Can someone give me the lowdown as to why people love the Shimano SLX bait casting reel so much. I’ve been trying to do some research and take advantage of the BPS Spring sale to save a little money. I know their sale this year is weak compared to other years but from what I understand some companies never offer discounts so $15-25 off is a good deal if you have some trade ins.
So it seems everyone thinks the Shimano SLX is the best $100 reel. My question is this and just to let you know I’m new to all this and still learning so I love to hear everyone’s opinion. It seems to me all the higher end reels have 8+ bearings. The SLX only has 4. Also most high end reels have a magnetic brake. The SLX only has a centrifugal brake so any time you wanna change it you have to remove the side cover to change it. Seems like a lot of work to me but maybe I’m wrong. I just don’t understand why the SLX is rated higher than a Abu Garcia Revo X that has the Magnetic brakes and als has indexing (clicking) not really sure what it’s called but when you rotate the drag or the spool tensioner it has a distinct click at each position moved. Supposedly that only comes on higher end reels. Or why the SLX is rated higher than a BPS Pro Qualifier 2 that has both external and internal brakes.
Please someone explain to me what I’m missing. BPS has both the Revo X and the BPS PQ2 on sale for $79. But I want to buy the best reels I can for sub $150 each. Looking to buy 3 reels. What’s the best for my budget.
Would love someone to educate me on reels. Thx.
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