As part of Game & Fish's series of reviews of the best baitcasters 2018, we look at the Lew's Mach Crush Speed Spool SLP.
By Pete Robbins
Lew's is the comeback kid, having gone from essentially a mothballed brand into a widely-respected player in this highly competitive market.
The new Lew's are functional, durable and dependable. The Crush is an orange-accented beauty, one which makes a statement.
The flashy Crush will appeal to anglers who like a bit of style with their substance, sizzle with their steak.
At $159.99, this Lew's turns smoothly on 10 bearings with a fast 7.5:1 gear ratio.
With its bling, you may find yourself the talk of fashion conscious tournament anglers.
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What distinguishes it?
Beyond its flash, the Crush has a 20-pound carbon drag system, which means you can muscle the biggest fish out there. A 95mm bowed handle with Winn Dri-Tac knobs keep you glued to the grip whether it's raining or you're pouring sweat.
High-end features previously found only in more expensive reels?
While the Crush has the strength to sling a big deep-diving crankbait or flip a one-ounce tungsten weight all day, it's surprisingly agile and capable with much lighter lures.
That's largely due to a multi-setting brake cast control system, which features both an external dial as well as a removable sideplate that provides access to four internal brake shoes.
These give you maximum adjustability, which means longer casts on quarter-ounce or lighter lures into the wind without fear of a backlash.
- Gear Ratio 7.5:1
- Line Capacity 110 yd / 12 lb
- Weight 7.3 oz
- Bearings 9+1
- Retrieve R/L
- Price $159.99
- Zero-reverse clutch system
- Multi-setting brake dual cast control
- Quick release side plate
- Winn Dri-Tac knobs