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Sunday, 22 July 2012 18:04

Okuma "Helios"

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With ICAST 2012 in the books, it’s time to look forward to the upcoming release of the vast array of new products! While waiting for ICAST to roll around, I made a list of booths I wanted to check out. One of those was the Okuma booth. That’s right - I said Okuma.

As many of you know, for some time now I have been kind of harsh when it comes to the Okuma line. Boy, have things changed over the last few years, and Okuma has become a serious contender in the world of rods and reels. One of their new reels for 2013 is the “Helios”, and I am very excited about this reel!

The Helios reels feature:

  • Light weight C-40x carbon frame, sideplate and rotor
  • Multi-disc Carbonite drag system
  • 9HPB + 1RB corrosion-resistant stainless steel ball bearings
  • Quick-Set anti-reverse roller bearing
  • ALG: Precision AlumiLite alloy main gear and oscillating gears
  • Machined aluminum, 2-tone anodized spool
  • 1-K woven carbon fiber drag knob and sideplate inserts
  • Precision Elliptical Gearing system
  • 1-K woven carbon fiber handle design for reduced weight
  • Light weight EVA handle knob
  • Hydro Block watertight drag seal
  • Durable 1-pcs solid aluminum, gun smoke anodized bail wire
  • RESII: Computer balanced Rotor Equalizing System
  • Helios reels are backed by a one year limited warranty

 The Helios is available in four sizes: Hx-25, Hx-30, Hx-35, and Hx-40. With a MSRP of $139.99 across all the sizes. these reels have a great price point. But that’s not all… The Helios also comes in two different speeds. The Hx-25S and the Hx-40S are available in 6.0:1 gear ratio, and the rest of the series have a 5.0:1 gear ratio. Also the Helios are light weight and have a good deal of drag for such a small reel. The Hx-30 to the Hx-40 have 13 lbs. of drag, so fighting big fish on these powerhouses shouldn’t be a problem. The reels are very cool looking, as well, with carbon fiber bodies and green accents, I hope to give one of these a home as soon as they are released.

Last modified on Sunday, 22 July 2012 18:22
Charles Levi Jr

Charles "redfish chuck" is a life long fisherman located on Florida's Space Coast that at thirty-one years old he prides himself on being a well rounded angler. From freshwater to saltwater and open ocean fishing, Charles not only builds his own rods but he also ties his own flies. Charles is also a Pro Staff Member of Yakangler.com, Jackson Kayaks, Yeti coolers and Handler Fishing Supply.

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