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EFTTEX Awards 2012 - Best New Fixed Spool Reel

Best New Fixed Spool Reel

How light can today’s fixed spool reels go? When it comes to shaving weight off their products, it seems there is no end to the ingenuity of the leading manufacturers in this sector.

At EFTTEX visitors can hold and feel the new Okuma Helios Gold. Presented by its makers as ‘the lightest spinning reel ever’, it weighs just 188g. Competing against it will be the Zebco Quantum Exo 15PTi, which has been constructed following Zebco’s ‘Metal Where It Matters’ principle. This reduces weight in ‘non-critical locations’ resulting in what Zebco says is the lightest possible frame. Which one will win hearts and minds in Paris?

Or will it be neither? There are plenty more fixed spool reels vying for attention including the new Shimano Vanquish, the latest PENN Spinfisher, the Snowbee Raptor 1000 and the much talked about Castalia Magic Flight with its dimpled spool technology. The competition, as ever, promises to be fierce.