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Reel Review

Van Staal: The NO LIMITATION spinning reel now with a new bail system and powerful enhancements

Date: 11/06/06
Tackle type: Reels
Manufacturer: Van Staal
Reviewer: JIP

Total Score: 9.08

When W.C. Bradley acquired Van Staal the company forever changed. Van Staal has now been infused with more resources, more money for R&D, better facilities, and a strong foundation in which to further build the Van Staal brand. About a year has passed since we started field testing the new Van Staal spinning reel featuring a manual titanium bail. How did the acquisition affect this reel? Is it of the same quality? What about reliability? Come find out as we share with you, our review of the Van Staal VSB100G Spinning Reel.

Van Staal VSB100G Spinning Reel Specifications

Line Capacity (lb/yds) 10/225 mono, 15/280 braided
Gear Ratio 4.75:1
IPT 29 in
Spool Diameter 2 in
Weight (measured) 16 oz
Bearings 6
Additional Features Titanium bail, skirted spool, sealed drag, fully machined 6061-T6511 aluminum reel, sealed body, washout slots, oversized rotor clutch, titanium nitride line roller, titanium/titanium nitride center shaft, oversized stainless steel main gear, oversized handle knob, storage bag
MAP $659


About Van Staal: Van Staal was founded in 1987 in Fairfield, Connecticut by Robert Koelewyn, an engineer and a perfectionist who took special pride in providing precision machining capabilities and designs to the aircraft industry. In the 90s he took interest in the fishing industry and wanted to build a more maintenance free, longer lasting fishing reel, thus the innovative and very unique Van Staal spinning reel was born.


The NO LIMITATIONS Van Staal spinning comes in a well packaged box


Later in 2001, Reel Ventures LLC acquired the rights and assets to Van Staal. Reel Ventures continued to build these reels that were mainly used by hardcore East Coast striper anglers, along with fellow Australian anglers. Finally in 2003 W.C. Bradley took charge of Van Staal, and is focusing on bringing the brand back to what it used to be, a brand of reels for a special breed of hardcore anglers that demand the very most out of an ultra rugged reel.


The stunning VSB100G comes with a very nice protective pouch

Van Staal spinning reels arenít like any other spinning reel on the market. These reels are very unique and even knowing what to expect, the stylish VSB100G is very impressive at first inspection. The gold spinning reel really shines and the intricately designed patterns  command further inspection.


Constructed out of premium components


The VSB100G is the new breed of Van Staal spinning reels featuring a manual trip bail system. This bail is made of super-strong titanium material complimenting the reelís overall solid design very nicely.


Check out the thick, durable Titanium bail wire


The long, extended handle with large knob immediately emphasizes the reelís power while the design, in and of itself reassures any onlookers of the reelís dependability and solidness that weíve come to know as the Van Staal construction and design.


A well ported design

The Design: So did Van Staal just take the traditional VSS model and slap on a Titanium bail system and call it the VSB? Absolutely not! The Van Staal VSB spinning reels, milled out of solid-stock aluminum, has the obvious bail on the outside including a new skirted spool, but there are also changes on the inside as well. On the original Van Staal spinning reels, the clutch was placed near the handle, which was great but made it difficult for anyone to maintain the reel. They have now moved it right below the rotor and have enlarged the anti-reverse clutch for superior power and control. In addition to the large anti-reverse bearing, the VSB makes use of an oversized hardened stainless steel main gear and a patented maintenance-free drag system.


Below the rotor is an oversized anti-reverse clutch


Let's move onto the field tests  









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