sure is an amazing reel for only costing $100. Its 7 bearing system (2 high spin, 4 stainless steel, 1 roller) makes this reel feel like it’s in a much higher price range. The Origin C weighs 7.3 ounces and comes in two gear ratios; 6.6:1 (27.8 IPT) and 8.1:1 (34 IPT). It also comes equipped with an 18lb drag able to pull any fish out of cover when paired with the 8.1 version.
This reel features a 7 adjustment centrifugal braking system on the spool. Yes, it is only 7 adjustments but I can honestly say it is better than a lot of other manufacturers braking systems which can have infinitely many more settings. Accessing these brakes are incredibly easy as well as adjustment. There is a small lever on the bottom of the reel that you simply flip the other way and the sideplate falls straight off. After doing so, located on the spool is our centrifugal brakes labeled 0-6. 0 has the least braking power and 6 has the most with 2-3 being the sweet spot that offers the best casting to control. To adjust, grab the outside area of the dial and turn it, a little white dot at the top will indicate your brake setting. One potential issue is that the sideplate does not possess the bettlewing design that the more expensive Concept reels have. This will really only be a problem if you lose your grip on the sideplate though, so make sure to hold onto it tight.
In terms of the smoothness, the Origin C is exactly what you’d expect from a $100 reel and then some. After owning this reel since 2017 without cleaning it once, the bearings and gears do not show any signs of grittiness or noise. I purposely do not care for my reels or perform maintenance when doing these reviews to get a solid answer of how well they are designed and the quality of components. This can also help to determine how well other products from a specific company are made at a certain price point. With that being said, I’m fairly impressed by how well it performs even to this day. It definitely does need a good internal cleaning to get some of the dirty oil and grease off the bearings and gears but for the most part it is not noticeable.
Without a doubt the biggest flaw with this reel is the matte white paintjob, primarily when used with braid. I live in an area where the water visibility frequently remains below 3 foot so monofilament/fluorocarbon isn’t really needed. If you use braid, you will know that the dye eventually wears off whether it’s on your hands, in the water….or in this case, stuck all over the matte paint. After using this reel since the day it came out years ago, it has grown to be one of my favorites in regards of price to performance but it has also became incredibly dirty…. it’s almost on the verge of being called gray. So, with that being said, if you wish to use this reel with braid, you better scrub it after each outing or simply use mono/fluoro with it otherwise the finish may become stained.
BFA’s Score: 9/10. I would definitely buy it again for the price, but braid will come nowhere near this reel in the future.
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