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Van Staal VR175 VR Series Spinning Reel

Van Staal VR175 VR Series Spinning Reel

Price: $559.00

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Gear RatioMono CapacityBraid CapacityWeightInch Per TurnHand RetrievePrice
4.8:1360yds/15lb530yds/30lb16.5oz37.6Left$559.00 USD
The Van Staal VR Series reels are engineered and tested to be lightweight and long lasting. They are based on the same foundation that made Van Staal legendary for power an durability. These reels are completely sealed and waterproof reel.

  • Forged and machined from 6061-T6 Aluminum
  • Fully sealed waterproof construction
  • Solid titanium spool shaft
  • Sleek light weight design
  • Bail-less conversion kit included
5 Stars based on 38 reviews
By Steven
Upper Peninsula, MI
March 7, 2018
A Masterpiece
Definately a masterpiece of engineering & product design. The finest reel I have ever owned. Machining is exceptional; surfaces are finely finished. Extremely smooth operation, I can see all of my friends begging to try it. I own & have fished 3 Stella's and they are very smooth too, but the VanStall had me smiling like a kid on Christmas morning. Really, really 'ROCKSOLID' The price is money very,very,very well spent.
ProsVery light, extemely smooth operation, Rock solid feel, machining & finish are superb. This reel has to be 'best in class'.
By Chad
Portland, ME
October 13, 2017
Love this reel!
First Van Stall and I'm not disappointed. Perfect for my uses. I pair it up with with a 10'6 St croix. Balance is great. Could see it being good on a 9' as well.
ProsGreat reel for the surf! Can tear down and service yourself witch I love. Gets you in touch with your gear and leaves you worry free
ConsNone so far.
By Navygmc
Naples, Florida
November 2, 2018
Maybe a lemon
This is my 7th Van Staal. Currently own 3 others to include...vs100, vs200 and vr200. After owning the v50 for a week and spending 4 days pier fishing for Spanish mackerel and ladyfish (that's all that was biting)...I blew out the drag. Was fishing 15 lb braid with about 6-7 lbs of drag. Reel is supposed to put out a max of 25. Now with a locked drag puts out about 5 lbs. The other con I had about this reel is the line lay. I own my own line winding machine so I know it was put on correctly. The line near the top of the spool tends to gap itself from the spool edge. I filled to max capacity and was getting a lot of wind knots. Which is very unusual for me since I always hand bail regardless. It was because the VR 50 filled completely has very loose wraps at that very top spool section. I would look before casting and you could visibly see the loose wraps. I corrected the loose wraps by cutting off about 25 yards of line. This reel likes a 90% spool fill. I cast for distance and like to run my spools at 100%-110% fill. I do not have this problem with other reels. It is smoother than I thought it would be. Has good power Does not feel like 37" retrieve (same as a Shimano 4000 size reel). Perhaps due to large handle...I am either not turning it as fast or just just doesn't seem as fast. I wanted to love this reel. Under 9 oz, great line capacity (360 of 20 braid. I put an eyeballed 40-50 yards of 16 mono and a line machine measured 310 of 15 Ultracast). Will get reel to Van Staal and see what the drag problem is. For time being...will use VS100 and Stella 4000 and Stradic sw5000 pg.
September 21, 2018
Solid real
I was looking for a surf reel that was solid but light, and had a ton of line cap. this is it. With the choice to add on the 200 size spool you can have the line cap you need for whatever fish your looking for without paying the price for a VS
ProsGreat reel capacity Lightweight high drag smooth operation
By Robert
Dracut, MA
September 11, 2018
Worth every penny
I purchased this reel to fish the cape cod canal . I paired it with an 11 foot St croix mojo rod. This combo worked better than expected. Reel is super light and casts a mile . The drag is where this reel really shines super smooth and strong. I was able to put the brakes on a 30lb bass and and crank it in against 10 knot current . I’m planning on purchasing another for the boat it’s the only reel I want to use now . Get one you will not be disappointed.
ProsSuper light ,super strong ,and a gorgeous piece of machinery
ConsPricey but worth it
By Bryan Freeman
Texas Coast
August 13, 2018
Van Stall VR150 Excellent Reel
This is my second Van Staal reel and it lives up to the name. The drag is excellent with the stopping power needed.
ProsExcellent Drag Weight and size is perfect
Consno cons at this point
By Ralph
North Haven, CT
July 19, 2018
Van Staal Vr 150
i have this reel paired with a ODM 10 ft. rod and simply love it
By Philip
July 13, 2018
A Beast of a Reel
As a Avid surfcaster, i needed a reel that suited my needs. Best reel in my book, i purchased the VR150 for Bass and Blues and ordered a VR125 spool for Fluke and other small target fish. Great Reel , just make sure to water it down and put a little Van staal grease on the Shaft after use..Salvo's Customs lures Approved !!!
ProsThe best hand down !!!
July 3, 2018
The VR50 is light, strong, and worth the wait. My hardest choice was what rod to pair it with, in my opinion a lighter rod with a good backbone with a little xtra length works well with this reel. For example something close to the St. Croix Tidemaster 8ft. The drag sings and it reels smooth, good fishing y'all.
By Jeffrey
June 17, 2018
simply awesome
works great, clean simple and strong
By Phillip
Bothell, WA
June 3, 2018
Power is fine
I had hard time to change into manual bail convention. The manual bail parts did not fit this reel. Screws are too small and weak.
By Harry
May 19, 2018
Great reels for the surf
Under water 2 hours per day surf fishing down on the golf coast of tx, never a problem. Have the 125 and 150 on 10.5 and 9 foot surf rods.
By Dave
Levittown, Pa
March 22, 2018
Van Staal vr150
The Van staal reputation speaks for itself. Lightweight and durable. Tackle direct always seems to have better inventory availability than other shops and quick delivery.
ProsLightweight, smooth, dependable. Love the manual full bail.
Long Island, NY
March 14, 2018
Great Solid Reel
Can't compare to other Van Staals as this is my first, but reel is built very solid, is easy to service and is very smooth, especially for a sealed reel. Like the option of being able to switch out spools to 125 size reel. Can't wait to catch first striper on it in spring.
By William Schwartz
Palisades, NY
January 31, 2018
Best reel ever!
Top quality. Worth every penny. Light, smooth, no gimmicks.... no hassles.
9 Questions & 10 Answers
from Fxbg, Va asked:
October 12, 2018
What's the max drag pressure on the VR175?
2 Answers
40 lbs of drag
on October 15, 2018
The max drag on this reel is 25lbs of drag.
on October 15, 2018

