Review of the Zebco Roam Spinning Reel and Rod Combo

I like to shoot and fish, so you may think I’m not very girly-girl, but I still like this pink Zebco Roam rod and spinning reel combo.

The 2-piece rod is sturdy and easy to assemble to comprise its 6’6″ length. This long rod means a longer reach and a potentially longer cast.

You won’t pay a lot for this combo, but you may have some blemishes. The finish on the fiberglass blanks is shiny and bright pink. The top section on my rod has a nick in the finish. It is also easy to see (and feel) the underlying ridges of the scrim.

The wraps on the guides are black, with no accent threads, and covered with epoxy. All the single-foot guides have what are probably ceramic inserts so the line can move unimpeded. These will last longer than simple wire guides.

The action is moderate/fast with medium power. This will allow you to put more “upmh” in your cast, but may not be quite as sensitive in transferring the feel of the strike.

The grip is comfortable and made of molded rubber and EVA foam. The foam butt is comfortable to rest on your midsection. The down-locking reel seat holds the reel securely.

The reel is pre-spooled with 10 lb line, and like several other Zebco spinning reels I’ve used, I had to discard a few yards of excess line to prevent snarls. The retrieve is easily changed from left to right.

The gears are all-metal, and the gear ratio is 5.2:1. The spinning reel operates smoothly.

If you are looking for a sturdy rod and reel combo with a girly finish, the Zebco Roam should meet your expectations.

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