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Abu Garcia Elite Max
Abu Garcia Elite Max

Abu Garcia Elite Max Review

The Abu Garcia Elite Max is a spinning reel which ticks all the boxes for the average angler. This reel is a great option if you're on a tight budget, and looking for a reel which is guaranteed to do the job, for a number of years.
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Feature overview

Sizes:
Available in 1000, 2000, 3000, and 4000 sizes.
Gear ratio:
Available ratios: 6.2:1.
Bearings:
7
Braid ready:
Yes
Sealed drag:
Yes
Body material:
Carbon

Verdict on the Elite Max, after hours of research:

Reasons to buy this reel

  • Affordable spinning reel option from a trusted brand
  • Smooth operation with good casting ability - ideal if you're looking to make longer casts with finesse applications
  • Sturdy and solid bail - often bails become flimsy as price goes down in reels
  • Strong drag - can handle large species comfortably
  • A tough workhorse reel with a durable carbon body
  • Compatible with all line types - essential if you're looking for fish braid or fluorocarbon
  • If you're looking for a budget reel, you'll get everything you need with this reel

Reasons not to buy this reel

  • Drag doesn't have the precision of a more expensive option - such as a Tatula or Stradic
  • Users have had issues with the washers coming out when they remove the spool
  • This reel won't have the best performance compared to reels that come at a greater price

Bottom line

The Elite Max is a very good build by Abu Garcia. It may not win you a tournament, but for the average angler this reel will do just fine. Smooth operation along with solid casting and a drag strong enough to handle large freshwater species - this is a worthwhile option if you're on a tight budget and looking to start the sport.

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