The Cardinal range from Abu Garcia has been extended with its front drag 400i Series reel. It’s available in four different sizes, one of which is a purpose-designed match model.
All have a very compact body, large aluminium spool and single aluminium handle to make it both lightweight and easy to use. Eight ball-bearings and an ever-last bail system give the reel a very solid feel.
It offers a medium gear ratio of 5.1:1 which gives a quick retrieve while still retaining decent winding power.
The reels come with a spare aluminium spool. With the Match version you get two shallow and one deep aluminium spools, plus a reel case. Price: £49.99 to £59.99