I know that someone despise store brands. But the reel was not that bad considering its price, $39.99 ($29.99 after $10 discount). A rumor, which I heard about Field & Stream's reels, says that they are actually OEM products of Pflueger. I could not confirm this rumor and could not find a matching model among Pflueger's reels. I could not find further information about this reel at all on-line. Strange... Anyway, so this post is going to be the first review of Field & Stream's Ravenna reel (model# RV-10).
Specification and Features
- Gear ratio: 5.5:1
- Line rating (lbs./yds.): 4/210, 6/170, 8/80
- Weight: 7oz. (I measured it with my fish scale)
- Graphite body
- Seven ball bearings
- One infinite anti-reverse roller bearing
- Even line wrap oscillation system
- Precision balance rotor
- Ported aluminum spool
I spooled the reel with 4lb test mono line. I test-cast jig, crank, spinner, etc. and could not find any issue with it. I have not caught fish yet (it has been too warm...). I hope to catch one soon. Someone may question about durability of this "value" reel. At this point, I cannot comment on it. But from my experience of using other value reels, I think that modern spinning reels do not really have durability problem if handled properly.