from VA asked:
August 29, 2018
is this reel fully sealed? and i just got a North Fork Composite 11'' 6', 2-8 ounce blank, do you think the VR175 would be a good match
1 Answers
The reel is fully sealed and would pair up with that 11 foot rod.
on August 30, 2018

from Ohio asked:
August 3, 2018
can this be converted to reel with the right hand? what would be the best size for king fish?
1 Answers
The vm150 is the only reel from Van Staal with a dual retrieve this reel is a left handed retrieve. The vr150 would be fine for kings
on August 6, 2018

Christian L. Carnevale
from Florida asked:
July 2, 2018
looking to buy for a gift. comparing sizes, if i were to compare this to a penn reel, 4500 series 5000, 6000. want something around the size of a 4000 series. something to pitch to 10-20 lb class mahi. i know the drag and line capacity is fine. want to match with a med-med heave rod. thanks guys.
1 Answers
I would recommend using the VR150 or the VR125, the VR175 would be a little over powering for those size fish.
on July 5, 2018

Rob Thorpe
from Natick, Ma asked:
January 23, 2018
What other spools will fit the main reel body of the VR 175? I would like to be able to switch a 150, 175 and 200 spool. Each spool would have a different strength braid for convenience.
1 Answers
A VR 175 reel body can use a 175 or 200 size spool. A 150 or 125 spool will not fit.
on January 29, 2018

from Rockaways asked:
December 28, 2017
What size braid do you recommend on vr175.I've always used 30lb on other reels.i mostly surfcast for striper,blues,albies.will be on 10'3 airwave.
1 Answers
I'd suggest staying with 30 lb. The 175 has enough line capacity for you to effectively use 40 or 50 if you wanted, but 30 lb is the recommended braid strength for stripers, blues, and albies.
on December 30, 2017

from Singapore asked:
November 29, 2016
How much would the vr200 spool kit cost if i wanna covert vr 175 reel to 200 spool
1 Answers
The conversion kit can be purchased through Van Staal. I would recommend contacting the manufacturer for correct pricing.
on December 3, 2016

from florida asked:
October 10, 2016
will van staal sell separate spools and rotors?
1 Answers
Van Staal does sell spare spools and rotors for the vr175.
on October 11, 2016

from melbourne florida asked:
August 8, 2015
are full specs available yet, such as max drag, reel diameters and weight for the vr150, vr175, vr200
1 Answers
The weights of the reels are listed on our product page. According to Craig from Van Staal the drag is going to be around the 40lb range. The diameter of the spools have not yet been released, but once we get them we can measure them for you.
on August 12, 2015


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