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Event Article: 2009 ICAST Coverage

ICAST 2009: Hot New Reels, Sizes, and PT Technologies from Quantum in 2010

Date: 7/15/09
Location: Orlando, Florida
Admission: Buyers & Press only
Manufacturer: Quantum
Reviewer: Team TackleTour

Introduction: We've previously explored Quantum's new reels that are due out in 2010 but at that time most were still in prototype stages. Here at ICAST we get a closer look at the reels in a near-production phase. The company continues to partner up with some of the biggest names including none other than KVD himself.


New 150 Size Baitcast Reels: The market is saturated with the 100, 200, and more recently 300 size baitcast reels, and Quantum's answer is to release a reel with a profile of the 100 but with the line capacity of a 200 size reel. Quantum will introduce their new 150 size baitcast reels in three models incorporating their upgraded Performance Tuned technologies such as faster gear ratios, highest IPT (inches per turn) in their class, third generation innovative ACS3 cast control, and a layered PT Ceramic drag system.


Quantum's new and innovative Automatic Infinite ACS3 cast control system


After the preview was posted there were some forum chatter going on about the weight, size, etc. of the new 150 size reels. Here's what Quantum had to say:

"Its important to recognize that this is really a 200 size reel and should be compared to 200 size reels regarding the weight. Most of the comments are in comparison to 100 size reels including ours. The spool is the same size as our 2008 model reels so there is some additional weight there but the larger spool greatly increases performance both in IPT and casting distance and control not to mention less line memory. The 7.3 gear ratio is achieved by a significantly larger gear which will also add to the efficiency of the gear train and durability. All external components...side plates, hood, trim pieces, frame, etc. are aluminum. Most of the "lightweight" reels achieve a lower weight by using a number of plastic parts. The ACS system and the multi stack drag do add some weight but I really think its worth it. We could put a much simpler cast control in the reel but I'm convinced its one of the best out there and has been improved more in the new models. We have also been conservative on the weights and are still dialing some things in prior to full production so the weights may come down slightly. I think there is a bit to much focus put on an ounce of weight. When mounted on the rod, this difference will be negligible and the performance advantages over lighter reels are worth it. This reel was intended to be all about performance and it cost us a little weight to get there. Our 100 size reels are comparable in weight to the competition and there are plenty of options in that product range for the angler who places a high premium on lowest possible weight."

ACS3 Cast Control: Let's take a closer look at the company's new Performance Tuned Technologies and how they work. First is the third generation cast control, the Automatic Infinite ACS3 where the brake assembly is tucked inside the spool. The ACS3 cast control system main attributes:


   - Automatically adjusts spool momentum after ramp up

   - Dual functioning brake weights move the spool into the break ring

     greatly improving brake control

   - 168 Degree rotation cast control setting



Advantages of ACS3: The benefits of the ACS3 system include more versatile, less backlashes, improved brake control, greater casting distance, and the ability to make different types of casts without re-adjusting the setting all the time, and allows for more precision casting with fewer adjustments.



Now how does the advanced ACS3 really work? When the dial is set to "low," like during flipping, the brake assembly will not engage all of the brake shoes. When the dial is set high for long casting, all of the brakes engage at max RPM, fewer of the brakes engage at lower spool RPM. You can also make a short flip without all the brakes activating. This allows for precision flipping without having to constantly reset the dial. You can continue long casting at any time and the brakes will automatically activate when required.





Layered PT Ceramic Drag System: Quantum also take's their ceramic drag design to the next level by combining their Ceramic drag system with three Carbon Fiber discs. Putting the two materials together gives anglers the benefit of a higher lockdown drag force and overall smoother drag performance.


Ceramic and Carbon Fiber discs combined for higher drag force and smoother active drag


Quantum is reporting the following drag lockdown forces on the upcoming reels:


5.4:1 gear ratio reels produce 19 pounds of drag

6.6:1 gear ratio reels produce 17 pounds of drag

7.3:1 gear ratio reels produce 15 pounds of drag


Gear Ratio and IPT: With the latest 150 baitcast reels Quantum is also pushing the limit in gear ratio and inches per turn. A 7.3:1 gear ratio is Quantum's fastest ever and with an IPT of 34 inches per turn, that gives anglers a new ultra fast option.


Next Section: A closer look at the Size 150 Reels








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