The Airloop series of reels are fantastic value for money and offers all the bells and whistles that other much more expensive reels on the market offer.
This time around I would like to focus on the Akios Airloop R8 the smaller brother to the fantastic R10 but by no means living in its shadow. The R8 offers all the same features to the R10, but has A shorter shaft and is more suited to fishing over rough or mixed ground than its larger counterpart in my opinion.
The R8 comes with two anodized spools one deep and one shallow. The shallow spool holds a sufficient amount of low diameter mono or braid and tends to be the one I favor. The other deeper spool is ideal for higher diameter mono’s.
The drag system is smooth and very responsive allowing you to control the run of the liveliest of fish with little effort.
The Airloop series is renowned as a casting reel due to its long cone spool and its SSO feature providing perfect line lay and is ideal when needing those few extra yards.
In my experience of the Akios Airloop R8 its A reel you can truly rely on and has never been found wanting.
Thanks For Taking The Time To Read This!
Tight Lines, Paul