Ardent Reel Evaluate – Sept 2007

The hunt to construct an All American Made Reel was achieved in 2006 by Ardent Outside of Macon, MO. You see, reels which are manufactured abroad have lengthy been the usual within the fishing business…Till now! I vividly keep in mind receiving my first Ardent reel within the spring of 2006, properly over 2 years in the past. The reel was known as the XS mannequin and was a 10 bearing baitcasting reel with “Race Reel Know-how”. As I opened the field and gazed down, I used to be astonished and excited because the XS regarded totally different from different reels. It appeared very smooth, quick and properly appointed…like a racecar! I used to be just about becoming the stereotypical “Child within the Sweet Retailer” situation by this level. Boy was I excited to attempt my new toy out. The Ardent XS shortly discovered it is place on a 7′ MH Airrus casting rod and was stuffed with 30LB braided line and tied to a 1/2oz Rat-L-Entice lure in a matter of minutes. I adjusted the 6-pin braking system and was off to make the primary forged.

As I drove in the direction of the lake, the joy and curiosity grew higher and higher. After I arrived on the lake, I jumped out of the truck and arranged all the pieces for the fishing journey whereas wanting very ahead to the Ardent expertise I had been heard about a number of occasions. When the primary forged was launched, amazement set in. The reel took my lure a lot farther than I ever keep in mind casting earlier than. At this level, I used to be beneath the “spell”, smiling from cheek to cheek. The forged was {smooth}, easy and no signal of any backlash was current, boy was I ecstatic! I actually couldn’t imagine what I used to be experiencing. I shortly reeled the lure again in and forged out once more, solely to search out a fair longer forged with the identical attributes as earlier than. To say the least, I used to be extraordinarily impressed and could not wait to throw the lure out once more. I distinctly keep in mind there was a fellow fisherman who was solely about 30 to 40 yards away from me in a cove and after he witnessed a couple of of my forged, he yelled…”Did you get your self a kind of new $700.00 Shimano’s”? I replied, “No, I simply bought a brand new Ardent XS”! He trolled over and took a have a look at the reel and we talked for a bit. A number of hours and lots of fish later, I made a decision this was essentially the most “pristine” reel I had ever had the pleasure of placing my fingers on. After I returned dwelling that night, I couldn’t wait to stand up the subsequent morning and forged my Ardent XS as soon as once more. I bought on-line that evening and ordered 2 extra Ardent XS reels and had them shipped “Subsequent-Day Supply”.

The brand new 2007 Mannequin XS was then launched and had a a lot harder end on the reel and a slight colour change as properly. Later throughout that 12 months, a brand new drag system was integrated into the XS mannequin and for my part; the “good reel” was born! Though, I assumed I had the “good” reel within the 2006 XS mannequin till I had the acute pleasure of utilizing the 2007 XS. This 12 months nevertheless, within the 2008 line up, Ardent has got here out with model new fashions and is now a “Mega” participant within the World Huge reel market. I want to share a bit of knowledge and observations that I’ve made concerning the 2008 Ardent reels in hopes that it’ll make it easier to to make a extra educated resolution when selecting your subsequent reel. Remember that I’ve been utilizing these reels virtually each day for over 2 years now and have put them by means of each scenario, local weather and utilized method that exists. They’ve been by means of dozens of tournaments and have really confirmed themselves as a worthy product in my e-book. Each since my first Ardent forged…. and nonetheless right this moment, Ardent has strived to make the BEST merchandise doable for his or her prospects, merchandise which are really second to none! Ardent has made a number of adjustments to their reels over the course of some years, within the pursuit to proceed making their merchandise higher and higher and naturally as all the time, merchandise which are proudly “Made In The USA”. The next is my synopsis of the Ardent 2008, 100% American Made Reels.


That is the flagship reel for Ardent so to talk. This reel is a free-spool casting reel that’s precision engineered for superior on the water efficiency. Ardent needed to supply a long-cast reel what integrated a really particular function…”Most Backlash Resistance”. Properly people, they absolutely achieved this as I’ve possibly had e backlashes in over 2 years of use. My backlashes have been associated to unintentionally catching one thing behind me, like a stick-up whereas casting out. The XS1000 has a really light-weight magnesium alloy body that’s harder than any reel I’ve ever seen. There isn’t any wobble backwards and forwards or flex, like many baitcasters available on the market right this moment. The reel has been ergonomically designed as properly, what does this imply to you as an angler? Properly, you may fish with the XS1000 all day lengthy and it’ll not solely stay comfy, however you may be fatigue free whereas utilizing the reel, which is essential whether or not you’re a weekend warrior or a seasoned skilled.

