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Is It A 4, Is It An 8, No It's SuperBraid, by Yo-Zuri

 

Date: 2/1/21
Tackle Type: Fishing Line
Manufacturer: Yo-Zuri
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.58 - GOOD

Introduction:
There was a time when Yo-Zuri Hybrid was the only line I fished. While there have been other line products to come and go for the manufacturer, that copoly is surprisingly still around. Then again maybe not so surprisingly since it is a good product. On a recent search for some new lines to try, I decided to check in with Yo-Zuri and was happy to find a new-to-me braid product so I bought a couple of spools to check out. Introducing Yo-Zuri's SuperBraid fishing line.

 

Yo-Zuri SuperBraid Specifications

Line Type Braided Line (10-40 = 4 strand : 50-80 = 8 strand)
Colors Available Blue, Dark Green
Colors Tested Blue
Line Weights 10, 15, 20 ,30, 40, 50, 65, 80
Line Weights Fished 40 & 50
MSRP $12.99-18.99/150yd Spool (~0.10/yd avg)

 

Background: Yo-Zuri debuted their SuperBraid about four or five years ago. It is made from the polyethylene product Izanas, same material found in Daiwa's JBraid Grand. Yo-Zuri takes an interesting approach with this line making it with only 4 strands for the 10 to 40 pound test while the 50 to 80 pound test are made with 8 strands. Usually a manufacturer will stick with just one strand count through an entire product. If the strand counts change, we usually see two different product lines.

 


Introducing Yo-Zuri SuperBraid

Impressions: Intrigued by this strategy, I purchased a spool of the 4 strand 40 and 8 strand 50 to see if there were any tangible differences. Running a length of each line between the fingers, one after the other, there is definitely a difference in texture. As expected, the 4 strand 40 has a rougher texture than the 50. The 50 is actually quite smooth, typical of the 8 strand composition. Both lines feature a very subtle waxy coating that does not seem to affect the line's body or limpness too much. Checking out their diameters with a micrometer, I got an average of 0.306mm for the 40 pound and 0.334 for the 50. The average for each was taken by measuring 5 different spots over the length of 5 feet of line.


Yozuri SuperBraid is available in 10lb - 80lb test

Real World Tests: I spooled the 40lb SuperBraid on my Shimano Bantam MGL and mounted it on my Kistler Helium He3-H-711 as a non-traditional crankbait combo towing a Rapala BX Big Brat through weed beds, and chose my 13 Fishing Concept Z SLD as home for the 50lb first on board an Edge Rods Black Widow 807-1 swimbait stick then on board my Kistler Zbone ZB3LMH73 for some bladed/swim jig action with Megabass of America's Uoze Swimmer tipped with an XZone Pro Series Swammer paddletail.


It almost looks like a laser coming off my Concept Z SLD

Casting: Both the 40 and 50 pound test Yo-Zuri SuperBraids cast and handle nicely. That coating over the line is not excessive, so there is none of that break-in period waiting for the line to become more manageable. In fact, I really liked how the 50 handled on my Concept Z SLD. So much so, that I ended up switching rods one day because the swimbait bite wasn't happening and I wanted to see how the line handled under pressure of a fish.


I fished the 8 strand 50 on my Concept Z SLD and the 4 strand 40 on my Bantam MGL

Abrasion: This is where Yo-Zuri SuperBraid does not align with the way I fish. We all know that braided lines, in general, are not suited for fishing in environments where there are truly hard, abrasive surfaces. The strategy with braid when it comes to resisting abrasion is to either go with a thicker than normal line essentially resisting the abrasion by using more material, or tie on a leader of fluorocarbon or nylon mono.


8 strand on top, 4 strand on bottom

The ability to dish out the abrasion and cut its way out of weedy environments is becoming the metric by which braid is measured lately. In this instance, 4 strands are generally better at this than 8 strands because of their more coarse texture. Except some of that original definition of abrasion tends to hold true here. Usually, if you're fishing in weedy environments, you'll choose a thicker braid with that coarse texture.


