Anglers Warehouse in Australia has it for $45 US plus some pretty serious shipping costs, I’m guessing. It’ll probably be on sale in the US by next summer or fall for probably $30ish. Worth spooling up a reel or two to try it outFinnz922 wrote:I would have to refinance my home to afford theseStrewth wrote:Strange these braids are not available in the US. Easy to source in Oz:BRONZEBACK32 wrote:I haven't seen either in the U.S.Strewth wrote:The new 13-strand Sufix 131 is a very nice braid, but expensive. The 16-strand Gosen braid is also outstanding.
https://www.tacklewarehouse.com.au/line ... D%5B0%5D=1
https://www.anglerswarehouse.com.au/pro ... 0yds_16617
Both are super smooth and round and hold a great FG knot for a leader. Have used the Gosen on large barramundi with good results, but have yet to test the 131 in rough country on big fish.
Noted that these ASSO braid is made with SK71 but are only 4 strands weave.The remaining Diawa braid lines came in the mail. So quick line strength pull test. Well after removing the spools from the packages and to my findings I cannot tell the difference between the J-Braid x8 or the J-Braid Grand x8. Now I was under the impression that the Grand would be more coarse in texture. Well I can almost confirm that, being such thin threads. It also seems like the Grand will ribbon out more or it appears to me that the spools I got seems to exhibit this more so in comparing to equivalent J-Braid x8. When I pinch the lines and push together to check how tightly weaved the braided strands are, I found that it was much easier to get the strands to separate on the J-Braid Grand x8 vs standard J Braid x8.
The package talks about IZANAS fiber which use to be Dyneema trademark name. So I found out that there are two grades SK60 and SK71. SK71 is the stronger of the two.
Diawa J-Braid x8 .06 mm 6# knot break 8# 4 oz
Diawa J-Braid x8 .13 mm 8# knot break 11# 9 oz
Diawa J-Braid x8 .15 mm 10# knot break 13#
Diawa J-Braid Grand x8 .06mm 6# knot break 6# 4 oz
Diawa J-Braid Grand x8 .13 mm 8# knot break 10# 12 oz
Diawa J-Braid Grand x8 .15 mm 10# knot break 16# 14 oz
I am surprised at the strength of this line. The 6# label wasn't as strong as I had expected. The 8# was strong, but compared to J-Braid x8, it was weaker. The 10# has a much higher break strength and I'm totally impressed. Overall, multi strand carrier means that the failure of one strand is more likely. I'd figure getting that small in diameter, one would also see more line breakage.
ASSO Micro Finish braid .08 mm 10# knot break 8# 4 oz. Mfg claim break of 13.2#
ASSO Micro Finish braid .10 mm 12# knot break 9# 12 oz. Mfg claim break of 16.5#