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Reel Review


Does Quantum's Tour KVD Have the Power to Win Us Over?

 

Date: 6/22/14
Tackle Type: Reel
Manufacturer: Quantum
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.31 - GOOD

Introduction:
When it comes to promoting the sport of Bass Fishing, few have the appeal and influence of Kevin Van Dam. Whenever his name is in the sportfishing news fans pay attention. It's been some time since we've looked at any of his signature products, so today, we dive right in to check out Quantum's Tour KVD 151HPT.

 

Quantum Tour KVD 151HPT Specifications

Line Capacity - Rated 12lb / 145yds
Line Capacity - Spool Volume 21.6 cm3
Retrieve Ratio
5.3
6.6
7.3
Inches Per Turn (IPT) - calculated
8 - 24
10 - 30
11-33.5
Weight 7.1 oz
Spool Weight 13 g
Handle Length 93 mm
Bearings 10+1
Bearings per Knob 2 bearings
Levelwind Bearings 1 bearing
Tested Max Drag ~18.5lbs
Origin Made in Korea
MSRP $229.99

 

Quality/Construction: The Quantum Tour KVD reel features a painted, matt finish over the frame and sideplates and a mix of silver, red and pewter colored highlights at the handle, spool tension knob, brake dial and very base of the handle and drag star assembly. Quality of the finishes is good although durability could stand some improvement as we had some flaking at the front of this reel after a handful of uses. Tolerances at the frame and sideplate are acceptable though you can certainly feel these transitions if you run your fingers over the joints.


Introducing Quantum's Tour KVD 151HPT.

There is a small degree of backplay in the handle, but when holding the handle tight and attempting to move it into and away from the reel, there is very little to no give. Similarly, the reel's knobs are tight and secure with no in and out play in the knobs.

 

Quality Ratings for Quantum Tour KVD 151HPT

Finish (1-5)
Frame & Sideplate Tolerance (1-5)
Handle Tolerance (1-5)
Knob Tolerance (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3.5
3.5
4
5
16
20
8.0

Performance: Anyone who pays even a little attention to the BASS circuit knows one thing about KVD - he enjoys fishing fast. As such, I paired our Tour KVD 151HPT up with everything from a KVD multi purpose casting stick to a dedicated crankier.


The Tour KVD features a matt finish on both the frame and sideplate. Unfortunately, after only a handful of uses, signs of wear are already apparent.

Retrieve: The Tour KVD is available in several different retrieve ratios. Our test model was the 7.3:1. Actual retrieve on this model is about average with no strange grinding or other noises, but the reel could stand to be a touch more smooth.

Performance Ratings for Quantum Tour KVD 151HPT

Retrieve (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Power (1-5)
Casting Range (1-5)
Brakes (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
4
2
3
4
16
25
6.4

Drag: In our lab, the Tour KVD 151HPT's drag tested out fairly consistent and smooth at low to medium settings, but when locked down, it was quite erratic - a trait we're finding quite common amongst bass reels.


Fig 1: The Sweet Drag Performance chart above shows the consistency in drag performance of our
Quantum Tour KVD 151HPT. Note that performance is relatively sweet in the lower settings but quite erratic once lockdown is achieved.

Out on the water, I never fished the drag buttoned down - it's simply not my style. As a result, I found the drag's performance to be acceptable with little to no stuttering or other inconsistencies that would make me want to service the reel prematurely.

Sweet Drag Performance for Quantum Tour KVD 151HPT (#.# Turns to Lockdown)

Lock - 8
Lock - 6
Lock - 4
Lock - 2
Lockdown
Avg % Change
Start Up
2.18
2.63
4.53
7.59
11.25
Sustained
2.07
3.18
5.77
9.28
13.6
Lowest Value
0.59
2.50
4.31
7.36
10.88
Change in Startup vs Sustained
5.2%
20.8%
27.4%
22.2%
20.9%
19.3%
Biggest Drop from Sustained
71.5%
21.3%
25.3%
20.7%
20%
31.8%
Drag on this reel was tested with the dragstar fully tightened. Then with each successive test, the drag was backed off with two short pushes of the dragstar with our thumb.


The guts of our Tour KVD 151HPT.

Power: If there's one thing I had high hopes for with this reel - even given its 7.3:1 retrieve ratio, it was in the power department. KVD's reputation is as a power fisherman, so I had some expectation that a reel bearing his name would be a beast out on the water. Unfortunately the Tour KVD 151HPT was somewhat lacking in this area. We've fished other 7.3:1 retrieve ratio reels (and even faster) that were very capable of pulling a deep crank in the water.


The casting brake are adjustable from the outside via this dial.

They may not be our first choice for a dedicated cranking machine, but reels like the high speed Zillion, Chronarch, Curado, and most recently, the Revo Rocket (9.0:1!) can more than hold their own when tasked with these duties. The Tour KVD 151HPT was really burdened when I tried to retrieve a Strike King 10XD through the water. I'd certainly expect the cranking version of this reel to do better, but for the 7.3:1, soft plastics, and maybe lipless cranks are where its strengths will lie.


Remove the sideplate to gain access to the spool.

Casting Range: The comfortable casting and pitching range for this reel is anything three eighths of an ounce on up. Pretty typical of the majority of low profile baitcasting reels unless they've been performance tuned.


To the right of the red circle is the sideplate release, but the circle is showing another spot of wear.

Next Section: Easy to adjust brakes


 

 

 

 

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