So what makes the T480 aluminum alloy so special? The main issue with aluminum is corrosion, and the pitting it causes. Yes, aluminum corrodes, (not as badly as steel) and with so many different alloys out there and more and more being developed every day, Okuma set out to find one that had superior strength with extreme corrosion resistance. Even when it’s not anodized, painted, or protected with the Okuma CRC (corrosion resistance coating process) the T480 aluminum lasted 480 hours (20 days) with little to no signs of corrosion in a salt spray air test! By comparison, other reels are turned into corroded paper weights after 240 hours (10 days)! Okuma added the new alloy to its Raw-II series - frames, side plates and rotors are all constructed of T480 aluminum, delivering a full metal jacket of fish slaying hurt.
With the T480 alloy in 480 hours you can see little to no corrosion!
As you can see in just 240 hours of alternating salt spray and air, this aluminum frame is turned into a paper weight.
With this powerful foundation, you need a drag that can handle any situation. The Raw-II’s drag system applies the full strength of the reel to do battle with large fish. Featuring Okuma’s first greased all-Carbonite Dual Force Drag in a spinning reel, the Raw-II 80 can turn out up to an amazing 50 lbs. of “will–breaking” drag. The Carbonite drag washers do not compress over time, so you never have to worry about your drags warping or losing their shape. In other words, you never have to worry about your drag - set and forget. One reel can go from fishing for bass in your local pond to catfish, trout, reds and stripers on the inshore, and cobia, kings, tarpon and other big game species offshore! The prices are insane - at$140 (for the 30 and 40) and up to $170 for the 80, they won’t break the bank, either.
The Raw-II spinning reel family includes 30, 40, 55, 65, and 80 sizes (so no fish will be safe). Seven stainless steel HPS (High Performance Bearings) provide smooth mechanics while Okuma’s proprietary High Density Gearing keeps the hurt on the fish in extreme battles. Sizes 30 and 40 are outfitted with custom carbon fiber handle arms to minimize weight, while the 55, 65 and 80 sizes feature heavy-duty aluminum plate handles. Go to www.okumafishing.com and check out the Raw-II and many other great products that Okuma has to offer.