Okuma's Budget Friendly Carbon Spinning Reel, the ITX
Total Score: 7.83 - BEST VALUE AWARD
Believe it or not, despite my enthusiast leanings, there are times when I cannot resist a good value - especially if that value has a more expensive look and feel. Okuma's latest spinning reel is an example of this condition. At first glance, this reel
has a basic black and silver motif that would make Jon Gruden proud. However, at closer inspection you begin to see some texture in the darker parts revealing a complex composition reminiscent of a carbon composite. Indeed, Okuma's latest spinning reel is made from C-40X carbon material delivering a look that punches above its price class. Can it fish there too? Let's take a look at the brand new ITX Carbon Spinning reel from Okuma.
Okuma ITX-2500H Specifications
|Line Capacity - Rated
|Line Capacity - Spool Volume
|Inches Per Turn (IPT) - calculated
24 - 31
||7 + 1
|Bearings per Knob
|Line Roller Bearings
||Made in China
Introducing Okuma's latest,
the ITX Carbon Spinning Reel
At first glance, Okuma's ITX Carbon Spinning reel gave me the impression it was a $150 - $200 product. A quick spin of the handle only reinforced that assertion. That C-40X carbon material is used for the body, sideplates and rotor, so one would assume the reel to be super light weight. Unfortunately, it is not and that was my first clue that perhaps my assumption of the reel's price point was mistaken. Nevertheless, it did feel smooth and had some smart, clean features that inspired me enough to investigate further.
The first detail I tend to check on a new spinning reel is how
well the manufacturer handles this look - right at the top of the reel. Okuma
gets a thumbs up from me here
One of the ways in which a spinning reel catches my attention is how the manufacturer handles its spool design. Is it deep or shallow? Are there any interesting features on the spool? What's it look like on top? Okuma's ITX Carbon Spinning reel comes with a standard, deep spool, but at the spool's core is a band of rubber material providing an easy-grip surface for braided line. Along the side of the spool, is a round shaped line clip making it super easy to use. At the top of the spool, Okuma took some time to design an interesting looking drag knob with a carbon underlay. These are all features most anglers will take for granted, but are finishing touches that I certainly appreciate.