Originally Posted by Blowfish
I'll stick with my Shimano CT200GTB. 8 bearings against 6, 9.9 oz against 11.1 oz, 6:0:1 versus 5:1:1, couple those with the fact the GTB having been around a long, long time. I notice Tackle Warehouse didn't put it up against the GTB model or the TE's GT models either, but I think they should stick to the Calcutta B in the review. The TE has a whole different gear system and pricey at over a $100 more in cost. But they had to compare 300 to 300. Be interesting to see 200 versus 200 in the identical price range. That would throw the GTB into the mix.
Not saying the Luna isn't a great reel, most are when you top the $200 barrier, what I can't understand, Boon, is you are constantly trying to reduce rod weight, even going so far as to put micro-guides on (I know there are other reasons too) at a saving of what, 1/4 oz and still you throw a reel on that weights 1.2 oz more?
Cool to each their own. Your 200 size spool holds 10/190, 14/110 which means you are going to have very little line left after a cast and I am not casting a $30 4oz bait on 15lb test. The luna holds 14/195, 17/150 so I could bump up to 20lb test without a problem. Two difference classes of reels blow so you can't even compare weight.
The Luna uses the magforce Z which is the same as the Steez. It also has the quick mag brake control on the side for easy adjustments compared to opening up other reels to adjust.
Your bearing counts are very important for the uneducated consumer. Lets compare the Shimano Core 100 to a Pinnacle Matrix
So the $95 Pinnacle must be superior to the $380 Core correct? I think not, a company can pack bearings in all kinds of difference places that really don't matter. Thinks that matter are tight tolerances, free spinning spools, good braking systems, lightweight spools, bearings in the correct places, etc....
Anyways my Luna has 10BB with the different handle
Weight wise as I said above the 200 GTB is in a different class than the 253 Luna. Lets compare the Calcutta TE 300 with the same line capacity
Luna (Mine) 11.3
Shimano doesn't make a 300 size Calcutta B.
Also with the weight it doesn't matter near as much if I am throwing 1-5oz baits. No swimbait rod meant for these baits is going to be under 5oz and more likely 6. I would rather have a more refined and powerful reel meant for these bait (300 size spool).
When I can get a rod built under 3oz and have a reel 5.5-7oz for using small bait it matters.
With the regular guides versus micros that 1/4 oz or a tad more depending on guide set. That weight is extended out of 6'-7' where it is WAY more noticeable compared to right under your hand with a slightly less heavy reel. Sounds like you might no the other benefits so I won't even go into that.
I may not be happy with the reel but I have owned a few Calcuttas and they are nice reels but not that next step up. The feel of this one is great but it has yet to be tested. I thought I would share it with a few that fish swimbaits and like nice reel. Hopefully this long post helps someone when it comes to choosing a reel.
I am glad you like your GTB but not the best comparison. I hope to like the Luna. To bad this ice is setting in