Berkley Vanish vs. Seaguar Blue Label Fluorocarbon Lines [Abrasion Test Results]
By: Luke Simonds on June 11, 2018
Berkley Vanish vs. Seaguar Blue Label Fishing Line Experiment
It’s line testing time again!
This test is an addition to our continual quest of finding the best fluorocarbon line to use when in need of abrasion-resistant leader line.
And this latest test had some shocking results…
Since we are not affiliated with any line company in any way, we have zero bias either way so you’ll see 100% transparent results.
To make sure that there is absolute transparency, we even film the testing process so you can see exactly what we are doing.
And you’re welcome to critique it if you see any issues or have any questions.
First, let’s take a quick look at the lines tested in this experiment.
Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon [Variant]
Berkley Vanish is becoming a very popular fluorocarbon line in the saltwater industry based on the number of recommendations we’ve received to test it recently.
Here’s a picture of the exact spool that we tested in this experiment:
Berkley Vanish Line Specs:
- Strength: 20 lb
- Diameter: 0.40mm
- Yards: 250
- Cost: $15.49
- Cost per Yard: $0.06 (very inexpensive for fluorocarbon line)
This line is inexpensive relative to many other fluorocarbon options.
So the question now is how it performs relative to expensive fluorocarbon leader material.
That question is what spawned this latest line experiment… here’s the line that we tested Vanish against:
Seaguar Blue Label Fluorocarbon [Control]
Seaguar’s Blue Label line is one of the most popular fluorocarbon lines for saltwater anglers.
Seaguar is known to be the pioneers of fluorocarbon lines. Their Blue Label series has performed very well in our past experiments, so I used this as the control for seeing how strong the Vanish line is.
The exact spool of Seaguar Blue label that we tested in this experiment is shown in this picture:
Seaguar Blue Label Line Specs:
- Strength: 20 lb
- Diameter: 0.405mm
- Yards: 25
- Cost: $15.99
- Cost per Yard: $0.64 (upper-median for fluorocarbon leader line)
This Blue Label line typically costs a bit more than other fluorocarbon leader lines. But it has been known as one of the highest quality lines, so many anglers are completely ok with the higher costs.
Berkley Vanish Vs. Seaguar Blue Label
Had you asked me which of these lines could handle abrasion better last year, I would have been confident in saying Seaguar based on how many people use and recommend it.
But after being surprised from many past experiments, I am now always hesitant to answer questions like that until I’ve actually tested them because hype does not always translate to fact.
So here’s the abrasion test of Berkley Vanish vs. Seaguar Blue Label so you can see for yourself how they compared for the very important abrasion resistance factor.
Just click on the image below to watch the video below:
The line testing proved that the general spool of Berkley Vanish can handle abrasion from rough sandpaper-like surfaces better than the much more expensive Seaguar.
And since that sort of abrasion is what I personally am in need of most while snook fishing, I am absolutely making the switch to Vanish.
Because not only did it prove to be stronger, it’s cost per yard is just 6 cents vs. the 64 cents per yard cost of Seaguar.
As for the visibility factor… both lines are 100% fluorocarbon, so their underwater visual characteristics should be very similar. Vanish may very well have a leg up given that it’s slightly thinner making for less refraction of light.
Note: I’ll be performing underwater visibility comparisons of these lines and many others soon.
Please use the Comments section to let me know about the following:
- Are there any factors in testing abrasion strength that I missed or any problems you see with this test
- Are there any other lines you’d like me to run through this test assembly
The quest for the ultimate fishing line will of course continue, so any feedback would be much appreciated so that we can ensure to make these as beneficial as possible.
Here are some other line tests that I believe you’ll enjoy:
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