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Reel Review


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

Design & Ergonomics: This is where the Citrix 273LXa does well - comfort. Its handle is a comfortable eighty five millimeters (85mm) in length. The knobs are soft grip rubber and are contoured instead of flat - very comfortable to grip. The reel is small and very easy to palm and because the reel is so small and compact, it doesn't really feel like the 8.7 ounces it weighed on our scale. The only thing holding this reel back from being perfect in my hand is the bulging sideplate that results from its external adjustment dial for the brakes. It's just big enough to be noticed, but not large enough to impeded ergonomics a great deal. Otherwise, the reel is pretty simple to break down though I'd prefer if all the screws to remove the handle sideplate were all on the same side.

 

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for 273LXa

Handle Length (1-5)
Knobs (1-5)
Palming (1-5)
Overall Weight (1-5)
Ease of Breakdown (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
5
4
3
4
20
25
8.0

The Citrix 364LX is typical of 300 sized reels in that it's a big, heavy reel that's manageable, but not fantastic to palm. It's handle length is the reel's greatest asset, and this reel is even available with a one knob power handle if you so desire. On the plus side, there is no bulging side plate on the 364LX but that's not enough to make up for the palming difficulty for a reel of this inherent size.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for 364LX

Handle Length (1-5)
Knobs (1-5)
Palming (1-5)
Overall Weight (1-5)
Ease of Breakdown (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
5
3
2
4
19
25
7.6


These reels may not be the most refined, but they certainly get the job done!

Application: Thanks to a selection of three different variants in this suite of reels, there's a Citrix to suit almost any application you choose to fish. The only thing really missing is a finesse tuned version, but this will be the case for most casting reels anyway. Throw in a spinning reel to compliment your collection of Citrix reels and you'll be all set!

 

Application Ratings for Okuma Citrix

Horizontal (1-5)
Vertical (1-5)
Finesse (1-5)
Big Baits (1-5)
Topwater (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
2
5
4
19
25
7.6

 

Ratings:

Okuma Citrix Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality This reel feels solid in hand 8.5
Performance In line with what I'd expect at this price point 6.4
Price A very good price point to start building your arsenal 8.0*
Features Not exactly feature laden, but it does have externally adjustable brakes 6.1*
Design (Ergonomics) The reel's best characteristic is it's comfortable to palm and crank 7.8*
Application It doesn't overly shine in one area, but it's a good choice for all purpose type applications 6.0

Total Score

7.13
* scores were averaged between the 264LXa and 364LX to achieve this rating
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Good Price Point - Knobs are riveted to the handle
+ That connected feeling between the handles and gears has a certain appeal - On spec it's heavy
+ Really comfortable to palm  
+ 200 & 300 sized reels in same suite  

  

Conclusion: From the point I first started fishing these reels, to the time I sat down to write this review, I was trying to pinpoint the feel they give me on the cast and retrieve then it finally dawned on me. I mentioned it earlier in this review - the Citrix 273LXa reminds me a lot of one of my favorite reels from my early days bass fishing - the very un-noteworthy Shimano B-Mag 1001. That reel was affordable and unrefined but I really enjoyed it because it just plain worked.


In the end, what really counts is the smile on your face for pictures like this, and Okuma's Citrix line of reels certainly enable these moments!

Both the Citrix 273LXa and its larger sibling the 364LX are very similar. The geary, yet connected feel you get from turning their handles is unremarkable, but somehow appealing, and the rather unorthodox brake system in the 273LXa seems somewhat primitive but it's effective. The larger 364LX is actually a lot of fun when casting big baits, and those rubber knobs are easy and comfortable to grip when making erratic retrieves. In short, these reels just work. Especially for those who value that old school, connected feel in a reel, the Citrix suite of reels are fun to fish and best of all, you can load up on the entire suite to support most of your application needs and not break the bank.

 

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