Much like you would probably react if somebody handed you a bowling ball that weighed less than a pound, is about how 30-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier Gary Klein reacted when he first picked-up Quantum’s new 5.4-ounce TourMg baitcasting reel.
Apparently, the highly respected editors of Field & Stream Magazine felt much like Klein when they fished with the TourMg in a head-to-head test against other reels, because very graciously, they have awarded the TourMg their prestigious “Best of the Best” award among all new freshwater baitcasting reels.
Magnesium is the fourth most common element in the Earth but, until now, its price has made it prohibitive for use in most reels. Quantum’s new TourMg finally makes a magnesium baitcasting reel affordable to avid anglers. As stated in the March issue of Field & Stream, “Good luck finding another genuine magnesium baitcaster for under $300.”
The TourMg is built with an extremely lightweight magnesium frame and gear side cover with a carbon palm side cover for a retail price that’s as much as three hundred dollars less than some of the magnesium baitcasters on the market.
Loaded with 11 PT bearings, an Internal Centrifugal cast control system not only helps dial-in spool tension to changes in lure weights and wind direction, but also helps reduce weight by taking heavier magnetic controls off the reel. Field & Stream editors stated the TourMg even delivered small lures without a hint of backlash.
Anglers won’t need to fear a drag failure when they slam home the hook with a TourMg in their hands, as Quantum’s exclusive Performance Tuned ceramic drag system will be there to endure the fight.
Priced around $279, and available in both a high-speed 7.0:1, and an all-purpose 6.3:1 gear ratio, the TourMg’s feather-like 5.4 ounces is among the absolute lightest of any reel in its category, at a savings of $60 - $300 when compared to other magnesium baitcasters.
“It seems like during my 30 years of fishing with Quantum that every year I swear it can’t get any better,” confesses Klein. “That’s how I thought about Smoke, then came EXO, and now the TourMg – it’s really amazing. You’d think I’d learn to trust our product managers when they tell me they’re working on something even better than we have right now.”