I bought a pack at surf day, the bend/twist is in the opposite direction from TA clips. Not too big of a deal, in the light--but if you have been using the TA's for a while it's a bit tricky in the dark.
Sooo true. I found out the hard way while fighting a decent fish. Had the fish close, maybe 2 wraps of the shock leader on the spool when the fish took it's it's third maybe fourth run. The knot opened up my thumb real good.