Avid's new ACR 12000 big-pit reel replaces the company's original carp reel and appears to offer great value for money.
RRP: £109.99 | www.avidcarp.com
Two years in the making, the new ACR 12000 marks a real step forward for Avid in the highly competitive big-pit market.
Our initial reactions are very good. The line lay is excellent; the long tapered spool and very slow oscillation makes sure of that.
It also looks and feels much better than its predecessor. It is noticeably lighter and the cosmetics are spot on, particularly the machined-aluminium handle and carbon-look drag plate.
Seven internal ball bearings, plus one on the roller, offer great smoothness, while the front drag goes from locked up to freespool quickly.
At the launch of these reels we spoke to Chris Lowe, an Avid angler who regularly fishes two or three nights a week at Linear Fisheries, and he confidently called them "bomb-proof".
A stainless-steel shaft and tough body hint at this reliability, though we are obviously only able to give our first impressions at this stage.
One thing's for sure, at a probable retail price of under £100, this is a lot of reel for the money.