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Best Value Is An Accurist Statement from Quantum (continued)

Retrieve: On the inside, this reel sports a nice, stout, brass gear that delivers solid, smooth performance very reminiscent of its pricier, Smoke cousin. There is one bearing per knob to help with that smooth sensation on the retrieve. We had the 6.3:1 gear ratio reel in for review, but the Accurist S3 is also available in a 7.0:1 ration in both left and right hand retrieve, offering anglers plenty of application coverage.

Testing out Denali's Russ Lane Cranking stick in the Attax lineup and the new Wameku 70 lipless crank from Spro thanks to the Accurist S3

Power: Thanks to that brass gear and a stock, 90mm handle, there's plenty of built in leverage with this reel. Having a less than satisfactory experience with an older Quantum reel several years ago, I was relieved the company got it right with the Accurist S3.

A look at the Accurists's brass gear and impressive drag stack

Drag: The Accurist S3 sports a drag consisting of 3 ceramic, and 3 metal (2 keyed) washers to deliver rather impressive drag performance and that's impressive in terms of the smoothness and consistency of resistance during a pull. The reel is rated to 18 pounds max drag for those who care about that number.

The levelwind wormgear features a bearing on one side

Design & Ergonomics: The Accurist S3 is specified at 7.8 ounces out of the box. Our test subject weighed in at 7.3 ounces. The reel's shape and is very easy to get your hand around providing a comfortable profile to palm. There were no strange protrusions from the sideplate or anything to interfere with my ergonomics.

The spool features a 33.5mm outer diameter

Feature wise, the one thing I really like about the Accurist reel is something every other reel manufacturer has seemingly abandoned and that's the flipping switch. The reasoning behind the near extinction of this feature is likely that anglers seldom use it anymore and it's just something else to go wrong. Trouble is, when you need this feature, there's really no substitute, so I commend Quantum for the inclusion.

What's that on the side of the reel? It's the endangered flipping switch!

Price & Applications: Quantum's Accurist S3 is a good general purpose reel. Its two available retrieve ratios places it smack dab in the middle of "all purpose" types of discussions lacking only a super slow, cranking retrieve and a super high speed option that's all the rage right now. Remember, 6.3:1 used to be considered fast. Throw in good line capacity, several color options, and of course left and right hand retrieve options, and this reel is a little tough to beat at the price point.

From out ICAST 2018 coverage, the Accurist S3 will be available in 4 different colors


Quantum Accurist S3 Casting Reel Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Surprisingly solid 8.5
Performance Really easy reel to cast and smooth on the retrieve 9
Price Tough to beat at this price point 8.5
Features A flipping switch for us old timers 8.5
Design (Ergonomics) Super comfortable to palm 8
Application A good, all purpose option 8

Total Score


Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Good casting performance - No cranking or super high speed retrieve ratio options
+ Available in 4 different colors  
+ Flipping switch!  
+ Brass Gear  
+ 90mm stock handle  

What more could you want from this feature packed reel? How about a TackleTour Best Value Award?

Conclusion: For years now, spinning reels have been increasingly difficult to distinguish between price points. It's about high time this were true of casting reels too. Quantum does just that with their new Accurist S3 casting reels. This little gem with its aluminum frame, brass gear, multi-washer stack drag, 90mm stock handle, externally adjustable, centrifugal braking system, 9 bearings, and more is truly feature rich and solidly built, and all for $99.99. What more could you want? How about a Best Value Award for Quantum?!


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