Bass Pro Shops® Nitro Tournament Z Baitcast Reel
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- 1-piece aluminum frame
- Double-anodized forged aluminum spool
- Recurve aluminum drag star
- 10 bearing system including power lock instant anti reverse
- Recurve aluminum handle
The Nitro Tournament Z Low-Profile Baitcast Reel from Bass Pro Shops packs a lot of features into a handsome, compact, affordable package. The smooth-casting Nitro Tournament Z Low-Profile Baitcaster boasts a rigid, one-piece aluminum frame; a double-anodized, forged aluminum spool for strength; a recurved aluminum drag star; nine stainless steel, double-shielded ball bearings; powerlock instant anti reverse and a recurved aluminum handle. The Nitro Z’s drag system incorporates three carbon-Teflon and three stainless steel washers. Additional features include an RTB braking system with one control dial; an oval-type, titanium nitride coated zirconia line guide, ribbed handle knobs for a sure grip; an oversized aluminum tension knob; and a rubber padded thumb bar.
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Rated 2 out of 5 by LDKBD Lacking - properly priced at $60
Price-wise this is on parity with the Pro-Qualifier, but it is severely lacking in terms of what you're getting for your $99. The drag system is stronger, but it lacks the fine free-spool adjustments (dual braking system) on the Pro-Qualifier. I've had Pro-Qualifiers for years and the extra bearings in this are unnecessary - the Pro's are silky smooth so long as you maintain them each season with a little oil (like you should with any piece of precision machinery.) Which brings me to another lacking point - there is no lube port.
I see it's discounted to $60 - at which price point it is superior to its competition - but for $99 you're wasting money that should be spent on a Pro-Qualifier.
March 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by pepelepew Wife took one of mine
Bought two of the Nitro Z reels last year and love'm. Cast farther, super easy to adjust to different lures & conditions. My wife used one of mine after hers backlashed and now won't give it back, so just ordered another. Best reel for the money.
February 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Boyd Good reel for the money
Best $50 reel you will ever buy. I have 2-3 pro qual. and this reel will hang with them all day. Also, I use this reel fishing heavy rigs with no problems. I will be buying more.
February 26, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Meshuggah Fair Reel
I am rating this 2 stars because that is actually what it is worth in my opinion. I think a lot of people buy these reels on sale, use them, catch a good fish, then think the reel is amazing. Reality is that this reel has movement in it and that is to be somewhat expected. The movement is between the handle and the actual reel. It isn't a matter of tightening down. This reel will cast however just fine but there is a reason it is $59 on sale. Pro Qualifier I think is a better reel regardless if they are both worth "99.99."
February 26, 2014
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