TT Shootout : Zillion TWS vs Chronarch CI4+
For the pitching tests, I tied on a 3/8th ounce jig from
Bass Patrol and once again found that after about a dozen pitches with
each reel, distance was roughly the same. The interesting observation here was
that at times it felt as though the Zillion TWS could pitch further, but that
the pitch was choked of at the end by the magnetic brakes. Oddly enough when I
backed off the brakes entirely, pitching distance didn't improve by much but
that choked off sensation no longer presented itself.
The Zillion TWS line guide
lets the line come off the reel's spool effortlessly during a pitch.
To be sure we were making an apples to apples comparison, I backed off all
brakes on the Chronarch CI4+ as well and also found out pitching distance
was more or less the same as when the brakes were on. For both reels,
pitching is such a low spool speed presentation, the spool probably doesn't
spin up fast enough for a long enough period of time for the casting brakes
to have any real effect. Advantage : DRAW
But the Chronarch CI4+ was no slouch either. Result? A draw.
Low End Casting Limit: The last casting test we made with these
reels was to see how light of a bait they'd let us cast. Three eighths
(3/8ths) of an ounce is the lower end rating for the Megabass F6-72X4
Destruction, so we switched these reels over to identical
Phenix Recon PHX-C682 instead to test out their lower limits. During
each of the reels' individual product reviews, I got a sense they'd be able
to handle baits down to one quarter of an ounce, but I never really
To test each reel's low end casting limit, we went all the way down to a
lure and hook combo that topped our scale at 5 grams.
Thanks to this shootout assignment, I took the time to find that proper
stick with which to pair these rods and test this limit. To the end of each
line, I tied a bare
Owner #2 Wacky Hook and attached the new
Savage Gear 3" 3D Craw. Total weight of the hook and bait was 5
grams or 0.176 ounces.
The Chronarch CI4+ just edged the Zillion TWS.
A few test casts with each combo in order to fine tune their brake
adjustments and I found the Chronarch CI4+ just ever so slightly edged out
the Zillion TWS in distance with this bait (roughly fifty feet to forty five
feet). I did not get the sense either reel could realistically go lower in
weight than the unweighted 3D Craw. On the plus side for the Zillion TWS, it
was easier to fine tune its brakes because there was only one setting to
adjust, but given the performance difference with the Chronarch CI4+, taking
the extra steps necessary to adjust its brakes was worth it.
Advantage : SHIMANO
Fig 1: This chart illustrates the sweet drag performance of our Zillion TWS.
Max Drag: The Zillion TWS measured out in our lab with a massive
18.7 pounds of maximum pressure. The Chronarch CI4+ came in with a more than
respectable 10 pounds of maximum pressure, but if pure lockdown, drag them
out, heavy drag power is what you're after, the Zillion TWS wins this
category hands down. Advantage : DAIWA
This chart illustrates the sweet drag performance of our
Sweet Drag: The Sweet Drag Performance charts for both these reels
both show curves that are very smooth and consistent except during lockdown
where the Chronarch CI4+'s curve was just slightly less erratic. Similarly
in their overall numbers, the Chronarch CI4+ just edges out the Zillion TWS
in terms of average change in drag pressure when measuring startup drag
versus sustained, and the largest drop in drag pressure from sustained. The
differences are slight, but the Chronarch CI4+ has the sweeter sweet drag
numbers. Advantage : SHIMANO
Shimano Chronarch CI4+
Change in Startup vs Sustained (avg)
Biggest Drop from Sustained (avg)
With four available retrieve ratios including super low (5.5:1) and super
(9.1:1), the Zillion TWS as a suite
of reels offers more versatility than that of the Chronarch CI4+.
Next Section: Retrieve Ratios and Versatility