Ready for Battle: Abu Garcia Introduces New
ZATA Series at the Classic (continued)
ZATA Spinning Reel:
Not to be outdone by its low-profile sibling the ZATA spinning reel also
features a 10+1 stainless steel bearing count and makes use of a lightweight
aluminum frame paired with a machined aluminum spool. This spool is equipped
with the company's angled "Rocket Lip" design that is designed to improve
line-flow during casts.
The ZATA spinning reel feels even
more solid with an aluminum body. The green paint and red highlights are the
same as the baitcaster
The new spinning features
the same compact profile that has now become somewhat a signature of Abu Garcia
reels. This reel is also designed to be a everyday workhorse and is equipped
with a stainless steel main shaft for long term durability, a souped up bail
system for reliability, and a carbon fiber handle for enhanced rigidity and
The ZATA reels look more high-end
than their price would indicate and the carbon fiber handle is a very nice touch
The ZATA spinning reels will be available in a 20
size with a gear ratio of 6.2:1 which is capable of retrieving 31.3" of line per
handle crank. The spinning reel will also retail for the exact same price as the
casting version at $174.95, and will start becoming available in the early
Rods will also be part of the new
ZATA Combos: Along with the new ZATA
reels Abu Garcia also unveiled the new ZATA rods which feature the same green
and red styling on a 24 ton graphite blank. The rods are finished with stainless
steel guides and WINN grips, as well as an open hook hanger positioned above the
foregrip. So how much do they cost? These matching rods will not be available
for purchase separately, and will be part of combos with either the ZATA
baitcaster or spinning reels.
These combos will retail for only
$209.99, which is only a 35 dollar premium over the ZATA reels alone
The ZATA combos will target mainstream
applications with 6'10" and 7' spinning rod models, and four casting rods
ranging in size from 7' to 7'3" with medium-heavy to heavy powers and fast to
moderate fast actions.
All of the new combos will
retail for only $209.99, which is only a $35 dollar premium over the reel alone,
a very aggressive price for a ready-to-fish package.
Abu Garcia's ZATA Series is sandwiched right in
the middle of many of the existing Revo Series reels, and anglers will have the
choice of sticking with a proven series like the Revo SX, or trying one of these
boldly styled new ZATA products. As many manufacturers are adding products at
the top end of the spectrum the new ZATA Series is designed to appeal to the
core of the mainstream segment, or anglers that simply love an old fashioned
military green motif. Sign me up.
Looking for the Abu Garcia ZATA Series Reels?
Tackle Warehouse has them available for pre-order now