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Line Review


A Nylon Mono for Enthusiasts? Shooter Defier Armilo (continued)

The average knot strength numbers from our 17 test lines came to 96% of rated strength and 85% of actual tested strength (12.3lbs). Armilo's numbers were 101% of rated strength and 84% of actual tested strength (15.7lbs). So it performed well in our knot strength tests too.

Performance Ratings for Sunline Shooter Defier Armilo

Cast/ Pitch (1-5)
Sensi-tivity (1-5)
Abrasion (1-5)
Knot Strength (1-5)
Manage-ability (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
5
4
4
4
22
25
8.8


This pink section of the line is there to let you know you've reached the halfway point on your filler spool.

Features: Armilo comes in only one color, grey, and one spool size for now (165yds). There are no special coatings defined by the manufacturer only to say it was designed by Morizo Shimizu as a nylon line with the characteristics of fluorocarbon. One curious feature of its packaging is halfway down the spool, the line has a section of pink indicator paint letting you know half of the line is gone so you can either stop to save the rest for another reel or continue on knowing there will not be enough left over for a different reel.

Features Ratings for Sunline Shooter Defier Armilo

Colors (1-3)
Spool Sizes (1-3)
Coatings (1-2)
Package Features (1-3)
Spool Clip (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
1
1
1
2
2
7
13
5.38

Design & Ergonomics: With all its fluorocarbon like handling Armilo is surprisingly light on memory and its toughness lends itself well to good longevity on your reel. And while it is colored grey, the line itself has good clarity and is not milky at all even after a few days out on the water.


Memory is an issue with most fishing lines but Armilo is not nearly as bad as some.

As mentioned earlier, our 13llb line averaged out at 0.302mm in diameter for a tested breaking strength of 15.7lbs. Our averages for similar lines came to 0.311mm at an average tested breaking strength of 12.3lbs. Armilo is both super thin and super strong.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Sunline Shooter Defier Armilo

Memory (1-5)
Longevity (1-5)
Dia per Rated Strength (1-3)
Clarity (1-3)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
3
3
14
16
8.75

 


This line is a fantastic choice for swimbaits.

 

Applications: Given this line's low stretch, it's probably best suited for vertical bait type presentations, but also consider it for topwater applications where you make really long casts. This line will float and give you a better hookset ratio because of the low stretch. Really the only application where it'd be difficult to use this line is in finesse fishing. It simply does not come in a thin enough diameter for that.

 

Application Ratings for Sunline Shooter Defier Armilo

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
3
3
3
1
13
15
8.67

 

Ratings:

Sunline Shooter Defier Armilo Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Armilo is a high end nylon monofilament 10
Performance This line is impressive out on the water 8.8
Price $13.99 for 165yds spool = $0.11/ which way over the average of $0.04/yd of similarly categorized lines 3
Features Only one color and one spool size available for purchase - for now 5.38
Design (Ergonomics) Low memory, excellent strength to diameter ratio, this line is the real deal 8.75
Application A very versatile line as long as you're conscious of its low stretch performance 8.67

Total Score

7.43
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
+ This is a tough nylon monofilament

- No finesse fishing line diameters

+ Low stretch - Expensive for a nylon monofilament
+ Good resistance to abrasion - Not available in clear
+ Really good sensitivity  

  


Defier Armilo is expensive and inspiring to fish - two ingredients that make it a candidate for our Ultimate Enthusiast Award!

 

Conclusion: Shooter Defier Armilo really does handle like a fluorocarbon in many ways yet is not as temperamental on your spool and still costs less than a fluorocarbon line. It's really great for throwing spinnerbaits, square bills, and lipless cranks near sparse grass beds where you want a line with low visibility, low stretch, good sensitivity, and good resistance to abrasion. I really wish it were made in diameters suitable for finesse fishing and in clear, but for now, if you're looking for a nylon monofilament to fulfill the hunger of that elite enthusiast tackle buff hiding in all of us, Sunline's Shooter Defier Armilo is worth a test run.

 

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