GAME CHANG­ERS

A DE­TAILED LOOK AT FOUR OF THE HOTTEST NEW TACKLE IN­NO­VA­TIONS HIT­TING SHELVES

Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

SPEED FREAK

Quan­tum va­por

Th­ese days, an­glers feel the need for speed. The Quan­tum Va­por 30 sucks in 35IPT while main­tain­ing a ton of power thanks to a 6.0:1 gear ra­tio. Its re­turn rate is fast enough for any spin­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, and is achieved with­out sac­ri­fic­ing pull strength.

X FAC­TOR

g. loomis/shi­mano con­quest

In the race for lighter, stronger rods, G. Loomis and Shi­mano have co-branded a stick. The tech in this rod elim­i­nates any twist in the blank, while in­creased strength and lever­age are fo­cused on en­hanc­ing ac­cu­racy and dis­tance while main­tain­ing an abun­dance of power.

PRE­CIOUS GEMS

Quan­tum tour S3 pt

Quan­tum upped the bar in over­all smooth­ness by us­ing the same crys­tals that high-end watch­mak­ers use as spool-ten­sion wash­ers. Th­ese wash­ers are very hard, which cre­ates un­matched flu­id­ity of the reel, dras­ti­cally in­creas­ing func­tion­al­ity in cast­ing and re­trieval.

GROUND ZERO

13 fish­ing con­cept Z

Fi­nally, with the Con­cept Z, 13 Fish­ing has achieved alchemy, giv­ing an­glers the first high-per­for­mance reel with no ball bear­ings. The com­pany dumped an im­mense amount of time into cre­at­ing the per­fect reel that is smooth, durable, non­cor­ro­sive, and never re­quires oil­ing.

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