0.286, Bs tested at 26.11lb. 

I then tested the Hyper 30lb and it is an 8 strand this it seems this is in the Hyper range, diameter listed is 0.160mm but measured at 0.204, Bs tested at 20.49lb, now that is very low for a 30lb line. Later version tested 26.6lb, take into account a little wear and you will be in trouble, with little use tested at a later stage at 23.4lb. 

The 85lb, Hyper or standard ???? may well be the Hyper and only tested at 75lb, so why not call it an 80 or better still a 75lb or 65lb. The breaking strain verses size is good.

The Feel of the line is like silk and very limp.  The 20lb breaking strain verses size is not good in fact very poor. Shape is flattish.

The colour was bright. Testing the line it had some elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are tight and cannot be readily seen, and difficult to separate.

Both those lines I would be careful of, as they do not add up. Until further testing I would stay away from this one, if you have it watch for deterioration in line strength.

 

 Daiwa Boat 8

Tested were the vivid blue and green with the white etc metre marking combinations.

This is a soft silky limp 8 strand, reasonably smooth line, amount of pics per centimetre braided seems nice,  and this was a good sample, any chaffing could not be seen.  Many lines generally get very ropey as the breaking strain goes up, but these remain soft and silky.

I had little difficulty separating the strands,  as they are not coated in a gooey coating and not heat treated.

Long term it's hard to say how it will go, do not keep braids on your spools for too long, with the 100 stroke test, it failed with a poor bs result.

 

 Daiwa Saltiga Sensor 8 hyper PE

Tested was the vivid blue with the white metre marking combination.

This is a very nice braid, and an expensive braid.

The Feel of the line is like silk and very limp. The Breaking strain verses size is good. Shape is flattish.

The colour was bright. Testing the line it had good elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are tight and cannot be readily seen, and difficult to separate.

 

 Daiwa Sw8 Japanese import

Tested was the 25lb, 10 meter colour coded. 2 samples sent in, both from the one spool and off the same reel.

This looks a very nice braid, and an expensive braid, of the 2 samples sent in,,,, one, section did not test all that well.

The Feel of the line is like silk and very limp. The Breaking strain verses size is reasonable although not great. Shape is flattish.

The line is delicate as the strands are very fine and soft, and that is where it is interesting. It seems that one sample of the line has been used for a very short period. Well that makes it interesting as i got 2 very differing results. It seems that the shorter slightly used sample may have had a few casting problems and back lashes when used on a bait caster.

The diameter on the shorter sample was thicker and tested 18.4lb, 20.9lb, and 8.3lb, that 8.3lb was a very poor result, I would take it this was the section that may have been the used or cast a few times section, this obviously has suffered some damage, although not evident at the time of testing. The diameter on the next sample was thinner and had a more even bs at 22.3lb. 

The colour was bright. Testing the line it had good elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are not tight and can be readily seen, easily separated

I am getting a lot of questions from this braid as to break offs. The line is a delicate line as the strands are very fine and soft, this will not take a lot of heavy abuse.

 

Delux "high End Grade" series 

Note; Their is also a Delux Amigo premium and Delux promotional PE.

The Delux "high end grade" is the only braid I have tested, made with fine strands of 40 grms / den fiber. The Delux promotional PE is made with 30 grms / denier fiber, this gives line a much lower bs, the Delux Amigo premium grade I know nothing about at this stage.

The "high end grade" the ones made with 30 denier strands, I have tested it up to the listed 16lb, very nicely braided lines breaking close to and just above stated / listed breaking strains, If you are looking at a quality line and decide to go with the "high end grade".

I believe that the Delux company has 3 differing types of braid available ??, I do promote the "high end grade" series. More to be said about this braid.

 

Dolphin 168

Tested was the lime colour, 4 strand.

The Feel of the line is a rough and coarse with medium stiffness. The Breaking strain verses size is poor. Shape is flattish. The 50lb although a little thinner tested near the same. Shape is flattish.

The colour is pale with little gloss, chaffing could not be seen, this would turn white. Testing the line it had a lot of elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are not that tight and can be readily seen and felt, easy to separate.

The line would pick up a lot of water. This is not a line I would pick. better cheapies could be available.

 

Downrigger shop

Tested was the multi colour and yellow, 4 strand.

The Feel of the line is rough and coarse with medium stiffness. The breaking strain verses size is very poor like the 80lb tested under 50lb. The odd very low result is a problem as it was in the very low 40lb mark, hate to think what this would be after a little wear.

The colour is reasonable with a little gloss and, any chaffing could be seen. Testing the line it had some elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are not that tight and can be readily seen and felt, easy to separate.

The line would pick up a lot of water. This is not a line I would pick, just a rope. better cheapies could be available.

