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Full Metal Body & Sideplates – The Penn Clash has a full metal body and sideplates in all of the models that are made of anodized aluminum to resist saltwater corrosion.
The aluminum is carried over to the 6000 and 8000 rotors where the models 2000-5000 have a rigid carbon resin rotor made of Penn’s RR30 material to reduce weight.
CNC Gear Technology – The Penn Clash series of reels uses CNC machine cut gears that provide very tight meshing of the gears and extra strength. The gears in the 2000-5000 are made of brass for the pinion gear and aluminum for the main gears while the larger 6000-8000 series use brass for the pinion and drive gears.
Level line Oscillation System – The slow oscillation level line system (1 up and down per 5 handle cranks) is designed to provide an even lay of the line on the spool. When you are retrieving with a regular oscillation speed the spool moves up and down quickly.
With the slow oscillation system, you can see that the spool moves much slower up and down. From what we were able to see, the system works extremely well and provided a very tight and nearly even line lay which means that we did not experience any wind knots and were able to achieve good casting distances.
HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers – The HT-100 drag system uses keyed carbon fiber washers that are designed to have pressure applied on both sides of the washer. In doing this, Penn has been able to increase to possible drag by a factor of about 20%.
The carbon fiber washers also provide a smooth non-jerky drag at all drag pressures. The Penn Clash features a large seal located under the cap to prevent the intrusion of saltwater as well as using a “Wave Spring” that allows for more linear pressure to be applied over the entire range of the drag making it much more even.
8+1 Sealed stainless steel ball bearing – 8+1 sealed stainless steel bearings provide a smooth retrieving experience even under a heavy load. Due to the fact that the bearings are sealed, they will hold up under harsh saltwater conditions.
Instant Anti-Reverse bearing – The instant anti-reverse bearing provides the angler with the ability to get a solid hook set every time with no play in the spool when setting the hook. In the Penn Clash, there is the addition of an extra seal to keep harsh saltwater out.
Heavy-duty aluminum bail wire – The bail wire is constructed of a heavy-duty aluminum wire that is not prone to getting bent easily.
Braid ready aluminum spool – The spool is made of aluminum just like the body and has been ported to reduce the overall weight. The spool is designed to be braid ready – meaning that it has a knurled band in the center of the spool that allows you to go straight to the spool with braid versus having to back it with mono to eliminate the line from slipping around the spool.
Line Capacity Rings – The Penn Clash has three line capacity rings to let you know at all times how much line is left on the spool. The lines indicate 1/3, 2/3 and Full. I find this especially useful when fighting larger species like Bull Reds that love to head in the opposite direction of the boat.