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2009 High Speed Reel Shootout : And the Winner Is... (continued)
 

Final Scores: So what do you think? After that detailed, side by side comparison, is there a clear winner in your mind? What we did to determine our shootout winner was to take each reels' rank per our seven categories, and average out their respective scores. The actual averages? 1.4, 2.0, 2.9, and 3.0. Pretty darned close but there was a clear winner and quite frankly, one that surprised us.

 

We opened the Revo SX's individual review with the question of whether this more budget minded reel (in comparison to the other three in our shootout) had what it took to tangle with its higher priced competitors. Although it came in last, it sure gave the others a run for their money.

 

After fishing all four reels over the last several months through varying conditions, the impression in my mind was that my sentimental favorite, the Chronarch D, was the clear winner. Casting performance of this reel is phenomenal and that impression was backed up in our head to head competition. But this was not the sole category our shootout was based upon, and in the ergonomics and specifications categories, the Chronarch D did not compare as favorably.

 

The Tour Edition PT really impressed us until it came time to open up the reel and see what it was made of - then doubt began to creep in.

 

The Tour Edition PT fished like a second place reel next to the Chronarch barely edging out the Zillion SHS - a reel with which I was already far too familiar having fished its siblings for quite some time. In the end, the Revo SX did not feel like it belonged alongside these other three reels so the question posed of this reel at the very beginning of its individual review - "Does this sub $200 reel have what it take to compete with the next tier of $200 - $300 reels?" - is no, but it sure gave the other reels a run for their money at over $100 less in retail cost. For some, that's reason enough to select that reel.

 

The Chronarch D was the best guess winner of our shootout until it came time to add up all the scores...

 

Then came time to put together the wrap article, compare specifications, ergonomics, and all the other details laid out in the body of this article, add up the scores, view the carnage, and lo and behold, what reel comes out on top? The Daiwa Zillion 50th Anniversary Hyper Speed Reel. Totally unexpected and still a little unbelievable.

  

Final Scores
 
Revo SX
Zillion SHS
Tour Edition PT
Chronarch D
Specifications
1
1
3
4
Ergonomics
4
3
2
1
SuperTTuning
4
1
2
2
Main Gear
3
1
4
2
Retrieve

3

2
4
1
Drag

2

1
3
3
Casting
4
2
2
1
Shootout Rank
4
1
3
2

 

Conclusion: Here I was waiting anxiously for the new Chronarch D to officially debut. A reel I know I was bound to like after fishing the prototypes last fall. When it finally arrived, I could not believe the refinements made in the reel over those prototypes and just loved (and still love) the way it casts not just large baits, but all baits! I was also anxious to finally try my first Quantum and the Abu Garcia Revo series and quite honestly, I was not disappointed, these are quality reels and a joy to fish.



We were honestly all very surprised the Zillion 50th Anniversary came out on top, but the TT Girls never had a doubt... in Ms. Casey's own words, "this reel ROCKS!"

 

Yet all this time, sitting under my nose, and to be honest a bit under appreciated, was the Daiwa Zillion 50th Anniversary Reel. Afterall, I had fished the Zillion for some time, so I already knew what to expect. It was included in this shootout, more than anything, to give Daiwa representation at the proper price point. Remember, we excluded the Steez high speed for its exorbitant price not to mention that reel is not yet available in left hand retrieve. So the Zillion 50th Anniversary it was and in the end, it proved to be the reel with the best combination of performance, specifications, ergonomics, and superTTunability. Even after all that, guess what? There's a Zillion entered in our Low Speed Reel Shootout too only this time, it won't be sneaking up on anyone having already taken the high speed category. Congratulations to Daiwa and really, to Shimano, Abu Garcia, and Quantum as well for producing high quality products worthy of anyone's consideration. With the Highspeed cranking reel review complete we turn our attention to the low speed crankers, stay tuned!


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