   
  Fincrew Pe  

Tested was the white colour. Strand 4 PE  Stated lb 60  Tested 56.01 D=.mm 0.570

I also tested a 20lb this has one strand that is very different to the 3 others in a group of 4 strands.

The Feel of the line is ropeish. The Breaking strain verses size is V poor.

Chinese again I take it, but then it may suit your fishing needs and style, keep in mind it is a bigger style line for its breaking strain.

   
  Fins Windtamer  

Tested was the Yellow colour. Strand 4 PE  Stated lb 20  Tested 41.08 D=.mm 0.296

The Feel of the line is reasonably smooth and semi stiff. The Breaking strain verses size is V good. Shape is flattish.

Colour is a little pale and lacks gloss. This is a very good line.

 

Grifton Exoset

Tested was the lime/dark green combination is a Dy. the 30lb is a 3 strand and the 50lb is a 4 strand

The Feel of the line is smooth and limp. The Breaking strain verses size is V good. Shape is flattish.

The colour is glossy and chaffing is not visible by colour change. Testing the line it had a lot of elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are very loose and open, can be readily seen, just felt and easy to separate. The line is a low cost line.

   
  HI-Catch  

Tested was the red colour.  4 strand Pe  60lb  Tested lb tested 51.91lb, diameter measured 0.598mm

Like a lot of 4 strand Dyneema lines the feel of the line is coarse. The Breaking strain verses size is not as good as it could be.

It may suit your fishing needs and style, keep in mind it is a bigger style line for its breaking strain.

   
  Hi- Seas Grand Slam  

Tested was the pink/red Strand 6 SP Stated lb 30  D=.mm 0.315

The Feel of the line is reasonably smooth and semi stiff. The Breaking strain verses size is good. Shape is flattish.

The colour is pale with little gloss. Testing the line it had little elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are tight and cannot be readily seen and only just felt, difficult to separate.

The line seems to be nice,  the yellow 30lb is a different line that broke at 33lb, that's considerably less than the pink, one to watch.

 

Iron Braid

Tested was the khaki green range, The new yellow range has not been tested, At this stage the range should be retested.

The Feel of the line is smooth and limp. The Breaking strain verses size is good. Shape is flattish.

The colour is glossy and chaffing is not visible by colour change. Testing the line it did not have a lot of elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are loose and open, can be readily seen, just felt and easy to separate. I believe the line has been replaced by a new version, and so untested.

 

Javis Walker Hercules

 

Tested was the lime green. Strand F Stated lb 10  Tested 20.83 D =.mm 0.247

This is a stiff fused line similar to Spiderwire EZ and Berkley FireLine, only the line has a very rough feel to it as it passes through your fingers.

Testing the line it had little elongation prior to breaking. Size is a little large for breaking strain but reasonable.

Not a bad line if you like a stiff wiry line, not to sure about casting with this one.

29,07,2112, a newer line tested seemed a lot better and well made.

 

Jerry Brown

 

Tested was the a series of hollows and solids.

You will see a large variations in batches, both in bs and diameters,.

Generally very soft silky lines with no after treatments, at times to soft I feel, the hollows are nice lines and one I do not like, that is the 16strand 80lb, its too big in diameter.

Many of you fisho's talk about the 80lb hollow being over 140lb and the 60lb being over 93lb,,,, well they can be,,, but they can also have lows of 106lb and 75lb.

Generally the 100lb hollow is nearly as strong as the 80lb as it has 1560 denier verses 1600 denier for the 80lb, so in fact with the variations in batches the 100lb can be much stronger than the 80lb.

If you want to fish a line well over it's stated bs best get them tested.

 The lower breaking strain solids are 3 and 4 strand and by today's standards old hat, if you want lines around 12lb look at 6 and 8 strand lines.

 

Li-Ma Chinese Braid

Tested was the orange and black, 6 strand, also sent in was a Spectra Extreme 30lb 6 strand supposed to be the same line, I have tested a lot of this type of line, samples sent in by importers but this is a first 6 strand.

This is a soft, not all that smooth for a 6 strand line, its loosely braided,  and this was a good sample, any chaffing could not be seen.  These lines generally get very ropey as the breaking strain goes up, but as a 6 strand it looks reasonably good.

The 20lb orange was 0.339mm and broke at 43.53lb started well.

The 30lb green was 0.377mm and broke at 43.52lb well this was a let down.

The 40lb black was 0.410mm and broke at 51.48lb, for its size should have been much better.

Separating the strands was easy, as they are not individually spun due to the loose braiding. it was easy seeing the 6 strands.

Long term it's hard to say how it will go, maybe at some stage someone using it, can update me.

 
  Ocean Tackle international Depth hunter

Tested was the multi colour 8 strand.

This is a softish 8 strand line, its well braided,  the 60lb was a better sample than the 80lb, any chaffing could not be seen.  Braided lines generally get very ropey as the breaking strain goes up, but as a 8 strand it looks reasonably good.

