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Decided to do some testing on new Power Point 100 Lb. braid versus 5 year old Berkeley trilene Big Game mono 100 Lb., wanted to see where the failures occurred 1st.

Used the improved slim beauty knot to fasten braid to mono.

I twice broke the braid at 53 Lbs. weight - - 2nd time I very slowly lowered the weight down onto the test rig (which is not going to happen with a big YF strike)

Braid always broke and not at the knot, crimps on mono held up well

Has there been some bad batches of Power Pro reported ?

I know the commercial test rigs stretch the line extremely slowly which is really sorta bogus because that's not what happens offshore . . . but labeling a brand new line as 100 Lb test when it fails at half that weight doesn't seem right . . . Paulus tests were over 8 years ago, you'd think by then there would be improvements in strength.
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I heard the quality went downhill since Shimano bought the company. Plenty of better alternatives with hollowcore and other companies like Tasline
Maybe try some tests with high-% knots such as the PR
 

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I've never had a problem with any Power Pro, but I've been using Power Pro Super Slick and MaxCuarto mainly the last few years. I'd try to return that spool. Doesn't sound right.
 

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Same situation, I have had 65# red Power Pro break on me this past summer. I didn't trust it. Trashed it for J braid 8x. I use to only use Power Pro. I am replacing all of it with other braids.
 

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JoseG: Some brands under rate their lines, so people are impressed when a 50 lbs lines breaks at 65 lb, probably the line was thicker than another brand with similar rating. . . talking to a very experience fishing guide in Miami, he does not recommend Power Pro at all, he says it breaks all the time. Your “uncertified” test proves the case, specially the 65 lb power pro.

mdees88: Yes, I have tested either 40 or 50lb power pro previously and it performed rather poorly also

Of course, these 2 cherrypicked comments come from a thread on another forum where a guy posts his braid tests, and he get's dogpiled on that his tests and the images show the braid tests always fail early at his palomar knot.
In my case the braid failed twice in the line itself, not at a knot.

Going to re-test 2 more times and try to insure I am testing the line itself, not a knot, not a tension spot, BTW, if you study my image above, the break is in the longer stretch of line - - not the tag end
 

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I must be on a roll for defective products, ordered some more tackle for tuna trips, today opened a sealed pack of Sampro swivels, was surprised to discover 2 of the 12 were corroded, brand new package. I tried twisting the swivel, they were lightly frozen up, then they freed up. I will be now be carefully inspecting everything I order, even if it claims to be "made in America" . . .

I called the dealer and asked for replacements.
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I have been using power pro ever since it came out and never had a problem but in all fairness I never pulled with 53 pounds of drag. I like the old stuff but maxcuatro has been very good to me . I love their 65 lb maxquatro and used it extensively since 2019
 

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I remember when braid first came out and the hue and cry was about mystery break offs. With the passage of time and as experience was gained and shared we learned what knots worked, which didn't, leader construction to avoid braid chaffing on fish etc. Now about the only mystery break offs we read about are from people home testing. My experience has been that my mystery break offs were due to wrong choice of knots, leader configuration and not checking the braid for chaffing from structure or hull rubs.
 

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The only time I've had the main line (braided line) breaks is with a PR knot and that's due to excessive twist weakening the main line just in front of the knot. To consistently get a braided line to break on itself and not at the knot means that your knot is always 100% or that you happen to be lucky time after time and tie the knot with the strongest part of the line to the leader. This doesn't happen consistently. What happens consistently is the main line breaking somewhere at the knot usually inside the knot.
 
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