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

Tensile Strength: Next up in our tests is tensile strength. Here we get to see the strength of each line right out of the package and again, results were all over the place. Even our baseline Trilene XL tested at a little over two pounds over its rated strength of 12lbs. But of particular note were those lines that came out below their rating: Cabela's No-Vis, P-Line Fluorocarbon, and Seaguar Carbon Pro. We take a closer look at that in the next couple of sections.

 

This chart illustrates the actual, tested breaking strengths of all the lines in our testing group

 

Stretch: Surprisingly, a biproduct of our tensile test was our ability to watch the stretch in each of our line samples before they broke. We stopped short of collecting data on this observation due to a number of questionable variables, but the one thing we can clearly state is, all the fluorocarbon lines we tested have either the same, or in some cases, more stretch than our baseline Trilene XL. We hope to address this at a later date, but for now, as far as we are concerned, the claim that fluorocarbon lines have virtually no stretch is absolutely invalid.

 

This chart graphs how well each line stacks up to its own, rated breaking strength

 

Rated vs Tested Strength: Another take on the results of our tensile tests is represented by chart below where we rate each product's tested strength against their actual product rating. Here it is easier to see that most of the lines exceed their specified breaking strength by a good 10 percent or more. Coupled with the disparity in line diameters, is it any wonder the difficulty we had in finding a group of lines that we could compare to one another? In this analysis we found a new appreciation for P-Line Fluoroclear for while it did test lower than its rated breaking strength, the deviation was less than 1%. Similarly, our Sugoi Fluorocarbon sample exceed its rated breaking strength by an equally small margin of less than 1% - impressive.

 

Perhaps a more useful criteria is the actual material strength factor calculated by dividing each lines' breaking strength by its cross area

 

Material Strength (Edited 02.06.08): Taking one final spin on this data we divided each products' average breaking strength (in pounds) by the area of its cross section (in square inches) to obtain, what theoretically should be each line's inherent material strength (psi). Armed with this data, and keeping mind the assumption that this is a linear value, one should be able to determine the breaking strength of all the different lines in any product group with the following formula:
 
TT material strength value * (line diameter (in)/2)2 * pi (3.142) = approximate breaking strength (lbs)
 
For those who prefer numbers to charts, we've provided the data from our tensile tests analysis in the following chart.

 

TackleTour Fluorocarbon Showdown Tensile Tests Data

Brand : Make
Rated Strength (lbs)
Tested Breaking Strength (lbs)
Deviation from Rated Strength
Material Strength (psi)
Berkley : Vanish Transition
12
10.7
-11.2%
100,284
Bass Pro Shops : XPS FC
12
14.0
16.7%
131,213
Cabelas : No-Vis FC
10
11.4
14.3%
106,845
Gamma : Edge FC
10
14
39.6%
121,702
Maxima : Fluorocarbon
12
16.5
37.5%
137,687
P-Line : Fluorocarbon
12
11.9
-0.5%
111,531
P-Line : Halo
12
13.0
8.7%
121,840
Seaguar : Carbon Pro
10
9.6
-4.5%
83,453
Seaguar : Invisx
10
10.9
9.3%
102,158
Sugoi : Fluorocarbon
12
12.1
0.8%
108,692
Sunline : Shooter FC
14
15.8
12.9%
127,742
Toray : SuperHard
14
15.8
12.9%
127,742
Triple Fish : Fluorocarbon
12
14.3
19.4%
119,329
Yozuri H20
10
11.8
17.6%
109,592
Berkley : Trilene XL
12
14.3
19.4%
115,615

  

Next Section: The Tests - Knot Strength and Conclusion  


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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