Here's a look at the best new spinning and baitcasting rods and reels from our 2012 test.
Quantum EXO PT EX100 SPT
Twelve bearings keep the lightweight EXO’s spool spinning smoothly and its handle cranking effortlessly. An incredible 17 pounds of drag is applied through a series of stainless-steel, carbon, and ceramic discs.
In an effort to keep weight down, the magnetic casting control was removed. While this may seem odd, the friction control is so good you won’t miss it. The single control greatly simplifies the reel’s operation, contributing to its best-of-test rating.