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post #5 of Old 12-28-2010
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NE Ropes VPC 3/8": Given a "recommended" rating. "Our favorite in this grouping (mid-range value) was NE Ropes VPC. This line isn't as nice to handle as the all polyester braids, but it has 50% less stretch, super abrasion resistance, and a price that is half that of top contenders."

Samson XLS Extra T 7/16": "Samson entered a larger 7/16" diameter sample of XLS Extra-T, and even with the extra diameter advantage, its stretch was greater than VPC. However, this tuned up XLS has many excellent attributes. It slips onot and grips a winch drum nicely and handles very well, making it an excellent choice for sheets - if you can handle the extra expense."

Samson's "Amsteel" was well thought of among the more expensive. "Makes a superb halyard."

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