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Reel Review

2009 Highspeed Reel Shootout : Quantum Tour Edition PT VI (continued)

Drag: On the water performance of Quantum’s ceramic drag was very positive. Smooth startup and sustained pulls were the norm and I experienced no herky jerky moments with the drag of the Quantum Tour Edition PT VI.

An El Novillo Bass courtesy of the Quantum Tour Edition PT VI

In the lab, the Tour Edition PT tested out with twelve pounds of maximum drag and proved equally smooth on sustained pulls throughout its range. No surprises here.

The Quantum Tour Edition PT VI (right) alongside the 2005 Daiwa/Megabass Alphas Ito Ai (left).

Design/Ergonomics: Overall, the Tour Edition PT is a fine performing reel. The one area I had an issue with was the reel’s ergonomics. Though the reel sits very low on whatever rod you wish to mount it, and is a very reasonable weight, the bulge in its non-handle sideplate is bothersome when trying to palm the reel. This was most noticeable when working the reel with moving baits. In fact, for some reason, I didn’t even notice this characteristic of the reel until fishing moving baits. When mounted on the Phenix Ultra Max 707H and pitching jigs and plastics, this issue never came into play.

The same two reels from the backside.

On the design side, I’m both happy and disappointed. Happy that Quantum has made the effort improve ergonomics and styling, but disappointed that the Tour Edition PT VI resembles so closely the Daiwa Japan Alphas Ito Ai. The carbon handle is a nice touch but a bit too monolithic without the cut outs or holes. It gives me the feeling of a rough design rather than one that is final.

The Tour Edition PT VI goes full blown enthusiast mounted on a GanCraft Scarface from our Crankbait Rod Wars!


Quantum Tour Edition PT VI 100/101HPT Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Very nicely put together reel 9
Performance The Tour Edition PT VI did not let me down 9
Price Not a pricepoint I normally associate with this manufacturer, but fair considering the apparent quality of this reel 6.5
Features Bearing supported knobs, externally adjustable centrifugal brakes, relatively light weight... very good indeed 8
Design (Ergonomics) A finish that looks like it was borrowed from the Shimano Calais, and a form factor and appearance similar to the 2005 Daiwa/Megabass Collaboration - and that sideplate with a bulge in the wrong spot... only fair here 6
Application A very good all around high speed reel 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

Pluses and Minuses:


J A nicely styled reel L No clicking cast control
J Available in both left and right hand retrieve L Non handle sideplate design needs to be revisited
J External brake adjustment L Carbon handle is kind of monolithic
J Bearing supported knobs  


Conclusion: I’m happy to report my first experience with a Quantum is a positive one. While there are some ergonomic and design originality issues with the Tour Edition PT VI, performance of this reel was very solid, and for most people, that’s all that counts. A longer handle may help with some of the torque issues with this particular burner reel, but if torque is what you’re after the most, then I’d suggest looking into the slightly slower 6.3:1 retrieve version instead.


The Quantum Tour Edition PT VI is worthy of being considered an enthusiast reel.


So how did the Quantum Tour Edition PT VI fare against the other contenders in our High Speed Reel Shootout? Well, for that analysis I’m afraid you’re going to have to wait for the wrap up piece to be presented after each individual review is done. In the wrap, we will take each reel apart and compare components side by side along with details such as actual line capacity, inches retrieved per turn of the handle, etc.. So stay tuned for more to come with our 2009 High Speed Reel Shootout!


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