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Reel Review


Okuma Delivers Solid Performance With Their Citrix Suite of Reels (continued)

Retrieve: The Citrix 273LXa is a $120 reel and the 364LX retails for $169. These are low-mid market reels and the quality of their retrieve is about what I'd expect to feel for a reel in this price range. Rather than smooth and plush, the gears are definitely detectable and connected - in a good way. It reminds me very much of one of my very first Shimano reels, a B-Mag 1001. That reel was affordable and unrefined, but it performed wonderfully and supported my fishing adventures for a long time. Fishing these Citrix reels reminds me a lot of that reel.

Performance Ratings for Okuma Citrix

Retrieve (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Power (1-5)
Casting Range (1-5)
Brakes (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
4
3
3
3
16
25
6.4


Both reels come with properly sized handles and very comfortable knobs.

Drag: As you can see from our Sweet Drag Performance Chart below, the Citrix 273LXa performs quite well in its middle range. For some reason when tested with the dragstar adjusted to one full turn on (from completely off), the pressure dropped to almost nothing from a one pound startup. Likewise at finger tight lockdown the drag was quite sporadic - but this is quite common in reels we've tested so far. In the middle range, however, this reel's drag is surprisingly smooth and consistent and that's really setting that concerns us the most.


Fig 1: The Sweet Drag Performance chart above shows the consistency in drag performance of our
Citrix 273LXa.

 

 

Sweet Drag Performance for Citrix 273LXa (2.25 Turns to Lockdown)

Full Turn
Full + 2
Full + 4
Full + 6
Lockdown
Avg % Change
Start Up
1
.76
2.4
4.51
10.12
Sustained
.07
.64
2.2
4.1
9.0
Lowest Value after Start
0.03
0.34
1.95
3.9
7.8
Change in Startup vs Sustained
93%
15.6%
8.3%
9.1%
11.1%
27.4%
Biggest Drop from Sustained
56.73%
47%
11.4%
4.9%
13.3%
26.7%


To measure the drag on this reel, the dragstar was backed all the way off, then engaged with one full turn and strapped to the machine for the first test. With each successive test the drag was increased with two short pushes with the thumb as if fishing. After 6 pushes, the drag was locked down finger tight.
 

 

In Figure 2, below, you can see the 364LX fared even better on The Machine, and the smooth and consistent performance played pretty true out on the water for both reels. We didn't catch anything large enough on the 273LXa to really give this reel's drag a run for its money, but in those instances where the fish did pull on our drag, there were no hiccups in performance. The 364LX fared very well doing battle with several mean spirited Arkansas striped bass.
 


Fig
2: The Sweet Drag Performance chart above shows the consistency in drag performance of our Citrix 364LX.

 

Sweet Drag Performance for Citrix 364LX (2.25 Turns to Lockdown)

Full Turn
Full + 2
Full + 4
Full + 6
Lockdown
Avg % Change
Start Up
1.42
2.19
3.4
6.25
10.49
Sustained
1.33
2.27
3.48
6.50
11.23
Lowest Value after Start
0.92
1.93
3.14
5.7
10.08
Change in Startup vs Sustained
6.0%
3.6%
2.2%
4.0%
7.1%
4.6%
Biggest Drop from Sustained
31.1%
14.9%
9.6%
12.4%
10.2%
15.7%

To measure the drag on this reel, the dragstar was backed all the way off, then engaged with one full turn and strapped to the machine for the first test. With each successive test the drag was increased with two short pushes with the thumb as if fishing. After 6 pushes, the drag was locked down finger tight.
 

 

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