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Buying a ZeeBaas 2022

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I am contemplating buying a ZX22 to pair with a 10’ Century Stealth.

 

I have so many questions but I will boil them down to a few of the most important:

 

What are the size comparisons to the VSX series?

 

How do they preform in the long term compared to the VSX series?

 

How is customer service with Zeebaas (2022)?

 

Pros and Cons that you have from experience with the reel….

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I have some from 2006 that are used regularly. They newest versions are as durable and probably a little smoother due to traverse guide support. 
 

I have always had excellent customer support. If you are anywhere close to their office stop by and you will understand. 
 

(the nice ones are in the gun safe until the fish arrive)

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For that rod the 25 is a better match...The Zeebaas are better reels than the VSX from a durability perspective and super easy to service.  Customer service is good but you will really never need it.  The 25 is similar to a 6000 series reel in size.

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I have a 10’ stealth and zx22. Love the size and reel. Also like the vsx. If I got a vsx, I would put a 200 on it. 
 

btw, I send my z in each year. It did need something each service. 

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I own both brands and I like ZeeBaas over the Van Staal. To me they feel and look better. Maintenace on the ZB is a heck a lot easier and just go to the website and order the rebuild kit and watch the easy-to-follow vid on YouTube. Spend the extra money and buy the tool kit this way you can do a complete tear down. With the VS you're not able to do that unless you know someone with a pinion gear remover or send it in and request it done because they only replace some seals not all. When I've talked with Ron or Lenny at ZB they always treated me like family and answered all my questions. 

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3 hours ago, ATBfish said:

How do zeebaas compare in price to van staal?

Zeebaas is a couple hundred more over the VSX, but they hold their value better. ZB=USA, VSX=China. Try finding one for sale and if you do find one it was already sold to someone else. There's plenty of them out there but good luck finding an ZB owner to give it up. 

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57 mins ago, Clbay1971 said:

Zeebaas is a couple hundred more over the VSX, but they hold their value better. ZB=USA, VSX=China. Try finding one for sale and if you do find one it was already sold to someone else. There's plenty of them out there but good luck finding an ZB owner to give it up. 

Best advice is to buy it before I do!

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ZB still doing the occasional limited color drops?  I'm not a GQ fisherman but those red and blue reels of past years were pretty sharp. 

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10 mins ago, fishless said:

ZB still doing the occasional limited color drops?  I'm not a GQ fisherman but those red and blue reels of past years were pretty sharp. 

You're holding out for the green/silver offering

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4 hours ago, fishless said:

ZB still doing the occasional limited color drops?  I'm not a GQ fisherman but those red and blue reels of past years were pretty sharp. 

They do custom colors and often have a custom or two for sale in the shop. 

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Weight wise, early Gen 2 ZB22 is about the same as a VS200.  21 oz spooled.  Has the weight changed over time?

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