Van Staal VR

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Van Staal VR details:

The Van Staal VR Series reels are engineered and tested to be lightweight and long lasting saltwater spinning reels. They are based on the same foundation that made Van Staal reels legendary for power and durability. These saltwater spinning reels are completely sealed and waterproof reel.

Van Staal VR Reels are the latest evolution of Van Staal spinning reels. Fully sealed, with a lightweight 6061 aluminum construction, and a powerful waterproof drag system. They come from the factory with a bail and a bailless conversion kit so you can fish them however you like (excludes VR50).

Van Staal VR Spinning Reels are the latest innovation from Van Staal reels, the leader in sealed spinning reels. The Van Staal VR Series is fully sealed and fully submersible, like their proven predecessor, the X-Series. They are forged and machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, with a solid stainless steel center shaft and titanium nitride coating.

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These reels have a powerful, waterproof drag system with Micro Click tuning accuracy and a lightweight design, due to the cut outs in the body, rotor and spool. Another innovation with the VR-Series is the easy conversion from a bailed reel (packaged this way), to a bail-less reel, using the tool, parts and instructions included.

The Van Staal VR is often chosen by fishermen who want all the features of the VSX with the option to switch between a bailed reel and bail-less. They’ve also been popular with surf casters looking to save a few ounces and build the lightest rig possible as most models are even lighter then the already light VSX bailed reels.

Van Staal VR Features:

– Fully machined 6061 aluminum body
– Fully sealed body and spool design
– Solid titanium spool shaft
– Stainless steel spiral-bevel gear system
– Includes bail-less kit (not on 50 size)

Van Staal VR Specs:

– Color: Black or silver
– Gear Ratio: 4.8:1 or 6.3:1
– Reel Handle Position: Right
– Anti-reverse Feature: Instant Anti-Reverse
– Drag Material: Carbon Fiber
– Drag Type: Front Drag
– Reel Spool Material: Aluminum

Note: The Van Staal VR50 will not come with a kit to convert to bail-less.

van staal vr reviews

This is the Van Staal VR saltwater spinning reel and what’s so special about this reel, first of all it’s a fully sealed reel, super small, super lightweight with structured of aluminum this reel is really lightweight.

And with all the modern rods out there and and all the braids the thinner braids and guys fishing with 10, 15, 20 pound braid you could just do so much with this reel, I don’t care where you are in the country it’s just a super versatile reel and you can throw it on a bunch of different lightweight rods and just have a blast.

I mean you can do anything from fluking and porgy fishing all the way up to you know, football tuna with this thing if you’re in the right spot in the right conditions, so it’s just a really versatile reel that’s super lightweight and if you’re fishing all day, you won’t get tired.

It has 13 ball bearings in it and unlike all other Van Staal’s this reel is actually got a faster gear ratio six point three to one because you know, the guys are advanced so I knew that this was gonna be more of an inshore reel rather than a beach reel, but you can certainly use this from the beach.

Set this reel filled up with like nano filled and throw that down in Florida from the beaches down there something like that just a lot of things you can do with this reel and again it’s fully sealed so you know, there’s the manual bail you don’t have to worry about any sort of corrosion that kind of stuff let me just keep this thing clean it’s gonna treat you really well.

Just to let you know how thin the body is on this Van Staal VR50, you know, it’s like the width of your finger. But if you look at the bigger models they are significantly thicker and heavier.

This reel’s really in a class of its own there’s not very much that can compete with it where that compares to it and you can look at stuff like Shimano twin power and Shimano stella and Daiwa saltiga reels, and those types of saltwater reels but they’re not fully sealed like this thing, this thing you can actually dunk under water you don’t worry about all that stuff.

And plenty of drag so it’s just overbuilt but light it’s just a really really cool reel from you know, the same guy who created the original Van Staal. So it’s really well made so I highly recommend the Van Staal VR.

It’s been crazy popular and it’s just gonna continue to be that way all through the year and on to the future, holds plenty of test braid and again, you can just do so much with the Van Staal VR.


