Amundson trend X5 review

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  1. Fixit

    Fixit Well-Known Member

    searched and searched last week but couldnt find very much information on the Trend X5 mooching reels, so i wanted to post some picts and my observations on these

    (TMX5-BKN) these are the black reels (no scale pattern on the back) with the "soft knobs"

    most specs online show 300yards of 30lb mono; however, i spooled them with 330yards of 80lb braid and 120yards of 30 lb mono
    The reels come in a nice neoprene pouch

    knobs are a nice finger fit, I dislike the tiny knobs found on some reels. these feel like delrin (hard plastic)
    shown with 330 yards of 80 lb diawa braid

    backside is nicely polished... well fairly nicely polished. buffing marks can be seen as a spiral. nowhere else on the reel is polished

    the foot is through bolted, seems ok

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    drag knob is smooth, about 3 full turns to go from a heavy drag (for chinook fishing) to approaching free spool. (this reel lacks a free spool lever)
  2. ILHG

    ILHG Well-Known Member

    I haven't used one, but I will say it's sexy...
  3. Fixit

    Fixit Well-Known Member

    underside of the drag knob.
    showing poor anodization quality control, witnessed on 2 of the 4 reels, although the other knob wasnt as bad.
    looking closely also shows where the knob interferes with the drag snap-ring/retainer

    under the drag knob. note the snapring that contacts the drag knob. (at 6 o clock position)

    note the curl of aluminum (3-12 o clock) from contacting the snap ring

    back side of the spool - clicker has dual springs, but the drag and clicker had zero visible grease anywhere.
    clicker as shown is very, very loud. (girlfriend turned up the tv while i was playing with them on the couch. (its louder while line is going out and quieter while gaining on the fish.
    I added grease to all the internals, and it quieted down things nicely. I also greased the carbon fiber drag washer under the spool.

    inside the body of the reel. Dual pawls, again, no grease :(

    after coating all the springs in grease, and reassembling the reel, i added about 125 yards (400 turns of the reel)
  4. Fixit

    Fixit Well-Known Member

    out of the box these reels needed what i would do to any reel for its yearly maintainance (clean and grease). The quality control isnt perfect, but overall the quality is good, an 8/10.
    the drag is smooth with no stickiness, except at 100%max drag where it takes a little bit extra to get the drag slipping. At drag levels the reels would be at for downrigger fishing for salmon, the drag is consistant and smooth.
    I like the fit and feel if the knobs and will post an update once I get the reels wet (and their cherries popped).

    i hope this helps others who are looking at these reels to make up their mind
  5. Fixit

    Fixit Well-Known Member

  6. fishin solo

    fishin solo Well-Known Member

    good value for price point imo.
  7. fshnfnatic

    fshnfnatic Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the review Fixit.I was contemplating getting one of these in blue to match my new TFO downrigger rod which is also blue.I also would like the newer version like yours without the ports and scale graphics and with paddle handles.You helped me make up my mind and will upgrade here in the very near future.Thanks again.
  8. Waterwolf2230

    Waterwolf2230 Well-Known Member

    Buddy you'd love them, I know a lot of guys that have switched from Islanders. I haven't heard one complaint yet...
  9. Prairie Locked

    Prairie Locked Well-Known Member

    Interesting... Maybe I'll need to upgrade my MSR05's to the TMX's!
    Waterwolf2230 likes this.
  10. SteelyDan

    SteelyDan Well-Known Member

    I picked up at pair of the all black with paddles from Chandler and they as well had no grease.


    The first pair I owned are the black with gold inlays and knurled aluminum handles. They were heavily greased. In fact one of them had so much grease that the drag was creeping so bad we couldn' use it. Here is a pic of what it looked like. 20171227_215416.jpg
  11. CVmike

    CVmike Active Member

    Fished a pair of them last summer’s guiding season. Had a few clicker springs and drag springs rust out on me, even with regular maintnence. The one major issue I had was the screw that holds the clicker on actually sheered off leaving the broken bit stuck in the spool. I will say, Amundson was great to work with and made right of all the issues, but for reliabilitys sake ill likely be running islanders next season.

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