Friday, January 6, 2017

Kast King Royale Legend Review



     As a family man with two young children I am constantly on the look out for great and cant miss sales. With my family as my top priority and diapers trump every other purchase, I simply am not at a place in my life where I can spend $200 dollars on a fishing reel. A friend of mine had recently purchased a KastKing Royale Legend and seemed to be pleased with its performance and quality. I have been fishing with four clearance sale Daiwa Laguna reels that were starting to decline in performance. I read several reviews and and talked to a few friends that had personal experience with the KastKing brand, some positive and some not so. The bottom line is that you're never going to get 100% rave reviews on any product, and the complaints here seemed pretty generic that can happen with any brand. I heard that these reels were cheap knockoffs from China and I heard that they were a great company that had high quality products with low prices because they cut out retailers and sold directly from Amazon. I'm guess the truth lies somewhere in the middle, which I am ok with. For $39.98 it was worth the risk and if it worked out then great if not then it was only a small loss.

     I'll dive right into my experience with the Royale. Just out of the package definitely has an aesthetic appeal to it. It has a very streamline, stealthy design to it that gives it the appearance of a higher end or higher dollar reel. I immediately got it on my Platinum Series from Manley Rods  and got it strung up. One of the complaints that I read more than once was the reels difficulty to properly dial in and prevent back lashes. Firstly, I have to admit that I'm not one to usually open reels and really change any factory settings on the braking systems or anything like that. I took the Royale out to my little practice pond by my house and gave it a proper sling. Huge birds nest! Not exactly surprising for a first time cast on a reel so I adjusted the spool tension and gave it another fling. My usual "dial in" time is about 3 or 4 casts and I'm good. I admit this reel took me about 10 casts to get it right without opening it up and messing with the brake. Once I got it set it cast like butter, and add another 20 yards from my previous aging reels. 

     I now have 3 Royal Legends and I've taken them out about 10 times now without any issues. I admit that they aren't top of the line but I believe they are a great value for the price. I can cast smoother and farther than before, but only time will tell if these reels have true longevity. I have no affiliation with KastKing whatsoever and I may come back with an update in six months with them falling apart, however I am a happy customer right now.