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Reel Review


Peak Performance on a Budget? Pinnacle's Producer XT 30 Spinning Reel (continued)

Power: I have no complaints when it comes to power. Most of my time with the Pinnacle Producer XT is spent throwing small finesse baits—not exactly the harshest test— however, I never experience fatigue or discomfort when reeling in a bulkier bait or landing a solid fish.

Bail Operation: Operating the Pinnacle's bail is an easy task. There is no extra-assuring click when opening the bail, but it opens solidly and never once tripped closed during a cast. Although I always close spinning reel bails by hand after a cast is made, a modest turn of the handle will quickly thunk the bail closed.


Somewhat funky looking, the handle knob is actually quite comfy.

Line Twist: Line twist with this reel never posed a problem for me. Pinnacle uses a titanium-coated ResistTwist line roller that features a special channel to help keep the line from twisting. It seems to work as the lines I used always laid down nice and flat with no obvious signs of twist.


An up-close look at the line roller assembly.

Features: At this price point, Pinnacle offers consumers a nice list of features that some other more expensive reels may lack. The full list (some already mentioned) includes an RCF2 body, machined spool, ResistTwist roller, QuickFold handle, FatWire bail, waterproof carbon drag system, and FinGrip textured knob. Internally, you'll find a bearing-supported line roller and spool, and two bearings within the handle knob. There is no spare spool or reel cover included.

Features Ratings for Pinnacle Producer XT PRF 30

Spool Bearing (1–2)

Line Roller Bearing (1–2)

Knob Bearings (1–3)

Water Resistant Drag

(1–2)

Spare Spool

(1–2)

Reel Cover

(1–2)

Total

Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos *10)

2

2

3

2

1

1

11

13

8.46

Design and Ergonomics: At 9.9 ounces in weight, the Producer XT is a tad on the porky side. Aside from the reel's weight on the scale, the form factor as a whole is executed nicely. The body is relatively compact and features a narrow waistline. It's plenty comfortable to hold and use for a day of fishing. How about that funky handle knob? Comprised of rubber, the FinGrip handle sports soft, raised ridges for added comfort. It looks like one of those add-on knob grips that were somewhat trendy several years ago, but it actually does feel really good and provides a sure finger hold—even when wet.


To fully remove the handle, a screw must be undone from the opposite side.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Pinnacle Producer XT PRF 30

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)

3

4

5

3

3

18

25

7.2

The Producer XT never let me down during its months of testing and handled everything I threw at it without any hiccups. The Pinnacle's resistance to scratching is also worth mentioning. Of course the body can still become dinged up if treated clumsily, but even when purposely subjected to rubbing on a hard, sharp object it takes a fair amount of effort just to cause a noticeable mark.

Application: Carrying a regular MSRP of $79.99, the Pinnacle Producer XT PRF 30 is quite an attractive deal. There is a solid value here both in terms of performance and physical design if you are willing to try a brand that's still a bit outside the norm for most anglers.


A Lake Lanier spot was coaxed while fishing a wacky-rigged Senko.

Spinning reels of this size are very, very, very versatile. Check this reel out if you fish for bass, large trout, redfish, snook, schoolie stripers, steelhead—you get the point! Longer-running fish may require you to spool up with braid to increase capacity, but the main idea to come away with here is that there are a lot of opportunities out there to use this reel.

Application Ratings for Pinnacle Producer XT PRF 30

Horizontal (1–5)

Vertical(1–5)

Finesse(1–5)

Big Bait(1–5)

Topwater(1–5)

Total

 Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

5

5

5

1

3

19

25

7.6

 

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Pinnacle Producer XT PRF Spinning Reel Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Not perfect, but very pleasing quality and great looking 7.5
Performance A great performer and a praise-worthy drag 8
Price The MSRP of $79.99 makes this an excellent value 9
Features Everything you need but no bonus spare spool 8.46
Design (Ergonomics) A little on the heavy side and kind of a pain to remove the sideplate 7.2
Application You can't go wrong with this one for freshwater or light saltwater applications 7.6

Total Score

8.31
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 build quality - Heavy
+ Silky drag - Sideplate removal
+ Comfortable grip  
+ Affordable pricing  

 


This post-spawner ate a small tube on light line and really put the smooth drag system to use.

 

Conclusion: Shimano's Sahara and Sedona, Daiwa's Exceler, and Abu Garcia's Orra S are a few of the major players rubbing shoulders with the Producer XT PRF30. While other brands have a long-standing and loyal fan base, anyone willing to venture into the uncharted waters of a somewhat less-than-mainstream brand needs to take a good look at this offering. I came away rather impressed, and I think you will be too. Well done, Pinnacle!

 

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