I've tried just about every braid out there and even came up with parameters that one could look at to actually evaluate a braided line's performance. Many are great right out of the box but weaken pretty fast or just arn't the best in one parameter or another. Hard to find one that scores high in all parameters. Some are quiet, some cast long, but lack something in another category like wind knots or ease of backlash removal.
Here's all the parameters I graded the lines against
- Cast Distance
- Ease of Backlash Removal
- Fade over time
- Abrasion Resistance
- Wind Knot Frequency
- Breakoffs fighting fish
- Breakoffs due to casting
- Roughness and Sound thru guides
For a long time, even though it was louder the Suffix Performance was the top, but it was sorta loud and a little thick...Still casted very good and met all the other paramters. For the last year I've been testing SeaGuar Kanzen. It's like they put all the best characteristics from all the lines into one line. I'm not even sponsored by them; just the best I've ever used and the price is super reasonable.
I use the 30lb
- Cast very long
- No wind knot problems.
- Very easy to get backlashes out of
- No fish break offs
- No casting break offs
- Cast very well right out of the box
- Wears to be even better
It takes a lot to impress me on a braided line, and this one has. I ordered it online thru SeaGuar's online shop. Even bought my first 500 yard spool since I liked it so much. I've never purchased any of the other lines in anything above 150 yrds. There are a lot of good ones out there... but after a year this one has proven itself above everything else that I've ever used.