Lew's Goes Mg with their Hyper Mag SLP
Total Score: 8.25 +
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Introduced during ICAST 2017 as Lew's new top end reel, the Hyper Mag SLP casting reel had barely any time to shine when just one short year later the company introduced the Pro-Ti SLP as their new flagship. What did the Hyper Mag SLP do or not do to deserve such an abrupt demotion? We decided to take one out for a spin to find out.
Lew's Hyper Mag SLP Casting Reel Specifications
|Line Capacity - Rated
|Line Capacity - Spool Volume
|Inches Per Turn (IPT) - calculated
14 - 30
15.5 - 33.5
||10 + 1
|Bearings per Knob
|Rated Max Drag
||Made in Korea
Introducing the Lew's Hyper
Mag SLP casting reel
Lew's Hyper Mag SLP casting reel features a magnesium frame (hence the "Mag" in its name) with carbon sideplates. It shares the same "super low profile" or SLP size and shape as the Pro-Ti SLP and Custom Pro and is offered in two gear ratios both available in left and right hand retrieve. The reel features a bright silver finish reminiscent of another magnesium reel from a different manufacturer's JDM market.
SLP stands for Super Low Profile
The Hyper Mag SLP comes with a 95 millimeter, swept carbon handle and a micro-click enabled cast control knob and dragstar. It weighs in at a very minimal five point four ounces (5.4 oz). That's the first thing you notice when taking this reel out of the box is how light it is. The second thing you notice, is its compact size. By then, it's just a matter of figuring out what line to put on the reel so you can get it out on the water for some real world tests.
The Hyper Mag SLP features centrifugal brakes with an
adjustment dial on the outside
Real World Tests:
My intent with this reel was to match it up with its cousin, the Speed Stick Lite LCLMCR 7'-11" cranking stick, so I spooled the Hyper Mag SLP with some 16lb Sunline FC Crank and
set the combo aside in anticipation of our next on the water field test.
Centrifugal brake systems with flying arms like the four in the Hyper Mag SLP's
consistently deliver super free casting performance
Casting: The wait was all of four days and first up for the Hyper Mag SLP was wake bait duties with Bull Shad Swimbait's Bull Wake. The reel comes with a four pin centrifugal brake system that's adjustable via an external dial with twenty seven (27) micro-clicks. Before my first cast, I set the reel's brake dial close to the maximum setting as a precaution against ending the Hyper Mag SLP's day of testing prematurely. It's a good thing I did because I did not expect the 2.3oz Bull Shad Wakebait to fly through the air as easily as it did on my first cast!
I put this reel to work right away casting and cranking a Bull
Centrifugal brake systems with flying arms like the four in the Hyper Mag SLP's consistently deliver super free casting performance. The downside to systems like this is they can be finicky. If you don't take precautions during your first few casts to familiarize yourself with how they perform, you run the risk of blowing up your reel prematurely.
The Hyper Mag SLP is offered in two retrieve ratios, we tested
The Hyper Mag SLP's brakes are easy to adjust via the outside dial and once dialed in, is pretty close to a "set it and forget" it system. The only variable that affected me with this reel was the wind. I did have to occasionally adjust the brake force depending on the intensity and direction of the wind.
One of my favorite features of this reel is the stock, 95mm,
swept carbon handle
From the 2.3 oz Bull Shad Wakebait, I ranged down to a 7/16 ounce balsa wood crankbait (Bagley's Balsa B2) to test both the rod and reel's lower end limit. The LCLMCR's lower lure rating limit is 1/2 ounce, so I was stretching things with this lure. Thanks to the Hyper Mag SLP, however, it really was no issue at all. Its free casting performance enabled the LCLMCR to handle the Balsa B2 as if the lure was right in the rod's wheelhouse. On a different rod and with the right line, I'm pretty confident this reel will cast lure combos down to at least a quarter ounce.
Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the shape of the knobs
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