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P R O D U C TT P R E V I E W

 

A Preview of Pinnacle's upcoming Tournament Class Reels

 

Date: 7/5/10
Tackle Type: Reels
Manufacturer: Pinnacle
Reviewer: Zander








Introduction: This ICAST Pinnacle will be introducing new "Tournament Class" reels that are designed for anglers looking for baitcasters and spinning reels that exhibit both superior build quality and a rich overall feature-set. Leveraging the expertise of their pro-staff these reels are designed to be the highest end reels that Pinnacle has introduced to date.

 


Pinnacle is looking to move up in higher end offerings this ICAST and the Optimus XLT is the new high end baitcaster from the brand

What is Tournament Class? To create tackle worthy of being called “Tournament Class,” Pinnacle made sure its pro staffers were intimately involved in the process, from the conception stage to final production of these new reels. Prostaffers including Paul Elias, Dave Wolak, Grant Goldbeck and Britt Myers all worked closely with Pinnacle’s engineers to ensure that every offering was perfectly designed and equipped for its intended task. “They asked us to describe the features and qualities we would want in a series of ‘dream’ reels and rods to handle everything from cranking, to flipping, to finesse spinning,” said Elias, Bassmaster Classic Champion and the all-time BASS heavyweight catch record holder.  “All I can say is that Pinnacle nailed it. They did an amazing job bringing this fantasy tackle to life.”


The Optimus XLT features a titanium deposition coating and a QuickFlip Button for flipping and pitching applications

 

Optimus XLT: Pinnacle's new top of the line reel will be the Optimus XLT, this sleek looking reel boasts ten double-shielded stainless steel bearings, Tandem Cast Control (a combination of centrifugal and magnetic anti-backlash systems), and a blazing fast 7.3:1 retrieve. Like all of Tournament Class reels, the Optimus™XLT features an all-metal construction and Pinnacle’s exclusive X-Bone™ pattern frame.  Similar to the design of a car chassis, the X-Bone™ pattern frame equally distributes the amount of critical stress points. This design helps compensate for the entire weight load, while also maximizing the rigidity and tensile strength of the entire framework of the reel. Aluminum metal alloy frame and side covers also reduce torque, keeping the gears and components in alignment under heavy loads.

 


The Optimus XT has the same bearing count as the XLT and comes in a variety of gear ratios ranging from 6.4:1 to a power 4.7:1

 

The Optimus XLT also features metal side covers with a titanium deposition finish like we have seen on previous higher end Quantum and import Abu Garcia Revo reels. More than just an aesthetic touch, this treatment (also standard on the Optimus™ XT and Performa™ XLT, XT models) is highly resistant against nicks and scratches. For reduced weight and increased strength, all of Pinnacle’s Optimus model baitcasters feature drive gears, drive shafts and worm gears composed of Duralumin a super alloy that’s 70 percent lighter and 20 percent stronger than brass.  

 

Pinnacle Optimus Baitcasters

Optimus XLT

 

Bearings

Gear Ratio

Weight (oz.)

Line Capacity

OP10XLTHS

10+1

7.3:1

7.6

10/140, 12/120

Optimus XT 

 

Bearings

Gear Ratio

Weight (oz.)

Line Capacity

OP10XTHS

10+1

6.4:1

7.6

10/140, 12/120

OP10XT

10+1

6.4:1

7.6

10/140, 12/120

OP10XTSR

10+1

4.7:1

7.6

10/140, 12/120

Optimus X

 

Bearings

Gear Ratio

Weight (oz.)

Line Capacity

OP10X

8 + 1

6.4:1

7.4

10/140, 12/120

 


The Optimus X is a scaled back model and while it doesn't have all the features and refinement of the XLT and XT it does share the same basic profile

 

The long list of Optimus reel features also includes the industry’s first QuickFlip™ Button for flipping and pitching applications. Ergonomically designed and strategically positioned for ease-of-use, this button will allow anglers to engage the gears instantly without turning the handle for lightning-fast hooksets. The Optimus XLT will retail for $199.99 and the difference between the Optimus XLT and XT models are the finishes and gear ratios while the Optimus X also has a lower bearing count.

 

 

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