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ICAST 2021 Coverage


Ready to Destroy, the Okuma Hakai Brings a Dream Blend of Features in a Magnesium Body


Date: 7/23/21
Location: Orlando, Fl
Admission: Industry Only
Manufacturer: Okuma
Reviewer: Zander

Introduction: Okuma has continually elevating their product offerings whether it be refining existing lines, introducing limited edition products, or pushing the design envelope. The Hakai is the company's newest baitcaster, and it just may be the company's best yet with some never before seen features and a sleek magnesium build.


Okuma's best baitcaster yet? The Hakai sure looks the part


Hakai: The Hakai has been a skunkworks project at Okuma for the last two years and features not only a brand new platform but also some very interesting new design elements.


The Hakai features an external magnetic cast control


The main body of the reel uses Okuma's LITECAST magnesium alloy construction for ultimate strength and lightweight use. At only 167g, the Hakai features an extra compact body and is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. I held it at the show and can already attest that it is the most comfortable palming Okuma baitcaster that I've ever held.


The Hakai features a very small and compact form factor


The spool of the reel is very interesting and Okuma calls it their

FLITE-SPOOL with FLITE-SHAFT technology. This spool was designed in conjunction with Dream Tackle Design. This super-tuned spool measures 33mm O/D and weighs only 9.5g total with the bearing. It features a patented hollow stainless-steel SUS FLITE SHAFT with precision SUS balls on both ends that are designed to provide a perfect balance between weight, strength, and smoothness. This design helps make the Hakai low-profile reels extremely quick and smooth on startup and cast even the lightest of lures up to 3g. It is also designed to improve casting distance and feel.


It is hard to see it but the hollow shaft is supported by SUS balls on either end


The Hakai is loaded with features and has a carbon injected drag star for strength and low-weight. Beneath the star is a built in universal line indicator which is a convenient feature when you have multiple reels. The various speeds have a colored handle-bolt lock to also help identify retrieve ratios quickly.


The reel has a swept handle, carbon fiber drag star, and a universal line indicator


Each Hakai comes with 6BB+1RB, a hardened machine cut brass main gear, and a carbon fiber drag system capable of dishing out 20lbs. of drag pressure. There is also a bait finesse version that comes with a 11lb drag and a smaller line capacity spool.


Okuma's Product Manager John Bretza with the exciting new Hakai


These reels will be available in 6.2:1, 7.3:1, and 8.1:1 retrieve ratios and retail from $169.99 to $184.99 when they become available in a few months. This is an amazing value for a reel with unique features and a magnesium frame construction. The Hakai looks legit and is honestly one of the reels I am most excited about fishing this season. The name "Hakai" literally means "destruction" in Japanese and it will be interesting to see if this reel literally does that to the competition at this aggressive price point.










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