The XS1000 boast a mighty 10 bearing system. These 10 stainless-steel ABEC ball bearings produce an extremely {smooth} retrieve and {smooth} as silk forged. The XS 1000 is available in a 6.3:1 gear ratio and options Helical gears as properly. When utilizing 12lb take a look at line, the X1000 will maintain 120yds. Ardent has integrated its proprietary drag system known as the “Strike Saver” system. You could have by no means felt such a {smooth} drag set-up till you expertise Ardent’s bother and fear free system. The drag system is able to being locked down as properly, simply in case your particular situations require this motion. The braking system is a 6-pin centerfugal system that does a fantastic job at protecting the spool working easily to make sure these lengthy trouble free casts, but additionally ensures that your forged shall be backlash free. This XS 1000 is completed in an exquisite black with gold flake colour scheme. Among the {hardware} such because the deal with, spool and rigidity knob are gold in colour to actually intensify the fantastic thing about this extraordinary reel. The XS 1000 reel sells for a really practical $249.00.


One other excellent reel this 12 months within the Ardent line-up is the XS600 mannequin. This reel has the entire similar options because the aforementioned XS 1000, aside from it is bearing system. Whereas the XS1000 has 10 stainless ball bearings, the XS600 has 6 stainless ball bearings. Do not let the variety of bearing idiot you although, this reel nonetheless delivers motion packed forged and retrieves amazingly properly with 6 bearings. Over time many manufactures have achieved nice casting and {smooth} working reels through the use of solely Three or Four bearings. Ardent desires to make sure that every one in all their prospects get the very best reel for his or her hard-earned greenback, for this reason they’ve used 6 bearings within the XS 600, the place nearly all of manufactures would have used much less. That is the nice American spirit this firm possesses! This reel can be black with gold flake and the {hardware} is chrome plated and aluminum. The XS 600 sells for a really inexpensive $219.99.


Ardent only recently launched one other addition to the “Ardent Household” known as the C400 baitcast reel. Whereas I exploit the XS1000 & 600 fashions religiously, the brand new C400 is actually one of the phenomenal reels I’ve had the pleasure of utilizing. Ardent’s mission with the brand new C400 was to construct a reel that was extra inexpensive, however was sturdy and nonetheless had the excessive efficiency that Ardent is understood for. Ardent nonetheless makes use of the 6.3:1 Helical gear ratio and combines what with a 120yd/12lb vented spool. One other proprietary breakthrough for Ardent Reels is it is new design, which is current within the C400 known as the “Consolation Grip” body design. This new innovation is simply because it sounds, a particularly comfy reel that delivers all day efficiency and supplies you, the angler with a bother free and cozy design that ensures fatigue free fishing. The C400 has 1 curler bearing and Four stainless-steel ball bearings. After I use this reel, it actually feels as if I’m utilizing a 7 or Eight bearing reel. That is because of the shut tolerances and the know-how that Ardent has put into its American Made merchandise for us anglers…merely wonderful.

Probably the most spectacular function of this reel to me is castability! After I first forged the model new C400, imagine it or not, I forged all the road off the spool! I used to be utilizing 30lb-braided line, which has the diameter of 8lb monofilament line. With the C400 spool holding 120 yards of 12lb take a look at line, I defiantly had extra that 120 yards because of the smaller equal of 8lb take a look at line. It was someplace within the neighborhood of 135 to 140yds of line. I used to be throwing a 3/4oz lipless crankbait and it stored on going and going and going! After it hit the water… a result of I had ran out of line, I simply stood there and laughed. I assumed to myself, “Ardent has executed it once more”! Ardent even has a solution to this superior downside by providing a excessive efficiency spool as an adjunct. The excessive efficiency spool will give anglers of all ranges an possibility. The spool will really match the XS1000, the XS600 in addition to the C400 baitcast reels. The spool holds 225yds of 8lb, 200yds of 10lb and 200yds of 12lb. I assume I by no means thought I must change spools as a result of I forged all the road off the inventory spool, however then once more….I had by no means used an Ardent C400 till now!!! This unimaginable motion packed reel sells for a mere $169.99. The “Ardent Reel Xtra” spool sells for less than $34.99.

