Tuesday, July 14, 2020

ICAST 2020:Abu Garcia's Zenon the World’s Lightest Spinning Reel, the Sub-5 Ounce

Abu Garcia’s new Zenon spinning reel is poised to reset the standards by which all ultra-premium fishing reels are judged. Designed to give serious bass and walleye anglers the advantages they need to propel them to fish to win, the Zenon is the lightest spinning reel ever produced, tipping the scales at an unbelievably light 4.9 ounces for the Size 20 and 5.4 ounces for the Size 30. Paired with a light spinning rod, the result is a configuration that brings unparalleled sensitivity and all-day comfort to serious anglers.
Zenon was developed for those who desire the very best to complement their skills, regardless of whether anglers are fishing for fun or for a paycheck.  Abu Garcia engineers worked with their Japanese design team to build the ultimate finesse-style spinning reel that would succeed in the sophisticated finesse-specific Japanese market and find a strong foothold in the competitive U.S. bass and walleye tournament scene.
“The Zenon sets the bar for future spinning reels in terms of weight, comfort and overall performance in finesse fishing applications,” said Abu Garcia Vice President of Marketing Jon Schlosser. “With the smoothness of the drag, you can fish light line with confidence and do so comfortably because the reel is so light and easy to hold. Our reel designers minimized the weight of the reel to a point few thought possible while making sure the reel retains its Abu Garcia durability. I believe we will see a lot of these reels on the front decks of tournament boats next year.”

At the heart of the Zenon’s weight-saving design and striking looks is the elimination of empty spaces commonly found in spinning reels.  The Zenon body design is noticeably smaller than the spool and rotor; it features a one-piece gear box with no sideplate while the frame is integrated with the stem. Combined, these design features shrink the overall footprint and weight of the reel while providing a rigid system for the gears. The magnesium body is contoured to fit comfortably in hands and provides greater weight savings and durability than the advanced plastics commonly used in other spinning reels touted as “lightweight.”
Featuring a silky-smooth drag across all settings to make the most of light-line finesse presentations, the Zenon is equipped with low-inertia, silent-rotation rotors and an ultralight hybrid spool. Additional weight savings are found in the hollow, soft-touch handle knob. Both sizes of the Zenon feature a 6.2:1 gear ratio.
The new Abu Garcia Zenon will be available in March 2021 and will have an MSRP of $499.95 for both the Size 20 and Size 30 versions. For more information about the reel or the entire lineup of Abu Garcia products, visit AbuGarcia.com.
Abu Garcia Zenon: Specifications
Size 20
Weight: 4.9 ounces
Bearings: 11
Gear Ratio: 6.2:1
Max Drag: 11 pounds
Line Capacity: Mono (Std spool) 6 pounds/185 yards
MSRP: $499.95
Size 30
Weight: 5.4 ounces
Bearings: 11
Gear Ratio: 6.2:1
Max Drag: 11 pounds
Line Capacity: Mono (Std spool) 6 pounds/225 yards
MSRP: $499.95
Key Features:
• Lightest spinning reel ever produced
• Contour-formed magnesium body
• Ultra lightweight Hybrid Rocket Turbine Spool
• Hollow, soft-touch handle knob
• Friction-free main shaft support
• Spare shallow spool included

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