Your Shopping Bakset
We have tested countless monofilaments over recent years from various manufacturers and also competitor’s own brands to use as a comparison. ESP Syncro XT is a high performance co-polyamide monofilament which is diameter for diameter the strongest line we have ever tested. On a five turn grinner it out performed everything we compared it to.
Traditionally though, strong, highly abrasion resistant mono’s have had a tendency to be quite wiry or springy, which inhibits distance casting and makes them quite difficult to manage on the reel, but this is not the case with the new E-S-P line. Whilst it does have a tough, ‘steely’ feel to it, it is also silky smooth and relatively supple making it perform brilliantly for long range work.
We also paid special attention to the stretch factor. Some mono’s are excessively stretchy which can inhibit ‘feedback’ when feeling the lead down at range and also when clipping up the extra stretch can cause the lead to bounce back and affect accuracy. Syncro XT has optimum stretch making it perfect for all situations.
It also measures up admirably with regards to abrasion resistance, not only on dry bench tests but also during extensive field testing where carp have been retrieved safely from around the back of islands and through thick weed beds, even on waters where leaders are banned, without the slightest sign of damage to the monofilament. This line has already accounted for some very special big carp from very demanding venues. During the first few weeks of testing it accounted for two 47lb + fish from different, very tricky venues.
For a monofilament it sinks like a stone too, and with its translucent ‘smoky green’ colouring it just seems to disappear under water.
Available in four different diameters and breaking strains, on 1,000m spools: 10lb (0.30mm), 12lb (0.33mm), 15lb (0.37mm) and 18lb (0.40mm). The stated breaking strains on the spools are a nominal guide, however, with carefully tied 5 turn grinners the following average breaking strains were achieved during testing:
Read More »