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Quantum Tour Edition PT Review

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This reel doesn't seem like it came from the same manufacturer as last year's model; it's a drastic improvement. I purchased two of the blue PT Tour Editions at a little over $100, but sold them fairly quickly. They didn't necessarily suck, but they were worth about the $100 I paid for them. The reel was heavy and loose; tolerances werene't tight at all. This years PT looked nice...a copy of Diawa it seemed, and I didn't plan on purchasing one. However, I played with them at Cabelas, and curiosity got the best of me. These new PT's aren't just a step up, but a major leap.. Tolerances are tight, and overall feel is excellent. My new reel test plug (a 1/4oz BDS 1) would effortlessly fly without a hint of an overrun. The new shallower spool was obviously a major contributor to this (12lb/110yds). Overall I'm impressed. Even though the titanium coating is really tough; I'm not a fan of the mirror finish, so I opted for a black finish on the sideplates curtosy of my airbrush and some House of Color black paint (plus clear). Anyway....I'll give an update in a few months to see how they are doing.

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Pretty tight internals with solid aluminum sideplates on both sides...

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I don't have the Tour Edition, but I recently picked up an '09 Energy E100HPT.  I didn't have the funds for the TE, nor could I justify its significantly higher price than that of the Energy, especially when I could get the Energy for $145 shipped.

I've only been able to use it once on the lake thus far, but am equally impressed with the amount of refinement and weight reduction over the last model.  I never owned the previous version, but I was able to handle them enough to recognize the distinct improvements.  The new finish and color scheme is definitely an upgrade, as I've never really been a fan of the multi-colored "Titanium-Deposition" finish and it works much better as an accent than the dominant body color.

As far as casting, Quantum's ACS cast control continues to be my favorite cast control system, over the Shimano (which makes up the rest of my baitcasting reels), Daiwa, and Pflueger systems that I have used.  I like the Shimano's braking system, but the external dial on the Quantum is just that much easier to adjust since you don't have to open the sideplate.  I casted everything from a 1/2 oz Red Eye Shad, to a buzzbait and 3/8oz spinnerbait with absolutely no overruns.  And they were some long casts, too.  I didn't try any really lightweight stuff or plastics because of the rod I had it mounted on, but it performed admirably with all the paces I put it through.  My only gripe would be the noise it made during casting.  My Shimanos are all almost silent, but the Energy made a distinct whine.  I noticed that changing the ACS setting affected the volume, though, so it may go away as the reel gets more broken in, or it may be over- or under-lubricated.  I plan on taking it apart and checking the lube before my next outing.

Overall, a great reel for the price, though I would have a hard time paying full retail for one (or any reel for that matter, as I'm a dedicated eBay junkie).  I'll update this thread as I'm able to do more "field testing." ;)

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I have the same impression and opinion on the new Energy, got it 2 months ago. Comparable to many high end in the market

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I don't have the Tour Edition, but I recently picked up an '09 Energy E100HPT. I didn't have the funds for the TE, nor could I justify its significantly higher price than that of the Energy, especially when I could get the Energy for $145 shipped.

I've only been able to use it once on the lake thus far, but am equally impressed with the amount of refinement and weight reduction over the last model. I never owned the previous version, but I was able to handle them enough to recognize the distinct improvements. The new finish and color scheme is definitely an upgrade, as I've never really been a fan of the multi-colored "Titanium-Deposition" finish and it works much better as an accent than the dominant body color.

As far as casting, Quantum's ACS cast control continues to be my favorite cast control system, over the Shimano (which makes up the rest of my baitcasting reels), Daiwa, and Pflueger systems that I have used. I like the Shimano's braking system, but the external dial on the Quantum is just that much easier to adjust since you don't have to open the sideplate. I casted everything from a 1/2 oz Red Eye Shad, to a buzzbait and 3/8oz spinnerbait with absolutely no overruns. And they were some long casts, too. I didn't try any really lightweight stuff or plastics because of the rod I had it mounted on, but it performed admirably with all the paces I put it through. My only gripe would be the noise it made during casting. My Shimanos are all almost silent, but the Energy made a distinct whine. I noticed that changing the ACS setting affected the volume, though, so it may go away as the reel gets more broken in, or it may be over- or under-lubricated. I plan on taking it apart and checking the lube before my next outing.

Overall, a great reel for the price, though I would have a hard time paying full retail for one (or any reel for that matter, as I'm a dedicated eBay junkie). I'll update this thread as I'm able to do more "field testing." ;)

The noise is due to the braking system which I agree is excellent. It might diminish but won't go away. Fish can't hear it.

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In regards to the noise from the reel, yes it's coming from the braking.  I had a similar thing happen w/ a Shimano 201B before.  What you need to do to quiet the noise is to open up the reel and use a q-tip & run it on the inside drum where the brakes would make contact.  You will see some residue go onto the q-tip.  after that take another q-tip & put a small drop of reel oil & rub it on the drum, but just a very light coat.  This will quite the noise & improve casting a bit.

I have the 2009 Catalyst b/c reel(nice match to the 6'10" MH 21 Gold Carrot Stix) & I like it also...will eventually get the tour edition in the later this year.

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Thanks for the responses guys.  I am looking into trying an Energy and Tour Edition but I am also getting a heck of a deal as well so the Tour Edition is within my price range.   ;)

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I have heard a lot of good things about the new line up of Quantum reels.  I guess they have really done it with this new 09 line up.

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