Best Baitcasters 2018: Lew's Mach Crush Speed Spool SLP

Best Baitcasters 2018: Lew's Mach Crush Speed Spool SLP
The eye-catching Crush offers great on the water performance. The grips are made by Winn, the folks who first dominated the golf industry.

Best Baitcasters 2018
The eye-catching Crush offers great on the water performance. The grips are made by Winn, the folks who first dominated the golf industry.

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.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Gear Ratio 7.5:1
  • Line Capacity  110 yd / 12 lb
  • Weight   7.3 oz
  • Bearings 9+1
  • Retrieve   R/L
  • Price  $159.99

HIGH-END FEATURES

  • Zero-reverse clutch system
  • Multi-setting brake dual cast control
  • Quick release side plate
  • Winn Dri-Tac knobs

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