The Full Story - And how to Pick your BRAID
The Sniping Braid line-up is unique from other braids available. We are dedicated to focusing in on Live Sonar technology. An extremely important factor in choosing a braid is the diameter of the braid. This will lead to smooth pitching and casting. How many times have you heard other anglers mention how stiff a braid is or that it seems to drag through the eyelets? We wanted to eliminate this frustration, so we focused on diameter. We won't compromise on this. We want the smallest diameter possible.
ALL Sniping Braids have very small diameters to accommodate this. All Sniping Braids are quality tested and use what is called a STRAIGHT IN-LINE QUALITY TEST.
Here are the Sniping Braid Options
10LB Optimal - .10mm 4 strand
10LB Optimized - .12mm 8 strand
12LB Meteor - .15mm 8 strand
15LB Lightening - .20mm 8 strand
20LB Powerhouse - .25mm 8 strand
Currently field testing has been occurring around the country on 10LB Optimized (.12 diameter). Although this braid is only .12mm in diameter, paired with 8 strands, it will hold up to the biggest crappie. And you will get the advantage of the small diameter. If you want to step it up a notch.....consider the 12LB Meteor.
Little more about testing braids, for those that want to learn.
In the US there are No guidelines on how to test or market braid strength. In the US most consumers think that all 10 LB test braids should behave the same in regards to strength, and unfortunately those same consumers will select a braid that has the higher strength factor (which usually means a thicker diameter) thinking that is the best choice. The braid companies that have been around KNOW this. So they simply put a LB test label on a box that technically should be marketed as a much higher LB test braid. And you as a consumer buy into this, getting a sluggish braid, but is stronger....stronger than you will ever need for your style of fishing. Most anglers either except this sluggishness, or don't, and abandoned braid all together.
Most braid companies use what is called a STRAIGHT IN-LINE QUALITY TEST for actually determining a braids strength. This is as close to the gold standard there is. Like I said before...there is NO standard. All of Sniping Braids products are quality checked and verified to exceed our marketed LB test on the STRAIGHT IN-LINE QUALITY TEST prior to be offered to the public. These tests are done in quality labs with proper equipment.
The second test companies will use is what is called a knot test. This test will ALMOST ALWAYS test 40-60% less then a STRAIGHT IN-LINE QUALITY TEST. A knot test is done by putting a simple knot in the center and pulled by both ends. Knots on both ends and pulling braid in your garage is NOT a Knot test. Crappie anglers do not need a knot test to equal the STRAIGHT IN-LINE QUALITY TEST. A knot test equal to 5-8 LB test will satisfy most anglers.
The philosophy of Sniping braid is to achieve your desired strength requirements with the minimal diameter. Why fish with a braid that has 100% more strength than you actually need? This just adds to stiffness and drag and casting that is undesirable.
Because our braids are as small in diameter as possible, it is possible you might want to consider a higher LB test . Currently some of the best tournament anglers in the crappie world are using the OPTIMAL and the OPTIMIZED catching the biggest fish in the country. We always suggest starting with one of these and move up as you see fit. The NEW Try them all combo gives you a great chance to try them all.
As crappie anglers ourselves. We believe that "Optimal" is incredible, but for those that have a heavy hook set try "Optimized". Our field testing has shown that "Optimized" is plenty strong for any crappie angler. In fact this new 10LB Optimized braid has been trial tested for the last 3 months on the largest crappie producing lakes in the country.......Of course there are those special few.......they set the hook like no one else.....they should jump straight to the "Meteor".
Tight lines Everyone and Enjoy