LOOK: The Iconic Reel retains the now ‘Iconic’ Hatch window pattern with 6 fins, recalling the original Finatic model. Instantly identifiable and classic, the Hatch look is simply Iconic. However, the reels were due for a style upgrade that can be seen in the shape of the drag knob - which brings depth - and ‘H’ brand logo. Hatch now uses a bright dip finishing that brings out the shine of the machined parts while also keeping the strong coloring of matte anodize.
MACHINED REEL SEAT: Hatch was the first and now one of the only reel manufacturers to make the reel body out of one piece. It is an expensive way to produce the reel but has the advantage of never having a reel seat loosen up due to galvanic corrosion. For the Iconic, the the reel seat has been re-shaped for a more contemporary look.
NEW HANDLE/COUNTERWEIGHT: The new handle design significantly reduces the risk of galvanic corrosion. While Hatch has retained the aluminum handle, it now has a softer look and feel.
NEW SPOOL NUT: New look, similar function, but with a big improvement. On the Iconic they have implemented a one piece design in order to prevent pieces from coming apart.
NEW SPOOL DESIGN: In many ways, the Iconic spool is similar to previous models, but with a few key differences. The Spool is now a ported arbor which will allow lines to dry better on the reel after use - think of it as ventilation. They have also cut aesthetic holes into the Mid Arbor spools, making it much simpler than before to distinguish between a large and mid arbor.
IMPROVED SEALING: Through better design and concentricity, Hatch has increased sealing by eliminating water entry points through subtracting superfluous components from past models.
IMPROVED STABILITY: The Iconic reel does not utilize a cassette to house the drag system as in past models - instead, it is now built into the body. This has decreased axial runout which creates a more stable and solid design.
NEW DRAG MATERIAL: The new carbon-filled drag material not only dissipates heat faster but also creates a smoother feel. This is the smoothest drag system to date.