Orra SX Combo
I own four of these combos. I have been using two for two years and the other two for a year. I fish a couple time a week, nine months out of the year. I use these reels probably three times more than the average fisherman. These combos are very dependable and are great to fish with, smooth. I have had one rod break while trying to get it loose from a snag, probably user error. I have had the bearing under the crank handle get out of position on one and made retrieval difficult, but was an easy fix for anyone that can take the crank handle off and reposition the bearing properly. In short I have been impressed with the longevity of these combos for the amount of fishing I have done with them. They are all still working great. I hope this is helpful.
August 26, 2013
Great buy for the money
I was told about this from a friend that also wanted one so I got it. I was surprised on how good of a rod and reel it it. the rod is a little cheap but I didnt expect much. I highly recomend this combo over the black, silver, or pro max. Save a little more and buy this if you are thinking about another combo. You wont regret it. Love Abu Garcia and they really proved their craftsmanship.
July 3, 2013
BEST DECISION ever!!!
I purchased this combo shortly after Hank Parker Combo and Pro Max Combo...
Until recently, I never looked into this type of reel with the centrifugal braking system. I started with 2 Hank Parker Combos from walmart and was terribly upset. The handling on the reel - backlashes nearly 95% of the time; each cast after another cast led to more tangles and more frustrations. In addition to many hours on the road visiting nearly all of southern California's Walmart looking for an exchange just to be let down by performance. In the end, I returned both HPC and stepped one year back to Pro Max Combo Line. That was a great decision! Pro Max did everything I needed it to do. The reel was smooth, rod felt more balanced, flip switch felt sturdy, and in essence it's a blessing compared to HPC
...fast forward - more recently I was tempted to try out the Orra SX Combo and managed to snag one online from an irresistible deal. THE BEST decision! I was thoroughly impressed with the reel. There was a small learning curve with the centrifugal braking (no instructions given), but when I got that down it performed insane. It's literally felt like a fishing rod with artificial intelligence. Orra SX is just as balanced as the Pro Max Combo, the casting felt effortless, have yet to receive backlashes (even with factory settings). There's nothing more I can ask for!!
...Two days ago was the greatest test put on my Orra SX. All 5 categories above on my outing to Colorado river.
Strength/Durability: 7-9pounds consistent catches every so often within the hour. I've lost count and started to doubt whether this intense tension was going to snap the rod... it didn't and not once did I hear a crackling sound from the near U-bending.
Balance/Gear Feel: the rod felt sturdy and stable at all times whether I was casting or reeling an aggressive hybrid bass or with water splashed on reel (leaving dried crusty), Internal bearings felt like abec 7 bearings by boca... very smooth rod to line to catch tension all felt uniform. I didn't feel like much effort was put on reeling in the catches, nor did I felt like falling trying to reel em in...
Craftsmanship: I must have dropped the rod dozens of times (rocks, shrubs, etc). With the exceptions of small nicks, nothing broke, nor any chipped pieces. The finish remained intact and the rod graphics are very modern. There's evidence that the abu garcia designer spent quite a bit of time coming up with the detail.
Casting Performance: If I didn't know any better, I'd say this reel is rigged with a microchip!!! It knows when I'm casting, how hard I'm casting, how fast the spool is spinning, when it hits the water... and when to tell itself to stop...
For those on a budget this is a bit pricy, but well worth saving. It's a bit older on the year released, but the engineering put in is optimal. The pro max combo with the magnetic braking (my second recommendation) is just as good (and cheaper), but really try for orra sx.
I hope this review helps!
June 14, 2013
Orra SX Combo
I bought this combo about 2 weeks ago. After reading all the reviews i guess i got a bad real. No matter what i put on this real i can not get it to cast very far. I have adjusted the brakes many times. I dont know of anything else i can do to make it cast better. The rod is great.
October 5, 2012