What?! There’s such thing as high quality cheap tungsten? Who knew this could exist? When we came across Swagger Tackle Tungsten Flipping Weights we had to give them a shot. Our wallets didn’t hurt to bad, either.
Purchasing tungsten has always made us cringe, especially when we snap off… With various brands pushing up to $12 for a single weight, it makes it difficult to load up the tackle box sometimes. Swagger Tackle attempts to solve this issue and provide quality at the same time. Worth it? Let’s see.
|Material||97% Pure tungsten|
|Weight Options||1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4
1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2
|Color Options||4 Colors|
|Interior||Insert free, polished interior|
|Finish||Powder coat (Except for “Plain” color option)|
|Price||$4.29 – $8.19|
It’s always nice to have a range of colors when using tungsten. Swagger Tackle Tungsten offers four standard colors, each with a beautiful finish. These include Black, Green Pumpkin, Torched (Red) and Plain (Unpainted). They have eliminated the plastic insert like most companies nowadays and offer a polished interior.
These flipping weights are composed of 97% tungsten, helping to increase sensitivity and durability. Tungsten by nature is denser than traditional lead, meaning you get the same weight in a much smaller package. This helps you slip baits through cover with less resistance, ultimately reducing any hang ups.
We rigged the Swagger Tackle Tungsten on a flipping rig without a skirt. Our setup consisted of a 1 oz. tungsten flipping weight pegged with a sliding bobber stop, a 4/0 Strike King Hack Attack Flipping Hook and Reaction Innovations Double Wide Sweet Beaver.
The paint job on these weights tested to be fairly durable. After flipping around all day and even purposely hitting rocks and stumps, we were impressed by the minimal amount of chipping.
Our main concern was the interior. Taking a closer look at the bottom side of the weight, you can see that the paint does not extend to the inside lip of the slot. If you compare other insert-free tungsten such as Picasso Flipping Weights you’ll see that the paint completely covers the edge.
We tested both the Swagger Tackle and Picasso by running the weights up and down a strip of 20lb fluorocarbon with medium to heavy pressure and found that the Swagger Tackle tends to fray the line more. Although your weight won’t be sliding around quite that hard, it’s still something to be concerned with. To be fair, we haven’t snapped off yet!
Overall we are impressed with the price and durability of the Swagger Tackle Tungsten Flipping Weights. The company definitely makes it easier to buy tungsten in bulk and helps us cry a little less when we break off. Our main issue was with the slightly rough interior – if it could be painted over just a bit more the weight would be perfect.