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Old 06-03-2012, 10:38
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Default Lidl Reel - Crivit 'Smart Pryce Value 3000' Freespool

Bought one of these this morning for 15 quid from the local Lidl. It's not really called the 'Smart Pryce' but even if it were and had that name emblazoned all over it in Arial Extra-Bold script, I wouldn't be bothered as long as it does the job....

It comes with a spare spool and feels very chunky and solid. The bail arm is thick and thunks over like a mouse trap when you wind the handle.

It's got four ball bearings (so it says) and feels smooth enough. Obviously not like the (much) more expensive ones, but not too bad at all.

The freespool/baitrunner thing is a lever you push forward to engage. The drag for it is then set by the twist knob on the back. One thing I don't like too much is that if you don't have the freespool on (i.e. the lever is backwards) it juts out from the back in what looks like quite an awkard, get-in-the-way, slack line catching position.

If you don't have the freespool on, then the drag setting is on the front of the spool.

I wonder what would happen if I had the freespool feature engaged and very little drag set on the back knob, but had the drag on the front of the spool set hard on? Would that not affect it at all? I'll find out when I take it out I suppose and can experiment a bit.

It also comes with 3 years warranty, which seems pretty good. I've had one or two reels that have barely lasted a season. We'll see how this one goes on. The contact phone number for service is in Northern Ireland, but the only clue as to the reel's origin is a company address in Germany.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:54
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Yeah I picked one of those up yesterday and I`m quite impressed with it given the price. Compared to other reels I`ve handled at that price it feels streets ahead in quality. Hoping to give it a try later this week.

I also bought one of the 5000s but I`m still debating whether to keep it or not because it`s a pretty big reel.
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Default Re: Lidl Reel - Crivit 'Smart Pryce Value 3000' Freespool

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I wonder what would happen if I had the freespool feature engaged and very little drag set on the back knob, but had the drag on the front of the spool set hard on? Would that not affect it at all? I'll find out when I take it out I suppose and can experiment a bit.
It won't make an iota of difference; the rear setting is only for the freespool feature when it is engaged once disengaged the front drag will take over as the sole working piece.

Shimano 'baitrunners' also have the same system that when swithced off the lever is in the backwards position - daft I think so am grateful that my big pit Daiwa's work the opposite way, much neater and no chance of line catching.
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Default Re: Lidl Reel - Crivit 'Smart Pryce Value 3000' Freespool

There does seem to be a wide range in quality on many of these reels, I'm glad this one is looking positive. It would be good if someone could compare it against the Okuma Opti-Drag Reel in terms of performance. The Opti Drag only has 1BB but in my experience is a reliable little reel that sets the bar for the under £20 price range.
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Old 09-03-2012, 14:10
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If these new Lidl reels are as good as the Okumas then they are good quality. I have a pair of Okumas and they are very nice reels. I don't use them much as I prefer my early Shimano 3500s, which have the lever which goes back. I've had them since the early 80s and I have never once had line get around the back of the baitrunner lever. How would that ever happen anyway?
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Shimano 'baitrunners' also have the same system that when swithced off the lever is in the backwards position - daft I think so am grateful that my big pit Daiwa's work the opposite way, much neater and no chance of line catching.
Many of the Shimanos work in the way you prefer now. All the "baby" baitrunners and the new Long Casts certainly do.
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I have never once had line get around the back of the baitrunner lever. How would that ever happen anyway?
You haven't seen me fishing. There's often a lot of slackness!

I've had line caught round most parts of my clothing, tackle, surrounding shrubbery, body and passers by during various sessions I think.
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