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Three Way Premium Braided Line Showdown (continued)

Conclusion: Toray Super Braid: Overall, Toray’s Super Power Finesse BAWO Braid is an impressive product. It holds up well under varying applications but unless you’re using it for true finesse style applications, we cannot recommend the line below the fifty five pound (55lb) rating. Wind knots and break offs were just too common once the line was broken in and at thirty three dollars ($33) a spool for the thirty pound test (30lb), I expect a lot more. I really liked the tracer feature in the line to begin with, but over time it all blended into one color thanks to the non-steadfast nature of color applied to the spectra fibers. Unfortunate, but a fact of life with these types of lines.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Toray Super Finesse BAWO Braid Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A top quality braided line 8
Performance Better @ 55lb test and up 7
Price From $0.34 - $0.52 a yard, quite pricey 5
Features Eight carrier braid 8
Design (Ergonomics) Finish is still an issue with this premium product 7
Application Be sure to match the diameter of line with your intended application and you should be ok against unexpected break offs, but that means one of my primary reasons of going to braid (higher rated line at smaller diameter) is rendered moot. 7

Total Score

7.00
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

J Really easy casting line L Thinner comes at a cost of less impact shock strength
J Eight carriers allows Toray to make it thinner L Finish comes off really easily and blends into the tracer
  L Very expensive line
  L Only available in small filler spools

 

Worried about line visibility or abrasion resistance in really nasty cover? Tie on a fluorocarbon leader like we did when we fished Falcon Lake, Texas and enjoy the best properties of both lines!

 

Daiwa Samurai Braid: Daiwa's Samurai Braid is as impressive in quality as a superline can get. Rumor has it YGK out of Japan is the OEM source for this line, but we were unable to obtain confirmation - naturally. Whatever the case, for a thin, soft, supple line, it's hard to beat Samurai Braid. Couple that with the fact this line is available in bulk spools and it's a great choice for open and deep water applications. Its inherent diameter makes it a bit harder choice for dense cover unless you move up a few ratings in breaking strength, but then of course, you lose that advantage of thinner diameter, so it's definitely a juggling act.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Daiwa Samurai Braid Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality As soft and supple as they come 9
Performance Casts superbly, but as with the Toray product, you have to be wary of wind knots 7
Price A hair less expensive than the Toray product, but only a hair 5
Features Eight carrier braid 8
Design (Ergonomics) Wonderful that it's available in a couple of different colors, but the steadfastness of the color is still an issue 7
Application A really good choice for open and deep water applications 7.5

Total Score

7.25
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

J Really easy casting line L Very expensive line
J Smaller diameter = better lure performance L Finish comes off easily
J Available in two colors and several different spool sizes  

 

 

Another Falcon Lake, TX fish caught on a spinnerbait fished on a fluoro leader on Samurai Braid main line.

Sufix Performance Braid: The best performing line out of the three, Sufix Performance Braid answers the call for better abrasion resistance, choice in filler spool sizes, colors, and actual on the water handling. It's not as soft and supple as the other two products, but it's soft and supple enough giving you the confidence it will hold up better in heavy cover situations. The varying number of carriers in the line itself dependent upon the pound test you purchase is the only somewhat downside to this line, but otherwise the factors above together with the fact it's the most affordable out of the three make this line the easy choice in this three way head to head battle.

 

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Sufix Performance Braid Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A fine quality line 8.5
Performance Best overall from these three 8
Price 25% - 50% cheaper than the other two 7
Features four to eight carriers 7
Design (Ergonomics) Available in at least 3 different colors though they all still leach off the line 7
Application Really good choice for all types of applications 8

Total Score

7.58
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

J More affordable than Toray or Daiwa L Finish still comes off easily
J Eight carriers when you need it at 55lbs and up  
J Nice handling line  
J More confidence inspiring in cover  

 

Superlines make for exhilarating hits on big baits because every fish feels like a monster when it strikes!

If superlines are your game and you're looking for something with a bit more body for better casting performance, any of these three lines will suit your needs. Moving beyond the basic four carriers in the line really adds body and increases handling characteristics with an end product that is more tightly wound and seemingly less abusive with your guides. I for one, will continue to use these products over other four carrier lines and hope to see more products with this type of refinement on the market soon.

 

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