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Reel Review


Pflueger Delivers Supreme Value in the Mg Based SP35X (continued)

 

Bail Operation: The SP35X comes with an internal trip mechanism for the bail that worked well for me during the times I chose to crank the handle and close the bail. More often than not, however, I close the bail by hand these days from force of habit. Rest assured the SP35X's bail closes with a very reassuring but not too excessive, "clunk".


The roller guide is bearing supported.

Line Twist: A feature we always look for in a spinning reel is whether or not the line roller mechanism is supported by a bearing. A bearing simply allows this guide to turn more freely which in turn, allows the line to rotate as it is winding onto the spool hopefully resulting in less line twist. But of course, with spinning reels and nylon monofilament, line twist is an eventuality that you cannot avoid. The SP35X's ability to manage this twist is pretty much on par with other reels we've fished - not spectacular, but not terrible.


The carbon inlay beneath the drag knob is marketed feature of this reel.

Features: A magnesium spinning reel for $99 is a deal in and of itself, but of course, this is TackleTour and we look beyond these types of distractions when evaluating a piece of gear. While the SP35X does have some nice features (like a bearing under the roller guide), it is missing other niceties we to which we were once accustomed with spinning reels - like a spare spool. Just the same, its score in this category is very respectable.


Two bearings under the knob.

Features Ratings for Pflueger Supreme SP35X

Spool Bearing (1-2)
Line Roller Bearing (1-2)
Knob Bearings (1-3)
Water Res Drag(1-2)
Spare Spool (1-2)
Reel Cover (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
1
2
3
2
1
1
10
13
7.69


A look at the sealed felt drag washers.

Design & Ergonomics: Everything feels better when you're fishing a reel that's weighted right. Even though it's magnesium based, the SP35X is not a featherweight, but more importantly, it's not a tank either. It's overall weight is good in hand, the handle length is excellent, and the reel's knob is very comfortable to hold. Feathering of the spool is easy and breakdown for maintenance is handled with little difficulty as well.

 

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Pflueger Supreme SP35X

Handle Length (1-5)
Knobs (1-5)
Feathering (1-5)
Overall Weight (1-5)
Ease of Breakdown (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
5
4
4
4
22
25
8.8


Part of what makes this reel such a good value is the magnesium rotor normally reserved for much pricier reels.

Application: Although the SP35X features a magnesium frame and rotor, Pflueger states this reel is saltwater ready. I'd be a little nervous about this myself, but it's nice to know Pflueger has taken precautions to ensure the reel is safe for the extra abusive saltwater environments. Aside from that, this is obviously a very good general purpose spinning reel.

 

Application Ratings for Pflueger Supreme SP35X

Horizontal (1-5)
Vertical (1-5)
Finesse (1-5)
Big Baits (1-5)
Topwater (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
5
5
1
3
19
25
7.6


Having a little fun out on Lake Berryessa with spotted bass.

Ratings:

Pflueger Supreme SP35X Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A nice, solid reel with a touch of refinement 8.0
Performance Solid performer as well 8.0
Price A very competitive price point for quality spinning reels and a very worthy competitor at that 7.5
Features Just about everything you could want aside from a spare spool 7.69
Design (Ergonomics) Very comfortable reel to fish and easy to maintain 8.8
Application Approved for saltwater use by the manufacturer 7.6

Total Score

7.93
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
+ Weighted just right - No spare spool
+ Approved for SW use  
+ Affordable MG spinning reel!  


It's difficult to resist a value this obvious when presented to you and that's why Pflueger's SP35X wins our Best Value Award!!

Conclusion: Now more than ever, consumers are seeking value for their hard earned money. In this increasingly competitive environment, manufacturers are constantly striving to one-up each other. Magnesium, formerly a material reserved for high end reels and in the case of spinning reels, products costing $400 or more, thanks to Pflueger, is not available in a spinning reel costing far less. The Supreme SP35X and its siblings (the SP25X, 30X, 40X) is priced at only $99.99, performs very well, and is very comfortable to fish thanks to its lighter than average weight. It's difficult to resist a value this obvious when presented to you and that's why Pflueger's SP35X wins our Best Value Award!!

 

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