Penn showcased an innovative side-plate design on its new International Torque series reels that impressed the media judges so much that they named the Torque 300 "Best Saltwater Reel" at ICAST. Penn integrated the right-side bridge-plate components into one rigid assembly, enabling the reel to achieve super-high drag capabilities with fewer parts. Penn says that makes the Torque "the ultimate braid-capable, star-drag reel for the blue-water angler." During field testing, Penn says, one of the reels held 48.99 pounds of drag with no binding or sluggishness.
Torques come in 100-, 200- and 300-size models. The smallest reel holds 550 yards of 30-pound braid; the middle reel holds 450 yards of 50-pound braid; and the 300 holds 360 yards of 80-pound braid. All offer a single gear ratio of 6.3:1. Retail prices range from $379.99 to $399.99.