Greys G-tec 350 Reel
Review by Simon Young
Appearance and first thoughts
New for 2007 from Hardy/Greys comes the G-tec Series of reels.There are 3 reels in the range ,all designed to complement the newly launched G-tec series of rods both in performance and style (see related articles at the end).
The reel is a cageless large arbour design with a solid bolted reel foot all machined from barstock 6061 grade alloy with plenty of drilled ventilation holes which reduces the weight of the 350 model to 6oz (173grm)
Both the frame and the spool are hard anodised in a pleasant Titanium finish with red detailing on the reel foot and a red ribbed soft touch handle on the spool.
Performance & Opinion
On the rear of the cage is the decent sized drag control knob which has smooth click settings to tighten up the very efficient multi disc brake .The drag knob has a knurled outer rim which is ideal when your hands are cold and wet,this only requires 1 complete turn to adjust the drag from zero to full on.
Spool changing is very simple with a small sprung loaded lever on the central spindle ,the spool then just lifts off .With the spool removed it is also very easy to convert the reel from LHW to RHW by unscrewing a cap inside the spool that retains the main bearing ,the bearing is then removed and flipped over and the cap replaced,a 2minute job! Because the spool is wide widthways as well as large arbour it means that there is little line memory and the retrieve rate is good.
The reel comes supplied with a black/blue trimmed soft neoprene case that will also protect the reel when mounted on the rod.
Part No. GTEC R350
Capacity WF7 + 75m 20lb
Dia. 3.5" (91mm)
Weight 6oz (173gm)
Cost Approx £149.99 Spool £64.99
More details on the Greys range at Greys Fishing
Reel available for purchase at Sportfish
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