PowerPro Super Slick V2 vs. PowerPro Original [Casting & Strength Comparison]


Does more expensive always mean better performance?

Maybe, maybe not…

At Salt Strong, one of our goals is to help you get the best equipment for your money.

PowerPro recently came out with Super Slick 8 V2, an 8-strand braid that is supposed to be the “smoothest, toughest, and longest casting PowerPro yet.”

We’ve been due for a new line experiment, so I figured I’d test the new 8-strand vs. the original 4-strand braid.

8-strand braid has a smoother exterior than the 4-strand braid and is supposed to be stronger, so I assumed the results of this test would be a no-brainer…

However, I was shocked once I started performing these tests!

Check out the results in the videos below.

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PowerPro Super Slick vs. PowerPro Original: Casting Distance [VIDEO]

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Even though the new Super Slick is supposed to cast farther, it didn’t!

Through both rounds of testing, PowerPro Original cast about seven feet farther, which is about 5%.

Here are the results:

Round 1 average casting distance:

PowerPro Original: 139 ft

PowerPro Super Slick 8 V2: 132 ft

Round 2 average casting distance:

PowerPro Original: 137 ft

PowerPro Super Slick 8 V2: 130 ft

And here’s how I constructed the experiment to get the most accurate results possible:

I had two sets of the same exact rod and reel rigged with each version of PowerPro tied to an identical casting weight.

The lines were the same strength and diameter, and, to be even more precise, I switched spools and did a second round of testing just to make sure there wasn’t some strange difference between the rods or reels (even though they were the same model).

So now that we know that PowerPro Original casts farther than Super Slick 8 V2, let’s look into how they compare in strength…

PowerPro Super Slick vs. PowerPro Original: Knot Strength [VIDEO]

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Here’s how to tie the knots in this video:

Super Slick 8 V2 is stronger than Original, but how much stronger it is depends on the knot.

For instance, the FG knot is designed to take tension off of the braid and doesn’t have any hard turns, so there was just a 4% difference in the breaking strength between these two lines.

On the other hand, the uni knot, which does have hard turns, had a much bigger difference in breaking strength at around 20%.

Here are the results of this test:

Uni Knot:

PowerPro Super Slick 8 V2

Round 1: 20.39 lbs.

Round 2: 20.92 lbs.

PowerPro Original

Round 1: 16.99 lbs.

Round 2: 17.52 lbs.

FG Knot:

PowerPro Super Slick 8 V2

Round 1: 22.58 lbs.

PowerPro Original

Round 1: 21.72 lbs.


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Green flags for the PowerPro Super Slick 8 V2, pink flags for the PowerPro original.

So far, PowerPro original casts farther, but PowerPro Super Slick 8 V2 is stronger.

I’ll keep using these to see how they perform over time with more use, and I’ll also be doing one final experiment to test how their abrasion resistance compares.

You can get PowerPro original from our shop here.

Have any questions about these two braided lines?

Have you used the new PowerPro?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Bela Vincze
8 months ago

Hey Luke. I was wondering, since you are casting on a dry beach, are your test lines dry or wet? I believe if the lines are wet, they will perform differently. Since we cast in water, the lines should wet when testing as well.
Bela from PA

1 year ago

Any update on the abrasion test or feedback after using the lines for awhile? Curious to see the results since the main benefit of braid for me, is the long life. I have an ocean, delta, and mountain lakes all within a couple hour drive, along with a wife and daughter that occasionally like to fish. Even trying to keep things simple, I still end up with more spooled reels than I want. Braid saves me time, hassle, and hopefully money by not having to change out spools of mono every year. Makes “going fishing” much simpler if all I have to do is grab a rod and go. On a separate note, I’m under the impression flouro doesn’t degrade while stored indoors like mono. I like to tie up rigs and leaders at home and sometimes they sit for a bit. Any input is appreciated, thank you.

Bill Poletti
1 year ago

Luke, I might suggest a reason why the slick lines don’t cast quite as far. MAYBE.

The slick lines would be in more or less continuous contact with the rod guides. The line might be slick, but that continuous contact may have a little more friction than just the rougher high spots of the non-slick lines. From a microscopic view, the only points of contact of the rougher line would be of a short interval while the smooth line would be longer, more or less continuous contact. Though the line would be jumping around during a cast, it would still be in longer contact with the guides.

I think it was Scientific Anglers that released a textured fly line a few years ago that was supposed to go through the guiles faster for the same reason.

1 year ago

Considering the super8slick v2 lost in casting distance and won in strength test I think it is thicker. If you find an optical device for checking the real size of a braid then you can take into account one more factor, and the competition will be even fairer.
P.S. I would check the weight of the “lure” with electronic scales. A small difference in weight can be a reason for a farther cast.

Last edited 1 year ago by Leo
Rod Rice
1 year ago

Luke, great job testing the lines!

Casting distance is an critical factor when choosing a braided line, but another is sensitivity when bottom jigging in deeper water or heavy current. Unfortunately I can’t think of an objective way to test or prove Brand A is X% more sensitive while using the same rod, reel, and jig

Sheldon Friedman
1 year ago

Luke, your instructional videos are excellent. You are a very good teacher. I appreciate your tackling some of the most common issues regarding light tackle inshore spin fishing. Keep it up! Until I master the FG knot, I’ll keep
using the modified Alberto knot with the braid doubled over. I can tie it quickly
(Even in the wind on the water).
I have 2 questions: the 1st is regarding your opinion(s) of Berkley Nanofil
(I use the 12# as it handles well & all my knots hold well with it using 20-25#
mono or fluoro leader.) I believe it is pure Dyneema fiber.
My second question is have you tried Daiwa’s new J braid called ‘8 Grand’?
I have no idea what Izanas’ material is or if it’s just a new Japanese name
for spectra or dyneema. It is comparable in diameter to 10# Power Pro Super
Slick 8 V2 but is priced slightly higher.
Thx again & keep those videos coming.

Shelly Friedman, Noblesville, IN & Bokeelia, FL

Larry Berreman
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Hey Luke, I too am curious about how Nanofil performs in actual testing. I’ve used 6 (for Trout and Walleye in Colorado) and 17 (for Pike in Colorado and have caught REDS and Snook here), and I have really liked it. I find it is not very abrasion resistant but I most always use a leader anyway, so….

1 year ago

I still use bait casting reels a lot and the super slick results in far fewer backlashes.

Charles Bertuglia
1 year ago

In addition to these tests, isn’t it also important to consider the amount of line that can be spooled onto the reel? Wouldn’t 4 strand give you twice the amount of line as 8 strand?

1 year ago

Did the line break on the line or on the knots? I appears one is weaker than claimed lb test or one is stronger than rated. Doesnt matter to me but if someone submits a record fish they might be disappointed. Seems 20lb test should break at 20lbs unless the knot is the issue.

2 years ago

My experience with Super Slick was that the FG knot did not hold well. After an hour or so of casting, the tag end (cut off flush to start) began to fluff and shortly after, the knot got loose and failed and my $8 hard bait went flying off into the marsh grass. The fluffing and looseness repeated several times and I just removed it and went back to original. Maybe it was my knot tying, but then why did the original Power Pro hold when I switched back? Just my 2 cents.


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