Okuma’s Metaloid Series two speed reels set a new standard. The offered two speed capability with relatively high drag specs at an industry leading price with greater warranty support than other manufacturers. Sold a lot of those wonderful reels. The new version of the Metaloid is now called the Cavalla. What we noticed immediately is that the drag curve is much smoother, there’s more range in it’s setting verses the Metaloid series. Shifting engagement is also smoother. In most respects, the new Cavalla series is simply a more refined Metaloid. Weights are almost the same, dimensions same, drag numbers same, helical cut gears gone and price a little more expensive.
From the manufacturer: The Cavalla 2-Speed Lever Drag reels are a compact bodied machine built to handle the toughest of conditions. This reel is built with 6061-T6 machined aluminum frame and side plates. The rigid 1 piece frame continues around to the non handle side plate. This rigid frame combined with a cold forged, type-II anodized machined aluminum spool give you a sleek and rugged weapon.
The Cavalla reels feature a battle proven carbonite drag system with Cal’s drag grease that puts out 24 to 34 pounds of drag at full. The 17.4 grade stainless steel main and pinion gear as well as the CRC: Corrosion Resistance Coating process make this reel virtually corrosion resistant. Add to that 4 corrosion resistant stainless steel bearings and a silent retrieve system for complete smooth operation. The Cavalla 2-speed reels feature a 6.4:1 and 3.8:1 gear ratio on the 5 size reels and a 4.7:1 and 2.1:1 gear ratio on the 12 size. Both the 5 and 12 size reels come in left and right hand retrieve and feature an on/off bait clicker. This reel is compact and comfortable, and feature an Ergo Grip handle knob and anodized aluminum handle arm.