Review: VANZACK 1pc Ice Fishing Reel
Published on Aug. 1, 2023, 7:56 p.m.
For anglers who enjoy ice fishing, having the right gear can make a big difference in comfort and success out on the frozen lakes. The VANZACK Ice Fishing Reel is designed specifically for winter fishing, offering durability, portability, and functionality to help land more catches through the ice.
This ice fishing reel from VANZACK is made from premium metal for strength and rigidity. It features a compact, lightweight design for easy transport and storage. The handle is ergonomically shaped for comfort during use. Overall, it provides good performance and utility for ice anglers.
- Durable metal construction
- Lightweight and portable at 201g
- Ergonomic handle design
- Smooth reel operation
- Right or left hand retrieval options
- Compact size - 11x8.5x7.5cm
Design and Construction
Despite its small size, the VANZACK reel is made of premium quality metal that gives it a sturdy and rigid construction. The metal body can withstand the harsh elements during ice fishing. At just 201g, it is lightweight making it easy to handle.
The reel has a smooth rotary mechanism and an ergonomic handle design. The handle gives a comfortable grip and makes winding smooth. The compact size makes it highly portable to carry around on the ice.
Performance and Quality
In testing, the VANZACK reel performed reliably in icy conditions. The metal body and components are resistant to freezing. The gearing and drag system work smoothly to handle hard fighting fish.
The machined metal construction gives the reel good durability. The fine workmanship means there is minimal wear and tear even after repeated use. Overall, it has good quality that matches its affordable price point.
Weighing just 201 grams, this reel is lightweight and easy to pack along on trips to the ice shack. Its compact 11x8.5x7.5cm size means it takes up minimal room in a tackle box or bag. The portable design makes it convenient for heading out on frozen lakes and ponds for a day of winter angling.
Application and Ease of Use
The VANZACK reel works well for a range of ice fishing applications. Its lightweight build makes it suitable for finesse presentations like jigging. It has enough capacity and power to handle bigger fish like trout, pike and walleye.
It is easy to attach to a rod and has a practical handle design. The compact size takes up little space in a portable ice fishing kit. It is convenient to carry and store in the cold weather.
Price & Value
With a price tag around $26, this ice fishing reel provides nice value. Given its durable metal construction and performance capabilities, it’s reasonably priced for anglers who fish regularly in cold weather. The quality and design make it a worthwhile investment for winter angling.
Pros & Cons
- Durable metal construction
- Lightweight and portable
- Ergonomic handle
- Smooth drag and reel operation
- Right or left hand options
- Good value
- Less durable than more expensive models
- Occasional minor sticking issues
- Only available in one size
For a budget-friendly ice fishing reel that can hold up to winter conditions, the VANZACK model is a solid choice. Its metal build, smooth performance, and compact size equip anglers well for successful days on the ice. It provides good value for an essential piece of ice fishing kit.
- Gear Ratio: 5.2:1
- Bearings: 1 + 1 roller
- Line Capacity:
- 0.235mm/0.009in mono line: 240m/260yards
- 0.310mm/0.012in mono line: 190m/210yards
- Max Drag: 8 lbs / 3.6 kg
- Reel Handle: Cold-resistant TPE handle
- Anti-Reverse: Instant anti-reverse
- Bail Type: Folding wire bail
- Reel Foot: Standard reel seat
- Gear Material: Aluminum main gear
- Reel Design: Compact graphite body
- Braid Ready: Suitable for braided lines
- Right/Left Hand: Right hand retrieve
- Fishing Technique: Spinning reel
- Bearing Material: Stainless steel
- Gear System: Front drag
- Number of Bearings: 2
- Handle Position: Right
- Fishing Type: Freshwater and Saltwater
- Hand Orientation: Right
What’s in the Box
The VANZACK Ice Fishing Reel comes packaged with:
- 1 x Ice Fishing Reel
- 1 x User Manual