The 60lb was a superior line to the 80lb.

The 80lb was a poor sample, thicker yet broke lower than the 60lb this was a let down.

It's always strange to see a 60lb thinner line break higher than a 80lb thicker line, One has to ask why? maybe a machine problem, differing raw material,,,, 

Separating the strands was easy, it was easy seeing the 8 strands. The 60lb yes,,, the 80lb No,, it's just not right.

Long term it's hard to say how the 80lb will go, it may fray,,, maybe at some stage someone using it, can update me.

 

Offshore, America / USA  Marlin / Tuna 8 strand

Tested was the white 80 lb. This is a very distinctly manufactured braid, and the Pioneer Musculine may be made by the same manufacturer,

The Feel of the line is smooth and limp. The Breaking strain verses size is not all that good. Shape is flattish.

The white is glossy and chaffing is not visible by colour change. Testing the line it had some elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are loose and can be pushed open, can not be readily seen, not felt and easy to separate.

This is a line made up of 4 main strands and 4 very much thinner strands interwoven in the weave. The line would be good as a leader, just a little big as a main line.

Also tested is an 8 strand 20lb, this must be the strangest line I have seen, (more so than the 80lb), for a tested bs of 25lb, it is a very big line smooth yes and definitely not made of spectra, as it is labelled. lots of stretch, need to look at this a little more as it is puzzling.

This line can be a low cost line when purchased in the right place.

 

Penn Pursuit

The colour is a semi-gloss and chaffing is visible, this will loose its colour by wearing as most do.

Testing the line it had little elongation prior to breaking. This line tends to show damaged by its own friction, especially in slipping while making knots.

The weave of the strands are nice. This is a good line and has good breaking strain for it's diameter.

Not sure on its price guess you can get what you pay for.

 

Pelagic / Spectra  extreme

Are these lines made by the same manufacturer?? I have now tested a number of these lines in various colours and breaking strains.

The Feel of the line is a little lumpy in the weave although limp in the lower breaking strains. The Breaking strain verses size is reasonable but then its like rope when you get into the heavier lines. Shape is flattish. Stated as a PE

The colour is a semi-gloss and chaffing is generally not visible, this will fade fast in the sun. Testing the line it had a fair amount of elongation prior to breaking. This line tends to be easily damaged by its own friction, especially in slipping knots, one strand breaks early and the others follow.

The weave of the strands are loose and open, can be readily seen, easily felt and easy to separate.

This is a low cost line, with a lot of variation, the blue when tested went from 18 to near 26lb, guess you get what you pay for.

 

  Pex Braid  
  Tested was the red colour. 4st Dyneema 60lb Tested 60.32lb  0.626mm diam.

The Feel of the line is very rough and coarse with medium stiffness. The Breaking strain verses size is very poor. Shape is round to flattish.

The colour is reasonable with a little gloss and would turn pale with time, any chaffing could not be seen. Testing the line it had a little elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are not that tight and can be readily seen and felt, easy to separate.

The line is ropish like and would be pick up a lot of water. This is not a line I would pick.

The 10 lb is a 3 strand and like a ribbon, as 3 strand are.

 

 Platypus jigging Braid

  Tested was the green colour. Strand 8  Stated lb 50 Tested 79.63lb D=.mm 0.502

The Feel of the line is  rough and coarse with medium stiffness, odd for an 8 strand. The Breaking strain verses size is good. Shape is round to flattish.

The colour is poor with the solid colour hanging out in fury strands, the line has no gloss and would turn white very quick, chaffing could easily be seen. Testing the line it had a little elongation prior to breaking. The 8 strand weave is not all that tight.

The line is a failure. This is not a line I would pick. Better lines available.

 

Power Pro fake from China

 Fake, EU or just poorly made??

A lot of this line is sold on Ebay and is counterfeit seems to come from 2 differing suppliers Wehai and an other, so be careful. see here (Link)  Also here (Link)

On the fake Power Pro the product barcodes are the same for all the lines, and they should differ, the power pro multi colour is 4 colour the fake is a 5 colour. the standard original power pro they say is a 4 strand (not sure if most PP people even know it) up to 50lb, over is 6st and then 8st.

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The line in the EU is sold as the lines breaking strain and the lines sold in other parts of the world are sold as knot strength. So be careful as they vary a lot.

When you see the test results you can see the EU supplied lines as they are much lower in breaking strains, and they may also be Chinese supply.

These fakes are very large very ropy 4 strand braided lines and can have a lot of flaws. I feel this brand has now been totally compromised, by the Chinese you would never know if it is true PP, size / diam verses breaking strain is the only way to tell them apart.

 

Power pro

 

A lot of this line is sold on Ebay and is counterfeit so be careful.

