2010 ICAST Reel Coverage
Van Staal's New Tough Yet Affordable VM150 Spinning Reel
Introduction: Van Staal reels are known to be super tough, withstanding
water submersion, sand, salt, and much more. They have always somewhat been tough for
many anglers to buy not because of availability but because of the high cost of
entry. Introducing the new VM150, it's a spinning reel that is almost as tough but many
more times less expensive than the original Van Staal models and now every
angler can afford to have one.
Introducing the new Van Staal
VM150 spinning reel
Van Staal VM150 Spinning Reel:
Van Staal is a name hardcore salt anglers correlate to a product being strong, durable,
reliable, and high performing. This year they are introducing a new spinning
reel that's just as solid as the traditional Van Staal reels but at an
incredible price point that any angler can afford for this high end brand of
A tough body construction with
durable gears. It's no longer oil filled
The VM150 is constructed from a block of cold hard
aluminum that has all the goods of the $600+ models. The body, rotor, and spool
are all anodized for saltwater durability. But there are changes that make the reel
actually better for the everyday angler. Van Staal added ultra smooth gears with the
proper lubrication unlike the other models where the gear box is oil filled.
Also added is the ability to interchange the handle from left hand to right hand
just like a normal spinning reel.
The bail can be tripped by turning
Stainless steel comprises essential components
such as the drive gear, pinion, handle arm, bail wire, bail holder, and six
smooth and durable ball bearings. The five carbon washer drag system is
specified to produce 30 pounds of drag pressure but the Van Staal team has
tested it to near 40 pounds.
A large ergonomic handle knob for
a good grip
The Van Staal VM150 has a low speed gear ratio of
4.9:1 and 33 inches of line retrieve with each revolution of the handle. This
gives you the torque needed to winch a fish in and fast enough to work fast
moving lures for big game species. With that said the VM150 is more of a boat reel.
Though we've said it's equivalent to the other $600+ models there are
differences that make this reel about half the price. There are four oil seals
that keep water and other debris out but Van Staal isn't marketing this reel as
being 100% waterproof. The reel can be submerged into water but leaving it for a
prolonged periods of time could result in water intrusion.
This affordable $399 version does
not fall short of the Van Staal name
Currently there's only one size, the 150 with line
capacity of 275 yard of 12 pound mono or 285 yards of 30 pound braid. We were
told that in the near future, perhaps next ICAST or so, there will be more
models in different sizes which will apply to different applications. Anglers can expect this reel to be available for
purchase Fall 2010 for only $399, that's an absolutely incredible price for a
Van Staal reel.
Four seals keep water and other
junk out though the reel isn't marketed to be 100% waterproof
It's amazing how a Van Staal reel, with similar guts and characteristics of the
traditional models, can be so affordable (as affordable as we can expect with
such a premium reel that is). The new VM150 spinning reel is just as
durable, high performing, and sealed though Van Staal isn't claiming it's 100%
waterproof, but have a price of only $399. Now anglers who couldn't fork out
$600+ to buy a Van Staal now can, and because this new model is actually designed to be more
like the conventional spinning reels, allowing anglers to use it with ease it
also speaks to a larger audience.