Van Staals well known all machined aluminum spinning reels are available with and without bails. The bail-less design has been favored within the surf fishing community, while the bail design has more favor for the offshore enthusiast. This a preferred manual bail design, more appropriate for higher test lines and higher drag settings, both of which these reels are fully capable of employing to great benefit.
The VS series of bail-less spinning reels are the originals, offering a completely sealed water-proof body and drag. They are made for hard core surf fishing. Both VS and VSB (bail) reels offer a fully machined aluminum body, flyer and spool for no-flex strength, plus a huge machined stainless steel spiral-bevel main gear for long lasting power. They feature a machined titanium-nitride-treated center shaft and titanium-nitride line roller allowing you to fish either monofilament or braided lines under the heaviest drag loads without wear. For the VSB models, the bail is made from solid nickel-titanium for superior strength and durability. They use a massive anti-reverse clutch, for rock solid hooksets. With huge line capacities and the ability to pick up 40 inches of line with a single turn of the handle, there are few if any other reels better built to deal with tough fish in a tough environment. (Reels pictured are with Bail – VSB models)
For 2016 Van Staal offers some enhancements with their X series VS reels. The X series offers perfected line lay, and 25% greater drag range.