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2009 High Speed Reel Shootout : And the Winner Is... (continued)

Ergonomics: In some cases, the categories under ergonomics are an extension of the specifications section, but important here is how the specifications translate into the feeling of each reel in hand and mounted on a rod. What's important to note here is that overall ergonomics for each of the reels in our shootout, as mentioned in their individual reviews, is pretty darn good. But how did they do head to head?

 

Casey checks out the Revo SX's ergonomics mounted on a Dobyns Rods Champion Extreme

 

With handle length, for me, longer is better. There is probably a point where it gets silly, but the Zillion's 90mm handle is not that point and it is the longest standard handle in our shootout. Of course, the micro-click adjustments on the dragstar and cast control knob are another area we constantly discuss in our reel reviews and the Revo SX and Zillion SHS are the only two reels with all the clickies. The Tour Edition PT and Chronarch D have clicking drag stars only.

 

Mari and Shayla compare handle lengths between the Tour Edition PT and Revo SX.

 

Palmability is the true measure of ergonomics with just about any reel and the Zillion narrowly edges the Chronarch D here. Were it not for the bulging sideplate on the Tour Edition PT, that reel might have given the Zillion a run for its money, but for now, it's about a tie with the Revo SX for third. The Revo does not have the bulge in the sideplate, but after fishing with it for a while, for some reason, the reel begins to feel wide.

 

The Tour Edition PT is a comfortable reel to palm.

 

As for weight, the Chronarch D and Tour Edition PT easily take this sub category weighing in at only 7.6 ounces each. Their relatively low weight certainly enhances their feeling in hand. Additionally, both reels have the most comfortable knobs of the bunch with the Zillion's "Soft Touch" grips coming in last.

 

Handle knobs of our four contenders from left to right, the Revo SX, Zillion 50th Anniversary, Chronarch D, Tour Edition PT.

 

Ergonomics
 
Revo SX
Zillion SHS
Tour Edition PT
Chronarch D
Handle Length
4
1
2
2
Micro-Click Adjustments
1
1
3
3
Palmability
3
1
3
2
Weight
4
3
1
1
Knob Comfort
3
4
1
1
Category Rank
4
2
2
1

 

SuperTTuning / Maintenance: The number of TackleTour readers that fish their reels straight out of the box dwindles with each passing season. For this category, of primary consideration then is the ease of disassembling a reel for maintenance purposes and the available upgrades for each reel. Certainly there are always bearings available for upgrade though the Quantum in particular seems to already come with very high grade bearings. But taking it to another level is the question of spool, handle, and other upgrades to superTTune your reels. The Zillion and Chronarch benefit from having Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) counterparts and a few third party vendors that specialize in creating custom tuning parts for these and reels and their siblings.

 

To gain access to the Revo SX's internals, you must find this hidden screw beneath the spool.

 

Not only that, but with the Zillion in particular, old TDZ 100M parts like that reel's spool, actually fit the Zillion and can enhance its performance. ZPI, Avail, Bassart, I'ZE, Yumeya all make parts for either the Zillion or Chronach D or both and actually Avail is supposed to come out with some parts for the Revo too, but I haven't seen their availability just yet.

 

The Chronarch D is even harder to disassemble with all three screws located on the inside of the reel including one, very difficult screw to access (red circle).

 

In terms of disassembly, the Chronarch D was, by far, the most troublesome reel to take apart. The smooth exterior of this reel comes at a price. The screws holding the reel together are hidden on the inside of the reel and to gain access, you must first remove the spool. Once this is done, and the screws are all unfastened, the natural tendency is to lift the sideplate off the frame with the reel upside down so the hard to reach screws don't all fall out, but if you do this, the gear and other internals are susceptible to falling out instead. Exactly what happened to me when disassembling the Chronarch and a part I later came to find out was the anti-reverse pawl came flying out. Fortunately, I had a schematic nearby to reference so I could get an idea of where this part was supposed to go although it still took a lot of trial and error to make sure I had the alignment correct. Without the schematic, naturally it would have been hopeless.

 

Avail is a company in Japan making aftermarket parts for Shimano and Daiwa reels. Shown here are spool and handle options for the Chronarch D. Avail also makes color matched replacements for the gold colored badge just in front of the levelwind (and behind Ms. Casey's ring finger), but to gain access to this part for replacement, the entire reel needs to be disassembled.

 

I did not need a schematic for the other three reels although the Revo SX does have one screw hidden under the spool on the inside of the reel. The Zillion and Quantum reels' screws are all located on the outside of the reel and are easily accessible. The only reason the Quantum Tour PT did not tie with the Zillion for first in ease of disassembly was the fact that the plugs at the end of each knob on the Quantum Tour PT's handle are extremely difficult to remove!

 

Zillion reels can be upgraded with a TDZ 100M spool and a 90mm swept handle by I'ZE (Daiwa's tuning parts division). In addition, unlike the Zillion SHSs siblings, the knobs on this Zillion are screwed in and easily removed.

  

SuperTTuning / Maintenance
 
Revo SX
Zillion SHS
Tour Edition PT
Chronarch D
Available Upgrades
3
1
3
1
Ease of Disassembly
3
1
2
4
Category Rank
4
1
2
2

 


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