Along with the superior baitcast reels and the “Reel Xtra” spool, Ardent additionally makes a spinning reel known as the S400M, which is a 4+1 ABEC ball bearing reel that additionally has the “Strike Saver” drag system and a 5:1 gear ratio. The S400M has a one-piece A360 Aluminum Body that homes a excessive energy worm gear drive. This reel sells for $149.99 and is a good worth as properly. I’m at the moment utilizing 2 of those reels on an Airrus Puls-R 7’2″ spinning rod and an Airrus Puls-R 6’8″ spinning rod. The S400M is a really versatile reel as I exploit it for all the pieces from drop-shotting & shakey-worming to buzzbaits and spinnerbaits.

Just a few extra merchandise from Ardent I have to point out are the “Reel Klean” degreaser, the “Reel Butter Grease” and the “Reel Butter Oil”. These are THE BEST lubricants and cleaner which are available on the market right this moment people! Once more, they’re made within the USA as properly. Ardent Reel Butter is ranked #1 versus the main artificial reel lubricants. The Reel Butter Grease & Oil are high-performance, artificial merchandise developed by Ardent Reels particularly for fishing reel elements. They’re manufactured for use on every mannequin or model of reel available on the market. Texas Oil Tech, an unbiased ASTM, examined the Ardent merchandise ISO 9001 licensed and ANSI-RAD QME accredited lab in Houston, TX. Ardent Reel Butter outperformed the main lubricants within the class. Under are a couple of options in regards to the cleansing and lubrication merchandise:

Ardent Reel Butter Grease

-100% Full Artificial Grease

-Bonds to brass, metal and plastic

-Rust Inhibitor prevents corrosion

-UV Tracer

-Patented super-smooth additive


Ardent Reel Butter Oil

-100% full artificial oil

-Tremendous low viscosity

-Suitable with all supplies

-Anti-Gumming agent

-Constant temperature efficiency

-Retail $5.99

Ardent Reel Kleen Degreaser

When you have been to name up Jake Tippee at Ardent Reels, that is how he may describe Reel Kleen. “A chemically engineered solvent developed for the common cleansing of fishing reels. Reel Kleen breaks up previous grease and dust and dries clear with no residue so a reel is ready for correct lubrication. It is 100% compliant with all reel elements so it supplies efficient cleansing functionality with out damaging elements. Works on all manufacturers of reels”. Retail-$3.99.

Ardent additionally places the three merchandise talked about above right into a useful and handy equipment known as the “Reel Kleen” Cleansing Package. In addition to the Reel Kleen, Reel Butter Oil and Reel Butter Grease, the equipment additionally incorporates instruments, cleansing brush, handled cleansing material, swabs, a whole handbook in addition to a fantastic little useful storage field to place all the pieces in. The equipment retails for $19.99.

I’ve used most each reel available on the market right this moment and I can truthfully let you know that Ardent makes essentially the most distinctive and “pristine” reel that’s out there wherever! Reel buying to me is nearly like automobile buying (aside from the gross sales individuals). Inform me if I’m right, once you store for a reel you search for one that may give you bother free service for a protracted time frame, however won’t “break the financial institution” so to talk within the course of. You additionally desire a reel that may tackle many several types of strategies and work properly for every software. Whenever you get the chance to check out an Ardent Reel, you’ll discover one thing that you don’t see in all of the “different reels” on the shelf. Not solely is it the one one which’s 100% Made In The USA, but additionally it should really feel similar to the “Porsche” of your goals in your fingers! I strongly encourage you to go to your native retailer or the Official Ardent Reels Web site at or just name them at (660)395-9200. Whenever you do, inform them G. Wayne despatched you! The Ardent guarantee is like none different I’ve ever seen! They provide the longest guarantee in all the business just because each Ardent reel is hand crafted and efficiency examined previous to cargo. From the braking system to the spool shaft, they assure high quality in addition to craftsmanship. This {smooth}, excessive efficiency fishing expertise is proudly and confidently backed with their 3-YEAR guarantee…that people, is unimaginable! Till subsequent time, here is to Bent Rods and Screamin’ Reels!