PENN® International® VSX 2 SPEED

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  • Made in USA of domestic and imported components
  • Fully machined aluminum frame and sideplates
  • 100% Stainless steel gear train
  • Quick Shift 2 speed system
  • Dura Drag system
  • Push-to- Turn preset knob
  • Ratcheted drag lever
  • Shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • Titanium handle on the 130VSX
  • Customize your own International VSX at the PENN Custom Shop 
The PENN International VSX series is designed for heavy drags and braided lines. Precision machined from high-strength, lightweight, aircraft grade aluminum in our Philadelphia machining center. Our experienced crew has been designing and producing durable, high-quality reels in this facility since 1932.  The fully machined 2 SPEED stainless steel gear train is the biggest in the business. The Dura-Drag system results in a smoother start up and virtually eliminates hesitation, even under extreme drag settings.
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    Mono Capacity yd/lb
    875/12 775/15 525/20
    Braid Capacity yd/lb
    750/50 625/65 525/80
    Bearing Count
    Max Drag lb
    36lb | 16.3kg
    Gear Ratio
    5.0:1 / 2.5:1
    Retrieve Rate
    Reel Size
    Reel Handle Position
    Drag Type
    Lever Drag
    Drag Material
    Dura Drag
    Anti-Reverse Feature
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PENN® International® VSX 2 SPEED is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the best! The Penn 16 and 30 VSX reels are simply the best and toughest midsized bluewater reels on the market, with excellent drag, guaranteed freespool at extreme drag settings, gradual ramp on the lever, an open spool design and totally bulletproof construction and reliability. I have four 16 VSX and a trio of 30 VSX reels spooled with 500-yards of 80 and 100-lb superbraid respectively, with 100-foot 80-lb mono topshots. These are the go-to reels for all forms of drifting, chunking, sharking and trolling for MarCeeJay Sport Fishing charter boat services. They are going strong for four years with minimal repairs and only basic maintenance. These are the only reels I will trust and bring offshore.
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NW Fishing and More! If your salt fishing life started like mine, you probably started your love of the sport from a parent or relative. Starting at a young age usually meant that the skipper spent all his hard earned $'s raising young ones like yourself. As a result, the equipment used was most probably on the "budget" side of the gear range. Penn Senator's would have been the likely choice mounted to some sort of bendable stick. Now hooked on the lure of sea-going critters, you work your way through the wage ranks and find yourself in a position to outfit your own boat later in life. While there are fond memories of the trusty black and red reels, you can't get the image of the big game guys in Hawaii and Mexico using the iconic “Gold Penn Internationals" to haul in their blue-water catch. Bravo to Penn for making smaller and more versatile sizes in the International range with the Torque’s, 12's and 16's. Our vessel is equipped with 16VSX's (4) for the tuna troll and halibut. Torque 200's (4) for live bait albacore, salmon, sea bass, Ling’s, etc and SpinFisher’s for hardware casting. 16VSX- Halibut in particular is a joy to fish for with the 16VSX. Fishing at depths of 600’+, the 2 speed gives you the crank versatility when the spool is anywhere from empty to full, the drag can stop freight trains, and the overall experience of an International is worth the price of admission. Additionally, albacore are no match for the drag capacity and spool size. Torque 200’s- Fantastic compact package! Strong and smooth drags, silk-like gear drive, and decent capacity make this little reel perfect for Salmon, Albacore, Sea Bass, Lings and more. Penn later released a newer version of the Torque Series and while I’ve yet to try, the old star drag 200’s have performed flawlessly. We’ve been 5 years now with this setup and when I equipped the boat, I purposely bought a few spare parts for each reel in anticipation of something going wrong. Having “sets” rather than 15 different makes/sizes allows for just a few parts and knowledge of the equipment. Much to my surprise, the only thing that has had to be replaces was a clicker on one of the 16’s- and that was only because it started to sound a little different than the others. Routine annual maintenance and general after-use care has been followed of course.. Corrosion can’t be stopped completely and can report that only a tiny amount of pitting has been noticed on the 200’s and just a bit on the frame of the 16’s under the rod-mount plate,,,,,after 5+ years of heavy use not only here in WA, but HI and AK as well!! Pretty extreme range of conditions I’d say. Thanks Penn for producing well sorted and quality gear.
Date published: 2015-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! I am a charter captain. I use the 16 VSX and 30 VSX for all my offshore fishing. They have caught amberjack to a marlin! Have a spread of 12 VSX! The VSX is a perfect match on the penn tuna stick!
Date published: 2015-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Reel Bought two of these reels and put them to use last week in the baltimore on some yellowfin to 40 lbs. Loaded them with C16 - 80lb and not only are the reels light and allow you to really feel the fish, they have an amazing amount of drag for their size. They performed so well, i wish i actually had more of them in the spread and maybe a few less 30s. Although light, these reels could handle more than the 40lbers we got on them.
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Happy with product and excellent service and shipping
Date published: 2015-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still great reels What is there to say that hasn't been said before. The standard by which all others are judged. Reliable, durable, just plain works. All the time. Have 8 internationals, 4 vsw's and 4 vsx's, never a single problem out of any of them. They just keep working. Only one complaint, I don't have any two that are the same shade of gold. Penn you really need to fix this.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shifting speeds works flawlessly !! Reliability at its best !!! Excellent product that takes the licks & keeps on ticking !!! Slayed many wahoo & the drag works smoothly every time !!
Date published: 2016-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavy drag Bought this for amberjack and Goliath grouper fishing. This reel is a beast pulling some serious drag. Compact, smooth and packs a punch.
Date published: 2016-11-09
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