13 Fishing Launches
Completely Revamped Spinning Lineup
Introduction: 13 Fishing launched a slew of new reels 24 hours ago at
ICAST including completely new spinning reel platforms designed to significantly
up the brand's game in both fresh and saltwater spinning. The new AL13, Axum,
and Aerios spinning reels feature a number of proprietary 13 Fishing features
and all come in under the $200 dollar price point.
13 Fishing has redesigned their spinning reels, starting
with the saltwater oriented AL13
The AL13 is a brand new spinning platform for 13 Fishing and is designed to
be a tank when it comes to durability. The emphasis on this new reel was to make
it saltwater capable and the AL13 features an all aluminum construction, ceramic
line roller, and sealed gearbox to better stand up to harsh environments.
The AL13 makes use of a new polymer drag system which
doles out 16.5lbs of pressure (size 2 reel), and a whopping 44lbs of pressure on
the largest size 6 reel
sealed gearbox makes use of compression seals in the frame and all opening to
better lock out water and contaminants. The AL13 also makes use of a new polymer
drag material which is designed to be more durable and higher performing when it
comes to dealing with pressure robbing heat.
The AL13 is sealed in the frame and rotor with compression
gaskets to lock out moisture and debris
will be available in sizes from 2 to 6 so they are certainly applicable for
freshwater applications including bass fishing. Each reel comes loaded with 9
bearings and will retail from $170-$180 dollars depending on size. These reels
will start become available from retailers right after ICAST.
The Aerios features a lot of new 13 Fishing technologies
and comes with precision cut CNC aluminum gearing, a brass pinion gear, 9
bearings, and the new polymer drag system
13 Fishing went back to the drawing board to create the new Aerios spinning reel
starting with use of Cast Iron Carbon material for both the frame and rotor. The
new reel is designed to be smoother and more refined than all previous
generation 13 Fishing spinning reels with a brand new precision cut CNC aluminum
drive gear and brass pinion gear.
The Aerios looks so much better than the old Prototype X
also features 13 Fishing's "Glide Oscillation System" which is a ball bearing
supported drive with multiple rail reinforcements for better isolation and more
stable and smooth operation. This reel also gets the new polymer "Coolstop" drag
system and will be available in sizes from 1 to 5. The smallest 1 sized reel
weighs in at 8.29oz. and retails for only $135.00. The Aerios will also start
shipping right after ICAST.
The Axum is the most aggressively priced of the new
higher-end reels and makes use of Black Seal Saltwater bearings and a CZB under
the ceramic line roller
Rounding out the new higher-end 13 Fishing spinning reels is the Axum, which
features the same frame profile as the Aerios. The Axum features a similar
carbon frame and rotor design but makes use of different bearings. The primary
bearings are all Black Seal Saltwater ball bearings and under the ceramic line
roller is one of the company's proprietary zero corrosion CZB bearings. The Axum
also features the new polymer drag system, aluminum drive gear ands a brass
pinion gear. Available in sizes 1 through 5 the Axum is the most aggressively
priced of the new reels at $155-$165 dollars depending on size.
Quick Take: 13 Fishing was in need of a major spinning upgrade and the new
reels look like they will offer a lot more performance and refinement, and are a
lot more attractively styled. The Coolstop polymer drag system continues 13
Fishing's tradition of delivering some of the most powerful drags on the market
and it will be interesting to see how they perform in the field. Perhaps most
impressive is that 13 Fishing has made all three of these new reels available
for less than $200 dollars. They didn't forget about value anglers either, and
if these reels are still too expensive the new Source Series reels range from
the ultra aggressive price of only $34.99-$44.99!
for the new 13 Fishing spinning reels? Try