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Line Review


Toray's Premium Nylon : Bawo Superhard Polyamide Plus
 

Date: 1/24/09
Tackle type: Fishing Lines
Manufacturer: Toray
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.5 - GOOD

 

Introduction: Our second look into the fishing line product by Toray brings us to their Bawo Superhard Polyamide Plus line, a 100% nylon product touted as having low stretch and high sensitivity. These claims sound great, but really, they're in complete contradiction to what we've come to expect from a nylon line. What better way to alert us here at TackleTour.com? Presenting our thoughts on this premium monofilament from Toray.


Toray Superhard Polyamide Plus Specifications

Line Type Nylon
Colors Available Watermelon Light Fluorescent
Colors Tested Watermelon Light Fluorescent
Line Weights 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 20, 25, 30* (*100m spool only)
Line Weights Tested (diameter) 10lb (.27mm), 16lb (.33mm), 20lb (.38mm) & 25lb (.40mm)
MSRP $20.00 (16lb/164yds ( ~$0.12/yd) )

 

Impressions: A few things really stood out for me when I first saw this product at my local tackle store: one was its incredibly complex name; second was the color (which I initially did not care for); and third was how cleanly the line was wound onto the filler spool. Certainly the price tag took me a little aback as well, but given it was a product by Toray, I pretty much expected a steep price the second I saw the product hanging on the store shelf.

 


Introducing Toray's Superhard Bawo Polyamide Plus nylon line, distributed North America through Blackwater International.

 

Lab Tests: Of course, not having purchased many lines other than fluorocarbon over the last two years, the price on this line didn't really seem that bad, so into my basket went a few spools, and after paying up, off we went to the lab to see how this stuff would hold up to our analysis. What we discovered is the Polyamide tests out quite well showing a very good material strength, very good abrasion resistance, and low stretch values.

 

Toray Superhard Polyamide Plus Lab Tests (16lb - 0.33mm)

Tensile (lbs)

(dry/wet)

Material Strength (psi)
Abrasion Resistance vs Berkley Trilene (0.32mm)
Stretch / Deformity (+2hr soak)
dry
wet
dry
wet
17.4 / 16.2
131,375
122,228
14% Lower
24% Higher
7.7% / 1.1%

In fact, when wet, it tested out very similar to fluorocarbon with regards to stretch and much better than our old baseline of Trilene XL. Knot strength was very good with a couple of knots and not so good with others. The table below tells this story best especially with the improved clinch where our knot actually slipped on a couple of occasions, failing to hold due to the slick nature of this line's surface.

Toray Superhard Polyamide Plus Knot Tests (16lb - 0.33mm)

San Diego Jam
Improved Clinch*
Trilene
Uni
Palomar
Avg Knot Strength (%)
Avg Knot Strength (lbs)
63.5%
66.9%
99.7%
78.2%
92.3%
83.6%
13.5
Values expressed as percentage of TESTED WET tensile strength
*Knot slipped several times during tests

 

Field Tests: Encouraged by Polyamide's performance in the lab, we spooled it up on a variety of reels both spinning and casting, and tested it through a range of applications in including cranks, jerkbaits, big baits, jigs, and soft plastic presentations.

 


Each spool of Polyamide Plus is precision wound for a nice, even line lay avoiding crossovers which can create flat spots and inconsistent performance in your line.


Casting: On both baitcasting and spinning gear, Polyamide Plus handles extremely well. We used the 10lb test on our Daiwa Certate 2000 and experienced few memory or line twist problems fishing mostly shakey head presentations. From there all the way up to casting and handling big baits like the ten inch 22nd Century Triple Trout or wake baits like Black Dog Bait Company's GoTo Minnow, the Polyamide plus held up just fine.

 


Rigged and ready to go on a Daiwa TDZ 103ML Type R+ and Steez STZ802HFBA combination

Sensitivity: This line does a good job transmitting bottom contact information though it's not nearly as good as a high end fluorocarbon or superlines fished without slack. Fishing the shakey head rigs, I could feel the transition between soft and hard bottom quite well, and while retrieving wake baits on top of the water, I could feel the baits thumping as their tails wagged back and forth. Similarly with crankbaits, each bait's unique vibration could be felt through the Polyamide Plus line.


