Ever tried to free snagged braid by hand without wearing a glove? If you have, there is a strong possibility that was the first and last time. Braid has major benefits on the water, which we all know, but the stuff can be downright nasty if you're not careful. If you've never gotten a braid cut, multiply a paper cut by five or so. Now, if you can imagine that, think of what it must feel like to get clotheslined in the face with braid while flying down a trail on your mountain bike. It happened to Sandy Jacobson (below) last week in Canada, and it ain't pretty.