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2009 High Speed Reel Shootout : And the Winner Is...
 

Date: 10/11/09
Tackle type: Reel
Manufacturer: Abu Garcia, Daiwa, Quantum, Shimano
Reviewer: Cal






 

Introduction: The moment of truth. We've thrown all the scores out the window, tore each reel apart, compared components, put them back together, lined them up with the same exact line, mounted them on identical rods and compared performance statistics head to head. The winner of our 2009 High Speed Reel Shootout is...

 


The TT Crew hard at work with Year of the Crank evaluations

 

Ok, not so fast. From past experience we all know the ratings are not necessarily a clear indication of which reel is "better" because miscellaneous factors come into play like price, ergonomics, features, etc.. A better indication of superiority is the good old fashioned head to head competition, so that's why we've taken the reels apart to compare internal components and also why we bothered to spool them up with the same exact line, mount them on the same rod, and test out performance with the same exact lures under the same weather conditions. To make it easy for the purposes of determining a winner, we have thrown the scores out the window and will rank each reel from one to four in seven primary categories, but a total of twenty one subcategories. The reel with the highest average rank at the end is our winner - simple as that. So let's get started.

 


But now on to the important matter at hand, the TT Girls introduce our High Speed Reel Shootout contenders from left to right, Daiwa's 50th Anniversary Zillion, Shimano's Chronarch D, Quantum's Tour Edition PT, Abu Garcia's Revo SX.

 

Specifications: For those concerned with statistics, under consideration here are the manufacturer and measured specifications that really matter like overall bearing count, price point, actual line capacity, and actual inches retrieved per turn of the handle. Now while bearing count is not necessarily an indication of a reel being better, it is a bragging point and for these four reels it was pretty simple. Both the Zillion 50th Anniversary and Quantum Tour Edition PT are specified with 11 bearings each. The Revo SX is close behind with 10, and bringing up the rear is the Chronarch D, surprisingly with only 6 bearings (including one under each of the handle knobs).

 

Each of the four High Speed Reel Shootout contenders arrive sporting bearings under the handle - yes, even the Chronarch D!

 

To measure line capacity, we took a big spool of Sunline Defier mono in 13 pound test and measured the amount of line each reel held when filled to the same point on the reel. The Revo SX held the most line at 483 feet followed by the Zillion at 435 feet, then the Chronarch D at 372 feet and finally the Quantum Tour PT at 337 feet. For those who are paying attention, 13lb Sunline Defier measures out at .30 mm in diameter.

 

Mari prefers the low weight comfort of the Quantum Tour Edition PT and the Shimano Chronarch D.

 

On to actual rate of retrieve. We took the newly filled reels, pulled out about four feet of line, and measured how much line each reel pulled in per one turn of the handle. The Zillion easily took this subcategory with 32.5 inches retrieved per turn of the handle versus 30 for the Revo, 29 for the Quantum, and 28 for the Chronarch D.

 

While Casey shows us the two reels that tied for first place in this category.

 

Price point is pretty self explanatory and does not need a breakdown. The Revo takes this category hands down even if it isn't intended to be in the same league as the other three reels.

  

Specifications
 
Revo SX
Zillion SHS
Tour Edition PT
Chronarch D
Bearing Count
3
1
1
4
Line Capacity
1
2
4
3
Price Point
1
3
2
3
Inches Per Turn
2
1
3
4
Category Rank
1
1
3
4

 

 


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