Bunched up in my hand and dropped on the surface of our work bench, SuperBraid is somewhat stiff off the spool

By only offering their 4 strand version of SuperBraid in 40 pound test and below, Yo-Zuri kind of takes away this strategy. The 40 pound is just barely thick enough for me to comfortably fish a bladed/swimming jig, paddletail, or squarebill crank through the weeds, but I wouldn't be comfortable flipping or pitching with it. For that, I'd go with 50 pound or above which isn't a problem, but then I don't get the advantage of that more coarse texture to more easily cut its way out of the weeds. This isn't a huge issue for me, but it is a bit odd and counter intuitive.


The 4 strand is rough in texture but not terribly noisy through the guides

Noise: The noise factor through the guides with this line is pretty good. The 50 pound was relatively quiet and the 40 was more quiet than I expected given its texture. In all three instances, however, I was using fishing rods wrapped with guides that had some type of ceramic insert. None of these rods had bare metal guides where that grinding sound of the braid is really enhanced. Just the same, if I did not notice any sound while fishing, it's a good thing, and I didn't notice much coming from either strength of Yo-Zuri SuperBraid.


Verifying the strand counts

Impact/Knot Strength: As mentioned earlier, I had to switch up techniques in order to get bit with this line and finally found a groove with the 50lb on board my 13 Fishing Concept Z SLD fishing Megabass of America's Uoze Swimmer tipped with an XZone Pro Series Swammer paddletail and experience zero issues on hooksets with one tie through a good day fishing. The 40lb held up extremely well setting on weed clump after weed clump, but I don't think that's quite what most anglers care about.


Price varies depending on strength, but averages to $0.10 per yard on their 150 yard filler spools

Longevity: I really like this light blue color offered by Yo-Zuri in their SuperBraid, but it doesn't seem to be a color that holds fast. Over time, it has a tendency to wash out and fade, but the good thing is it does not flake off onto your reels. The line's texture didn't change much over time except to get softer, but I also did not run into the situation where it started to fuzz up. This may or may not change over a more extended period of time. I fished this line on a handful of testing trips.

 

Ratings:

Yo-Zuri SuperBraid Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Nice handling braid out of the package with diameters within 10% of specifications 8.0
Performance Really nice handling line that's fun to cast 8.0
Price Price varies depending on strength, but averages to $0.10 per yard on their 150 yard filler spools 7.5
Features Available in three colors 8
Design (Ergonomics) The strategy of using 4 strands for some strengths and 8 strands for others in one product line doesn't make sense to me 7
Application Overall a nice handling line that holds up well, but again strand count has a bearing on for which application I will choose to use a line, and for me, SuperBraid's strand counts are backwards 7

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
+ Really nice handling line - Inconsistent strand count
+ Did I mention I like that blue color?  
+ Coating does not flake off  
+ Color fades, but otherwise the line ages well  

  

Conclusion: Overall, I actually like this braid a lot and plan to continue using it. The 50lb has my confidence. I have a difficult time with 4 strands if I'm fishing a small diameter and while the 40lb is a very fishable size, its problem is I fished it alongside the 50. If the situations were reversed and I fished the 8 strand in a thinner diameter, and the 4 strand thicker, I really think my opinion would be different. This, however, does not change the fact I'm confused as to why Yo-Zuri would offer two different thread counts on the same brand in the first place. I thought since they are offered under the same brand, that the differences would be more subtle.


Not quite super, but definitely very, very good

In the end, the 4 strand fishes like a 4 and the 8 like an 8. In general, 8 strand braids align better with how I fish and how I want my fishing line to behave, so it's no surprise I preferred the 50lb test. Now I'm thinking it's about time to get some fresh spools of Yo-Zuri's Hybrid copoly to use as a leader with the SuperBraid and have some fun keeping the mainline and leader all in the same family.

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