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I'm curious what people's opinions are about Okuma's spinning reels generally. I've been looking at lightweight spinning reels for a finesse setup, and naturally I gravitated toward the Stradic ci4+. I know and trust Shimano, but I try to stretch my budget as much as possible and $230 is a tough pill to swallow right now. Then I saw the $130 Okuma Helios SX which uses their c40x material, and one of the few reviews I've seen compared it's smoothness to that of Shimano. Then I see they have another model, the Inspira ISX, which seems feature-wise like the same reel but with a graphite rotor instead of carbon. That MSRP is $80 but is on Amazon right now for $45!? Too good to be true? I have to imagine if these deliver what they claim to, there would be more reviews out there.
I haven't heard a lot about the Inspira models, but I have heard a lot of good feedback on their Ceymar model, which comes in several sizes. For years before I moved up to my shimano Stradic, I had an Okuma A30 that held up well and performed great for the price. So yeah, I would gamble on an Okuma spinning reel in a hot minute.
If you look at last months bassmaster magazine towards the back . there is a photo of Jacob Wheeler , who is sponsored by Okuma...He has a deck full of Stradic Ci4's on the boat , if that tells you anything. I'm not saying they won't work ,I'm just thinking that if you're fishing for money , you might want to reconsider.
duke608 wrote:I'd be curious to see that. I could also see how the red Inspira could look like the Stradic ci4 from a distance. Not saying you're wrong, I just haven't seen the picture.
Find the April issue of bassmaster "parting shot" section...plain as day , no mistaken it.
It's not the first time , I've seen pros use gear other than what they promote.
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I have the last gen Okuma Helios spinning reel (The green one). It's honestly not a bad reel, especially considering the price, but it's nowhere near refined as a competing Shimano. It gets the job done, and it's very light, but it's got a sort of geary feeling. I've had mine for about 3 years now with zero issues, so its longevity is decent. I've handled the new Helios SX and it seems decent, but again not super refined.
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