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    Kraken XLA Reel Series

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    Product Description



    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.   


    Model Reel Dia
    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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    1. Best buy for the money...period.

      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!

    2. Kracken XLA

      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.

    3. Awesome Reel

      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.

    4. XLA is super sexy

      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.

    5. Kraken XLA #3

      Posted by Capt. Jon Bull on 22nd Jan 2015

      This reel is the real deal (pun intended)! The look, the smoothness, and the balance on an 8 wt. rod is unmatched. The large diameter allows for quick line pick up when a redfish or snook makes a run back to the skiff. Not to mention, the Dorado color scheme really turns some heads while the it rests in the gunwales! Awesome product! Home run!

    6. Totally Amazing

      Posted by Piesmuggler - Western Australia on 19th Dec 2014

      Having received my Kraken XLA , upon opening the box ,I was confronted by a totally amazing piece of modern engineering. the CNC machining of the reel is incredible, the finish and all other facets of this reel are well above, the norm you would expect for the incredibly modest price.
      I gave the drag a work out using a manual method by anchoring the reel, and physically pulling 100 kg breaking strain mono off the reel which it passed without a hickup.
      All in all I would and will recommend this reel to anyone who is looking for a well engineered and fishished at an incredibly low price.
      Once again Allen Fly Fishing produces great value for money products.
      This is from a person who owns several high end reels, most costing nearly double the price.

    7. wow…

      Posted by john raffaghello ii on 1st Nov 2014

      All around great build an performer, the 9wt version will handle just about any fish you can throw at it. unbelievable stopping power and performance. You really cant go wrong with any of allens reels, but this one is top of the line. I recoment them to all my clients because they do make a superior product.

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    8. Superbe moulinet pour la mer et eau douce !

      Posted by JP Maire on 22nd Sep 2014

      Excellent reel for salt with great drag, will stop any salmon or sea trout,
      I will recommend Allen and their services to all my fly fishing friends.
      Can't wait for the Omega....

    9. One awesome product

      Posted by Unknown on 8th Sep 2014

      Finally decided to take the plunge and try a product that I do not have in my arsenal. I have the Titanium color size 4 reel and wanted to share my take on this outstanding product. Out of the box it looks like it means business. Its a mean looking massive piece of masterful machining that is fairly light despite its size.
      Strong sealed drag with a wide drag range from very light to stop a dump truck, almost literally. Very good line capacity on a V shaped anodized frame, smooth retrieve, and IMHP a very pleasant click. The meat of my review starts here. IMHO this reel reminds me of other reels I own or have taken for a spin. Only better.
      Loop Opti series,Orvis Mirage, Hardy Fortuna, Hatch Finatic and The Galvan Torque series. Now, most every one makes a beautiful reel in some respect, that's synonymous across the board world wide. However they're not all created equal. Inside out; The tall sealed drag stack reminds me of the Mirage and the breaking power of the Hardy Fortuna.
      DIFFERENCE: Drag stack diameter seems to be larger than the Mirage and the breaking power exceeds the 32lbs of pressure the Fortuna has. {I was told by a rep that this reel had 80lb braid attached and still didn't turn the drag on lock down} Some may say who needs that?!?! I say, "better to have and not need, than need and not have".
      The size light weight and "V" style spool reminds me of the Loop Opti. The design however, is different. Its not a straight V, almost a U {Similar to Galvan}, weight is negligible between the Opti runner but Lighter than the Mega Loop. Line capacity with Hatch premium line is outstanding! Diameter .015" / 37mm Strength 68lb / 30kg. 250yds with 9wtf line. {Standard 20lb dacron diam .019}
      The machining retrieve and click remind me of the Hatch Galvan and the Mirage. Again, Smooth retrieve and aesthetics are synonymous. Also, with a very pleasing click. Especially outbound with a hot fish. In closing, it took me a year to finally buy this reel. All of that said with all the favorites I own. I may be, at this point, an Allen Kraken XLA specific guy from now on. Price point vs Performance, well, you get it all. Damn good price and a Damn good product. But dont take my word for it.

    10. Fantastic reel paired with switch rods!

      Posted by Samuel Stone on 6th Aug 2014

      I purchased the Kraken XLA 3 for my 7wt switch rod which is a 11'3". Beautiful rod which I paired with an Alpha III #3 but I was having trouble keeping 150 yds of backing as well as the versitip leader from Rio on the Alpha. I sold that reel and then purchased the XLA since I had an extra Alpha III and Kraken for my other 2 switch rods. I already know how Allen performs so I had no problem dropping the cash for this bad boy.

      When I received it in the mail, I never expected it to be so....big! I knew it was a large arbor reel but not this big! It's perfect for my 7wt switch which is specifically for salmon and chucking squirrels out for pike!

      The feel of the reel is top quality with the weight balancing out the rod very well. The drag on the reel is just like all the other Allen reels, perfect. Every click actually matters. You can really fine tune this reel to the T and I love it.

      If you have any doubts in your mind about purchasing this reel, don't. It's hands down my favorite reel! Cannot wait to test it out and see what it's really made of!

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