Avet ’s new JX 6/3 lever drag reel has the same spool size as its predecessor, the LX4.1. But it holds 280 yards of 30-pound mono with two gear ratios. High gear ratio is 6.0:1. Low gear ratio is 2.8:1. These reels feature machined T6061 aircraft aluminum with a one-piece frame and side plate, six sealed stainless steel ball bearings, and stainless steel components, including ultra-smooth gear sets and a silent anti-reverse system. All parts are treated for corrosion protection. The jumbo dry drag washer is capable of 15 pounds of hook-setting pressure—20 pounds when screwed down. Suggested retail is $369.00. Contact Avet Reels at (818) 576-9895, or www.avetreels.com.
The Nautamatic Marine Systems TR-1 Autopilot provides a large “transflective” LCD display with anti-reflective coating. It also provides backlighting for easy night vision. It displays heading, steering mode, a rudder angle indication, a turn rate indicator, and a directional input dial. The TR-1 Gladiator gives the autopilot absolute control in any sea condition without a rudder feedback transducer, which can fail. Yet, the captain can take control of the helm at any time by turning the wheel. Trim rings are available in a variety of colors to match your boat. Contact Nautamatic at (800) 588-7655, or www.nautamatic.com.
X-PO Eyewear introduces Pioneer . These sunglasses are made of aluminum-magnesium, a stainless alloy for optimal weight to damage resistance ratio. They weigh about an ounce. They have an 8 Base curve for wrap around coverage. All frames have integrated spring hinges. They feature polycarbonate polarized lenses treated with scratch-resistant hard coating with additional silver flash mirror. They also have an anti-reflection lens treatment on the backside of the lens to enhance contrast. Suggested retail is $139.95. Contact X-PO Eyewear at (888) 333-8667, or www.xpoeyewear.com.
Pro-Techt has introduced Mantis , a quick, portable cover designed to provide anglers and boaters easy and convenient protection from the elements. The Mantis is uniquely designed to overcome the limitations of traditional boat tops by offering quick attachment, deployment and retraction, almost infinite angle adjustment, and compact storage. Weighing as little as 5 pounds, the Mantis top is lightweight and reduces to 38 by 6 by 5 inches when not deployed. Mantis attaches in seconds to 11 different mounts specifically designed for various boating and outdoor environments (rails, swivel, butt, slider and bench seats, rod holders, decks, sidewalls, etc.) Contact Pro-Techt at (888) 929-9980, or www.pro-techt.com.