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Reel Review


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

Power: The 273LXa does not benefit from huge, oversized gears. As such it's power is about what you'd expect from a 7.3:1 reel. It's sufficient for working in and around cover with plastics and jigs, but I wouldn't recommend it as a dedicated deep cranking reel. But of course, there's a 5.4:1 version of this reel for those duties - provided you're able to crank with your right hand that is (the 254 is not available in left hand retrieve). The 364LX on the other hand has more than enough power and is very good with deep cranks as well as big swimbaits.


Pictured above is the main gear and drag stack of our 273LXa.


Pictured above is the main gear and drag stack of our 364LX.

Brakes & Casting Range: The 273LXa features externally adjustable centrifugal brakes. By turning the dial on the outside, you move a plate on the inner side of the non-handle sideplate closer to and away from the spool. This plate features three arms each of which have small ridges coinciding with a disc on the outside of the spool's brake block. As the brake force is increased, the friction between the spool and non-handle sideplate is increased, slowing the spin of the reel. The effect is like having your thumb on the spool.

 


A peak at the very interesting casting brakes of the 273LXa.

Is it effective? Yes. The Citrix 273LXa performs fine in casting duties with baits from about three eighths of an ounce on up. Pitching wise, as with the majority of reels, it performs best with the brakes turned all the way down. So while the brake system might seem a little unorthodox upon inspection, out on the water it performs fine.


The 364LX features a brake design we're more familiar with.

The Citrix 364LX has the more traditional, internally adjustable centrifugal brake dial accessed by removing the non-handle sideplate. Once set to something you're comfortable with, this reel handles everything from crankbaits to big baits with ease.


Side by side comparison of the reels' spools.


Here you can get an appreciation for the 364's deep spool.

Features: As mentioned above, the Citrix 273LXa features an externally adjustable brake system. The levelwind wormgear is not supported by any bearings and the knobs are riveted to the handle which is an indication there are no bearings at this location either. Only the dragstar features a micro-click adjustment and the reel does not come with a cover. We did not find oil in the box with our reel.

 

Features Ratings for Citrix 273LXa

Ext Brake Adjust? (1-2)
Levelwind Bearing (1-2)
Knob Bearings (1-3)
Micro Clicks (1-3)
Reel Cover (1-2)
Oil (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
2
1
1
2
1
1
8
14
5.7

 


The 200 sized Citrix features no bearing support for the worm gear.

 


The 300 size, on the other hand, has a bearing on one side and a bushing on the other.

 

The Citrix 364LX also has knobs that are riveted to the handle, but it does sport a plastic bushing on one side of the levelwind worm gear and a bearing on the other. In addition. the 364LX has both a clicking dragstar and spool tension knob, and of course, you have to remove the side plate to adjust the reel's brakes. One thing the 364LX does have and something we do accommodate in our rating system is clicker switch for the spool.

 

Features Ratings for Citrix 364LX

Ext Brake Adjust? (1-2)
Levelwind Bearing (1-2)
Knob Bearings (1-3)
Micro Clicks (1-3)
Reel Cover (1-2)
Oil (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
1
2
1
3
1
1
9
14
6.43

 


Palming of the 364LX is the same as any other 300 sized reel. Difficult at best.

Next Section: Design and ergonomics

 

 

 

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