Shimano introduces strongest line in its class
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Shimano’s PowerPro brand has become the first to use the Spectra® HT Fibre – described by maker Honeywell as the world’s strongest fishing line material of its size.
The Japanese tackle giant has used the new high tenacity fibre in its PowerPro Maxcuatro™, which was launched at last month’s Bassmaster Classic.
Honeywell says that braided fishing lines made with Spectra HT offers anglers an additional competitive edge. It is said to be 25% stronger than equivalent-size competitive materials, enabling 30% thinner braided fishing lines so users can cast more easily, get more line onto their reel or use a lighter reel without sacrificing line strength or length.
Fishing lines made with Spectra HT are also abrasion resistant and less visible under water.
“With the introduction of Spectra HT, Honeywell has set a new standard for strength in braided super-line material,” said Mark Saholsky, Global Business Manager for Honeywell’s Advanced Fibres and Composites business. “Made from the same material that stops bullets and protects police officers and military personnel, Spectra HT provides higher strength than competitive fibres, enabling fishing line manufacturers to develop new, thinner products that provide features anglers want – additional reel capacity, improved casting and lower underwater visibility.”
“Honeywell’s new Spectra HT technology allowed Shimano to develop an entirely new type of product,” said Konrad Krauland, Division President of Innovative Textiles Inc., a division of Shimano. “PowerPro Maxcuatra uses Spectra HT to enable a fishing line that is 25% thinner than our existing products with equivalent strength. Anglers can downsize their tackle and maximise fishing performance with our thinnest and strongest line to date.”
Honeywell says that Spectra HT is more than 80% stronger than nylon or fluorocarbon-based fishing line and 25% stronger than competitive fibres, including traditional grades of Spectra used in braided line.