Braid vs. Mono Abrasion Strength Experiment [Vertical & Horizontal Tests]
By: Luke Simonds on December 28, 2017
It’s line testing time again!
In this post, you’ll see how the abrasion strength of a fishing line made from braid compared to line made from traditional monofilament.
This has been the most commonly requested test, and I have to admit that I was surprised by the results.
Here’s a quick summary that explains the purpose and structure of the experiment.
The purpose of this experiment is to see which line can handle getting rubbed up against a rough surface best (aka – abrasion strength).
And given that anglers who use braid often put a mono/fluoro leaders at the end of their lines, I wanted to test how braid holds up to a drag-ripping run around an object in the water such as a piling since that likely will be the most common cause of abrasion in the act of fishing.
But I also wanted to check how the head-shake abrasion (side-to-side movement) compared to that of mono too for those who do tie directly to their lures/hooks when using braid.
So this experiment consists of two tests:
- Side-to-Side Abrasion Test
- Around-the-Piling Test
And I used equivalent lines based on their rated strengths so that there could be an apples-to-apples comparison.
Line Test Results
In order to make sure you could see the exact processed used, I filmed the test and made a quick video.
Click the video box below to watch it:
Note: Please do not hesitate to let me know about any testing suggestions you may have… I want to make sure that these tests are all as helpful as possible.
Monofilament line proved to be much more resistant to abrasion compared to braid in this test.
But this is just one type of surface, so we’ll also need to examine these two lines when faced with different types of surfaces.
More tests will be done in the near future… I just wanted to share this first round of braid vs. mono testing with you now so you can ask any questions or offer suggestions for improving future tests.
For any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page.
P.S. – Please be sure to share this post with any of your friends who love fishing.
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