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Lamson Litespeed has once again been reloaded in 2014
For years an iconic ultra-large arbor reel, Litespeed has now been refined for even higher retrieve rate, improved ergonomics, easier line management and less mass.
Gen 3 LS has been pushed farther with new improvements. Narrower drag geometry has translated into a flatter spool surface for less knuckle dragging. The aggressive drag knob has been made even more aggressive. Structural refinements such as the curved arbor have made a light reel even lighter. The curved arbor stores backing into a “diameter well” and keeps “working line” at a maximum radius.
Most notably, the spool/stripping arm geometry that was inherent on the very earliest Litespeeds has been changed to make it consistent with the newer reels. The result is fewer snags and less line damage. Still a close second to a Force SL in trout sizes, the Litespeed makes for a dependable Lamson line.
• Format: Large Arbor
Materials: Machined Aluminum, stainless steel
Finish: Hard Alox
Please Note: Series IV spools are not compatible with previous model Litespeeds.
DRAG SYSTEM The drag system in all of our reels consists of a pair of precisely matched conical
elements which are drawn together with spring tension to produce variable rates of smooth rotational
braking. By re-configuring the surface area of traditional disks into a pair of matching conical
elements we were able to seal the drag completely from moisture, salt and grit. And since the mass of
the drag elements is centralized, the spool's rotating mass is much lower which makes the reel more
responsive to light drag settings. Because the average radius of the contact surface is much smaller
(being conical rather than disk-shaped), start-up torque is too low to measure. US Patent #5,915,639;
other patents pending. CLUTCH Most premium reels rely on a pawl type clutch mechanism. These are often vulnerable to
stress related failure, contamination and wear. All of our reels employ a Torrington zero-lash roller
clutch. This mechanism relies on the locking effect of a number of ramps and rollers to achieve torque
transmission. There are no "teeth" or "steps" to break off or wear out. And the zero-lash feature
means instant engagement. This improves feel and eliminates "spike" that the reel, line and leader
experience when a typical pawl clutch hooks up. HARD ALOX FINISH All of our premium reels are offered in one fantastic finish only—a proprietary combination of alloy selection and conversion
coating that we call “Hard Alox”. The term Hard Alox is taken from the anodizing process itself,
wherein the aluminum surface is converted to aluminum oxide. By increasing the coating thickness
and reducing porosity, our Hard Alox coating is much more durable than any other reel. Ask a dealer
for a demonstration and prepare to be impressed.
Hard Alox trumps the conventional and ubiquitous Type 2 anodize, a finish which emphasizes gloss
and color selection over durability. In place of Type 2 we offer you enhanced resistance to abrasion,
impact and corrosion and a look that tells the story of beauty which, while not being just “skin deep”,
actually does start there. LINE STORAGE FORMAT Our large
arbor reels maximize the benefits of
large arbor design by maximizing the
arbor diameter-to-width ratio. The
spool is large in circumference and
wide, so that line is stored in a
shallow layer. The increased
circumference provides high retrieve
rate and eliminates line coil memory.
The wide, shallow line layer means
there is little radius change as line is
pulled form the reel. This results in
constant drag torque during long runs
and eliminates the risk of tippets
breaking due to drag force gain.
I picked up at 3.5 and a 4.0 for my first few trips to the tropics for bonefish and baby tarpon. Both reels performed wonderfully. I was fastidious about rinsing them at the end of each day, and they rewarded me with flawless performance. Nice smooth drag start-up as I got spooled by a few bones and had some close quarters "cage matches" with angry tarpon. My only criticism is that the running line can get caught between the reel frame and the spool. Luckily, this only happened to me during frantic and messy line-stripping for casting, and not while I had a fish on, but it could be a problem if it did.