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Presenting the Much Anticipated and Highly Overdue TackleTour Fluorocarbon Showdown!! (continued)
 

The Players: Finally, it came down to testing lines in a range of diameters from .30mm to .32mm. It might not seem like much of a difference, but this is actually quite a wide range and contains lines rated between ten to fourteen pounds. Because not all line manufacturers provide diameter ratings in their packaging (at least not online), or even use the same units of measure, we ran through a lot of trial and error in bringing it all together. The result is certainly not a perfect basis of comparison, and in time, we hope to refine this data, but it is a starting point. Let us introduce you to the candidates:

 

TackleTour Fluorocarbon Showdown Players

Brand : Make
Rated Strength (lbs)
Cost per Yard
Diameter (inches)
Diameter (mm)
Berkley : Vanish Transition
12
$0.06
0.012
0.31
Bass Pro Shops : XPS FC
12
$0.07
0.012
0.30
Cabelas : No-Vis FC
10
$0.05
0.012
0.30
Gamma : Edge FC
10
$0.23
0.012
0.31
Maxima : Fluorocarbon
12
$0.08
0.012
0.31
P-Line : Fluorocarbon
12
$0.07
0.012
0.30
P-Line : Halo
12
$0.12
0.012
0.30
Seaguar : Carbon Pro
10
$0.07
0.012
0.31
Seaguar : Invisx
10
$0.08
0.012
0.30
Sugoi : Fluorocarbon
12
$0.22
0.012
0.30
Sunline : Shooter FC
14
$0.18
0.013
0.32
Toray : SuperHard
14
$0.24
0.013
0.32
Triple Fish : Fluorocarbon
12
$0.04
0.012
0.31
Yozuri H20
10
$0.08
0.012
0.30
Berkley : Trilene XL
12
$0.02
0.013
0.32

 

Berkley Vanish Transition: Berkley's early generation of Vanish Fluorocarbon line debuted to less than stellar fanfare. Reports of poor impact and knot strength can be found thoughout bass clubs and Internet discussion forums. We give the latest generation of Berkley's Fluorcarbon line, Vanish Transition, a chance to prove itself. We already like it for its color changing ability. Hopefully it holds up to our tests as well.

 

Berkley's Vanish Transition retails for $14.99/250yds or $0.06/yd

 

Bass Pro Shops XPS Fluorocarbon: XPS has quietly regarded as one of the better fluorocarbon lines out there - especially for its low price. Naturally, we had to include it in our investigation to see just how good a value it may be.

 

Bass Pro Shops XPS Fluorocarbon sells for $13.99/200yds or $0.07/yd

 

Cabela's No-Vis Fluorocarbon: Cabela's also offers a self-branded fluorocarbon product, so right after ordering our spool from Bass Pro Shops, we went right over to Cabela's to sample some of their line as well.

 

Cabela's No-Vis retails for $10.99/200yds or $0.05/yd

 

Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon: With Gamma, we enter the realm of premium fluorocarbon lines. A single spool of ten-pound test line consisting of 120 yards, cost us roughly $28. That is, on average, 4 times the cost, per yard of the previous three products. Is Gamma Edge 4 times as good?

 

Gamma Edge retails for $27.95/120yds or $0.23/yd

 

 

Next Section: The Players cont'd 


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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