The line in the EU is sold as the lines breaking strain and the lines sold in other parts of the world are sold as knot strength. So be careful as they vary a lot.

When you see the test results you can see the EU supplied lines as they are much lower in breaking strains, and they may also be Chinese supply.

I feel this brand has now been totally compromised, by the Chinese you would never know if it is true PP, size / diam verses breaking strain is the only way to tell them apart. Anyway PP should not be making 4 strand lines anymore they are cheap, so they get copied.

 

 Power Pro depth hunter

multi metered 6st

Tested was the multi colour 80lb and a few others. Rough line this is.

The Feel of the line is very rough and coarse with medium stiffness. The Breaking strain verses size is reasonable. Shape is ovalish.

The colour is reasonable but lacks gloss and would turn pale quickly with time, any chaffing could be easily seen. Testing the line it had a little elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are not that tight and can be readily seen and felt, not that easy to separate.

The line is like rope for a 6 strand and the 4 strand is worse, I was surprised by this line and initially thought it a poor Chinese knockoff, to me it looked like it would be pick up a lot of water. This is not a line I would pick. better Power pro lines available.

 

 Power Pro super slick

brown the Marine blue 8st

First tested was the brown colour 20lb. This is an EU line The diameter stated is ridiculous at 0.150mm when in fact it measured 0.333mm.

The Feel of the line is smooth with low stiffness. The Breaking strain verses size is good. Shape is oval.

The colour is reasonable. Testing the line it had a little elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are not all that tight. It passes, but take into account the stated diameter.

I will look at this and review this line again, the diameter statement bothered me.

Well I looked at the blue 20lb sample, and although the stated diameter is higher (this is the USA Version) to 0.230mm, the actual measured diameter is 0.290mm, so it is thinner than before, but the breaking strain is well down from where the other 20lb is. This is not just listed with different thicknesses but it is a totally different line to the EU version.

The colour is reasonably good and stood up to the 100 stroke test well. Although it lost 14% bs after the 100 stroke test.

I have tested the 40lb, 50lb, 65lb, and the 80lb, with the 65lb testing as high as the 80lb, not that the 80lb bs was low, but the 65lb bs went very high. I am not saying that all the 65lb samples will all be like that, but this one was. The 80lb sample although tested well it was made up with poor raw material, the look of the 80lb sample is not as good as the other samples. This is much thicker than stated, and a thick line for its breaking strain.

I feel that the quality control on this product is not all that good, as the variations between colour and bs is far to great.

 

Power Pro Hollow core  

This is a new line, and the hollow core is an area I have been doing a lot of work in. It is a 16 strand compared to others at 12.strand.

This line needs additional 50% over lap in loops and splices, compared to other hollow core lines, as they will and do slip.

The feel of the line is a little stiff  in the weave, compared to other hollow cores, that is because it is a heat treated prestressed line.

The Breaking strain verses size is good when you get into these heavier lines. Shape is very much flattish.

It is easy to get a wire or needle through and the strands separate easily, as the weave of the strands are easily loosened and opened, and open a long way which for a product like this is good.

I did say strands as the fibres in each strand seem to cling well together, which is better for inserting needles or wires through. 

The coloured line is glossy and chaffing can be seen when it occurs, this line may fade in the sun.

Testing the line it had a fair amount of elongation prior to breaking.

 

Ron Thompson 80 lb

 

 The line tested was a grey silver Strand 8 Dy Stated lb 80 Tested 75.36 D=.mm 0.593

This is a very nice limp and tightly braided line, although it is easy to push the weave open and separate the strands. I was a little surprised to see that it broke well under the stated 80 lb.

This line would not show chaffing as a colour change as it contains no glues or binder material. It is about the middle of the range as far as size for breaking strain goes, so not the strongest line for it's size.   

 

Rovex Viros

 

 I have tested the 30lb and the 50lb 8 strand, line diameter for breaking strain is only average, no better no worse, as far as breaking strain goes its over the stated bs but not overly high. If you are expecting to get a top line this one is not the way to go 50lb breaks at 59lb. Hope its cheap.

 Being a six strand I would have thought that it would have been a lot smoother but its like a 3 or 4 strand. For me this one is a little bit of a let down.

 

Saratoga Shadow strike & performance braid

 

 They call it spectra, but its not, just a rope.

Yes the numbers are right. I have tested a lot of Dyneema lines for importers that come out of China, and sold on ebay, but this one is a little bit of a let down, as is the one below, they are all 4 strand lines.

Not that 4 strands are bad but being big for the bs is bad as they do create a lot of drag in the water. Lower rated lines breaking higher that the higher listed ones, so what do you have??

If you have it beware as the line can be anything.  Seems that they use various fibres like sk71 in some and then lower quality sk65 in others, you would not know what you had on the spool.

Very disappointing. Stay away from this one. Seems it matches up to a lot of Chinese lines.

