Berkley x5 : 15lb Braid


Berkley® x5 Braid is a conventional braid using 100% PE fibers. 4-stranded braids are popular and Berkley® x5 takes it to another level by adding an additional strand making x5 strong, reliable, and built to cut through weeds and vegetation.


  • Designed for optimal strength and abrasion resistance
  • Fish confidently in thick vegetation and heavy cover

Key Statistics

  • Measured Diameter: .262mm (+187.1% on stated .140mm)
  • Measured Breaking Strain: 31.07lbs (+207.13% on rated 15lbs)
  • Breaking Strain vs GOH Standard: +100.2% on claimed 31lbs
  • Abrasion Breaking Strain: 10.36lbs (30.5% of max break)

Breaking strain indicates that this line is significantly underrated if using the USA standard (15lb), and exactly correct if using the Japanese standard (31lb).
Tensile Strength (371805psi) is average (rank 11 of 20).
Abrasion resistance is average @ 30.5% (average 31.7%).

The x5 showed a surprising amount of variation in diameter when inspected under high magnification. It may be a good choice if you need some “sawing” ability in vegetation. Both breaking strain and abrasion resistance were average, landing right in the middle of all the lines tested so far.

Testing Process

Key Line Statistics

Diameter Measurements