Fox EOS 10000 Reel Review

Last Updated on 21 June 2024 by James Bevan

Overall Rating

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Score derived from the average of these ratings:

Build Quality - 8.0

Cast & Retrieve - 8.0

Drag / Clutch - 7.5

Value For Money - 9.0

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The Fox EOS 10000 is one of the most popular reels on the market today. Having put it through its paces, I can understand why. 

Not only is it built with quality materials, it is well balanced, performs well and is very competitively priced.

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12 new from £62.99
as of 24 July 2024 22:01

Features & Specs List With An Explanation

Features and Specs Explanation
Gear Ratio: 5.5:1 Indicates the number of spool rotations per handle turn. The spool turns 5.5 times for every one turn of the handle with this reel. This is higher than the majority of its competition.
Weight: 558g The reel’s weight is similar to the majority of reels of this type.
Line Capacity: 0.33mm/320m, 0.35mm/260m, 0.37mm/220m Amount of line the spool can hold, important for casting distance. This reels line capacity is average when compared to similar reels of this type.
Retrieve Rate: 75cm per turn Length of line retrieved per handle turn, influencing the speed of line retrieval. This is faster than the majority of the competition.
Drag System: Rear drag Controls resistance on the line. The drag is nice and smooth on this reel.
Number of Ball Bearings: 5+1 Number of bearings in the reel. This affects smoothness and performance and is higher than its competition.
Construction Material: Graphite body Lightweight and durable material offering strength and corrosion resistance.
Handle: CNC machined Precision-engineered handle for durability and a comfortable grip.
Anti-Reverse System: Instant anti-reverse Prevents handle from moving backward, providing better hook sets and control.
Spool Type: Aluminium spool Durable and lightweight spool.
Bail Arm: Oversized line roller Reduces line twist and ensures smooth line lay on the spool.

How The Reel Compares To Its Competitors

Here’s how the Fox EOS 10000 compared to other budget Carp reels we have reviewed:

NameOverall RatingPrice
Fox EOS 100008.1from £62.99
Shimano Baitrunner ST 10000 RB7.9from £64.99
Daiwa Black Widow BR Reel8from £59.99
Wychwood Riot Big Pit7.6from £39.99
Daiwa Regal BR Reel7.9from £39.99

Build Quality

Build Quality
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What Does This Mean?

When we assess the build quality of a fishing reel, we test and review the materials used in manufacturing the reel and how it all comes together in the finished product.

I have to say the build quality of the Fox EOS 10000 Reel is impressive for a reel with its low price-point.

Its body is made from graphite which is pretty standard and known to be both lightweight and durable. Coming in at 558g in weight, it feels well balanced in the hand and with the CNC machined handle, is comfortable to use.

One thing you really notice about the Fox EOS 10000 is how smooth it is for a budget reel. I feel this is down to the 5+1 ball bearings which are made from quality stainless steel. It really does make the retrieve feel fluid and provides significant cranking power.

It’s finished off with a sleek, modern design with a matte black finish and subtle orange accents, giving it a real stylish and professional appearance.

All in, it’s easy to see why this reel features in our list of top carp reels as a really decent budget entry.

Fox EOS 10000 Main
Solid yet lightweight graphite build

Cast And Retrieve Performance

Casting & Retrieve
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What Does This Mean?

This part of the review is fairly self-explanatory and focuses on how well the reel casts and how smooth the retrieve is.

Distance isn’t a factor in this assessment whereas accuracy and efficiency is.

On top of the actual, physical performance of the reel we also look at the number and type of ball bearings, the spool, line lay and the gear ratio in comparison to its required use.

The Fox EOS 10000 Reel delivers excellent casting and retrieval performance, thanks to its balanced rotor profile and fast gear ratio of 5.5:1.

The oversized line roller reduces line twist and ensures smooth line lay, contributing to longer, more accurate casts. The reel manages to retrieve 75cm of line per turn, which is very quick.

As mentioned earlier the 5+1 ball bearings add to the overall smoothness of the retrieve which balances out the high gear ratio nicely. 

Fox EOS 6
Solid line clip on a quick turning spool

Drag / Clutch

Drag / clutch
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What Does This Mean?

When reviewing the drag system on a fishing reel we are testing how smooth the drag is and how convenient it is to use.

There is no bias as to whether a reel has a front or rear drag system, it is solely judged on how smooth it can take out line relative to the amount of pressure that it is being applied.

The EOS 10000 comes in both rear and front drag versions. I tested the rear drag, bait runner system which was both efficient and smooth. It’s nothing to write home about but it did the job and I never encountered any problems when testing it.

Fox EOS 8
The rear drag version of the EOS 10000

Value For Money

Value For Money
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What Does This Mean?

Self-explanatory in terms of an assessment but yet an important part of the review process. This is because it creates more of a level playing field.

Of course, the more expensive a reel is the more quality components it will have and as such will generally score higher.

Having value for money as a criterion allows us to judge how well a reel performs vs its price point and in turn allows us to recognise good-performing reels at bargain prices.

Scoring an overall rating of 9.0 here its clear to see that the Fox EOS 10000 offers exceptional value for money. You really do get a quality piece of kit for a price-point usually seen in much more inferior reels.

As such, I would highly recommend this reel certainly to those that are new to the sport but also for more experienced anglers that just want a really decent Carp reel without breaking the bank.   

The Pros & Cons Of The Fox EOS 10000 Carp Reel

Here is a list of pros and cons anglers have found with the EOS 10000:



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Additional Experts & Resources Used In This Review

Here is a list of resources we have used as part of putting this review together:

Fox International Official Specifications –

Carpology’s Review –

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