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Cadence CS10 Spinning Reel Review

Dale Shetler
By Dale Shetler
Updated May 4, 2021
Cadence CS10
Cadence CS10 spinning reel
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Affordable
  • Versatile
  • Not the strongest reel
  • Not ideal for specific fishing needs
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The Cadence CS10 reel is an ideal lightweight and durable reel for freshwater fishing. It is popular, and with good reason, for fishing species like bass, trout, redfish, flounder, and more. This spinning reel will exceed your expectations in terms of weight, drag system, and price.

The Cadence CS10 At A Glance

The Cadence CS10 merges durable and premium materials with a lightweight spinning reel design. It is made from a magnesium and carbon composite construction. These materials are highly durable, ensuring that they deliver. They even offer corrosion-resistant features, helping the reel to last in a variety of circumstances (saltwater environments for instance).

At the same time, the materials are incredibly lightweight. This composite construction means that the reel weighs very little and combats user fatigue. This lightweight design is enhanced even more through an ergonomic EVA knob.

On top of the lightweight and durable design, the Cadence CS10 is considered an all purpose spinning reel. It comes in a variety of sizes, meaning you can use it for just about any freshwater fish. It is ideal for game fish, but it also works great with inshore species.

All the while, the Cadence CS10 is much more affordable than other options. Cadence even provides a one year warranty and superior customer service, adding more to the overall price value of this reel.

Technical Specs

  • Bearings: 10 +1
  • Frame: Magnesium frame
  • Model: CS10-1000
  • Weight: 6.3 oz.
  • Gear Ratio: 5.2:1
  • Max Drag: 11 lbs.
  • Retrieve: Left/Right
  • Line Cap Mono: 6/110 lb/yds
Cadence CS10 spinning reel

Features

The Cadence CS10 comes with quite a few features, ranging from its frame materials to its drag system. As we already mentioned, this reel comes with a magnesium frame and carbon composite rotor and side plate. Together, these materials allow the reel to be both durable and lightweight.

Even the bearings are incredibly durable. The 10 ball bearings plus 1 instant anti-reverse bearing are smooth and corrosion resistant, making them suitable for the harsh wet environments they will be used in.

For further comfortability, the Cadence CS10 comes with an oversized ergonomic EVA handle. Once again, this handle is lightweight, but it is still durable and comfortable to use. The carbon fiber handle arm is also lightweight, yet it comes with an aggressive look.

Finally, the carbon fiber drag system is smooth yet powerful. The aluminum spool is even machined to be lightweight and braid ready, ensuring that it enhances your fishing experience all around.

All Features

  • One-piece braid ready design
  • carbon fiber drag system
  • Machines aluminum spool
  • Corrosion-resistant bearings

Pros

Since the Cadence CS10 focuses on weight, durability, and affordability, there are quite a few benefits of this model. We are only going to look at some of the most important.

One of the best parts about the Cadence CS10 is the lightweight yet durable materials. The lightweight design means that you can use this fishing reel for a much longer period of time without feeling fatigued. Still, the reel is relatively durable, meaning it doesn't feel flimsy or like it's going to break when put under pressure.

On top of the lightweight design and durability, the reel itself is smooth. There are no unexpected stops, making it much easier to fish with this reel. The reel is even durable enough that you can fish for larger species, so long as you invest in a stronger line.

Another wonderful pro about the Cadence CS10 is its affordability. This reel is incredibly cost efficient given its price, features, warranties, and customer service. You can tell based on the quality of this reel, as well as the quality of customer service, that Cadence really cares about how you spend your money.

Finally, the last major perk of the Cadence CS10 is how versatile it is. You can use it on a variety of fish with ease. This makes it a really great investment since it isn't a specific reel that you can only use in certain scenarios. Because of its versatility, it makes the price even more worthwhile.

All Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Versatile
  • Affordable
  • Great customer service

Cons

Even though there are quite a few pros that come with the Cadence CS10, there are some cons as well. Let's take a look at these cons so you can get a more holistic picture of what this reel is like.

As a whole, the Cadence CS10 is durable and strong enough for general fishing needs, but it isn't the most durable reel you can find. If you intend to be fishing a lot of heavier fish, this may not be the reel for you. You can find a much more durable reel at a similar price range from another brand.

All in all, the Cadence CS10 is great for versatile use, but it isn't the best reel for specific fishing needs. You should definitely think about investing in a more durable or tailored reel if you intend to be fishing for a specific species, especially if they are a larger species.

All Cons

  • Not the strongest reel
  • Not ideal for specific fishing needs
Cadence CS10 spinning reel

Conclusion

To wrap up, the Cadence CS10 is a great lightweight and durable fishing reel for versatile use.

Its lightweight design, durable materials, versatility, and affordability make it a great option if you need a pretty reliable fishing reel for many needs. You can rest assured that this reel will withstand time, so long as you treat it right.

With that being said, the Cadence CS10 probably isn't for you if you intend to be fishing specific species, especially if they are on the heavier side. As a general purpose reel, this isn't the best suited option for specific fishing means.

Nevertheless, you should definitely opt for the Cadence CS10 if you want a general fishing reel that is reliable, affordable, and versatile. Not to mention, Cadence offers killer customer service, ensuring that you get your money’s worth for this spinning reel.

ModelWeight (Oz)Gear RatioIPT (In)Max Drag (Lb) RetrieveLine Cap Mono (Lb/yds)Line Cap Braid (Lb/yds)
CS10-10006.35.2:125 11Left/Right6/11010/115
CS10-20007.26.2:13216Left/Right6/16010/165
CS10-30007.36.2:13519Left/Right10/15020/165
CS10-40008.56.2:13820Left/Right10/22020/260