Odd looks and a light overall weight signify a very innovative and functional new spinning design. Quantum’s Exo concept reduces weight wherever possible by way of a minimalist exoskeleton. Our 25-series sample weighs a paltry 6.9 ounces, roughly 25 percent lighter than most comparable reels.
A uniquely offset handle noticeably reduces the wobble felt when cranking, which can be a problem with all spinning reels. The stainless-steel, ceramic, and carbon drag system feels smooth as a baby’s bottom. The futuristic-looking reel frame is aluminum; the reel’s rotor is of an advanced composite.
There are two sizes: the 25 and a slightly larger 30. The 25 has 5.2:1 gears and carries 150 yards of 8-pound mono. The 30 has the same gear ratio and takes 150 yards of 10-pound. --JM
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