KastKing! Well known for putting powerful features into fishing reels while breaking the low cost barrier. This KastKing Royale Legend reel review examines an intense baitcaster packed with features. Better yet, the Royale Legend falls right in line with the KastKing low cost standard.
The KastKing Royale Legend Baitcaster
Fishermen get quite a few tools upon acquisition of the KastKing Royale Legend Baitcaster. This low profile reel offers high speed retrieve with a 7.0:1 gear ratio. The drag uses carbon fiber washers and is applies up to 17.5 pounds of pressure on strong pulling fish.
Line specifications land within normal parameters for a baitcaster this size and use of braid, mono, or flouro will work. Monofilament line wraps around the spool at 200 yards with 10 pound test, 165 yards with 12 pound, and 120 yards with 14 pound test.
KastKing Royale Legend Reel Review – The Run Down
KastKing developed another winner by making the Royale Legend Baitcaster reel. The reel displays as a flattened black baitcaster with a tinge of red lining on the edges of the spool, star drag, and brake tuning knob. The flattened low profile design comes as the result of a non rounded frame and gear box placed at the bottom of the reel. The low placement of the gear box also keeps the handle from swinging way above the reel frame.
The KastKing Royale Legend baitcaster employs an aluminum wiffle style spool which helps keep the weight to a light 7.6 ounces. 11 anti corrosive shielded MaxiDur (Maximum Durability) bearings and an anti reverse bearing contribute to the reel’s smooth retrieve and make it saltwater capable. The Royale Legend comes in both right and left handed models.
Key Features Of The KastKing Royale Legend
Every time I write a KastKing reel review I’m amazed at how much they’re able to put into a reel and charge the price they do. KastKing worked their way into competition with major fishing companies like Daiwa, Okuma, and Abu Garcia for exactly this reason. Have a look at what features KastKing puts into the Royale Legend Baitcaster.
Many fishermen prefer a low profile baitcasting reel. It’s not as bulky as other conventional reels and the line lays closer to the rod.
High Speed And Silent Precision Gears
The 7.0:1 gear ratio more than qualifies the Royale Legend as a high speed baitcasting reel. 11 + 1 anti reverse corrosion resistant bearings help create smoothness and silence uncommon in similar reels. Precision gears are CNC machined which means they mesh perfectly, smoothing out and strengthening the retrieve.
Dual Braking System
It’s easy to confuse the braking system with the drag on a baitcasting reel. These are two completely different systems. The braking system helps control deceleration of the spool when cast. A good system makes it easier to cast the baitcaster without backlashing.
The KastKing Royale Legend comes with dual braking systems which allows extremely fine spool deceleration tuning. Complete articles explain the braking systems because they do get complex. The short explanation of a centrifugal system shows it uses friction to slow the spool. A magnetic system uses polarization of actual magnets to achieve the same effect. The Kastking Royale Legend baitcaster uses both these braking systems.
Carbon Fiber Disc Star Drag
Superior drag systems use carbon fiber discs and KastKing employs their use in the Royale Legend. The drag offers plenty of force maxing out at 17.5 pounds. The star drag is named such due to the star shaped control lever next to the handle.
Lightweight Aluminum Wiffle Spool
The spool has to be made tough to withstand the force put upon it which often leads to a heavy design. The wiffle design reduces much of the weight of the reel because of patterned holes. The Royale Legend baitcaster weighs in at a low 7.6 ounces which creates better balance between rod and reel.
Even Line Lay Guide
Baitcasting reels commonly employ line guides and KastKing has made sure to include one in the Royale Legend. The guide moves back and forth as the handle turns which prevents the line from bunching up on the spool.
Non Slip EVA Padded Foam Grips
The handle comes equipped with dual grips featuring EVA foam padding. Flat design adds comfort and ease of use to the grips which repel water to maintain a non slip property.
Saltwater Rated With Right And Left Hand Models
Yep. You heard it here. Bring the Royale Legend to ocean or lake without concern. Are you a lefty? No worries, KastKing makes a left handed reel.
Our Thoughts On The KastKing Royale Legend Baitcaster – The Wrap Up
KastKing Royale Legend Baitcaster pros display in two lights. The first view shows the high performance of the reel due in large part to the features included. Second, the price KastKing asks for the reel makes it unbelievable. Performance and price largely determine reel value and KastKing’s Royale Legend gets our approval for these reasons.
Durability always lists high in importance when ranking fishing reels and the KastKing Royale Legend ranks ok but not great. Sacrifices must be made when reels are sold cheap and the Royale Legend shows this in frame, nuts, and bolts. The metal frame does have constitution though not enough to last the course of decades.
Reports of squeaking after heavy extended use must be noted about the baitcaster though the reel wasn’t reported not working. Besides squeaking issues fall on the side of durability. The Royale Legend will wear down after time though proper maintenance will provide years of enjoyment.
The fishing reel market includes vast amounts of cheap options the majority of which come nowhere near the value offered by the Royale Legend. Long term durability issues exist though nothing noteworthy appears concerning mechanical trouble which helps add value to such a low priced baitcaster.
We highly recommend the KastKing Royale Legend Baitcaster and suggest it for beginners or experts in need of a cheap reel. Fishermen who own the Legend Royale enjoy using the reel and barely feel the financial investment.