Helios SX Spinning Reels Showcase Light Weight And Superior Strength Of Okuma C-40X Construction

As materials advance, fishing rods and reels continue to get lighter, while also increasing in power and durability. Okuma Helios SX spinning reels combine advanced design and C-40X long-strand carbon fiber construction to deliver fantastic handling with exceptional strength for freshwater and inshore saltwater fisheries.

Helios SX spinning reel

Helios SX reels are the culmination of superior design, materials and construction that come together to create an light, powerful spinning reel for freshwater and inshore saltwater.

The body, side plate and rotor of the Helios SX are constructed of Okuma C-40X long-strand carbon fiber. Where graphite reel construction utilizes powder suspended in resin, C-40X uses strands of carbon fiber that become interwoven thousands of times. The necessary quantity of resin is lower, and finished parts are both more precise and deliver superior strength. Parts constructed from C-40X carbon fiber are 25% lighter and 50% stronger than their graphite counterparts. C-40X construction is also completely corrosion-free.

C-40X construction is not only stronger than graphite, it’s also more rigid. By eliminating flex under normal fishing loads, C-40X delivers superior alignment of internal parts. Flex, and its associated movement, is what causes the most wear on internal parts. By maintaining a rigid structural platform, C-40X construction increases the longevity of all internal parts and systems.

Beginning with exceptional C-40X construction, new Helios SX reels then utilize top design technologies. At the back end of the reel and including the reel stem and foot is Okuma Torsion Control Armor. This unique design anchors the reel body within a wide yoke. Under stress, this wide footprint virtually eliminates flex and twist. Furthermore, it maintains a firm connection between the internal gears. Under load, the main gear of a spinning reel wants to push outward. By firmly stabilizing the body from the exterior, positive gear connection is maintained throughout the life of the reel.

The C-40X Cyclonic Flow Rotor on Helios SX reels includes more than stunning good looks. Short of elite-level reels with fully sealed bodies, most reels seek to minimize water intrusion beneath the spool with extra structure. The issue becomes that water inevitably enters, and these partially-sealed systems then make it difficult to get that water out. On the Helios SX, the full rotor system is ported to an extreme level. Instead of guarding against water intrusion, the Cyclonic Flow Rotor focuses on evacuating water from the system and drying the reel out. The shape of the rotor envelopes the system in a circular airflow. By simply using the reel, water is driven from it and accumulated moisture dried. In rainy environments, the rotor system dries faster than a traditional design when both are put into dry storage after a wet day of fishing.

Helios SX spinning reels include three sizes: HSX-20, HSX-30 and HSX-40. Additionally, the 40 size is available with high-speed 5.8:1 gearing, the HSX-40S. Internal systems include eight stainless steel and corrosion-resistant High Performance Bearings and one roller bearing. The main gear is cut from aluminum for light weight and outstanding strength. The machine cut brass pinion gear keeps the Helios SX extremely smooth.

MSRP of Helios SX spinning reels is $129.99 and are backed by the Okuma 1-Year Limited Warranty.

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