Ponte Verde, FL. – The cardinal sin in manufacturing is testing new product on the consumer, the angler. Before the research and development is complete, and prototypes fully tested in the field, an undependable manufacturer goes to market. The polar opposite is running a potential new product through the mill, further grinding it at another mill, and only then taking it to the street. Aquateko goes even further. Even after putting trusted and innovative products in the hands of anglers, they come back around to verify that positive perception remains.
Recently, Aquateko ran its flagship Knot2Kinky and InvisaSwivel products through the wringer in North American Fishing Club’s “Field Test Program.” So a highly qualified sample group received products and instructions for running the unique terminal tackle items through their paces.
Knot2Kinky found an audience of anglers who vex over fish that can bite back – namely pike, muskies, kingfish and shark. Leaders are lifelines to these fanatical folks. Sometimes grinding it out for hours for that one hellacious strike, there’s no room for equipment failure. And Knot2Kinky held the line.
Field Tester Theo Fernandez was most impressed by Knot2Kinky’s strength. “You'll break your rod before you break the Knot2Kinky leader. That's not fluff, it's the truth,” Fernandez filed in his report. In fact, nearly every tester first heralded Knot2Kinky’s strength.
As its name implies, Knot2Kinky, does its best to remain straight as a laser beam even after rumbling with lunkers. Field Tester Tod Tudor said, “It’s almost impossible to kink this stuff.”
Knot2Kinky’s unique properties of stretchability, ability to be tied, and corrosion-free promise were referenced often, too.
Overall, Knot2Kinky scored 82% when asked if the Field Tester would recommend the product. Two percentage points higher than the “80/20 Rule”…impressive.
Next up InvisaSwivel, the virtually weightless and transparent, self-lubricating, non-corrosive swivel. It had 83% of the Field Testers saying they appreciate its performance and validate the product’s claims.
Clearly, the number one most cited asset of the InvisaSwivel is its ability to clone the color of the water, essentially vanishing in environments from crystalline to Mississippi mud.
Field Testers also touted InvisaSwivel’s neutral buoyancy. This is a critical feature when your main spool line – mono, braid or superline – form a firm partnership with the leader line. The weight of a conventional metal swivel hampers overall performance by introducing unwanted weight. Consider a chunky swivel between your spooled line and leader, and then lure, say a crankbait. Pause your troll or retrieve and the leader line plummets like a pendulum, negatively reorienting the lure. With an InvisaSwivel, the swivel pauses and hangs right there with the bait.
Reassurance for both the manufacturer and purchaser is a good thing. Through the results of North American Fishing Club’s “Field Test Program, the team at Aquateko can continuing sleeping well at night – the angling community maintaining its trust in Knot2Kinky and InvisaSwivel.
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