 

Seaguar Smackdown

Tested was 10lb, 15lb, 20lb 8st in yellow, 30lb 8st in olive green, and 40lb 8st in yellow.

Lines made oft his type of Dyneema always feels delicate and not as robust as it could be. The line is smooth and mildly stiff rather than soft soft. The Breaking strain verses diameter is good. Shape being 8st so it is rounder, but they lay flat over the guides.

The yellow colour is good and shiny and the coating seems to hang on, the 30lb green the coating comes straight off when rubbed.

Testing the line it had little elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are reasonable tight and cannot be readily felt and not to difficult to separate.

The 30lb was found to have some lower breaks, then with the coating problem the green maybe one to stay away from. The 40lb line seems to have come from a different stable as it breaks well over listed compared to the lower strains. Not so sure about I believe all the hype being put up about this line.

 

Sea-lion

 

I have tested a lot of Dyneema lines for importers that come out of China, and on sold on ebay, but this one is a little bit of a let down.

If you have it beware as the 30lb has a problem.  The 10lb breaks much higher that the 15lb, have a look at the list.

 

Spiderwire EZ

Tested was the olive green. 30lb and the 50lb.

The Feel of the line is slippery and a very very stiff wire. The Breaking strain verses size is good. Shape is flat.

The colour is good and very shiny. Testing the line it had little elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands, well the 30lb could not be found, the 50lb had 3 strands with a very long weave are reasonable tight and can be readily felt and not to difficult to separate.

The 100 stroke wear test saw the 30lb that had a abs of 48.49lb slip to 39.5lb, still over 30lb but a 24% reduction of abs in a very short time.

The line seems to have a  finish that  maybe Teflon temperature coated, but like near all coatings it wears away.

 

Spiderwire Ultracast  Invisi

Tested was the Invisi sent in as a 20lb.. A line that is white but semi translucent.

This line differs dependant on where it is sold. It's a small world we line in today, that's why I don't understand that Spiderwire lists this line in the EU as 20lb 0.120mm tests 25lb, and in the US it lists it at 20lb 0.240 tests at 53lb.

Then in the EU it has the wrong 20lb line (15lb instead) on the spool, bloody confusing for the buyer. Guys get your act together.

seems a smooth well made line, when the right line is on the spool and depending on where you but it, the line breaks well over it's stated breaking strain, diameter to breaking strain is not all that good. 

Its thickness is closer to actual, but that depends where you buy it, If you buy it in the EU you would be a little upset I think, Come on lets get real.

Nice line,

 

Spiderwire Ultracast Ultimate braid 

Tested was the pale Yellow colour. A little pale for a yellow and leans to a lemon. Strand 8  Stated lb 65 Tested 104.17 D=.mm 0.528

This line differs from the norm from this company. The name Ultimate braid does put in on the way to where it should be.

A smooth well braided line, This line breaks well over it's stated breaking strain, diameter to breaking strain is very good.  Guys why not call it  a 90lb or a 100lb line as that is what it is.

Its thicker than the 0.400mm stated, Come on lets get real.

Nice line,

 

Spiderwire Original

Tested was the olive green. 8 strand 60lb.

The Feel of the line is slippery and very soft. The Breaking strain verses size is Very good. Shape is flattish.

The colour is good and very shiny. Testing the line it had little elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are reasonable tight and cannot be readily felt and not to difficult to separate.

The line seems to have a  finish that  maybe Teflon coated. Maybe they should have hung in with this one, instead of going for the stiff version.

 

Spiderwire Stealth

Tested was the dark green. 8 strand. NOTE:  The USA and EU lines differ greatly.

The Feel of the line is slippery and very stiff. The Breaking strain verses size is V good. Shape is flattish.

The colour is a little dull and chaffing turns it pale. Testing the line it had little elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are tight and cannot be readily seen or felt and not to difficult to separate.

The line seems to have a waxy finish, maybe Teflon coated.

 

Stren Super braid

The yellow orange 14lb 4 strand breaks at over 32lb, the other 30 and 50lb came in very low, this I thought was a little problem.

This could well be that they are EU braids. This is a problem as to how and which one you get. The 22.2 kg must be a EU braid as the bs is low.

The diameter verses breaking strain is good. The line will fade and will get fluffy.

The 130lb sent in, I would think that this is actually the 100lb and been spooled and sold as a 130lb as it is the same diameter as the 100lb. This is a very thick line for its breaking strain. Judging the bs on these lines, the 130lb should go 150lb. 

 

Sufix 832

This is a 8 / 32 the 832 stands for 8 strand 32 weaves (pics) per inch.
This is a 7 strand (fibres) of Dyneema and one strand of Gore, the Gore strand is supposed to be for abrasion resistance, this does make it a little lumpy.
Seeing that not all the fibres are equal it may have been better if they were all Dyneema, as one strand I would think will not do a lot on its own as far as abrasion resistance goes.

