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Line Review


America's Best Selling Fishing Line? Trilene XL (continued)

On the other hand, Trilene XL performed almost perfectly in our knot tests breaking, on average, at 97% of the line's tested tensile strength, so if you tie a good knot, rest assured that Trilene XL is going to hold up there and hold up very well.
 

Performance Ratings for Berkley Trilene XL

Cast/ Pitch (1-5)
Sensitivity (1-5)
Abrasion (1-5)
Knot Strength (1-5)
Manage-ability (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
3
3
5
4
20
25
8.0

Features: Trilene XL is available in three different colors and in spools ranging from 110 yards on up to 9,000 yards! I wonder if those 9,000 yard spools are available through Amazon Prime with free two day shipping!


The no frills filler spool of Trilene XL.

There's nothing on Berkley's website describing any special UV or other coatings for Trilene XL, so we're operating under the assumption none are used. Similarly, the filler spools don't come in any kind of special packaging nor do they come with any special provisions to secure the tag end of any line left on the spool.

Features Ratings for Berkley Trilene XL

Colors (1-3)
Spool Sizes (1-3)
Coatings (1-2)
Package Features (1-3)
Spool Clip (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
3
1
1
1
9
13
6.92

Design & Ergonomics: Trilene XL is a good handling line and sheds any line memory relatively easily after a couple of casts. The clarity of the clear line is excellent as well and doesn't show any signs of clouding even after several months of use. The only reason I've had to respool my line was to get the spool back up to capacity after tying and retying over the course of a few trips.


Trilene XL on the filler spool.

Another area for which I'm appreciative of Trilene XL is that it seems to be rated correctly on the package. As mentioned earlier, our 10lb test line is specified at 0.280 mm in diameter and we measured it to be 0.293 mm - an acceptable delta. But more impressively is the fact the line, on average, broke at 11 pounds of pressure. Still a bit over-rated, but very good by American line company standards.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Berkley Trilene XL

Memory (1-5)
Longevity (1-5)
Dia per Rated Strength (1-3)
Clarity (1-3)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
4
3
3
13
16
8.13

 


Yet another crankbait fish on Trilene XL.

 

Applications: Trilene XL wouldn't be one of the best selling nylon monofilaments around if it did not prove useful in a variety of different applications. As with Stren Original, I'd be a little wary of using it around heavy cover and as a primary line for vertical presentations (simply because fluorocarbon is better), but for all other applications - especially moving bait applications, this line will do very well.

 

Application Ratings for Berkley Trilene XL

Moving Baits (1-3)
Jig Style Baits (1-3)
Heavy Cover (1-3)
Topwater (1-3)
Finesse Fishing (1-3)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
2
2
3
3
13
15
8.67

Ratings:

Berkley Trilene XL Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Relatively consistent off the spool despite not being precision wound 6.88
Performance As one would expect from a stalwart nylon monofilament 8.0
Price $7.99 for 300yds spool = $0.03/ which is just under the average of $0.04/yd of similarly categorized lines 8
Features Few frills aside from 3 different colors and a wide variety of filler spool sizes 6.92
Design (Ergonomics) Handles well and rated very close to actual breaking strength by our tests 8.13
Application As versatile as nylon monofilaments come 8.67

Total Score

7.77
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Handles well and lasts - Not precision wound on filler spool
+ Priced right - Only color missing is a high vis yellow!
+ Superb knot strength  

  


If you haven't already tried Trilene XL for yourself, you're missing out!

 

Conclusion: Yet another stalwart line brand proves its worth in our lab and on the water. Scoring almost neck to neck with Stren Original in our MCPI rating (50.9 for Stren Original vs 50.8 for Trilene XL), Trilene XL rates slightly above the median over 17 sampled lines. Berkley certainly has a winning formula with Trilene XL and we can see why the line is so popular. It handles well, is priced right, and the line's knot strength is really superb. Looking for a nylon monofilament to support the great majority of your applications? If you haven't already tried Trilene XL for yourself, you're missing out.

 

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