The PENN International VSX series is designed for heavy drags and braided lines. Precision machined from high-strength, lightweight, aircraft grade aluminum in their Philadelphia machining center. Penn's experienced crew has been designing and producing durable, high-quality reels in this facility since 1932. The fully machined 2 SPEED stainless steel gear train is the biggest in the business. The Dura-Drag system results in a smoother start up and virtually eliminates hesitation, even under extreme drag settings.

Penn International VSX models are constructed to achieve the extreme drag ranges expected by anglers fishing with super-braids. Unlike other products that advertise their high-potential drag settings but fail to inform you that these drag settings result in drag curves that are anything but angler friendly, and have a high potential to pop lines, pull hooks, and result in lost fish, Penn VSX models have been engineered to achieve these extreme drag settings while maintaining an appropriate progression and smooth drag curve throughout the entire range of the drag-lever. Simply put, this is Penn Engineering at its finest.

Extreme: To some, the word conjures images of renegade “Gen-Xerʼs” engaged in sports such as rock climbing or skydiving. To others, “Extreme” is a way of thinking and behaving. At Penn, “Extreme” simply equates to equipment that is asked to perform far beyond reasonable expectations. “Extreme” is the Penn International X-reels.


  • Fully machined aluminum frame and side plates
  • 100% Stainless Steel gear train
  • Quick Shift 2 Speed System
  • Dura-Drag System
  • Push-to-Turn preset knob
  • Ratcheted Lever prevents "drag creep" caused by hours of trolling and vibrations
  • Aircraft grade shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • Loud, durable clicker
  • Braid Ready to handle the strain that braided lines put on a reel
  • Stainless steel reel stand
  • Titanium handle on the 130VSX
MADE IN USA Dura Drag Washers Braid Ready Full Metal Body Push to Turn Quick Shift
Model Mono Cap
Braid Cap
Bearings Max Drag
@ Strike
Max Drag
@ Full

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12VSX 875/12 775/15 525/20 750/50 625/65 525/80 4 24 36 5.0:1/2.5:1 38/19 34
16VSX 1025/16 700/20 480/30 1025/65 875/80 750/100 4 30 42 4.3:1/1.7:1 36/15 41
30VSX 525/30 320/50 280/60 775/80 650/100 550/130 4 38 50 3.8:1/1.6:1 37/15 60
50VSX 500/50 440/60 330/80 875/130 775/150 650/200 4 44 56 3.1:1/1.3:1 34/14 76
130VSX 975/130 850/150 525/200 3650/150 2975/200 2475/250 6 80 100 2.2:1/1.2:1 38/21 176
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