Having a conversation with anglers about braid is often like talking to 4WD enthusiasts about tires. Everybody has an opinion, everybody swears by their brand and experience and thinks their choice is always preferable. It can be a tough argument as it gets to a point where comparisons become totally subjective. The rule of thumb for braid is simple; check the specs, know your location and application, and remember that experimentation is the best way to work it out for yourself. Advice is great, and indeed necessary, but only through trying can you find what works best for you.
Shimano Kairiki Braid is one of those instances where you really need to buy and try. The claims are pretty strong, and at its entry level price tag, you might find that Kairiki provides all you want in a braid while saving you an absolute packet. We all know top shelf braid is expensive. We also know that the Japanese are legendary at creating fine fishing lines. Add some American technique to the fray and you have the “Smooth, supple and sensitive” new Kairiki SX 8 braid, priced to suit your pocket, and may well indeed suit you fishing too.
Sensitivity of the Shimano Kairiki braid line has been achieved by reducing the level of stretch. There is a process on raw materials, kind of secret, that provides the high abrasion resistance. The 8 carrier gives the smooth feel that allows it to slide gently through your guides, providing outstanding casting qualities and brilliant guide protection. This smooth finish of Shimano Kairiki also means there is less thrumming on retrieve and when trolled.
Shimano Kairiki Braid fishing line comes in commonly used breaking strains in spools of 150 and 300 meters. The Mantis green is suitable for all waters and applications.