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Event Article: 2010 ICAST Reel Coverage

Quantum's New Reels Are So Hot They Are Smokin'

Date: 7/14/10
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Admission: Buyers & Press only
Manufacturer: Quantum
Reviewer: Team TackleTour

Introduction: "You have to check out the Quantum booth and look at the new Smoke Reel!" The talk on the ICAST floor among many press and buyers centered around Quantum's low profile casting reel. We eagerly awaited our appointment late in the afternoon and when we finally made it to the booth we were greeted by the team at Quantum including KVD, who gave us a look at just what everyone was so excited about.




Introducing the new Quantum Smoke Pt


Smoke PT: Anglers, complain no more that the Quantum low profile casting reels are so darn heavy because this reel is lightweight and so hot that it's smokin'. The new Quantum Smoke PT received a ton of  buzz at ICAST as retailers praised the reel's performance specifications and cosmetics


Low profile and super lightweight


Product Manager Chris Strickland of Quantum described the new Smoke PT series of baitcasters in one tell-all sentence -- "It's unbelievable to offer a reel this lightweight, this smooth, at a price so low." And I believe we agree with Chris' comment. The Smoke PT is phenomenal as it could be the lightest all-metal reel to be produced. The 100 size models weight only 6.2 ounces and the 150 size weighs in at only 6.8 ounces.


Bob Bagby explains to JIP and Cal how the Smoke PT was designed


Though lightweight the Smoke PT doesn't sacrifice durability like some other brand of reels. The reel features a solid one-piece lightweight aluminum frame with aluminum side covers rather than magnesium.


Depending on model it either uses the Micro ACS II or the Infinite ACS II cast control system


Additional features include 9 PT stainless-polymer hybrid bearings (8 + 1), a ceramic and carbon fiber drag system, Infinite ACS II centrifugal cast control on the 150 models, Micro ACS II on the 100 sized models, Titanium-nitride coated line guide, and skeletal handle with EVA knobs.


Attractive looking reel though there's no color to it


The Smoke PT is available in 9 different models with different gear ratios -- size 100 in left and right, gear ratio of 7.0:1 and 6.3:1, 150 size in a fast 7.3:1, 6.6:1, and a cranking 5.3:1 speeds. All models being offered will have both right and left hand retrieve when release this September except the cranking model which will only be a right at the moment. The 100 size will retail for only $199 while the 150 size will go for $219.


Frontal view of the Smoke


The handle is cut out and uses EVA knobs for weight reduction


Tour KVD Left-Handed Burner: Today it seems that many anglers are shifting to the high speed reels as their everyday go to reel using them to toss almost everything they have in their tackle bag. Last year when the Tour KVD casting reels were introduced they all come in right handed models only. There seems to be demand for a lefty model so here it is, a Tour KVD in left hand retrieve in the Burner speed of 7.3:1.


Tour KVD high speed reel now in Left Handed retrieve


Specification wise the high speed lefty is the same as the right handed siblings. The reel will still retail for $299 and will be available in the coming months.


Antix Casting: Again mentioned in other articles that the reels below $100 are hot sellers because manufacturers today can make a high performing reel but offer it at a great value. Take for instance the new Quantum Antix baitcaster. This is the highest of the non-PT series but has the guts to stand up to serious power fishing.


Introducing the Quantum Antix, $89 dollars only


The Antix features a one piece machined aluminum frame that's rigid and ergonomic. The low profile reel is actually the first in Quantum to receive their new dual cast control technology which is a combination of an externally adjustable DynaMag system plus an internal ACS centrifugal system. A dual brake system is obviously growing as you see other manufacturers also sporting similar designs in their casting reels, and the double system is proven to help at different stages of a cast. The new low profile reel houses 10 stainless steel bearings (9 + 1) and a Continuous Anti-Reverse to complete the package.


A look at the handle


Antix is the highest of the non-PT reels


Two models are offered with the Antix, a high speed 7.0:1 and a slower 6.3:1 gear ratio, both in right handed retrieve. Available between the months of November 2010 to January 2011, the Antix casting models will retail for only $89.

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