The Penn Warfare Level Wind reel is engineered to be an
extremely versatile all-rounder at an affordable price. It makes a great backup
reel, with a lot of durability features you usually expect from more expensive
models, including an instant anti-reverse bearing, HT-100 carbon fibre drag
washers, a line guide and machined brass main and pinion gears.
For such an affordable reel, you’ll be surprised at the
smoothness of the drag and the retrieve, whether you’re fishing with braid or
mono. Line Capacity Rings eliminate the question of how much line you have left
when fighting a fish. Instant anti-reverse is becoming more ubiquitous on
high-end reels, but Penn managed to include an instant anti-reverse bearing in
the Warfare Level Wind reels without inflating the price. This will let the line
to pay out while the handle remains stationary. The level wind lets you adjust
the drag, while the line guide moves as you retrieve the line.
Strength & Lightness
The graphite frame and sideplates keep the weight down, but
the rigid aluminium rings on the sides help reinforce against twisting from
powerful fish. The spool is forged and machined from aluminium, while the main
and pinion gear are both machined brass. Meanwhile, the drag washers are made
from Penn’s famous HT-100 carbon fibre, which is laminated on fibreglass and run
through a stamping die. HT-100 drag systems make Penn reels like this
exceptional in their power and strength. It’s rare to see quality workmanship
like this on a budget fishing reel.
Level Wind vs Star Drag
Because this model features a level wind, you can only adjust the drag with this reel and not the Star Drag. Reels with a level wind are better equipped at handling bigger fish, but do come with a risk of releasing the drag and losing your fish. This makes it a better model for more experienced anglers. This is also the only model with a line guide and left-handed options. If those aren’t necessary, you might find easier to use.
Warfare Level Wind Reel Size Differences
|LW 15||LW 20||LW 30|
|Mono Capacity (yards/lb)|
|Braid Capacity (yards/lb)|
|Weight||17.8oz (505g)||18.6oz (527g)||22.6oz (641g)|
|Retrieve Rate||29in (74cm)||29in (74cm)||27in (69cm)|
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