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, 6 stacked carbon disc drag system is by far the most powerful drag system we have ever developed. We not only believe this to be the strongest drag in the Allen lineup, but one of the best there is. Period.
||Weight||Arbor Dia||Spool Width||Reel Capacity||Size Suggestions||Price|
|3||4.5"||7.11oz.||2.8"||1.1"||8wt WFF + 200yd 30lb backing||6wt to 9wt WFF
350gr to 500gr Shooting Heads
|4||5"||7.81oz||3.0"||1.1"||10wt WFF + 250yd 30lb backing||9wt to 12wt WFF
500 to 600gr Shooting Heads
|5||5.5"||8.87oz.||3.2"||1.3"||12wt WFF + 300yd 30lb backing||12wt to 14wt WFF
600gr to 1000gr Shooting Heads
Assembled in the USA
Posted by Morgan on 2nd Feb 2014
In the past 10 years I've been fly fishing, I've honestly never felt a reel that has so much power. The torque the XLA's drag system can throw down is amazing. The easily gripped drag dial can go from wide open to stop, like seriously, nothing is going to take even a cm of line. My XLA is the size 5, perfect for the big boys and it sucks up line like a vacuum. I'm blown away by the design and functionality, but in some sense I should have expected it from Allen. This was a big step up from years ago with the original Trout reels.
The Allen crew needs to give themselves a big pat on the back. Making moves to the top, keep an eye on this gang, "Top Gear" features and trade show trophies are in the near future.
Posted by email@example.com on 10th Jan 2014
I recently emailed you about my Kraken XLA and attached a photo of a steelhead I caught the first time out with it. The Kraken XLA is impressively smooth and quick. That steelhead delved deep into my backing before the Kraken brought it to a smooth halt. When the fish turned and streaked back upstream the larger diameter spool let me keep up. Speedy line retrieval is one advantage of this reel; another is less line memory, which facilitates longer straighter casts from the get go. This is a great steelhead reel, and a "reel" bargain!
Posted by Robert Sanford on 10th Jan 2014
In November I witnessed Kraken and Kraken XLA reels in action my friends were using on a Saltwater Trip. So impressed I came home and ordered the XLA. The quality finish, craftsmanship is incredible. The drag system on this really impressed me more than any reel I have ever owned prior. Meeting Justin at the flyfishing show recently confirmed my thoughts that this was more than just a flyfishing manufacturer. They are really nice guys that you want to get behind and support. I really can't say Thank You enough, for taking care of myself and my other buddies that have purchased your products.