When the line breaks it has a reverse shock that separates the weave back up the line, this may have something to do with the gore having a different stretch ratio to the Dyneema.  The weave is a little loose as there are no binders used to hold them together.
All the same it's a nice looking braid, although 20% thicker than stated it. lower lb ratings can break at 2 or 3 times stated. The latest 65lb is actually the 80lb so a little substitution going on.
With this braid we will have to wait and see how it performs. It seems that this may suffer from minute damage that reduces the abs dramatically, will test this further.

 

Sufix Fuse

 The Orange 10 lb is a 4 strand thermally fused line, although is seems thin it is actually a thick line compared to other lines in the same range, it broke at over twice the stated breaking strain, this particular sample was very stiff, showing very early signs of fraying, lots of loose fibres and loss of colour.

This line does not have a good feel to it. The person who sent it in removed it because of wind knots but that is a combination of line and rod setup.

I wonder a little about the quality of this brand, you would never know where you were with it.  Looking at this sample of line it is a total failure.

 

Sufix Performance

The yellow 6 lb 4 strand breaks at over 11 lb, the 15 lb came in very low at 13.5 lb, this I thought was a little problem. Then the orange 6 lb was a surprise as it broke at 18lb, this is a line I prefer to forget about as it damages very easily. The orange is not in the same class as the the yellow line that had a bs of 11lb, knot ability of these lines can be more than very poor.

Interesting is the latest test, the shift in the 6lb its gone from 0.1mm to 0.14mm and an increase in strength as is the 0.214mm as measured, lots to think about with this series of lines.

The diameter verses breaking strain is on the low side, and could be better. well it's all over the place look for your self, The line does fade and can get fluffy.

Sufix  Performance neo fluro orange 80 lb Note form the inside of a spool and 5 months old, although not used or worn seems that it was not affected.  This is a 9 strand line as I counted it, A little bigger than stated, a limp line. Size verses breaking strain is good. Nice line very different than the lower bs lines.

 

Sufix performance Fuse

The orange is a 4 stranded fused line. Tests well over its rated breaking strain. also see Sufix fuse above.

The diameter verses breaking strain is good. This is a very stiff wire like line and would work well in tough abrasive conditions.

Is the 30lb realy a 30lb ???

May also be a good one to stay away from for lure casting.

 

Sufix Performance Stretch

The dark green is a 3 strand Pe (I think) with 1 and a half strands of  a stretchy material. A difficult line to test.

The diameter verses breaking strain is on the low side, and could be better. Testing found with a standard pull I got 55.09lb and by jigging the braid I got 66.91 lb, I went back and tried these tests again and got the same result.

Maybe a good one to stay away from., or go to a hard mono.

 

Sufix Matrix Pro

 The khaki / green 20 lb 4 strand, although thinner than the 30 lb Performance braid, it broke at nearly the same, 30.11lb, this particular sample was a little stiff, I wonder a little about the quality of this brand, you would never know where you were with it. 

You may see in the latest tests show that the thicknesses are up and the breaking strain is lower, maybe a lower spec fibre.

 

Tasline Speckled NewZealand

Tested was the speckled 5 strand 20lb, 30lb, 50lb and the 8 strand 80lb, as a smaller diameter line this is a very good line.

It is made up of a number of  Spectra strands and one coloured strand. The coloured strand does add some strength and adds colour with little fade.

The Feel of the line is a little stiffish. The breaking strain verses size is very good. Shape is slightly flattish.

The speckled colour comes from one strand being black and or blue, being very slightly heat treated gives it some polish.

Testing the line it had little elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are not all that tight and can be seen and felt, not all that easy to separate and count.

The line would be good to cast with as it is just slightly stiffer than a fluffy line, so maybe less prone to (so called) wind knots. This is a very good deep water braid with good bite feel, can be purchased at a good price.

 

 Tasline  All White Series,

Note: These braids are for sale for one reason only, that is so that you can purchase a known Quality, now sold by Justfishingtasline.com .

This braid was designed by Paulus. Only so you know what you're getting with a line, it would have to be one of the better braids available.  This is a line that is made by Tasline in NZ. It is is an uncoated line, an exceptional line with a high bs for diameter. It comes as a pretested line, multi strands that vary with the breaking strains. 6, 8, 12, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40lb, 45lb, 55lb, 65lb, 85lb, 100lb and hollow braids, go to the Tasline page to see the make up of these lines.

The reason this line is just that little thinner is, not only that it is mainly Spectra fibre, but after treatments that even out the strands, more strands the smoother the braid.

The Feel of the line is supple and not to soft. The breaking strain verses size is very good. Shape can be slightly flattish.

The all white Spectra has a little gloss and is not heat treated to any major extent to make it stiff.