Flipping and pitching on the California Delta with Polyamide Plus

Abrasion: Welcome back to nylon line is the only thing that comes to mind here. On some occasions where I thought abrasion might be a problem, the Polyamide held up quite well, and with others, like while fishing wakebaits, I noticed some inexplicable knicks and bumps in the first few feet of the line requiring a retie. Further, as with all nylons, thicker diameters equates to better abrasion resistance. Case in point, in our lab tests, we tested the 16lb line which has a diameter very close to that of 12lb Trilene XL. Abrasion values were close, but in general, I'd expect 16lb line to have much greater abrasion resistance than 12lb line. This simply is not the case and consumers need to be aware that more than anything - especially with nylon lines - line diameter is the important statistic when it comes to resistance to abrasion.


A look at the "Watermelon Light Fluorescent" color of the Bawo Polyamide Plus nylon line from Toray

Memory: The Polyamide Plus does develop memory after extended periods of storage (two to three weeks), but nothing out of the ordinary and certainly not to the point where the line is unmanageable or unusable. A firm tug on either end of a section of line usually relieves this issue.


If you're not sold on fluoro and don't like superlines, Polyamide Plus is a nice compromise for bottom contact applications.

Longevity: While not quite as long lived the higher end fluorocarbons, Polyamide Plus withstood a good six to mine months of weekly use before I felt the need to respool any of my reels. It does not kink up as easily as fluorocarbon after clearing out the inevitable professional overrun, but I've gotten in the habit of replacing those spools that have gone awry anyway.


Polyamide Plus handles very well on spinning gear too.

Application: This line is about as versatile as they come. The only caution I would provide is to pay attention to the diameter of the line and adjust your expectations of abrasion resistance accordingly regardless of the rated strength of the line. Even though it tested out very well in our lab it's obvious, out on the water, there's no substitution for the security of line diameter when it comes to abrasion resistance in nylon lines. This was made painfully obvious on the several were occasions where I was left scratching my head at inexplicable breakoffs.

 

Ratings (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Toray Superhard Polyamide Plus Nylon Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A very high quality line 8
Performance Questionable abrasion resistance per rated strength due to low diameter of line, otherwise, very good all around. 7.5
Price The 16lb spool sells for $20 for 164 yards or roughly $0.12 per yard. Berkley Trilene XL sells for roughly $0.02 per yard... that's a big delta for nylon line - then again both products are targeted at different segments of the market 6
Features Precision wound onto the spool and built with low stretch in mind 8
Design (Ergonomics) The watermelon color takes some getting used to but is a good color for all types of water from clear to stained 7.5
Application Given its relative low stretch, a very good all purpose nylon line 8

Total Score

7.5
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!


Pluses and Minuses:

Plus         

Minus
J Excellent material strength equates to high tensile rating per diameter of line L Step up a size or two in abrasive environments
J Excellent knot strength L Tough call for those not accustomed to paying top dollar for a nylon line
J Very good sensitivity L Not available in larger spools
J Low stretch nylon line  

 

Conclusion: In the final analysis, I have mixed feelings about Polyamide Plus. On the one hand I love how it handles and fishes and I really like how it tested out in knot strength with the very simple to tie Palomar knot. The reason I continue to use this line is its small diameter, but with that advantage comes vulnerability to abrasion especially when compared to other lines rated at the same breaking strength. It's a cat and mouse game that requires some reprogramming in the way we think about our lines.

 


Toray continues to impress with the quality of their fishing lines.

 

All that aside, the attention to detail put into everything from the production of this line to the way it is wound onto the supply spool (carefully wound so the each successive loop is parallel to the other avoiding cross overs and flat spots leading to more consistent performance overall) is very reassuring and something I really appreciate. If I were stepping up from some very affordable rival products, perhaps the cost would bother me more, but coming back down from the cost of premium fluorocarbons, Polyamide Plus seems more than reasonable. If you're ready to try out a premium nylon line, Toray's Bawo Polyamide Plus should definitely be on your short list.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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