Maxel Ocean Max Specialty Lever Drag Reels
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|Type/Size||Max Drag (Strike/Full)||Weight (oz)||Gear Ratio||Retrieve (in)||Bearings||Mono Capacity (yd/lb)||Retrieve||Price|
|Conventional Single Speed|
|Conventional Single Speed|
- Precision graduated drag range for kite, drop-back, drift bait techniques
- Cold forged aluminum spool
- Precision machined, rigid, one piece tempered aluminum frame
- HD stainless steel spool control
- Click detent drag present knob
- Carbon fiber drag
- Positive stop-pin strike setting
- high precision, heat treated stainless steel gears
- Shielded stainless steel ball bearings
- 5 year limited warranty
However, there is one glaring issue that caused me to have to send the 4 reels back that I purchased: The Anti-Reverse system. I had assumed (my bad!) that based on the reel's price and its intended purpose it would have a smooth anti-reverse system, with an ARB (Anti-Reverse [roller] Bearing, or "clutch") instead of the older, clunkier, pawl & ratchet-gear system.
No such luck...
The reels all had 1/4" or more of back-play in the handle/shaft/gear system, and if you aren't particular when reeling line in you'll find that a rather loud and jarring "clunk" can be generated every 3~10 times the handle makes a revolution.
Frankly, I just don't get it. All of my $50~$150 spinning reels have ARB-based Anti-Reverse systems that provide for an extremely smooth winding motion and virtually 0" of back-play.
And there is also another option that's midway between the two alread discussed: A multiple-pawl and ratchet-gear system. This system has 2 pawls, 180 degrees out of phase, that cut the back-play in half. I'm pretty sure my Avet's (& possibly my Penn Fathoms) are equipped with this type of system, and while not as good as an ARB-based clutch mechanism they do a passable job.
Of course, it turns out that Maxel isn't alone on this one: I also recently tried the Fin-Nor Lethal series because they claim the A-R systems on those reels are based on a "continuous anti-reverse clutch: (which normally implies an ARB, at least in my mind), but their handles are almost as "clunky" as those on the OMS10's.
If Maxel had spent just a little more time and money on the A-R system for this reel I would have 6 of them spooled-up with line and mounted on the rods I have for them, ready to head offshore.
However, they are now back at TackleDirect and I am back in "shop & evaluate mode" once again...
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