Leaner, Meaner, and a whole lot Greener. Meet the 13
Fishing Inception Sport Z Baitcaster
Total Score: 8.58 -
BEST VALUE AWARD
Introduction: Designed to offer anglers the best of both worlds, the
Inception SZ draw upon features and technology from the rest of the 13 Fishing
portfolio in an effort to deliver a more feature rich, and long-lasting reel,
all at the aggressive $150 dollar price point. With an attention seizing bright
green finish this new baitcaster is designed to stand out from the surplus of
reels at this hotly contested price point.
13 Fishing Inception Sport Z Baitcaster
Capacity - Rated
2 CZBs + 5 SSBB + 1 A/R
17.2 lbs (18lbs.
Made in China
bearing technology, 6-way centrifugal braking system, Beetle wing rapid
access system, Japanese Hamai cut gearing, High spin spool shaft,
Arrowhead line guide system, Integrated keep-r hook keeper Trick shop
The 13 Fishing Inception Sport Z
is without a doubt the greenest reel on the market, let's see how well it
The new Inception Sport Z wears a much more conspicuous green finish than the
original matte grey found on the standard Inception. The new reel is bright, the
kind of bright that you couldn’t ignore even if you tried.
The Inception SZ has a form factor
that is very similar to the compact Origin Series
It doesn’t matter if you have
ten combos on your boat deck, if one of them is the Inception SZ that is the one
that is going garner the most attention from other anglers. Want to stand out
even more? Combine the Inception SZ with a matching bright green Fate Black rod
and you’re basically wielding a lightsaber.
Combine the Inception SZ and the
Fate Black and you have a bright combo that will rival a lightsaber
the original Inception features a traditional bearing design with 2 AB Bearings
and 6 SB bearings the Inception SZ is much more of a hybrid, making use of a
combination of traditional stainless steel bearings and the company’s
proprietary CZB bearings (2 CZB+ 5 SSBB+ 1 A/R).
The Inception SZ also brings
some of the brand’s more recent features and designs into the series, including
the addition of the Beetle Wing rapid access sideplate, and the integration of
the KeepR hook keeper into the bridge of the frame. Rather than replace the
current Inception this new reel will co-exist with the grey colored original,
offering anglers a more aggressively styled, higher performing, option.
The reel features EVA knobs and a
clean green and black motif
Real World Tests:
I received the Inception SZ from 13 Fishing prior to the reel’s introduction at
the Bassmaster Classic and published a
preview back in January this year. While the green finish is the most
striking element of the reel what really makes it unique is that it delivers the
company’s hybrid bearing configuration. This souped up Inception is really
designed to be an everyday workhorse reel and over the last nine months I have
fished the reel from Winter to Fall, targeting largemouth bass with a variety of
different lines and techniques, and can finally report on not only how the reel
performed out of the box, but has held up over time.
This is easily the brightest most
attention grabbing combo I have ever fished
The Inception SZ channels the performance of higher-end reels in the company’s
lineup, like the Concept Z, when it comes to casting feel and performance.
Anglers that are familiar with the Concept Z baitcaster know that the CZBs are
designed to reduce the surface area contact with the spool shaft, lowering
friction, and improving overall casting distance.
The two CZBs in the Inception SZ
can be found surrounding the spool to improve casting distance and feel
Section: Hybrid design and effect on cast and retrieve