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Reel Review


Quantum's First Magnesium Framed Reel, the Tour Mg! (continued)

Drag: Strapped up to the Machine, we tested the Tour Mg first at full lock down and then backed the drag off with a series of thumb pushes on the drag star. Charted below, you can see through the early stages, the reel's drag is actually pretty smooth, but as more line was let out, the drag pressure slowly increased and in the case of full lock down, became more erratic. Out on the water, experience is always different than what we chart in the lab but that's probably because most of the fish we catch don't pull for as long and as consistently as The Machine. The Tour Mg performed fine in limited testing out on the water.


Fig 1: The Sweet Drag Performance chart above shows the consistency in drag performance of our
Quantum Tour Mg Casting Reel.

Sweet Drag Performance for Quantum Tour Mg Casting Reel (#.# Turns to Lockdown)

Lock - 8
Lock - 6
Lock - 4
Lock - 2
Lockdown
Avg % Change
Start Up
.9
.9
1.33
3.69
9.49
Sustained
.9
1.0
1.6
4.4
9.9
Lowest Value
.7
.8
1.2
3.4
7.9
Change in Startup vs Sustained
.6%
10%
17.7%
19.1%
4.4%
10.4%
Biggest Drop from Sustained
23.6%
21.2%
24.6%
22.7%
20.1%
22.5%
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.

 


A look at the Tour Mg's drag stack.

 

Power: We tested the 6.3:1 version of the Tour Mg. With the slow decline in the availability of reels with five point something ratios, six something reels are slowly becoming known as "slow". Fresh off my tests with the 7.3:1 version of the Tour KVD which didn't fare too well in this category, I was wary of what the Tour Mg could handle.

 


A very rare sight amongst casting reels these days - a flipping switch!

 

Nevertheless, I strapped it up to a Dobyns Rods CB765 cranking stick, tied on a variety of medium to deep diving cranks, and put the Tour Mg to task in order to determine what it could handle. The reel surprised me. While certainly not my first choice in a deep cranking reel, it held up remarkably well proving to me at least, that its utility is quite diverse.

 


11 (10 + 1 roller bearing) bearings are amount the many features of this reel.

 

Features: The Tour Mg fares pretty well in the features department save for the non-externally adjustable casting brakes. The reel does come with one bearing on the levelwind, two bearings per knob and micro-click adjustability on both the drag star and spool tension knob. It does not come with a cover, but there was a vial of oil in the box. An added feature that we don't seem to find on other manufacturers' reels any longer is a flipping switch.

 

Features Ratings for Quantum Tour Mg Casting Reel

Ext Brake Adjust? (1-2)
Levelwind Bearing (1-2)
Knob Bearings (1-3)
Micro Clicks (1-3)
Reel Cover (1-2)
Oil (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
1
1
3
3
1
2
11
14
7.86

 


These knobs are very comfortable, but somehow slick to grasp.

 

Design & Ergonomics: I am a big fan of the Tour Mg's overall size and weight. Palmability of this reel is excellent. The handle length is good, but the knobs, though a comfortable shape, are a little smooth for my liking. IN the scoring, their comfortable shape more than makes up for their slick feel. Breakdown of the reel for maintenance could be easier, but there's one screw hidden on inside of the reel, beneath the spool. To get to it, you need to remove the sideplate (which can be a struggle to get off sometimes) and the spool.

 

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Quantum Tour Mg Casting Reel

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
4
5
5
3
21
25
8.4

 

Application: This reels' utility is much broader than I anticipated when I first took it out of its box. On first inspection, it looks and feels like a good general purpose baitcaster meaning your standard baits like spinnerbaits, shallow and medium diving cranks, soft plastics, jigs, etc.. But this reel can also serve in a pinch for finesse applications and deep cranking too. About the only thing I probably wouldn't put its small, 5.4oz frame up against is tossing big baits. Otherwise, it's a surprisingly versatile little reel.

 


The Tour Mg is a very versatile little reel.

 

Application Ratings for Quantum Tour Mg Casting Reel

Horizontal (1-5)
Vertical (1-5)
Finesse (1-5)
Big Baits (1-5)
Topwater (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
5
3
2
4
18
25
7.2

 

Ratings:

Quantum Tour Mg Casting Reel Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality This reel is put together fairly well save for some very minute alignment issues between the frame and sideplates - but we're very picky 8.0
Performance A very good overall performer 7.6
Price Considering most other Mg framed reels carry with them a price tag of over $300, the Tour Mg is quite the bargain! 8.5
Features The only real criticism here is the difficulty in removing the non-handle sideplate and the potential of dropping it in the water if you're not careful - so be careful! 7.86
Design (Ergonomics) A very comfortable reel to fish 8.4
Application A very good choice for a general purpose casting reel with added utility as a finesse caster - better in this area if Quantum offered a shallow spool upgrade. 7.2

Total Score

7.92
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
+ Nice compact and lightweight design - Non-handle sideplate can be tricky to remove sometimes
+ Mg reel for under $300!  
+ All retrieve ratios available in left and right hand retrieve  
+ And how about that flipping switch? I like this feature!  

 


I like the path Quantum is taking with their new reels - small, light, and comfortable to hold. The Tour Mg is a fun reel to fish!

 

Conclusion: I am really enjoying the path Quantum has taken first with the EXO and now the Tour Mg. The size, shape, and overall weight of these reels match my preferences very well. With the Tour Mg specifically, I was very surprised to find out that this is the company's first foray into a magnesium framed reel. The fact they were able to do so successfully and keep the price point under $300 when most everyone else's Mg reels are well over that mark is quite remarkable.

 

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