One of the biggest surprises of the 8-weight Challenge was how well the Orvis Mirage performed. It had the 2nd strongest drag in the test!
7.45 ounces. A little lighter than average. Definitely light for this kind of drag performance.
Sealed 16 disc drag. With nearly 12 lbs of drag, the Orvis Mirage had the second strongest drag in our test. Start-up inertia was low as well.
DRAG TEST GRAPH
Nice click - not too loud or metallic.
SPOOL & RETRIEVAL RATE
At 9.26 inches per turn, the Mirage had one of the fastest retrieves in our test. It was also truly sized for an 8-weight at 6.6 cubic inches.
LOOK & FEEL
The Orvis is a pretty good looking reel! Unfortunately, the finish isn't quite as nice as some of the more high-end reels. This is typical of reels trying to replicate "Tibor Gold" overseas.
The Orvis handle felt large enough for saltwater battles. The spool is easy to remove and replace and the retrieve switches from left to right, easily.
Lifetime to the original owner + $20 fee.
Great drag performance, fast retrieval, light weight, and great price- what's not to love? The Orvis Mirage definitely stood out from the crowd in the 8-weight Challenge.
- Great Price
- True saltwater drag strength
- Quick retrieve
- Colors aren't as refined as Tibor
- Unlikely to impress your friends on the flats