Abu’s new ALX Theta derives from the Japanese sector of the company where it was designed and packed full of some great new tech. While it may not be marketed as an egi reel, it has all the right attributes of an egi reel, and we have therefore reviewed it for our egi special.
First off, it’s a great size and weight that pairs well with almost any egi rod. It has a gear ratio of 6.2:1 retrieving 87cm of line and has more than enough drag at 5.2kg. It’s extremely smooth in all facets of its operation thanks to its 7 stainless steel bearings that are equipped with Abu Garcia’s Salt Shield concept that they claim, “offers a water-repelling shield to greatly increase corrosion resistance”. We can’t back up these claims definitively as yet, but we have been using the 4000 size for a few months now and it hasn’t missed a beat after some heavy use, and we’ll follow this up with a more in-depth review in the future.
The large EVA knob is comfortable in the hand and perfect for working your egi, and while the slightly offset carbon handle does feel a little different at first, you get used to it quickly. It’s a light and strong reel thanks to its one piece Durametal body and it does look very cool in its black and grey carbon fibre aesthetic.
We used it extensively throughout the test period on multiple rods and we see it as an excellent egi reel. Its greatest feature is the price, at $350 you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.
If you’re an angler that wants a reel that can cover a lot of bases, this is a great option.
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