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Reel Review

Will you Twitch or Slide? Pinnacle’s Vision Slyder Baitcaster (continued)


Casting: Before making a single cast we inspected the Slyder's design and build quality. The reel makes use of a graphite frame and sideplates as you would expect from a reel at this price point and features a blue finish that contrasts nicely with the gold highlights.  From a distance the reel looks like it is made out of metal and even when you pick it up you might think that it makes use of an aluminum frame. There are two components that stood out as “cheap” and these are the spool adjustment knob which is obviously made out of plastic and the drag star which is not made out of metal but is constructed from of a graphite composite.


A closer look at the drag star and we can see it is made out of graphite and has a metal insert


In the casting department the Slyder performed well, casting everything from weightless rigged plastics to jigs without inconsistent spool under or overruns and overall casting distance was quite good. The reel maintained good casting distance and control throughout the tests and we really had no problem placing lures accurately exactly where I wanted to with each and every cast throughout the tests.


Under the sideplate you can see where the Finesse Wheel makes contact with the gearing to advance the spool and levelwind


The Slyder makes use of a five mag magnetic brake system that is externally adjustable and was able to put the right amount of braking force to prevent backlashes with a wide range of weights tied on the end of the line. The overall rage of adjustment is decent and while it cannot be adjusted in the same minute refinement as some competing magnet braking equipped reels it was better than I originally expected from a reel at this price range.


The Slyder makes use of five magnets to help prevent backlashes


Retrieving: It is tempting to compare the Slyder against the Daiwa Viento which was the reel that first introduced anglers to Daiwa’s Twitchin’ Bar to anglers. The Slyder is definitely not as smooth as the Viento when it comes to sheer retrieve feel but this comparison really isn’t fair as the Viento bears a higher price and makes use of a more rigid aluminum frame versus the graphite frame on the Vision Slyder. The Slyder has a 6 bearing design and positions one bearing on either side of the spool, one under the tension control knob, one anti-reverse bearing on the main shaft, a one way bearing positioned below the star drag and a sixth inside the finesse wheel.


Into the guts of the reel


The real retrieve comparison should be made versus Daiwa’s Megaforce 100TSH. When you compare these two reels the retrieve smoothness while cranking the main handles is very similar, neither can be considered very refined but both are acceptable for their respective price points. The Slyder is slightly smoother but the Megaforce feels more connected.


The Slyder features brass gearing which is precision cut for tighter tolerances


That brings us to the supplementary retrieve implementation found on both reels, on the Megaforce anglers can draw in line by depressing the Twitchin’ Bar and would normally do this with your thumb. As illustrated in our original Viento review this implementation can be used for plastics but fishing any faster moving baits starts feeling like exercise and can do a real number on your thumb. Pinnacle’s “finesse wheel” implementation is positioned on the front of the non handle-side sideplate, this orientation allows anglers to use their thumb to advance the spool while palming the reel. 


Housed within the main drive gear is a simple drag system


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