Quantum Smoke S3 Spinning Reel Review (Top Pros & Cons)

By: Joseph Simonds on June 12, 2020
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It’s reel review time!

Today we’re doing a deep dive into everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Quantum Smoke S3 PT inshore spinning reel.

We’re also going to unbox it so you know everything that you would get if you ordered this reel.

Mark, our new COO, is a former professional bass angler and tackle store owner, and has been using this reel a lot recently.

This is a high-end saltwater spinning reel that has a lot to like about it, but it’s not perfect, so Mark will share both the pros and cons of this reel.

If you’re looking for a new spinning reel, you’re going to love this video!

Check it out below.

Quantum Smoke S3 Inshore Reel Review [VIDEO]

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Here are some of the pros and cons of this reel.


  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Saltwater resistant
  • Great warranty


  • The noise clicker is not very durable
  • Price is on the higher end ($189.99)

And here are some of the specs for this reel:

  • Gear ratio: 6:1
  • Bearings: 11+1
  • Max drag: 30 lbs
  • Braided line capacity: 220/20
  • Weight (Model SSM30XPT): 8.3 oz
  • Price: $189.99


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This is a great reel for inshore fishing, as long as you don’t mind the higher price point and know that the noise clicker might not last that long.

It’s very light and durable (minus the clicker), so it’s perfect for tossing artificials all day on the water.

Have you used this reel?

Have any questions about it?

Let us know in the comments below!

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David Ulgenalp
19 days ago

I bought two of these thinking they may be a less expensive and worthy alternative to the Shimano Ci4 but was very disappointed with them both. They were not nearly as smooth as the Ci4 and the drags quickly became sticky. I had two friends try them as well and both were also disappointed in the performance.

Mark Goodson
15 days ago
Reply to  David Ulgenalp

Shimano makes the best gearing in our industry, no doubt! I think most have valid points on pros and cons on the CI4+. The industry hasn’t made a bulletproof reel yet. If you had the data that we compile it might shock you on the most repaired reels. Here is my opinion… Shimano makes the best gearing, Daiwa the best bearing concealment system, Quantum the best bail, drag, and warranty. Food for thought

Glenn Acomb
20 days ago

Excellent review. Didn’t know much about Quantum products (use mostly Shimano) but am more favorable about them now.

Mark Goodson
15 days ago
Reply to  Glenn Acomb

Thank you!