Hatch Gen 2 Finatic: The popular Finatic reels from Hatch are being upgraded this year in the form of the new Gen 2 series. The visible design differences are subtle, with the most notable change being 9 "windows" on the back of the frame rather than 7 as in the old series. The additional windows give each reel 2 extra arms to retain a solid structure while reducing weight. Also, the frame's inner surface is slightly dished as well.
Inside, there's a Rulon/Stainless disc drag and Hatch has added lip seals along with shielded ball bearings for extra performance and longevity. A few other features include revised cranks and counterbalances, hook guards, and a solid machined reel seat.
Available sizes include a 2 Plus, 3 Plus, 4 Plus, 5 Plus, 7 Plus, 9 Plus, 11 Plus, and 12 Plus. Several color/finish options will be available, with the new standard non-glare finishes looking pretty dang sweet. Expect a price range going from $430 up to $950 for the Gen 2 reels. The model 2 Plus reel is available in large arbor (LA) only, while all other models can be had in LA or mid-arbor (MA).
*These new reels will be available soon!