Palomar Knot vs. Uni Knot With Braided Line [Strength Test]
It’s knot test time!
In this video, we’re going to be testing the palomar knot vs. the uni knot when tied with braid line.
These are both extremely popular knots since they are great knots have been around for a very long time.
Since these knots came into popularity when monofilament line was pretty much the only option, we decided to run a test on them for how they hold up when tied with braid fishing line.
Is one better than the other for braid?
As it turns out, yes, one is!
Although both knots are very secure (neither of the knots pulled out during the test), they do have different breaking strengths, which essentially means that one is stronger (and can handle a bigger fish) than the other.
We’re finally able to quantify exactly how much the difference in breaking strength is between these two knots and it’s pretty significant.
Check out the video below to see the experiment and learn which knot is stronger.
Palomar Knot vs. Uni Knot [VIDEO]
To test these knots, I first tied each end of a piece of line with the two different knots to two swivels.
Then, I used my knot strength testing machine to put tension on the knots and see which one broke first.
Just like in my previous tests, the palomar knot broke first, but with this new machine I was finally able to quantify how strong it is.
It broke at 18.36 lbs. of force, which, for using 10 lb. line, is pretty strong!
However, since it broke first, that means that the uni knot is stronger.
After a few tests where each knot to the swivel was a uni knot, I found that the average breaking strength was 20.21 lbs.
This is a little over 1.5 pounds, or 8% stronger than the palomar knot.
Since which knots you choose to tie is one of the few things under your control when fighting a fish, I’d definitely recommend going with the uni knot over the palomar knot.
It’s 8% stronger, so just by choosing the uni knot you can increase the pulling strength of your setup by 8%.
Nobody wants to lose a big fish because they tied a weak knot, so remember this test next time to you go tie a snug knot with braided line.
What’s your favorite snug knot with braided line?
Are there any other knots you’d like to see tested against each other?
Let me know down in the comments!
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