Pinnacle Hand Tunes Tournament Class Gear
||Las Vegas, NV
||Buyers & Press Only
Pinnacle ups the ante with new tournament class reel and rods. Just what does
that “tournament class” mean? These top end offerings blend the company’s latest
design and technology together with the features and design elements favored by
the company’s prostaff.
A look at the prototype Primmus Xi reel that John
Crews has been fishing
a robust Prostaff including Wolak, Elias, Crews, Card and Myers and each of
these anglers has had a hand in designing this season’s new lineup. One of the
most exciting new reels from Pinnacle is the Primmus Xi baitcaster which is
built out of an “X-Bone” carbon frame and REF2 carbon fiber side covers so it
weighs in at only 5.8 ounces. The spool and drive train on the Primmus Xi are
constructed out of Duralumin alloy and the reel has a reliable internally
adjusted centrifugal cast control system.
This reel will have internal centrifugal cast
The drags in
this reel are carbon fiber and the Primmus Xi will be available in a standard
6.3:1 retrieve ratio. The prototype reels at the show felt smooth loaded with a
10+1 bearing system and interestingly each Primmus will be hand tuned from the
factory so that right out of the box they will have been tested to the company’s
A look at another prototype with a glossy
The Primmus XI
will be available in the next few weeks and retail for $249 dollars. Pros like
John Crews have been fishing the prototype reels and the company has nailed down
the finish to a rich black paint that looks good alongside the red anodized
highlighted spool and metal components, and the swept carbon fiber handle.
The reel feels smooth and lightweight
looking for a more affordable workhorse reel may want to consider the new
Producer LTE baitcaster which also makes use of “X-Bone” carbon construction to
weigh in at only 5.75 ounces. This lightweight reel is still designed to be
rigid and hold the drivetrain and spool perfectly in place to ensure good
castability and wobble free retrieves. The new Producer will come loaded with
8+1 bearings and has an externally adjustable magnetic cast control.
The Producer LTE is designed to be a lot of reel
for only 99 dollars
may not look as stealthy and high end as the Primmus Xi but for mainstream
anglers the retail price point of $99.99 makes this a very compelling option.
The producer LTE has externally adjustable
magnetic cast control
To pair with
these new reels the company is also rolling out new rods under the Perfecta 7
DHC Series. Each of these technique specific rods were designed by Prostaffers
Dave Wolak, John Crews and Britt Myers to complement their personal fishing
style and incorporate the features and actions of what these pro’s viewed as the
ideal attributes for specific techniques.
Steve Moon shows us how the blank loads up on one
of the new Perfecta 7 DHC rods
utilize Pinnacle’s proprietary “Double Helix Construction” process and are
designed to be light, strong and sensitive. Each of the 12 rods in the series
feature split grip designs with high density EVA grips and either Fuji ACS or
VSS reel seats that are finished with black matte hoods and anodized winding
checks. The guides on the rods are all Fuji Titanium-SIC tangle free K-Guides.
One nice visual feature is that each of the Perfecta 7 DHC rods are color coded
to match up with the Pros, Gold-Britt, Red-Crews and Blue for Wolak. These slick
looking rods match up nicely in balance and cosmetics with the new reels and
will retail for $349-$399 dollars depending on model.
These rods look slick. Each is color coded to
match the company's signature pro.
looks like an exciting one for Pinnacle and the company’s latest reels and rods
are designed for tournament duty. Leveraging the expertise of the company’s
Prostaff these new reels and rods are the best we have seen from Pinnacle yet.
They not only look and feel refined they exhibit the kind of qualities and
aggressive styling that make you just want to pick them up and go fishing. If
you are looking for tournament class offerings, including a reel that is
individually hand tuned, Pinnacle has you covered with this latest kit.
The team at Pinnacle has a lot to be excited
about this season and we can't wait to check out the mass production, hand
tuned, Primmus Xi baitcaster on the water
our ICAST new product coverage. With that it is time to return to our regularly
scheduled tackle reviews. What's on the roster? Some of the new reels and rods
that we covered at ICAST that we have had the opportunity to fish before and
after the show as well as a upcoming special “Frog Week” for those anglers
addicted to fishing the slop and drawing those epic topwater strikes.