Allen Alpha II

#1
Hey, I just wanted to share my excitement on purchasing a new Allen Alpha II in the aquarmarine colour. I like supporting this company as it is a sponsor of this site, and from my dealings with Evan and all the great reviews, I am excited to give it a go on some Hawaiian bones in 3 weeks!

Has anyone else used these Alpha II's?
 

Dustin Bise

Active Member
#2
I use an Alpha II it is awesome. it makes me feel happy, becuz in addition to being a good functioning reel, it also just has awesome style.
 

Camo Clad Warrior

Tight Lines and Screaming Reels!
#7
What the Allen crew does is easier decribed as "catching." I also heard the entire Allen crew is selected at birth because they are actually fishing super heroes. I am not sold on the idea but its what I heard from a guy who said he knew one of the allen crew. ;)
 

JesseC

Active Member
#8
Guess I have had bad luck. Bought the original alpha and it blew up on me after one fish - about 6 follow up emails later I got a new reel in the mail. Now that reel is starting to free spool in the same way. I chucked it and am now on my second trip with an Echo reel.

I've heard they have gotten a lot better on multiple fronts both with quality and customer service. I'll give it another shot when I start hearing some good reviews down the line.

Can't beat the price.
 
#9
Hhhmmmm, maybe I will give it a test run on some smaller bones in Hi'Kai blind casting before I take it out on Triangle or K'Bay and specifically target trophies. I've heard mostly good things and the price is right so I thought I'd give them a go. If they can handle some trophy bones, then I will probs make them my new-er preferred brand based on price and performance....but we will see! Here goes!
 
#10
Guess I have had bad luck. Bought the original alpha and it blew up on me after one fish - about 6 follow up emails later I got a new reel in the mail. Now that reel is starting to free spool in the same way. I chucked it and am now on my second trip with an Echo reel.

I've heard they have gotten a lot better on multiple fronts both with quality and customer service. I'll give it another shot when I start hearing some good reviews down the line.

Can't beat the price.
The original alpha series was from before I came on board the company. A lot has changed in the components on both the Alpha series and Trout series reels, and since we've put the redesigned ones up for sale, we've had only two reels (out of all our models, and several hundred sold) have issues. The only issue we've seen on them is a very quick, easy fix by the customer too. Shoot me an email, Jordan, I'll give you the rundown.
 
#14
Well, I finally received my Alpha II in the 9/10wt recently and I will say I am quite impressed with the workmanship and feel of the reel considering it's price point.
There was a slight mix up with product but after shooting the Allen guys an email, I was replied to quickly that same day and was in constant contact with Justin, Gavin, and Evan Burck and I can honestly say that the customer service was more than stellar and top notch. I haven't ever really had to deal with companies directly as my local shop usually covers things (replacements, warranties, etc.), but if I ever did, I would only hope that they all handle things as well as the Allen guys do.
Even with the mix up of product and my trip to Hawai'i coming up on Monday, they rushed/expressed the correct product to my door (I live up in Canada, their operation is out of Southlake, Texas) within three days, and even offered to let me keep the product they had accidently sent to me- more than what I could've asked for.

I would never hesitate to order from them again and can recommend them to friends knowing that they will be taken care of with excellent customer service.

Jordan

Note: The only thing I would recommend is to open up the reel and lube/grease the working parts a little more. The reel is super smooth out of the box, but I'm a stickler when it comes to "buttery smooth" and I like to play it on the safe side. Instructions on how to do this are their website and it really isn't hard.
 

Breck

The Whisky Guy
#15
Just received my Alpha II 7/8 in the mail. Haven't used it yet, but it feels great on the Allen Xa 10', 8-weight rod that I bought with it.