A few weeks ago I posted a blog about our test centre and I promised you to come back with a blog about drag systems we developed for our conventional reels and spinning reels. As we do have some innovative sytems, I like to start with explaning the Dura-Drag™. This is a revolutionary drag that will dramatically improve the performance of Penn International® reels, as well as extend the life span of an International® drag. We always want to provide fisherman with the finest performing drags on the market.
Penn Dura-Drag™ was developed in a joint effort between Penn engineers and a leading US Auto Manufacturer supplier, and is based on the same material used in the transmissions of high-performance racing cars. This material has been awarded QS-9000 compliancy, among the highest of quality standards in the automotive industry. Dura-Drag™ is tough and durable; it endures frequent and heavy use; and withstands the high levels of heat generated during big game battles. Dura-Drag™ contains a special Phenolic bonding agent that prevents premature breakdown of the material while also providing a water-barrier. Dura-Drag™ is then pre-treated with a special formula developed by Penn Engineers through extensive testing and research. This special formula improves the drag performance, provides a barrier to prevent water damage, and gives the drag a silky, smooth feel from initial start-up through the entire drag run. The combination of new drag material and special formula gives anglers the toughest, smoothest, longest-lasting drag ever developed – a drag so revolutionary it has been trademarked Dura-Drag™. Scientific tests prove that new Penn Dura-Drag™ performance is unsurpassed. After 30 hours of drag pressure in controlled testing, Penn Dura-Drag™ looked and performed as if it were brand new, right out of its packaging, while competitive drags showed obvious signs of wear. In terms of performance and smoothness, both light-tackle and big-game anglers will greatly appreciate the lack of an initial surge in drag-pressure, common in other drag materials. Smoother start-ups and more consistent drag pressures translate into fewer pulled hooks, and broken lines will quickly become a thing of the past. According to our field testers, this is by far the finest and smoothest drag they have ever fished.
DO NOT APPLY GREASE to Penn Dura-Drag™. Penn’s special formula has already been applied. Dura-Drag™ washers are ready to be put into International® reels WITHOUT grease being applied. Note – DO NOT APPLY GREASE, applying grease to new Penn Dura-Drag™ washers will drastically reduce performance.
On the next blog I will tell you something about our Versa-Drag™ system. As the Dura-Drag™, this is a very innovative system which will help the angler to get the most out of his sport and our products.