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November 16, 2009

The Science of Drag

How modern reel drags empower small reels to survive extended battles with big fish



A Comparison of Spinning Reels of Similar Size


Manufacturer Reel Name/
Model No.
Line Cap. (20-lb) Max Drag* Drag-Washer Materials Drag-Washer Placement Reel
Weight
(oz.)
Retrieve
Ratio
Cost**
       
Accurate SR-12 300 30 Carbon fiber between titanium plates Full-skirt washers top and bottom 23
5:01
$760
Bluefin GS7000 310 20 Carbon composite Arbor stack with stainless-steel washers 27
4.5:1
$125
Daiwa Saltiga SA-Z6000GT 220 66 n/a N/A 29.1
4.3:1
$840
Fin-Nor Offshore OFS4500 275 35 Carbon fiber Arbor stack 26
4.7:1
$150
Okuma VSystem 65a 260 31 Japanese felt Arbor stack above;second set of washers below skirt 23.2
4.8:1
$190
Penn Torque TRQ S5 210 25 HT-100 (woven graphite) Large drag washers beneath spool; sealed/waterproof 19.5
5.9:1
$660
Quantum Boca BSP70PTs 280 38 Ceramic Arbor stack with stainless-steel washers 29.6
4.9:1
$140
Shimano Stella SW 10000 220 55 Dartainium (carbon sheet) and carbon fiber Arbor stack above; full-skirt washer below 23.5
5.8:1
$830
Van Staal VS150 240 32 Carbon fiber Arbor stack; add'l washer beneath spool; sealed/ waterproof 12
4.75:1
$700
Zeebaas ZX25SD 360 35 N/A N/A 18.5
4.75:1
$1,340
*Note that figures may not match what you measure at home, depending on how the manufacturer measured maximum drag (i.e., you may get less drag). **All prices per www.tackledirect.com.


 

A Comparison of Lever-Drag Reels of Similar Size


Manufacturer Reel Name/
Model No.
Line Cap (20-lb) Max Drag* Drag-Washer Materials Special/Exclusive
Drag Features
Reel
Weight (oz.)
Retrieve
Ratio
Speeds Cost**
           
Accurate Boss BX2-400N 250 30 Carbon fiber against
titanium drag plate
Patented TwinDrag: equal pressure sides of spool applied to both 22
6:1 and 3:1
2 $565
Alutecnos Gorilla Albacore 12C 450 40 Woven carbon fiber Two drag washers between stainless plate 24
4.4:1
1 $570
Avet MXL6/4 360 16 n/a n/a 18.2
6:3 and 3.8
2 $330
Daiwa Saltiga SA30 300 22 n/a n/a 16.8
5.4:1
1 $300
Duel Speedy 12-S 300 12 Carbon fiber Single stainless plate 15 6:01 1 $370
Fin-Nor Marquesa MA12 230 22 Woven carbon fiber Single stainless plate 20 6:01 1 $260
Okuma Makaira MK-10II 380 34 Carbonite
(carbon fiber)
Stacked drag w/ pull bar and large thrust bearing to absorb side-load pressure 26.1
4.7 and 2.1
2 $440
Penn Torque TRQ100LD 190 27 HT100
(woven graphite)
Stacked drag w/ multiplefull-size disks; VersaDrag allows changing drag configuration to vary drag curve 28.8
6.2:1
1 $560
Shimano Talica TAC10II 270 20 woven carbon fiber Oversize washer, ratcheting level 18.6
6.2 and 4.1
2 $480
 
*Note that figures may not match what you measure at home, depending on how the manufacturer measured maximum drag (i.e., you may get less drag). **All prices per www.tackledirect.com. ***MSRP ****Manufacturer price.


A Comparison of Star-Drag Reels of Similar Size

Manufacturer Reel Name/
Model No.
Line Cap. (20-lb) Max Drag* Drag-Washer Materials Special/Exclusive
Drag Features
Reel
Weight
(oz)
Retrieve
Ratio
Cost**
                 
Daiwa Saltiga SA30 300 22 Woven graphite Stacked drag with stainless washers between friction washers 16.8
5.4:1
$420
Fin-Nor Offshore OFC15H 350
23***
Carbon fiber Stacked drag with 11 oversize washers including stainless steel 23.5
6.2:1
$200
Okuma Cedros CLD-10S 350 28 Carbonite (carbon fiber) Stacked drag with multiple stainless and carbonite washers in Cal Sheets' grease 18.9
6.2:1
$400****
Penn Torque TRQ100 210 25 HT 100 (woven graphite) Stacked drag with multiple stainless and HT 100 washers 23
6.2:1
$400
Quantum Cabo CNW
16PTSB
350 35 Carbon fiber and ceramic Stacked drag with both carbon fiber and ceramic washers against stainless steel 24
6.2:1
$220
 
*Note that figures may not match what you measure at home, depending on how the manufacturer measured maximum drag (i.e., you may get less drag). **All prices per www.tackledirect.com. ***Increases to 35 pounds in low-speed-retrieve version. ****Manufacturer price.