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#11885152 - 10/17/16 12:41 PM Ardent reels
Sschofield Offline
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Loc: Denton,Tx
How do Ardent reels compare to Shimano reels? Like the apex elite and the citica? And others
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#11885165 - 10/17/16 12:49 PM Re: Ardent reels [Re: Sschofield]
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I do like Ardent better. They seem to last longer also. They both will throw a mile
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#11885172 - 10/17/16 12:51 PM Re: Ardent reels [Re: Sschofield]
Txduckhunter Offline
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Last longer? I'm 48 and still have my first Shimano reel that I bought when I was 11-and it still works like a champ.

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#11885268 - 10/17/16 01:23 PM Re: Ardent reels [Re: Sschofield]
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Loc: Denton,Tx
Which would be better for flipping
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#11885295 - 10/17/16 01:38 PM Re: Ardent reels [Re: Sschofield]
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Shimano reels could kick ardent down the street with 2 broken legs....
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#11885347 - 10/17/16 02:03 PM Re: Ardent reels [Re: Sschofield]
SAKS Offline
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I have both and do like the Shimano better overall. I don't have an Elite but I do have the Apex Grand which is basically the same reel except they paint it white and has a carbon fiber handle. I will choose my Curado over the Grand. If I had to choose one reel out of my collection though it would be my Revo STX. Abu is my #1 preference in reels and is what I mainly use.

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#11885596 - 10/17/16 03:44 PM Re: Ardent reels [Re: Sschofield]
armadillo joe Offline
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I have used Ardent reels since the first ones the first ones had some problems but their customer service was second to none. I have 5 Elites and 2 Grands and have had no problems with any of them. I still have some of the made in the US reels and also use them with no problems. My Shimano and Diawas stay in the garage collecting dust haven't used them in about 3 or 4 years.

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#11885744 - 10/17/16 04:59 PM Re: Ardent reels [Re: Sschofield]
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I have a bunch of apex elite. For the money they are outstanding.

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#11885968 - 10/17/16 07:34 PM Re: Ardent reels [Re: Fishinfellow]
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Originally Posted By: Fishinfellow
Shimano reels could kick ardent down the street with 2 broken legs....

Ya IMO nothing will out last the 200e series curados or chonarchs. But man I have sold most of mine for lews and can't be happier

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#11886321 - 10/17/16 10:06 PM Re: Ardent reels [Re: Sschofield]
Sschofield Offline
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Loc: Denton,Tx
Thanks everyone for the good info!
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#11886591 - 10/18/16 07:21 AM Re: Ardent reels [Re: Sschofield]
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Ardent vs Shimano? Really? It's like Kia vs Bentley. Not even close.

Give me the entry level Shimano stuff way before the Ardent with the carbon fiber paint over cast aluminum. Haha. They even LOOK junky.
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#11886737 - 10/18/16 08:38 AM Re: Ardent reels [Re: SteezMacQueen]
BB675 Offline
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Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 78
Loc: Orange, Texas
Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Ardent vs Shimano? Really? It's like Kia vs Bentley. Not even close.

Give me the entry level Shimano stuff way before the Ardent with the carbon fiber paint over cast aluminum. Haha. They even LOOK junky.


Have you ever used one? Ardent makes a great reel.

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#11886803 - 10/18/16 09:08 AM Re: Ardent reels [Re: SteezMacQueen]
armadillo joe Offline
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Registered: 04/22/05
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I am not as concerned with looks as I am performance and I will take my Ardents over my other ones any day. I still am using some of the Ardent Edge reels and have never had a problem.

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#11887054 - 10/18/16 11:18 AM Re: Ardent reels [Re: Sschofield]
catslayer Offline
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Registered: 03/03/08
Posts: 3351
Loc: Straight outa Johnson county.....
I own shimano, ardent, diawa lews and abu

Aredent is the wost of the lot by a ways.

I will NEVER pay for an ardent again. Falls apart, doesnt hold up to wear and tear. Overall cheap design and overprised to boot.

That said my tatula-r suffers from simillar issues. Cheap reel body and grinds like a SOB when you cadt, i even returned the first one i had for another... same issue right out of the box on the 2nd.

Shimano is better, but i still think they have cheapened them up since the E series. They were the best ever made. Look them up on ebay, still selling at or above retail.

Lews is ok... i had a bearing go out about 18 months in, easy fix running great now.

I have NEVER had an issue with a revo... never had them need anything but cleaning. They are getting to be what im moving toward since e series curados are so hard to find...

Ppl will ford chevy you to death. I dont care about brand i care about lifespan and smoothness. My best overall luck has been with old e-series shamono, 2nd best with revo, lews, diawa, then ardent...

Get what you like but on the market right now, i would buy revo
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#11887060 - 10/18/16 11:21 AM Re: Ardent reels [Re: Sschofield]
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I'm surprised they're still in business

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