When you think quality, you automatically expect a hefty price tag. But, when it comes to Savage Gear’s new ‘Black’ series of reels that certainly isn’t the case. Sporting a very affordable price tag yet more features then you can poke a peg at, the ‘Black’ range has been specifically designed to cater for freshwater fishos as well as saltwater anglers looking to target inshore species. They’re available in 3 sizes, 2000, 3000 and 4000, making them the perfect addition to any light spinning combo. Starting with the smooth internal gearing and 8 stainless steel ball bearings, the ‘Black’ spinning reels provide effortless operation even under the strain of a solid fish. Of course, the carbon drag washers will also assist in that department, offering up to 7.5kg of drag in the 4000 models. To ensure the reels aren’t affected by harsh saltwater environments, the ‘Black’ range are fitted with a stainless steel main shaft as well as having the entire reel go through a saltwater treatment. Perfect for anglers wanting reliability and longevity from their purchase. For line storage, the ‘Black’ range sports a sleek aluminium spool with convenient line holder clip, and the DURA air rotor ensures even line lay first time, every time. The combination of the two equates to longer casts, with lighter lures, and less down time untangling wind knots. The body of the reel is an aluminium frame construction with a carbon body cover to maximise strength but minimise excess weight, resulting in a reel that can be fished all day without angler fatigue kicking in. The screw-in handle is also a strong aluminium build and can be positioned on both sides of the reel to cater for left and right handed fishos. The handles are matched with a comfortable EVA knob to give anglers a non-slip grip during reel operation. So, for a light tackle reel that punches well outside its weight class, the Savage Gear ‘Black’ range is perfect for the job.