Quantum Refreshes the Smoke X Series of Reels and Rods
Introduction: Quantum went bold this year in the styling of their Smoke X
Series of reels and rods. The refresh of the series brings some enhanced
features to match up with the eye-catching new styling.
The Smoke X Series has been the workhorse for the Quantum
brand and gets a major refresh this year
Casting: Sporting a brand new finish that reminded us of military vessels
the new Smoke X reels definitely have personality. Besides the fresh new
finishes the new reels are built with the same core technologies that make the
Smoke S3 popular including a one-piece aluminum frame, "Gull-Wing" side cover,
and the company's Zero-friction pinion gear.
The finish is the most striking change and it is good to
see that the frame is still made of aluminum and the ACS cast control system is
still accessible externally
reels are built with an oversized spool and Quantum’s ACS 4.0 externally
adjustable Cast Control. Each Smoke X casting reel is equipped with a carbon
fiber-ceramic drag system and 9 ball bearings, and a line memo knob is located
near the side of the handle to remind anglers what they have spooled on.
Paired with a Smoke X rod
X reels felt solid in hand with their aluminum frames and weigh in at 8.3oz. The
new reels will be available in 5.1:1, 6.1:1, 7.3:1. and 8.1:1 retrieve ratios
for $169.99 each when they become available this Fall.
The Smoke X spinning reel also gets a complete refresh
Spinning: Not to be outdone on the spinning side the company also launched
matching Smoke X spinning rods with the same sharp looking styling. The Quantum
Smoke X Spinning Reels feature the a compact aluminum uni-body construction
fitted with a titanium bail wire. The new reels are designed to offer smooth
friction-free retrieve and come loaded with 9 ball bearings, an ultra-balanced
C4FL rotor design, and a ceramic-carbon fiber drag system that is capable of
providing 16lbs. of drag pressure (25XPT size reel). The company spent extra
effort improving durability on the current model with salt guard protection and
the enhanced NiTi bail to deliver long-lasting performance even in saltwater
A look at the gearing within the Smoke X spinning reel.
This reel is rated for use in saltwater
X spinning reels weigh 6.7oz. for the smaller 15 size, and 8.3oz. for the larger
25 size, and will retail for $159.00 when they start shipping in Fall. Both of
the new Smoke X reels will come backed with a 5 year warranty.
Shane Fetty shows us the new Smoke X combo which includes
an magnetic hook hanger integrated into the rod
Combos: In addition to the new reels Quantum will also be offering a
matching rod in the form of Smoke X combos. The rods match the new reels in
styling and are built with IM8 graphite. There will be a finesse, cranking, and
heavy power model.
The hidden magnet is marked on the blank and holds
swinging hooks firmly against the blank
interesting part of the rods is a new magnetic hook hanger feature that works in
conjunction with a regular hook hanger. When a crankbait is hooked in place the
magnets that are hidden within the blank lock onto the hooks and prevent them
from swinging, scratching, or tangling with other rod/setups, and making things
safer for the user as the rods are stowed and deployed.