Quantum's Colorful Accurist S3 Spinning Reel
Power: The Accurist S3 spinning reel comes with a gear ratio of 5.2:1. For the 30 size, this equates to between 19 to 31 inches of pick up per turn of the handle depending on how much line you have out on your cast. This is the rough equivalent of a 7.1:1 retrieve casting reel (e.g. a 7.1:1 Daiwa's Tatula SV TW picks up between 17.5 - 29 inches of line per turn of the handle).
Retrieve ratio is 5.2:1
That amount of IPT is rarely associated with a lot of cranking power, but the Accurist S3 spinning reel held its own when I tested it pulling some medium and deep running crankbaits just for fun. I still prefer the more direct pulling angle of a casting reel for these types of baits, but for those who don't the
Accurist S3 spinning reel is a good option.
A look at the reel's drag dial
Bail Operation: This reel is equipped with a nickel titanium bail wire that's very flexible but more importantly, the actual operation of the bail itself is reliable. It snaps back into open position readily, and back into closed position with a reassuring "snap" whether you close by hand or with the turn of the handle. I did not have any of those half closed issues I've experienced in the past with the more affordable reels of yesteryear.
The line roller benefits from the support of one bearing
Line Twist: The Accurist S3 spinning reel comes with one bearing under the line roller and handles the unavoidable issue of line twist about average. I did discover a loop or two in my line poking out of the spool while fishing the reel, but nothing unmanageable. You just have to consciously pay attention to the likelihood of this outcome throughout the day.
Line twist issues are no worse or no better with this reel -
Design & Ergonomics: As mentioned at the beginning of this review, Quantum offers their Accurist
S3 spinning reels in four different color schemes. It's a fun way to build some
unique looking combos and change things up a bit in your arsenal. If you're a
spinning combo aficionado and want to have a little fun, you can color code your
technique specific combos.
The reel has a standard depth spool
If there's one thing I don't like about this reel, it's the overall weight. The 30 size Accurist S3 spinning reel tipped our scales at 9.2 ounces. It's quite hefty yes, but not unreasonable considering the reel's price point.
As with just about every spinning reel line twists are
inevitable. You just need to watch your line and clear out loops like this when
you see them
Price & Applications: As a general purpose spinning reel, Quantum's Accurist S3 is a
decent option especially at its price point of $79.99. Affordable spinning reels have come a long way in performance, and this one is a prime example of that.
Quantum's Accurist S3 spinning reel is a good value at $79.99
Overall the Accurist reels perform slightly
above the price point, and they certainly look like they could easily retail
for over $99 dollars. They don't have some of the smooth feel and refinement
of some competing reels that are similarly priced but the fact that they are
available in four colors gives anglers some additional options to really
customize their combos, match their boat, or favorite team.
With clean lines and a
solid overall construction the Accurist can be used as a good workhorse reel
for bass and panfish applications. If it was lighter it would be a more
viable option for finesse and trout applications.
Quantum Accurist S3 Spinning Reel
Clean lines and solid
Good performing reel overall.
Tough to beat price point.
Back Reeling lever, bearing supported line roller, nickel titanium bail...
Available in 4 distinct color patterns, but a little heavy
A good choice for an all purpose type spinning reel
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Pluses and Minuses:
+ Color options are fun
- Just a little heavy
+ Solid performer
Attractive Price Point
Looking for an affordable spinning reel that you can use for a
variety of applications? The Accurist S3 may not be the most refined reel but it
has personality and is definitely worth the money
As the clashing colors in this review will attest, I was caught a little unprepared to receive this little baby blue wonder in the Accurist S3 spinning reel. Rather than wait to acquire all the necessary components to build a more photogenic combo, the real
priority was to move forward and fish the reel so I could complete this review. What I can say is
that even though the reel is a bit on the heavy side, and lacks some of the
refinement of other reels that retail just a bit more, if you're looking for an affordable reel that is available in
some fun eye-catching colors then the Quantum's Accurist S3 spinning reel is
certainly worth the price of admission.
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