Ardent's Tour Reel
Series Offers an "Edge" for Anglers
The Ardent Edge Tour feels extremely solid in hand and when there is a large
crankbait or a fish on the line the reel feels very powerful. The cast aluminum
frame and handle-side sideplate do a great job isolating the aluminum drive gear
providing smooth and consistent winding power but there is a little play between
the handle shaft and gearing. Over the course of the season our test reel
remained friction free without any maintenance and this is easily the smoothest
Ardent reel we have fished to date. We also compared the retrieve side by side
with the much more affordable Edge Tournament model and the difference was night
and day. While both reels felt powerful the Tour offers a much more fluid feel.
The Tour model is available in two retrieve speeds, 7.2:1 (like our test reel)
and a 6.5:1 ratio which is good choice for most applications.
There is a little play in the handle shaft connection with the gearing
The Edge Tour makes use of a dual drag system that makes use of sandwiched
carbon washers. Ardent calls this their “Smoothie
System,” which jives with our experience with the system. In the lab the drag
delivered 16lbs. of pressure and in the field we found the system to be
consistently smooth. The only thing I didn’t like was that the drag adjustment
did not have a built in clicker.
Ardent packs innovation into the Edge Tour including a line test marker dial
The lack of the
audible drag star clicker on this reel is odd, especially considering Ardent’s
more aggressively priced Edge reels do have this feature. In the lab we
discovered why this was the case. The clicking drag system is built into the
outer screw cap that surrounds the handle lock nut. In the case of the Tour
model this implementation has been replaced by the line test indicator, and
while we think this bonus feature is certainly a plus it should be an addition,
not a replacement, for an audible micro-clicker.
reel also makes use of not only a carbon fiber handle but carbon drag star
Where the drag
system gets bonus points is in the innovative patent-pending “Drag Tracking
Technology” system, which allows the levelwind eyelet to track parallel with the
line location on the spool as line is being peeled from the spool pulled in drag
mode. Some reels have a tracking levelwind on the outcast, but the Edge
implements this tracking on the drag.
drag star is extremely rigid yet very thin and lightweight
The goal of
this design is to reduce the chance of line breaks by eliminating the sharp
angles caused by the levelwind eyelet being out of sync with the line location
on the spool. In theory this allows anglers to use lighter lines with confidence
and while these sharp angles are less of an issue on a low profile baitcaster
than say a large format traditional casting reel that features a much wider
spool we like the fact that Ardent is differentiating the reel through design.
access the cast control simply press up on the lock
When it comes to overall weight the Edge Tour weighs exactly what the original
X1000 did, at 8.7oz., this makes it among the heavier reels in the competitive
spectrum. In hand the Edge Tour feels very solid and though it isn’t all that
light this reel palms quite well with a low profile design that both looks and
feels relatively compact. The fact that the company was able to deliver an
aluminum based reel at the same exact weight as their previous magnesium model
says a lot about how far they have come.
non-handle sideplate remains attached for safety and quick adjustments
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