New Litespeed IV is here

 

WATERWORKS-LAMSON’s Litespeed reel have been one of our most popular high end reels for pretty much a decade. And now we have the fourth edition of this ultra-light large arbor in hand.

Out of the box the styling is familiar _ a Litespeed still looks like a Litespeed. But after the gunmetal gray era the new Hard Alox nickel anodizing looks, well “cleaner”, than the previous model, and the the deep blue drag barrel is striking. The Series IV is a looker.

The 3-spoke drag knob is higher for easier adjustment and the reel handle bigger.The spool is narrower, for higher retrieve rates, with the dished spool interior increasing capacity.

The only downside of the changes is the new spools won’t fit on previous models.

Here’s what Waterworks-Lamson has to say:

2014 is Litespeed re-loaded.  For years an iconic ultra-large arbor reel, Litespeed has now been refined for even higher retrieve rate, improved ergonomics, easier line management and less mass. Everything that was achieved in Gen 3 LS has been pushed farther. Narrower drag geometry has translated into a flatter spool surface for less knuckle dragging. A more aggressive drag knob has been made . . . well, more aggressive. Structural refinements such as the curved arbor have made a light reel even lighter, and this curved arbor (which we introduced in 1998) stores backing into a “diameter well” and keeps “working line” at a maximum radius to optimize everything we love about large arbor reels.

Most notably, the spool/stripping arm geometry that was introduced on the very earliest Litespeeds has been changed to make it consistent with our newer reels, which do a better job of preventing snags and line damage. Still a close second to a Force SL in trout sizes, the Litespeed is the reliable thoroughbred of the Lamson line.

We have the 1.5; 2; 3; 3.5 available.

Lamson Litespeed Series IV specifications

MODEL

DIA

WIDTH

WEIGHT

ROD WT

LINE

CAPACITY

$/REEL

$/SPOOL

LITESPEED 1.5

3.25″

1.10″

3.38 oz

3,4,5

WF 4

100 yds 20#

$329

$145

LITESPEED 2

3.50″

1.10″

3.74 oz

4,5,6

WF6

100 yds 20#

$339

$150

LITESPEED 3

3.75″

1.25″

4.63 oz

6,7,8

WF8

225 yds 20#

$369

$165

LITESPEED 3.5

4 .00″

1.38″

5.10 oz

8,9

WF9

250 yds 20#

$389

$175

LITESPEED 4

4 .50″

1.50″

7.95 oz

10,11

WF10

250 yds 30#

$429

$195

*weights are estimates