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ICAST 2020 Coverage


 

Lew's Launches new KVD Series Baitcasting and Spinning Reels

 

Date: 7/10/20
Location: Virtual Event
Admission: Industry Only
Manufacturer: Lew's
Reviewer: Zander








Introduction: Lew's wasted no time to introduce their new KVD Series reels and worked with Kevin Van Dam to get the new reels ready in time for an ICAST debut. Built to the Kevin's exacting specifications, the new KVD Series reels are designed to give users the ability to make long casts, have the power to handle the biggest bites, provide durability to last for years, and be priced within reach of mainstream anglers. 

Lew's KVD Series: The new KVD Series reels sport all aluminum frames and feature a burgundy and black finish which make them immediately stand apart from the rest of the Lew's reel lineup.


Lew's and KVD wasted no time to bring a new signature series to market

The new KVD baitcasting reels will be available in three gear ratios, in both right and left-hand models, to fit every angler’s technical needs.  A 6.2:1, 7.5:1 and 8.3:1, all feature 20-pound drag systems. Spinning models will come in three models, 200, 300 and 400 sizes featuring a 6.2:1 gear ratio.


The KVD Series baitcasters feature many popular Lew's features including a one-piece aluminum frame, solid brass gears, and MSB cast control which is externally adjustable

VanDam said that the reels are tailored to his pedal to the metal fishing style and attention to detail.  “I needed reels that I knew I could compete with, and Lew’s has done an outstanding job in providing that,” he said.  “I have been fortunate to fish with some of the best equipment available throughout my career, and while I didn’t think it was possible, these reels are next level performance.”


All KVD reels feature a signature burgundy finish

Baitcasting models come with the following features: one-piece aluminum frame with easily removable palming graphite sideplate, a drilled, machine forged and anodized aluminum 34mm spool, high strength solid brass Speed Gears®, P2 Super Pinion™ bearing supported pinion gear provides precise alignment and solid stability, resulting in a smoother operation and extended gear life, the Multi-Setting Brake (MSB) dual cast control system utilizes both an external click-dial for setting the magnetic brake, plus 4 individually disengaging, disk-mounted internal brake shoes that operate on centrifugal force, a premium 10 bearing system with stainless steel double shielded bearings and Zero Reverse® one-way clutch, an anodized aluminum spool tension adjustment knob with audible click adjustment, the rugged carbon fiber drag system provides up to 20lbs. of drag power, bowed audible click drag star, anodized, bowed aluminum 95mm reel handle with EVA paddle knobs, oversized, Zirconia line guide, Lew’s patented retractable Speed Keeper® bait keeper and an external lube port.


The new KVD spinning reels have an aggressive profile and the frame is all aluminum

Spinning models come with the following features: Premium 10-bearing system with 9 ball bearings and Zero Reverse® one-way clutch bearing, all aluminum body and sideplate, high strength and lightweight C40 Carbon skeletal speed rotor with aluminum bail wire and S-curve oscillation system, a double anodized braid ready knurled machined aluminum spool. Quality, solid brass pinion gear, durable stainless steel main shaft with external stainless steel screws, DuraMax™ drag system provides a smooth, powerful, and consistent drag for unmatched stopping power, right or left-hand adjustable aluminum handle with an EVA handle knob, Lew’s, Speed Lube® for exceptional smoothness and uninterrupted performance in all weather conditions, from extreme heat to freezing cold.


The rotor on the KVD reel is made from C40 carbon and ported for weight and balance


A look at the reel's sleek overall profile. The handle is also solid aluminum and finished with an ergonomic EVA knob

Model

Retrieve

Gear Ratio

RPT (in.)

Line Cap
Yd / Lb

Drag (Lb)

Weight

MSRP

Casting 

KVD1H

Right

6.2:1

25

120/12

20

7.2 oz

$139.99

KVD1HL

Left

6.2:1

25

120/12

20

7.2 oz

$139.99

KVD1SH

Right

7.5:1

31

120/12

20

7.2 oz

$139.99

KVD1SHL

Left

7.5:1

31

120/12

20

7.2 oz

$139.99

KVD1XH

Right

8.3:1

35

120/12

20

7.2 oz

$139.99

KVD1XHL

Left

8.3:1

35

120/12

20

7.2 oz

$139.99

Spinning

KVD200

Adj.

6.2:1

31

120/8

14

8.6 oz

$89.99

KVD300

Adj.

6.2:1

32

180/10

14

8.6 oz

$89.99

KVD400

Adj.

6.2:1

35

190/12

18

8.6 oz

$89.99

The new Lew's KVD Series will be available at fishing tackle retailers beginning in the fall of 2020 for the aggressive prices of $139.99 for the baitcasting models and $89.99 for spinning models.

 

   

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