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Low Speed Cranking Reel Shootout : And the Winner Is... (continued)

Round 3 - Casting: Breaking it down into long and short distance casting tests allowed us to compare all the low speed cranking reels side by side. When it came to long distance casting tests all four of these reels were very close in maximum casting distance, what separated them from one another was how consistent they were cast after cast.


Side by side the Curado E5 was the best long distance caster while the Revo Winch was the worst

The Curado E5 narrowly beat the competition here, and while the VBS system is old in design it continues to deliver consistent performance across the wide spectrum of weights down to 1/4oz. The Quantum Energy PT was the second most consistent long distance caster and the ability to make adjustments without taking down the sideplate was a definite plus.


The Curado E5 was all about consistency and delivered a good balance of short and long distance casting

When it came to pitching lures with the greatest accuracy the Daiwa Zillion Crazy Cranker was the clear standout. We found the Daiwa Zillion Crazy Cranker to be an exceptional short to mid range caster when it came to control and accuracy. By dialing the right settings on both the Magforce-Z and the spool tension knob we found that we could cast even undersized cranks really tight against structure. The Zillion Crazy Cranker instills confidence to toss expensive baits right into the fray.


The Winch also took the longest to adjust when it came to fine tuning cast controls in the field, it doesn't benefit from external controls like some of the other Revo series reels

The Abu Garcia Revo Winch didn't start up as quickly as some of the other reels making it more difficult to make short distance pitches and to properly manage the casting distance with weightless rigs we had to dial back the centrifugal weights which required taking down the sideplate, and this process takes longer to do than on any of the other reels.


The Daiwa Crazy Cranker was able to handle the complete spectrum of weights the best when casting and excelled at pitching applications

While the Zillion Crazy Cranker is the most refined reel when it comes to casting accuracy the Curado E5 manages to achieve the best balance of both factors. The Quantum Energy PT was also very good and was just narrowly beat in both areas, delivering very respectable casting and pitching performance. If there was any category that could pose as the "Achilles Heel" in the Revo Winch this would be it. The Zillion Crazy Cranker out jabs the competition in terms of short distance casting but overall the Curado E5 was the most consistent, answering the question... can the Green Machine go the distance?


Though rather low-tech in comparison to some of the cast control systems on the other reels the tried and true VBS system just plain works and was the most consistent

Casting
 
Curado E5
Zillion CC
Revo Winch
Energy PT
Casting
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4
2
Pitching
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1
4
3
Category Rank
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3

 

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