Testing the line it had little elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are not all that tight and cannot be readily seen or felt, 4 strand being coarser than the 6 strand, not all that easy to separate and count.

The line would be good to cast with as the 6 strand and 8 strand lines are smoother. These are thin strong lines, a good deep water super braid with good bite feel, can be purchased at a good price. Put this with one of the best thinnest braids made, and comes pretested.

 

 Torotamer hollow.

This is a 16 strand hollow and very much so in an experimental mode at this stage.

Tested was the 40lb through to the 60 lb, then 100lb to 130lb, being a 16strand the diameters are larger and breaking a little low for some of the range, which I thought a problem.

The Feel of the line is dry feeling / soft and limp, it's very flat as can be expected from a 16st.

The weave of the strands are not all that tight and can be readily seen and felt, easy to separate.

The line would be difficult to cast with as it is quite big across the range. I got to admit that I am not a fond lover of 16 strand lines, that includes all brands.

 

Torotamer Solid

This is a very much so in an experimental mode at this stage.

Before considering this line the range needs to be tested, as it is a total Unknown, So if you have some send it in.

 

 Tuf line Hollow series

Just makes you wonder about the braiders at times and what they send you as test samples, but they were good.

The 130 came in originally with a bs of 225lb and then a sample from a fisho comes in at 169lb you have to ask why this variation 12x 215 generally makes up to 200lb, so this may have been 12x 180 as the line was thinner, and a long way down in bs.

Yes this is made in the USA and is supposed to be the B all of lines, but it isn't at times, they need to rethink their QC/QA systems, but then maybe they are just to big with to many machines to keep under control.

 

 Tuf line Indicator metered, see XP below.

This is supposed to be the same line as the XP series. Having seen only a few of the XP series I had the impression it was a good line but seeing the whole series, its a disaster.

Tested was the 10lb through to the 50 lb, they are all 4 strand except for the 30lb that is a 6 strand ????, the diameters and breaking strains are all over the place, which I thought a problem

The Feel of the line is a little coarse and stiff.  Shape is flattish.

The colour is deep with little gloss. Testing the line it had little elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are not all that tight and can be readily seen and felt, easy to separate.

The line would be difficult to cast with as it is quite stiff.

 

 Tuf line XP solid See Above and below.

Tested the yellow 50lb 4 strand, the green for a similar diameter broke at 10 lb less which I thought a problem.

The 100lb sent in was actually the 65lb on the spool?? well I need to rechek the number of strands, I initially thought this to be the 80lb but it tested 88lb and that is what the 65lb breaks at. Now I have had the 80lb and the 100 sent in again and they are still confusing, the 80 bs is 118lb and the 100 is thinner and softer a bs of 116lb.

The Feel of the line is a little coarse and stiff. The Breaking strain verses size is a little all over the place.  Shape is flattish.

The colour is deep with little gloss. Testing the line it had little elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are not all that tight and can be readily seen and felt, easy to separate.

  

 Tuf line series

Just makes you wonder about these braiders and what they are thinking at times. Listed (keep in mind) is the Tufline XP as a 20lb with a bs of 27lb and a diam of 0.190mm, then you have a Tufline supercast that is listed as 20lb with a bs of 32lb and a diameter of 0.280mm, this does not make sense as you would think it the other way around, the 15lb supercast is even thicker with a bs of 25lb at a diameter of 0.229mm, well guys you got this totally wrong. I would think a supercast would be thinner and stronger,,,, more bs.

Yes this is made in the USA and is supposed to be the B all of lines, but it isn't, and they need to rethink their QC/QA systems, but then maybe they are just to big with to many machines tp keep under control, smaller boutique braiders may give better results, fine tuning as they go.

  

 Woodstock Power Strike  Work in progress

Tested was the yellow.

The Feel of the line is reasonably smooth and semi stiff which it soon looses. The Breaking strain verses size is very good in the thinner lines up to 20lb. Shape is flattish.

The colour is reasonably deep with little gloss. Testing the line it had little elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are tight, being a 4 strand at 30lb and over it is coarse this can be felt.

The line seems to have a coated binder finish, like most coatings on braid it does loose most of it with use. This is a little known line, the thinner lines are up there as far as diameter verses bs.

With each of the 300yd spool the line needs to be tested and inspected for joins and flaws, as incorrectly spooled lines can be found. all lines sold by justfishing are tested and inspected.

 

 Varivas avani big one jigging braid

This is a very nice 8 st braid, better if you can afford to fish with it, with prices around the $140 to $232 for 300 yd.  Tested was the multi coloured.

The Feel of the line is like silk, very limp. The Breaking strain verses size is good. Shape is flattish.

The colour was bright. Testing the line it had some elongation prior to breaking. The weave of the strands are tight and cannot be readily seen and difficult to separate. The 85lb tested at 76.4lb diam 0.488, and the 48lb at 47lb diam 0.310mm.

