The three main attributes us anglers look for in quality tungsten products have been found in the WOO! Tungsten NEVER CHIP flipping weights. The most important attributes of a good tungsten weight are durability, whether it will fray your line or not, and ease of recognition on what weight you are tying on.
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It would seem that the days of lead weights are gone. With the higher density of tungsten, we as anglers enjoy the benefit of a more compact unit for the weight AND increased sensitivity to the bottom. Though a substantially higher cost to the angler, the benefits typically overshadow the often outrageous (compared to lead) prices of tungsten weights.
One aggravating issue we have had to endure as anglers is the susceptibility of painted tungsten weights chipping. You pay $2.50 to possibly $10+ a weight and after a few hours of use, the paint is chipping (especially if flipping around rock). It can be brutally frustrating as we don’t want the shine of the bare tungsten to come through when the paint chips. For what we pay, we should not have to endure this equally frustrating and disappointing reality of painted tungsten chipping.
However, this reality is in the past. Enter the Woo! Tungsten NEVER CHIP flipping weight series.
What are the WOO! Tungsten NEVER CHIP Flipping Weights?
Utilizing a patented, highly secretive and highly coveted process, the weights are not painted but rather treated in a way that preserves the matte black finish regardless of what they are exposed to. Flipping rocks? No problem. Flipping docks and hit a pontoon? As long as the owner isn’t around, you’re good! Set the hook on what you thought was a fish and send the weight hurtling back at you at Mach 2 speeds? Sorry gel coat on the boat but no problem for the NEVER CHIP series. Available from the ultralight 1/16oz up to the hydrilla gorilla punching 2oz.
What We Liked About Them
Equally as important as a weights durability is the tendency of a weight to fray your line by sharp edges. This can be caused by chipped paint, rough edges or insert sleeves, however, with the NEVER CHIP series, there is no insert sleeve and the ends are nice and rounded, preventing unwanted line fraying. This can be a detrimental and plaguing issue for weights. One rough edge can cause a nick in the line and easily snap on a hookset, resulting in some colorful language from you and likely a broken heart at what may have been on the end of your line. The absence of an insert in the weight also adds increased sensitivity by providing direct contact between the line and the weight, allowing the angler to feel every rock, stump, grass clump, and bite!
Now for those of us that are, let’s say, LESS organized, identifying weights can be a hassle. This headache has been eliminated in the NEVER CHIP series by incorporating weight labels stamped directly to the weight, taking out the guesswork that has plagued us less organized anglers for years.
How Tough Are They?
The big question is, “how tough are these things?” and we are here to give you an honest answer. We did field testing that involved flipping all day on wood, rock, and brush. We can definitively say that the weights hold true to their “NEVER CHIP” namesake as there is no coating TO chip. We tested a few of the most popular flipping weight sizes such as 5/16, 3/8 and 1/2oz. They weights held up incredibly well for a full 10 hours of use and abuse, but to see just HOW tough these weights really are, we took some extreme measures. Tying a 1/2oz tungsten weight to the back of your truck and driving it down the road at 45mph may seem extreme, however, we wanted to see how they weights would hold up under extreme conditions; far surpassing anything you’d encounter on the water. The weights did get pretty dinged up (as expected getting drug behind a truck) but due to the unique coating process, the weights did not chip as advertised.
The weights performed as advertised and in fact did not chip under typical fishing conditions. If we could make a suggestion, it would be to incorporate this patented NEVER CHIP technology into other color offerings. Since it isn’t painted, we are unsure if there is a way to utilize this technology and make a NEVER CHIP weight in green pumpkin but that would be the bees-knees. If science can find a cure for polio, we can surely find a way to make a NEVER CHIP weight in green pumpkin. Any scientists out there that are reading this, please take note.
The WOO! Tungsten NEVER CHIP flipping weights are a great option for those looking for tough tungsten. The weights are tough, easily identifiable, and perform as advertised. The weights are smooth and did not fray the line and due to the lack of an insert, transmitted well up the line to feel those light bites. Check them out and use code FIRSTCAST for a discount!