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Event Article: 2009 ICAST Coverage

Penn's New Premium Rugged Saltwater Spinning Reels

Date: 7/15/09
Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission: Buyers & Press only
Manufacturer: Penn
Reviewer: Team TackleTour


Introduction: Penn, one of the most well known brands in saltwater reels is about to give anglers the most rugged, made in USA, saltwater spinning reel to date. They gave us a pre-ICAST sneak peek of their new Torque and Conquer spinning reels designed for the harshest conditions. We are now updating you with actual photos from ICAST.

Penn Torque Spinning: Saltwater anglers demanding the best turn to Penn when it comes down to performance and reliability when battling big game fish. They now have a new tool to fight their favorite game with the Penn Torque spinning reel. This premium reel is Made in the USA with the finest craftsmanship and components.


Introducing the new premium Penn Torque spinning reel that's 100% sealed and Made in USA


Two colors are available in the new Torque Spinning


The fully machined aluminum body is completely sealed, preventing any unwanted sand and grit from intruding the guts of the Torque. Housed inside this water tight frame is 7+1 stainless steel bearings that give this workhorse its smooth operation. Also incorporated into the new Penn Torque spinning reel is their patented Versa-Drag drag system. The oversized HT-100 Versa-Drag gives the spinning reel it's power to slow down or stop large fish on the dime with a maximum drag ranging from 38 to 50 pounds of pressure.


7 seals all around to keep anything foreign out


Penn Torque Spinning

Frame One-piece aluminum
Gear Ratios G(Gold), B (Black)

TRQS5-G & TRQS5-B  5.9:1

TRQS7-G, TRQS9-G, TRQS7-B, TRQS9-B  5.1:1
Drag Versa-Drag
Bearings 7+1
Line Capacity TRQS5-G & TRQS5-B
Mono: 12lb/340yds, 15lb/300yds, 20lb/210yds
Braid: 20lb/550yds, 30lb/400yds, 50lb/290yds

Mono: 15lb/490yds, 20lb/340yds, 25lb/300yds
Braid: 50lb/470yds, 65lb/390yds, 80lb/340yds

Mono: 20lb/490yds, 25lb/440yds, 30lb/330yds
Braid: 65lb/575yds, 80lb/490yds, 100lb/425yds
Weight TRQS5-G & TRQS5-B 19.9oz
TRQS7-G & TRQS7-B 26.5oz
TRQS9-G & TRQS9-B 28.5oz
Origin Made in USA
MSRP TRQS5-G & TRQS5-B $659.99
TRQS7-G & TRQS7-B $679.99
TRQS9-G & TRQS9-B $699.99


Available in classic Penn gold or the new black with gold accents, the Torque features an integral clutch sleeve to eliminate any back play of the rotor, one-piece aluminum frame with forged aluminum spool and sideplates, and a rugged one-piece handle arm. The 100% stainless steel bail features a unique system under the rotor where the angler can choose between automatic or manual trip at the touch of a switch. A dual arm bail-less kit is available for those who prefer the more traditional style. The high capacity spool is braid ready, which means the reel is built to withstand the strains that braided lines put on a reel.


Sealed on the bottom and top


Completely sealed drag system

The 19.9-ounce size 5 reel has a 5.9:1 gear ratio and 38-pound maximum drag.

The size 7 Torque weighs 26.5 ounces with a 5.1:1 gear ratio and 41-pound maximum drag.

The size 9 weighs 28.5 ounces, has a 5.1:1 gear ratio and a 50-pound maximum drag.

The new Penn Torque is available in three different sizes with two different colors, and will retail for $659.99 to $699.99 when it ships in December 2009.



These reels can be self-maintained without any special tooling


Penn Conquer Spinning: Not many reels are good enough to carry the Penn name. But the new Conquer spinning reel from Penn is built with all the quality and workmanship the brand has delivered for over 75 years. Designed for inshore and nearshore species, this reel is built for any saltwater angling.


The new Conquer spinning reel with a band on the spool to keep superlines from slipping


Penn Conquer Spinning

Frame One-piece aluminum
Gear Ratios 2000  5.1:1

4000  5.8:1

5000/7000  4.8:1

Drag HT-100
Bearings 10+1
Line Capacity 2000
Mono: 6lb/185yds, 8lb/130yds, 10lb/110yds
Braid: 8lb/250yds, 10lb/210yds, 15lb/180yds

Mono: 10lb/210yds, 12lb/180yds, 14lb/160yds
Braid: 10lb/325yds, 15lb/280yds, 20lb/180yds

Mono: 12lb/250yds, 14lb/205yds, 20lb/150yds
Braid: 15lb/350yds, 20lb/250yds, 30lb/200yds

Mono: 14lb/325yds, 17lb/250yds, 20lb/230yds
Braid: 20lb/400yds, 30lb/325yds, 50lb/250yds
Weight 2000 9.9oz
4000 11.1oz
5000 14.6oz
7000 18.1oz
Origin Unknown
MSRP 2000 $199.99
4000 $199.99
5000 $219.99
7000 $219.99


Sealed system


The Conquer introduces proprietary design elements that ensure the angler with the best operating spinning reel in the price range. Exclusive to the Conquer reel is the EAS™ (Easy Access System). A single screw secures a rear hatch that when open provides full access to the gearbox for lubricating gears and bearings without worry of any parts falling out. This allows anglers to provide quick maintenance on the field or while on travel and don't have the necessary tools to completely break down the reel for oil and lubrication.


One screw to remove the "hatch" and the screw never comes out of it's place so you can't lose it


Also found only on this reel is the spool lip design with Eternal Alloy™ construction, incorporating strength and hardness twice that of titanium alloy. The spool lip is protected from dents, nicks scratches, which are a major cause of decreased casting distances and line damage. Other features of this new reel with patented one-piece machined aluminum gear box include a Superline Spool™ eliminating the need for backing, 10+1 shielded stainless steel bearings, HT-100™ drag washers for smooth drag under heavy loads, Techno-Balanced™ rotor and Leveline oscillation.


The 9.9-ounce CQR2000 has a retrieve ratio of 5.1:1

The CQR4000 weighs 11.1 ounces with a gear ratio of 5.8:1.

The 14.6-ounce CQR5000 and 18.1-ounce 7000 each have a gear ratio of 4.8:1.

The Conquer comes in four sizes and will retail for $199.99 to $219.99 when it becomes available September 2009.


Penn's exclusive Easy Access System (EAS) for a quick tool-less oil an lube

Conclusion: Penn has done it again with the introduction of these two new spinning reels. Saltwater anglers, especially those in the East Coast, is going to drool all over these two reels as we did at ICAST. The Torque are for those anglers who demand the most and fish in the toughest of conditions that will put their gear in danger. The Conquer is a great spinning reel that provides the ruggedness without the big price tag and it incorporates innovative and useful designs such as the Easy Access System for quick on-the-spot maintenance. There you have it, Penn's impressive new Torque and Conquer spinning reels.










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