Sufix 832 vs. Fins Windtamer (Casting Distance & Knot Strength)
It’s line contest time!
Sufix 832 and Fins Windtamer are two types of braided line that come highly recommended.
And while I do listen to recommendations and reviews, I always like to test things out myself and get objective data so when I get on the water I can confidently say I have the best equipment.
That being said, I’ve started to test these two lines against each other.
Below you can see the results of the casting contest and the knot strength contest (abrasion-resistance and durability contests coming soon).
Which do you think will win?
See the experiments below!
Note: We don’t accept sponsorships so we’re not sponsored by either of these brands, we’re just on a mission to see which braided line is the best.
Suffix 832 vs. Fins Windtamer Casting Contest [VIDEO]
- Rod: Custom rod from Bull Bay
- Reel: Shimano Stradic Ci4 3000
- 10 lb Sufix 832
- 10 lb Fins Windtamer
This contest consisted of five casts with each line, and then we measured the four longest casts for each one to try to take human error out of the equation.
Sufix 832 is an eight-strand braid with a wax coating, while the Windtamer is a four-strand braid without a wax coating.
Eight-strand braids and wax coatings are typically an advantage when it comes to casting distance, but the Sufix 832 is thicker than the Windtamer, which is a disadvantage.
Here are the results:
(Pink flags are Sufix 832 and green flags are Fins Windtamer)
If you take the average casting distance between these two, which is about where I’m standing (130 feet), it looks like it’s a tie.
Now what’s interesting is that Windtamer seemed to be more consistent, while the 832 had both the shortest (124 feet) and longest (138 feet) casts.
I believe that’s likely due to the wind, but either way, it seems like they both cast roughly the same distance on average so this first test is considered a tie.
But if it’s anything like the PowerPro vs. Spiderwire Invisi-Braid testing, the 8-strand line with the wax coating will get significantly worse after some usage while the traditional 4 strand braid will keep its casting ability more constant over time…
Suffix 832 vs. Fins Windtamer Knot Strength Contest [VIDEO]
- 10 lb Sufix 832
- 10 lb Fins Windtamer
To test the knot strength of these two lines, I used an improved uni knot for braid and tested their breaking strength on my tension machine.
I tied five knots with 10 lb. lines of each brand and threw out the weakest one to get rid of any inaccurate outliers.
Here are the results of the tests:
- 19.16 lbs.
- 14.93 lbs.
- 18.73 lbs.
- 18.13 lbs.
- Average: 17.74 lbs.
- 21.81 lbs.
- 20.04 lbs.
- 21.68 lbs.
- 20.62 lbs.
- Average: 21.04 lbs.
This was a significant difference!
Fins Windtamer was about 19% stronger than Sufix 832.
This might be the strongest braid I’ve tested (even stronger than PowerPro) as it tested over double the strength it was rated at (this was 10 lb. braid).
Another key thing to note is that Sufix 832 is wax-coated, so the knot pulled out in the first test.
This is definitely something you want to be aware of if you’re using this line or any other wax-coated lines.
To stop that from impacting your knots, just use your fingernails to scrape off the wax before you tie the knot to stop it from pulling out.
We’re on a mission to find the best braid so we’re testing how Sufix 832 and Fins Windtamer compare against each other.
It was about a tie in casting distance, while Fins Windtamer clearly won the knot strength contest.
Next, I’ll be testing how they compare in abrasion-resistance, and then, I’ll give an update on how durable the two of them are as I use them over the next few months.
The winner of these two lines will then be tested against the reigning champ, PowerPro.
Have you used Suffix 832 or Fins Windtamer lines yet?
If so, what did you think about them?
Let me know down in the comments!
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