There was a reel advertised in the Academy store ad in Sunday's paper. It's described as the H2O Xpress Mettle 10 bearing 6.3:1 ratio low profile baitcaster with a 6 pin breaking system and anti-reverse. It only costs $49. While I tend to stick by the adage "You get what you pay for," this reel might just be what somebody was looking for. You don't need much more than 5 or 6 bearings though. I'm sure some of the 10 are on the handle and grips, not inside the reel where it really counts. It could be a good starter baitcaster for someone though.
Do they have a web site? I can't seem to find anything on them except a link from the Houston Chronicle and the link leads me to an "item not available" page. It seems to be an online version of a similar Academy advertisement. The individual pages on the Academy Sports web site are all we have to go on.
Any thoughts? If you own one, I'd like to hear from you.
Anyone know how much drag power it has?
I went to Academy today and glanced at two H2O reels. The line capacity is printed on the underside of the Mettle and the Manic. The line capacity for those two reels is 12lb/120yd. I know the comments have been good for the most part, but after actually having held them in person, the reels do have a cheap look and feel to them. I welcome visitors who can provide some feedback after using the reels for a few months. I'm sure many others would appreciate it.
Academy. "H2O Xpress Mettle." Academy Advertisement Insert, Shreveport Times. 30 September, 2007.