Ready to Destroy, the Okuma Hakai Brings a Dream Blend
of Features in a Magnesium Body
Introduction: Okuma has continually elevating their product offerings
whether it be refining existing lines, introducing limited edition products, or
pushing the design envelope. The Hakai is the company's newest baitcaster, and
it just may be the company's best yet with some never before seen features and a
sleek magnesium build.
Okuma's best baitcaster yet? The Hakai sure looks the part
The Hakai has been a skunkworks project at Okuma for the last two years and
features not only a brand new platform but also some very interesting new design
The Hakai features an external magnetic cast control
body of the reel uses Okuma's LITECAST magnesium alloy construction for ultimate
strength and lightweight use. At only 167g, the Hakai features an extra compact
body and is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. I held it at
the show and can already attest that it is the most comfortable palming Okuma
baitcaster that I've ever held.
The Hakai features a very small and compact form factor
of the reel is very interesting and Okuma calls it their
FLITE-SPOOL with FLITE-SHAFT technology. This spool was designed in conjunction
with Dream Tackle Design. This super-tuned spool measures 33mm O/D and weighs
only 9.5g total with the bearing. It features a patented hollow
stainless-steel SUS FLITE SHAFT with precision SUS balls on both ends that are
designed to provide a perfect balance between weight, strength, and smoothness.
This design helps make the Hakai low-profile reels extremely quick and smooth on
startup and cast even the lightest of lures up to 3g. It is also designed to
improve casting distance and feel.
It is hard to see it but the hollow shaft is supported by
SUS balls on either end
is loaded with features and has a carbon injected drag star for strength and
low-weight. Beneath the star is a built in universal line indicator which is a
convenient feature when you have multiple reels. The various speeds have a
colored handle-bolt lock to also help identify retrieve ratios quickly.
The reel has a swept handle, carbon fiber drag star, and a
universal line indicator
comes with 6BB+1RB, a hardened machine cut brass main gear, and a carbon fiber
drag system capable of dishing out 20lbs. of drag pressure. There is also a bait
finesse version that comes with a 11lb drag and a smaller line capacity spool.
Okuma's Product Manager John Bretza with the exciting new
reels will be available in 6.2:1, 7.3:1, and 8.1:1 retrieve ratios and retail
from $169.99 to $184.99 when they become available in a few months. This is an
amazing value for a reel with unique features and a magnesium frame
construction. The Hakai looks legit and is honestly one of the reels I am most
excited about fishing this season. The name "Hakai" literally means
"destruction" in Japanese and it will be interesting to see if this reel
literally does that to the competition at this aggressive price point.