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ICAST 2009 Coverage

Okuma's n
ew "Crossover Constructed" Trio Spinning Reel


Date: 7/23/09
Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission: Buyers & Press only
Manufacturer: Okuma
Reviewer: Team TackleTour

Introduction: Earlier we looked at Okuma's new low profile baitcasters which look like the best baitcasters the company has ever built when it comes to ergonomics and features. The company must be hard at work because they have a number of other exciting new reels including the "Crossover Constructed" Trio spinning reel.


Meet the Okuma Trio a new spinning reel with a "Crossover aluminum graphite body and rotor design"


The Okuma Trio is a bold new reel which makes use of a combination of materials including aluminum and lightweight graphite to create a unique reel design. A solid one piece stamped aluminum reel stem and rotor arm are paired with lightweight graphite sideplates and rotor housing.


The Trio features a one piece stamped aluminum reel stem


The design incorporates these materials in a very obvious way. Unlike other reels where it is difficult to see where the aluminum and graphite come together the Trio celebrates the merging of these materials with clearly defined layers in construction. The goal with the design was to provide strength where needed and weight savings where possible. 


Another look at the unique dual material construction


The Trio spool construction also makes use of a multi-piece construction, housing the drag system in an aluminum drag chamber for added stability and smoothness, while utilizing a lightweight graphite housing for weight reduction and a unique look and feel which resembles a carbon fiber shift knob that would fit right in on a "Fast and Furious" ride.  


Unscrew the top and access the aluminum drag chamber and aluminum spool lip


The Trio comes loaded with 9 ball bearings and 1 roller bearing and the gearing is precision machine cut brass. To improve durability the entire reel is protected with a corrosion resistant coating process, and the graphite spool holds up to the elements as well. Though the spool is made out of graphite the spool's lip is made out of aluminum to aid with casting. To ensure solid leverage the Trio features a forged aluminum handle. There are five reels in the Trio series ranging in size from a compact 20 model to a saltwater sized 55 model. The 20 weighs in at 8.8oz. and the large 55 size weighs 15.3oz. The 20-40 sizes all feature a 5.0:1 gear ratio while the Trio-55 comes armed with a slower but more powerful 4.5:1 gear ratio.


The other half of the hybrid spool, the outer rim is reinforced with aluminum


Conclusion: So what will the Trio cost anglers? Following Okuma's tradition of delivering exceptional value the Trio retails for only $74.99 to $99.99 depending on size. The distinctive looking Trio features some unique elements that manage to make graphite appealing. Graphite is often shunned by many anglers for lack of torque strength, but the Trio makes use of what Okuma calls "Crossover Construction" to build a reel that makes use of the benefits of graphite while trying to eliminate all the weaknesses. One thing for sure IS THAT the Trio is distinctive looking, and it drew plenty of attention at ICAST from both buyers and media looking for something different in a sea of "same-ness."










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