Van Staal VR model specifications:

Model Number:
Bearings:
Gear Ratio:
Line Per Handle Turn:
Weight oz:
Mono Line Capacity:
Braid Line Capacity:
Max Drag:
Model Number:
Bearings:
13
Gear Ratio:
4.8:1
Line Per Handle Turn:
34" | 86cm
Weight oz:
17
Mono Line Capacity:
285/0.35
Braid Line Capacity:
440/30
Max Drag:
35lb | 15.8kg
Model Number:
Bearings:
13
Gear Ratio:
4.8:1
Line Per Handle Turn:
38" | 96cm
Weight oz:
17.5
Mono Line Capacity:
340/0.35
Braid Line Capacity:
530/30
Max Drag:
40lb | 18.1kg
Model Number:
Bearings:
13
Gear Ratio:
4.8:1
Line Per Handle Turn:
40" | 102cm
Weight oz:
18
Mono Line Capacity:
380/0.35
Braid Line Capacity:
500/40
Max Drag:
40lb | 18.1kg
Model Number:
Bearings:
14
Gear Ratio:
6.3:1
Line Per Handle Turn:
37" | 94cm
Weight oz:
9
Mono Line Capacity:
200/0.30
Braid Line Capacity:
360/20
Max Drag:
25lb | 11.3kg
Model Number:
Bearings:
14
Gear Ratio:
6.3:1
Line Per Handle Turn:
37" | 94cm
Weight oz:
9
Mono Line Capacity:
200/0.30
Braid Line Capacity:
360/20
Max Drag:
25lb | 11.3kg
Model Number:
Bearings:
13
Gear Ratio:
4.8:1
Line Per Handle Turn:
32" | 80cm
Weight oz:
16.6
Mono Line Capacity:
200/0.30
Braid Line Capacity:
400/20
Max Drag:
35lb | 15.8kg

Van Staal VR FAQs:

Does the van staal vr200 have a reversible handle?

No, it does not.

Are the Van Staal VR Series reels made in USA?

No, none of the Van Staal reels are made in the USA.

What version is the closest to a 4000 size type reel?

Generally the 125 would be the most comparable.

What size Van Staal VR should I get for redfish, snook, jack crevelle?

VR125, but any size would serve you well.

Does the Van Staal VR come in right hand crank?

This reel is only available in a left hand crank.

Is the Van Staal VR Series salt water prof?

Yes, the Van Staal VR Series are fully sealed reels.

What is the main gear made of?

Stainless steel.

Where are the Van Staal VR reels made?

These reels is made in China of Forged and machined from 6061-T6 Aluminum.

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Van Staal VR Video:

Van Staal VR Series Spinning Reels at ICAST 2015
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Reviews Of Van Staal VR:

A must have for the surf

Rated 5 out of 5

This reel is bullet proof to water and that is one of the most sought after features in a reel when surf fishing. reels get dunked when you aren’t noticing and this waterproof reel is definitely worth the investment.

Love this reel!

Rated 5 out of 5

First Van Staal VR and I’m not disappointed. Perfect for my uses. I pair it up with with a 10’6 St croix. Balance is great. Could see it being good on a 9′ as well. Great reel for surf fishing! Can tear down and service yourself witch I love. Gets you in touch with your gear and leaves you worry free.

Light as a feather

Rated 5 out of 5

I caught couple of schoolies with it and it performed well. The Drag was loud, unlike the bigger VR versions. Light as a feather, I could cast with it all day. I paired my Van Staal VR 50 with my Tsunami Airwave elite. The new versions comes with a manual pickup kit conversion too.

Invincible!

Rated 5 out of 5

Just holding this reel, you can feel the quality and sturdiness of the reel. It feels impervious to basically anything. The only downside is that it is definitely “gritty.” It’s not nearly as smooth as a Shimano, but that’s not the point of this reel. It’s a high performance tank that can brute force whatever you hook into, but has a sense of refinement in its qualities. Highly recommended!

Smooth!

Rated 5 out of 5

Absolutely impressed with this reel. I’ve only used in the Chesapeake for stripers up to 36 inches. Smooth drag and line stacking is good.

Great surf fishing reel!

Rated 5 out of 5

Great reel if you want something that can withstand a few dunks (not purposely). Used on multiple trips and still feels brand new.

Great Reel

Rated 5 out of 5

Nice and smooth. Everything you would expect from Van Staal.

4 years strong

Rated 5 out of 5

I was skeptical when I got this reel because of all the hype, boy was I wrong. It’s my go to reel for everything now, I use it for lakes, ponds, surf fishing and deep sea fishing. While it may not be as smooth as a Shimano or Diawa, I haven’t screwed it up by dropping it in the surf or getting dunked in the waves while standing in the surf fishing. I have destroyed the others doing that. It just happens when you fish. I’m not willing to try that with a Stella or Saltiga for twice the price. Still feels brand new 4 years later, no failures.

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