09-11-2010, 12:51 PM
Re: Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor vs. Lamson Guru
Johnpriceoutdoors posed a good question. Will you be using it in the salt? I have a feeling that you would with a name like Tully Mars (I know the reference).
Tough call. Both are well designed reels.
Here's how I look at it.
Retrieve: Goes to the BKLA. A reel with a 4" outer diameter will reel in line faster than a reel with a 3.75" outer diameter. This can be important with speedy fish like Bonefish or steelhead.
Drag system: Tough call. As much as I like the Waterworks/Lamson drag system (I own a Litespeed 3), I will give the edge to the Orvis. The start up is a smoother (not by much) and has a touch more stopping power.
Line capacity: Both are just as good.
Weight: The Lamson is a lighter by .7 ounces (6.1 vs 6.9). To some, that is critical. To some, it isn't.
Finish: The Orvis seems to be a bit more polished. The machining looks cleaner.
Saltwater usage: Edge towards the Lamson. It has a sealed drag system. The Orvis has an exposed roller bearing that is supposed to be non-corrosive. I have seen some of these units corrode.
After the purchase customer service: Both companies respond well to customer service issues. They stand behind their products. Orvis has been around for over 100 years. It isn't going anywhere. Waterworks and Lamson have been together since 1999. It continues to make quality product year after year.