I have seen reports that this line is breaking randomly, this line tests  just below indicated, with some wear it would drop further in bs, when the silkiness goes after use so may the strength, which may cause some weak spots.

 

 Varivas Pe super braid

This must be the low cost version it is a 4 strand braid.  Tested was the lime coloured line.

The Feel of the line is a little ropeish, almost like its not a Varivas at all. The Breaking strain verses size is poor. Shape is flattish.

The colour was bright. Testing the line it had some elongation prior to breaking. Being a 4 strand braided line and can be readily seen and not difficult to separate. The 44lb tested at 42lb diam was high for its bs.

I have seen reports that this line is breaking randomly, this line tests  just below indicated, with some wear it would drop further in bs, when the newness goes after use so will the strength, which may cause some weak spots, 10% lows found during testing.

 

Viper braid

This is a low cost braid, it is a 4 strand braid.  Tested was the blue and yellow coloured line.

The Feel of the line is a little ropeish, as most 4 strand lines are. The Breaking strain verses size is as a lot of Chinese lines are a little on the low side. Shape is flattish.

The colour was bright. Testing the line it had some elongation prior to breaking. Being a 4 strand braided line and can be readily seen and not difficult to separate.

With some wear the bs would drop further in bs, when the newness goes after use so will the strength, which may cause some weak spots.

This braid has been a reasonable line, but it is due for a review as importers can change manufacturers.

 

YGK

The 8 strand lines are nice and amongst the best and most expensive braids made, although other braids may be available to equal them, you should not be buying on brand names look at the data.

The 4 strand lines are less than ordinary very thick and very much over priced, better braids available at better prices.

The 4 strands feel is a little ropeish, as most 4 strand lines are although the open weave reduces this. The Breaking strain verses size is as a lot of Chinese lines are a little on the low side. Shape is flattish.

The colour was bright. Testing the line it had some elongation prior to breaking. Being a 4 strand braided line and can be readily seen and not difficult to separate.

With some wear the bs would drop further, when the newness goes after use so will the strength, which may cause some weak spots.

Do not get the 8 strand confused with the 4 strand, as the 4 strand is of lower quality, although still up in price.

The new WX8 is a nice line and performs as should be expected for the price, but other braid brands are available to equal this braid, look about.

A word of caution,,, the line does wear like they all do, so listed breaking strain will drop. 

 

PLASTIC TYPE LINES

Monofilament,,,  (Mono) meaning it's made up of a single filament of line. These come in varying hardness's. 

 

 Momoi Hi-catch 40 lb and 50 lb.  IGFA 30 lb

StrandMono

Stated lb50

Tested83.59

D=.mm 0.746

This line is quite a hard and stiff line but is a mono, with a hardness measuring 96.1 up there with all the FC's, it is not like the mono we generally expect, or think that we should expect, that is a soft stretchy line, mono's come in varying degrees of hardness. Size for breaking strain is very good and up above the FC's. During testing I had accidentally marked the line, this was not a cut just bent over a sharp 90 deg bend, the line broke at 51%, that was a bit of a worry to me.

This is a clear line, it also comes as a pale blue, readily seen through.  The line has a very glossy exterior surface.  This line is used as a leader and the 30 lb as a game fishing line.

I was surprised to see the 30 lb IGFA line break over the the rating this could be a problem for some. When tested wet the line came in just under at an average of  29.57 lb dangerous stuff  if your chasing a record. See Tech Stuff

 

 Paulus Leader,

Strand Mono

Stated lb all

 Tested

D=.mm 

This is a medium hardness Material with a low gloss, size verses breaking strain is good, knots well, breaks about 40% over the stated breaking strain. Dry to Wet the line looses about 6% in breaking strain. The line has good resistance to abrasion. a good line over all.

 

 Shogun ice blue

Strand Mono

 

 Tested

D=.mm 

This is a medium hardness Material with good gloss, size verses breaking strain is not all that good, breaks below the stated breaking strain. Dry to Wet the line looses about 10% in breaking strain. The line diameter is as in the lower range ia as stated. When tested the 80lb and the 100lb was tested I found 10% varieation in the bs, and the 100lb is well down. better lines available. I will see how old this line was, just that thew results were not good.

 

Tahati lure Co IGFA,  20lb, 50lb,

       

This is now Offshore America,  The results were all over the place and  as it has IGFA stamped on it I am surprised that its not a lot better.

The 20lb tested Dry at 22.63lb that's over and I am not sure if the wet test would pull it back under the 20lb listed.

The 50lb tested 29.49lb thats well under so I would imagine it's actually the 30lb that's wound up on a 50lb spool, or it's a total stuffup. Well it is anyway.

 The 130 lb fluro tested at 84lb not a good result.

 

 

   
 
 
   
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