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Chris S.

Chris S.wrote a review of on October 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Lightweight, well built, comfortable and fit well. Im 6'2" 180 lbs, and wear a 32 waist 32/33 inseam. I bought a large and they were way too baggy, bought the medium (same length) and they fit perfect. Room for a jacket or sweater still but im not swimming in them. I get cold easy so come late october november I wear my base layers and ski socks with them and i can fish all day without a problem. Theyre breathable in the summer too. You'll be happy if you get the right size for sure. The one issue i have is that the front zipper pocket is not waterproof. they do sell a waterproof zip on attachment pocket that goes inside the chest area and that took care of the problem for an extra 20 bucks or so.

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Chris S.

Chris S.wrote a review of on October 30, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Purchased the IV and it feels so much heavier than any other reel with the same drag weight. Setting the drag on the lightest setting, still requires a monster hog to pull it out. Sometimes i can feel the tension and need to pull my line out manually to let a fish run before snapping my rig. On top of that, it is sooo loud. Everyone within 300 yards will hear you reeling in. everyone within a mile will hear your drag if you've got a fish running. The good thing is that if a fish does pull your drag, you know its going to be a damn good fish. If youre fishing primarily trout under 25", scale down your weight or find another reel. Im not going to return the reel, it is a good, well-built reel, just made for much bigger fishing than any other reel of the same weight. Its loud, big and simple.It will last a lifetime and does get a little better after it really breaks in, but id say it should be paired with at least a 6/7 fast action rod and a 3/4 line. This reel will hold like 250-300 yards of backing if you want if you're running an 80-90 yard line. For how simple it is, it's a little overpriced. Backcountry does have an awesome price on it but for what I bought it for, I wish I tried it out before buying or any of these other reviews mentioned the fact that the drag is overly tight even on the easiest setting and requires removing the spool to adjust. There was a learning curve, i lost a few good fish before i learned how to fish with this reel, (something i dont have to do with any other of my reels, some much cheaper) It is a click and pawl reel so its going to last you forever but it will wake anyone sleeping within a 1 mile radius.

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