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Performance meets great value with the Quantum Incyte (continued)

Drag: In the lab and in the field, the drag displayed great marks. The start pressure along with the functional drag force, which is at least 12 pounds, are only ounces apart from each other. When a fish started to run the initial start is very smooth and consistent throughout the entire cycle. The Incyte uses three pairs of washers that are just a tad smaller than a US Quarter along with two spool washers underneath the spool.


Three pairs of drags are used along with two drag washers beneath the spool


Drag adjustments on the front drag system are easy even in the ten-size reel since the knob is easy to grasp. Minute adjustments are possible thanks to the implementation of an audible clicker.


Notice the two drag washers and the two bearings on the shaft


Ergonomics: The ergonomics on this reel are also above average, and due to the graphite construction, the reel is relatively light at only 7.4 ounces (measured) whereas a full metal reel might be two or three ounces heavier. Still, the Incyte could have been lighter but Quantum did not want to sacrifice weight for durability and chose instead to provide structural reinforcement by way of an aluminum side cover and butt cap.


A simple yet ergonomic knob that's comfortable to grasp onto


Aside from the overall weight being more lightweight the machined handle is angled just right for oneís retrieve and the knob is exceptionally comfortable to grip. Sometimes the drag knob is easily overlooked in terms of ergonomics, but I find that this component is important. Some spinning reels have low or angled knobs that are hard for even average sized fingers to turn to make adjustment. The Incyte, even the 10 size reviewed here, has a knob with high fins that are easy for anyone to grasp and make adjustments.


A sleek and petite profile


Application & Price: Most would use the Incyte IT10F for trout fishing, and it does a great job at this, but it also excels with other species such as Crappie and other panfish. This spinning reel will handle line weights up to six pounds. With any heavier lines you should probably upgrade to the next size.


A great spinning reel for trout fishing


The price of the Quantum Incyte is very competitive but this reel does include a few more features than other, similarly priced reels, and performance wise it is even better than some reels costing up to ten dollars more. Overall, the Incyte is a great reel for the price.


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):

Quantum Incyte IT10F Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A well built product with decent quality for its price point 5
Performance Not in the PT series but performs almost like one 6.5
Price Good overall price for the features and performance it provides 7
Features Has all the features that one might want without spending too much money 7
Design (Ergonomics) The reel comes in lighter due to the plastic body. The overall ergonomics are above par on this spinning reel 7
Application A nice freshwater reel for trout, Crappie, and other small fish 7

Total Score

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

J Smooth and hefty drag for the 10-size reel L Primary spool and spare spool are different
J Good price L Ported main spool has the same weight as the solid spare spool
J Good overall performance  
J Spare spool included  


Conclusion: Looking back a decade value spinning reels were just mediocre in performance. Today we can find spinning reels that are designed much better but still sell for a reasonably low price. The Quantum Incyte, reviewed here, is a prime example. The Incyte is Quantumís top reel just before you enter the Performance Tuned series. It is attractive, has good features, and even includes a spare spool. The drag performs smoothly and consistently throughout its range and can easily handle trout, crappie, and other small fish when paired up with the proper rod. This reel offers good overall performance and features especially if you take into account itís price point of only $59.99. With all this in mind, itís a great choice for those anglers on a budget who still want a quality spinning reel.  












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