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Event (Ratings Calibration 2013)


TackleTour Re-Calibrated Rating System (continued)

Casting Reels: Low profile and round casting reels are the second category of products we will employ our new scoring system against. Within the confines of our existing rating system, we're going to break down the scores for new casting reels as follows:
 

Casting reels present an entirely different set of challenges when it comes to a more detailed scoring matrix.

Quality (20 Possible Points): Again this category of visual inspection is similar to what we might expect from quality control agents along the assembly line of a product. For a casting reel, what we will be scoring specifically are points for consistency of a reel's finish, how tight and clean all the different plates and parts of the reel come together, and how much play, if any is there in the handle and knobs.

Casting Reel Quality Ratings (Ratings Range #-#)

Finish
Frame & Sideplate Tolerance
Handle Tolerance
Knob Tolerance
Total
Possible
Rating
(1-5)
(1-5)
(1-5)
(1-5)
##
20
= Tot/Pos * 10

Performance (25 Possible Points) : What everyone wants to know about a fishing reel is how smooth is that reel during retrieve, how sweet (i.e. smooth and consistent) is that drag, does the reel bind under heavy load or is it powerful enough to crank you out of a jam, how wide a range of lure weights can it cast, and how effective is the reel's braking system. This is really the bread and butter section of reel reviews and we will now address each area in more detail.

Casting Reel Performance Ratings (Ratings Range #-#)

Retrieve (smooth)
Drag (sweet)
Power
Casting Range
Brakes
Total
Possible
Rating
(1-5)
(1-5)
(1-5)
(1-5)
(1-5)
##
25
= Tot/Pos * 10

Features (14 possible points): Casting reels are feature rich, but how about haves and have nots? Are the reel's brakes adjustable without taking the reel apart? Is there a bearing under the levelwind? How many under each knob? What about the micro-click indicators on the drag and tension knob? Did it come with a reel cover and oil? Many of these features are taken for granted, but never by us, and we will now score these attributes on our more matter of fact, black and white scale.

Casting Reel Features Ratings (Ratings Range #-#)

Ext Brake Adjust?
Levelwind Bearing
Knob Bearings
Micro Clicks
Reel Cover
Oil
Total
Possible
Rating
(1-2)
(1-2)
(1-3)
(1-3)
(1-2)
(1-2)
##
14
= Tot/Pos * 10

Design/Ergonomics (25 possible points): How sufficient is a reel's handle length? How comfortable are the knobs? How does the reel palm? Is it too heavy, too light, or just right? And how about maintenance, how easily does the reel break down? These are the areas for which we will be rating each casting reel in the category of design and ergonomics.

Casting Reel Design & Ergonomics Ratings (Ratings Range #-#)

Handle Length
Knobs
Palming
Overall Weight
Ease of Breakdown
Total
Possible
Rating
(1-5)
(1-5)
(1-5)
(1-5)
(1-5)
##
25
= Tot/Pos * 10

Application (25 possible points): Application per casting reel gets a little more tricky as not all reels are designed to handle all applications, so a specialized piece of equipment will not score as well in this category as one designed to be more multi-purpose. We recognize this limitation, and will address these issues in each products' actual write up, but for scoring purposes, we will treat each product the same.

Casting reels are feature rich, but how about haves and have nots - like does the product in question have a bearing to support the levelwind worm gear?

Applications will be broken down according to the type of presentation (horizontal or vertical), type of bait (finesse or big baits with the assumption all reels can handle the middle ground), and one specialty area of the water column (topwater). We then score the reel against each of these metrics to determine its overall score in this category.

Casting Reel Application Ratings (Ratings Range #-#)

Horizontal
Vertical
Finesse
Big Baits
Topwater
Total
Possible
Rating
(1-5)
(1-5)
(1-5)
(1-5)
(1-5)
##
25
= Tot/Pos * 10

 

How easily a casting reel breaks down will be scored and discussed under the category of design and ergonomics.

Spinning Reels: Spinning reels will share some of the same metrics as our casting reels but several of the categories will be different. We break down the differences in the following categories:

Spinning reels will not be immune to our new scoring approach.

Performance (25 Possible Points): Along with smoothness of retrieve, sweetness of drag, and how powerful a spinning reel feels during retrieve, we're concerned with the consistent operation of its bail arm and how well that reel manages line twist.

Spinning Reel Performance Ratings (Ratings Range #-#)

Retrieve (smooth)
Drag (sweet)
Power
Bail Operation
Line Twist
Total
Possible
Rating
(1-5)
(1-5)
(1-5)
(1-5)
(1-5)
##
25
= Tot/Pos * 10

Features (26 possible points): The features that differentiate spinning reels from one another are pretty cut and dry. We look at six and score them according to whether the product in question has the feature or not. For example, one feature that used to be common with spinning reels is a spare spool. Manufacturers have all but abandoned this perk likely cutting back to save costs. However, a small handful of reels are still shipped with one and will be awarded accordingly. Such is the case with each of the six scoring attributes in this category.

Spinning Reel Features Ratings (Ratings Range #-#)

Spool Bearing
Line Roller Bearing
Water Res Drag
Back-reel
Spare Spool
Reel Cover
Total
Possible
Rating
(1-2)
(1-2)
(1-2)
(1-2)
(1-2)
(1-2)
##
12
= Tot/Pos * 10

 

The features that differentiate spinning reels from one another are pretty cut and dry, but we'll have to look closely to find a couple of them in each spinning reel.

Conclusion:  For every review rated in this manner, at the end of each scoring row, we will divide a product's total score by the total of possible points. This percentage will then be multiplied by 10 to determine the actual rating for each category. Then, as we've always done, the product's ratings across each of our six categories will be averaged out to determine its final review rating.

Even the most successful manufacturers need to re-tool their equipment every so often. For us, it's just a matter of cranking up the pressure we put on ourselves to bring you the latest and greatest in tackle news and reviews.

Even the most successful manufacturers need to re-tool their equipment every so often. In the end, from "terrible" to "unbelievable", our spectrum of review scores will still hold true, but now we'll all have more detail behind why each score is good, great, excellent, or other. Time to get started!


 

 

 

 

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