It was 2004 that I changed to Spectra lifelines
and many sailors were all up in protest about such a foolish idea
It pleases me to say that today, 12 years later, I replaced those lifelines
with new ones... again, Spectra
The fist time I used an Italian brand Spectra/Polyester mixed core
and polyester cover. This held up so good that I replaced it with Samson
XLS extra 5/16" today, which is the same type of product.
I also notice that more and more boats are making the same choice and in general it doesn't cause much excitement anymore when I tell others what I have.
Also, early 2005 I replaced my running backstays
with Amsteel and today I decided it still doesn't need replacement!