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WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Senior MemberPosts: 24,412 AG
Allen Kraken? >>>>

Thinking about picking one up for a spare reel. 8wt size. Thoughts?


  • saltybumsaltybum Senior Member Sunny Central east coastPosts: 1,696 Captain
    I have one on my 8wt. Very nice looking and smooth but have yet to put it to a real test. Plenty of drag and I like the larger drag knob better than my other reels. Just found out too that they have discounts for military AND vets. Hmmm, maybe looking at adding another to the arsenal.
  • Snookslayer772Snookslayer772 Senior Member Posts: 170 Officer
    Good reels at a great price, really can't go wrong.
  • Snookslayer772Snookslayer772 Senior Member Posts: 170 Officer
    Oh and their customer service is top notch. They came to me 2 or so months after I purchased a reel just to check in and make sure everything was good with the reel and if I have put it to the test.
  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Senior Member Posts: 24,412 AG
    Is the drag comparable to a Tibor?
  • RobARobA Member Posts: 55 Deckhand
    I have a kraken and an Everglades. The drag on the Tibor starts up smoother. It is also more adjustable. I haven't had a fish too strong for either reel, though.

    I like owning the Tibor. It looks and sounds cool and, according to its reputation, it should last forever. But on any given day, I could care less if I'm fishing with the Allen or the Tibor.
  • Carl BlackledgeCarl Blackledge Banned CaliforniaPosts: 674 Officer
    I find it very difficult to compare a Kraken reel that cost about $100 to an Tibor for whatever price......Just wait till you try and sell that Kraken...and the guy on the other end might say "what kind of reel??...The Tibor is a reel that is just a good investment, like Money in the bank....and there isn't ANY comparison in performance.....unless you want to compare a RR to a VW...My 2 cents

    PS The Kraken is probably a great entry level reel.

    Carl Blackledge
  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Senior Member Posts: 24,412 AG
    I've got two Tibors, an Everglades and a Riptide. Life long reels of immeasurable quality no doubt.

    On the freshwater side I am a dedicated Ross user.

    My question in the OP was regarding a second or a back-up reel, if you will, in an 8/9 size.

    I am confident it will be right for that. I just ordered it.

    Thanks for all the feedback.
  • saltybumsaltybum Senior Member Sunny Central east coastPosts: 1,696 Captain
    I don't think you will be disappointed. Black, green or the limited gold?
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