Our Kraken reel series has been our most popular reel for big game angling enthusiasts since its release in early 2013. The series is growing with this extra large arbor edition of the Kraken with an all new, extra powerful drag system!
Despite the XLA's massive diameter, it is extremely lightweight for its size. The drag system has been completely updated and strengthened to account for the wider range of leverage on the arbor. In our testing phases on this reel, we managed several sailfish in Mexico up to 100lbs, and dozens of other bluewater species ranging from dorado to tuna. The rapid line pickup kept us in control of the lengthy battles, helping us connect to the fish in a fraction of the time whether we were frantically reeling in as they charged at the boat, or simply gaining as much progress as we could while slugging it out in tug of war. The speed placement of the handle allows for the fastest retrieve while still maintaining plenty of power, even on the biggest of fish you'll encounter. Despite the smaller circumference of the handle rotation, there is plenty of cranking power to spare.
The fully sealed, multi-disc carbon drag system is one of the most powerful drag systems we have ever developed. Enjoy.
||Weight||Arbor Dia||Spool Width||Reel Capacity||Size Suggestions||Price|
|3||4.5"||8.75oz.||2.8"||1.1"||8wt WFF + 200yd 30lb backing||6wt to 9wt WFF
350gr to 500gr Shooting Heads
|4||5"||9.15oz||3.0"||1.1"||10wt WFF + 250yd 30lb backing||9wt to 12wt WFF
500 to 600gr Shooting Heads
|5||5.5"||10.3oz.||3.2"||1.3"||12wt WFF + 300yd 30lb backing||12wt to 14wt WFF
600gr to 1000gr Shooting Heads
Assembled in the USA
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Posted by Adam T on 2nd Jul 2015
The first real trial for my size 3 XLA was in the marshes of Louisiana sight fishing for giant reds. These fish had the power to test the drag, and the speed to make me crank and put the line pickup speed to the test. Between them and the jacks, snook, and tarpon I catch in Tampa bay, this reel never disappoints. The handle is a little unconventional, due to it not being at the edge of the arbor, but I hardly notice that anymore. I would definitely recommend this reel.
Posted by Ellis King on 20th May 2015
Smooth like silk (both on the take up and the rip out)
I don't know if I can find the words for how smooth this reel is.
Line pick up...............
Just give it a spin.
Very good product
Posted by Brad Davidson on 17th May 2015
This is my first Allen reel, and if it tells you anything I just ordered a Kraken for my 9wt. The customer service and communication has been second to none, and I work in customer service in the fishing industry. Top to bottom, the craftsmanship of this reel is absolutely amazing. I'm using the size 5 (it's a serious big boy) for Striped Marlin, Big Dorado & Tuna. After testing the drag out with a buddy I'm pretty sure there isn't a fish that it couldn't put the wood to. Watch out Tarpon, you've met your match! Buy it, I promise you won't regret it.
Posted by John on 6th Apr 2015
Before this, I had not owned or used a reel with such a large arbor. It took me a day or two to get used to the size of the reel, and it took me only one fishing trip to absolutely fall in love with it. I mounted my Kraken XLA size 3 on one of my 8wts and took it with me to the Bahamas on a bonefish trip. The big arbor is fantastic for picking up a bunch of line quick when a bonefish makes a long run and then runs back towards the boat. The sealed drag handled the searing runs of the bones without a hiccup. This drag is seriously one of the best I've seen on a fly reel at any price. I wouldn't hesitate to put a big amberjack, shark or tarpon on this reel. Balances well on an 8wt, looks killer, and flat out performs.
Posted by Chuck Page on 3rd Apr 2015
On a trip to Mexico, we were told of a lagoon that had large bonefish and permit, So I took my 9 wt rod with the XLA 4. I hooked 4 bones 8 to 12 pounds. They ripped off 150 yard runs in seconds multiple times each. The XLA drag was flawless, and the large arbor was critical when the fish turned and came back at me. Great product and amazing price performance.
Posted by Kelly Dow on 4th Mar 2015
I own several Allen reels...and I do mean SEVERAL. This has to be my favorite. I use it weekly for hunting massive cutthroat trout at Pyramid Lake in Reno. NV...I'm talking 20+lb cutty's at times. The reel handles anything you throw at it flawlessly. Pyramid is known for it's alkalinity, which can ruin our gear quickly, but the Kraken XLA stands tough. It is machined to perfection and light as a feather for the size. The drag is beautiful...like Olivia Wilde beautiful. Like I wish I could divorce my wife, marry the drag, and introduce it to my parents kind of beautiful. All-in-all, this reel is exactly what I wanted and needed. I now have a couple extra spools so I have options on line. BUY IT!
Posted by Todd Buck on 12th Feb 2015
I'll admit, I'm a bit of a gear snob but I'm here to tell you that this reel is an incredible bargain. Fit, finish, and machining are on par with the best reels out there. I've spent a lot more on other maker reels for the same level of quality. The drag is silky smooth, the styling is spectacular, and the extra large arbor allows for rapid retrieve when a fish makes a run directly at you. What more can you ask for? Try one, you won't be disappointed.
Posted by Mike on 27th Jan 2015
I loaded the Kraken XLA with skagit extreme and went out swinging in the cold Michigan winter weather and it preformed flawlessly.I Can't wait to get out again. This reel does not disappoint. And did I mention the Dorado color is badass.
Posted by Red on 26th Jan 2015
I bit the bullet and finally bought the XLA (Size 4). After mixing up my arsenal last year and stepping down to an 8wt rod with a Kraken (Size 3), I needed something to pair with a 10 weight setup I am putting together for large stripers and false albacore.
As with other Allen reels the quality is exceptional. I opened the box and just started at it for a while. Went with the gunmetal and glad I did as its not too much flash but just enough to catch your eye when paired with any color rod blank or backing and line color combination.
The drag incredible and stops any hand pulling quickly with room to go for stronger fish. The spool design is clutch and allows for plenty of backing even on the large arbor. The handle seemed set in on the spool radius but when reeling it is comfortable and allows for quick speed.
Can't wait to get this some heavy use.
Posted by joe on 24th Jan 2015
From the stellar drag system to the over sized spool to the sealed drag to the awesome strength of the drag to insane design and color I couldn't be any happier to be associated with this company and reel on the water. Just what the doctor ordered for these lake Ontario kings browns and steelies. Can't wait to try it out on some muskie as well. Can't wait to get a few more!
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