Shimano Kairiki 15lb Braid

Kairiki 8 from Shimano adopts the new VT construction braiding technology. Featuring 8 carriers and incorporating premium Japanese manufacturing, the new tight weave VT construction is created through applying high tension at opposing directions during the braiding process. During the VT Construction Method, the braid fibre is woven evenly at all angles – resulting in a smoother finish and reduced diameter. The casting performance of the line is significantly improved as the smooth finish creates less friction through the guides and cast noise is also reduced. The tight weave achieves enhanced sensitivity achieved through the lower stretch. These attributes make Kairiki 8 an excellent choice when high sensitivity and castability are all required to give that extra edge against your target species.

Key Statistics

  • Measured Diameter: .208mm (+130% on claimed .16mm)
  • Measured Breaking Strain: 22.05lbs (+147% on claimed 15lbs)
  • Abrasion Breaking Strain: 7.56lbs (34.29% of measured)
  • Both Diameter and Breaking strain indicate that this is closer to a 20lb line, not 15lb. Abrasion resistance is average/good compared to others.

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