International VS

Built proud in Philadelphia, the International VS are precision machined from high-strength, lightweight, aircraft grade aluminum, not weak plastic parts that may flex under heavy drags or intense heat. The two speed design allows for quick adjustment into high or low gear.

Made in the USA

The International VS is built in our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania manufacturing center. Our experienced crew has been designing and producing durable, high-quality reels in this facility since 1932.


The Dura-Drag system results in a smoother start up and virtually eliminates hesitation, even under extreme drag settings. Consistent drag performance is arguably the most important feature required during long battles. In the lab, the competition’s drag force varied by almost 30% where the Dura-Drag system maintained the same level of drag pressure throughout without fluctuation.


Quick-Shift 2-speed system shifts into high or low gear allowing you to easily adjust to any fishing situation on the fly.

Full Metal Body

Constructed with a full metal body and side plates to keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads


The Push-to-Turn preset drag knob eliminates accidental changes to the drag and prevents lost fish due to pulled hooks or slack in your line.

Braid Ready

Braid ready to handle the strain that braided lines put on a reel.

Ultimate Adjustable Clicker

The ultimate adjustable clicker on the 12VS allows for the greatest range of bait clicker settings in the industry. Simply turn the dial clockwise to increase the tension for fishing bigger baits or turn it counterclockwise to lighten the tension for smaller baits or to detect lighter strikes. (Available in 12VS only)

There is a reason PENN International® reels are considered The Gold Standard in high quality, big game reels. We hold ourselves to a higher standard. So when building the most respected big game reels on the market, we take extra steps to ensure our reels perform better and last longer. Click here to take a look at a side by side comparison next to the competition.

Penn International VS Reel
Penn International VS 80 Reel


Ratcheted drag lever prevents “drag creep” caused by hours of trolling and vibrations

Shielded stainless steel ball bearings

Stainless steel reel stand

Braid Ready to handle the strain that braided lines put on a reel

70VS and 80 VSW have titanium handle blank

Ultimate adjustable clicker available on 12 size only

Made In The USA
Dura Drag
Push To Turn
Quick Shift
Full Metal Body
Braid Ready
Ultimate Adjustable Clicker
Model Mono Cap. (yds/lb) Braid Cap. (yds/lb) Bearings Max Drag @ Strike / @ Full Gear Ratio High/Low Line Retrieve High/Low Weight
12VS 875/12 • 775/15 • 525/20 1425/20 • 1075/30 • 750/50 4 11lbs. / 17lbs. 5.3:1 / 3.3:1 40/25 32(oz)
16VS 1025/16 • 700/20 • 480/30 1000/50 • 825/65 • 700/80 4 11lbs. / 28lbs. 5.3:1 / 2.0:1 45/17 41(oz)
30VSW 900/30 • 550/50 • 480/60 1525/65 • 1325/80 • 1125/100 4 23lbs. / 30lbs. 3.8:1 / 1.6:1 37/15 58(oz)
50VSW 825/50 • 725/60 • 525/80 2000/80 • 1700/100 • 1425/130 4 28lbs. / 45lbs. 3.1:1 / 1.3:1 34/14 75(oz)
70VS 650/80 • 525/100 • 420/130 1750/130 • 1600/150 • 1300/200 4 35lbs. / 45lbs. 3.1:1 / 1.4:1 39/18 100(oz)
80VSW 950/80 • 875/100 • 700/130 2900/130 • 2600/150 • 2125/200 6 40lbs. / 51lbs. 3.0:1 / 1.4:1 43/19 111(oz)
International VS is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 80VSW is the standard for Big Billfish! This reel has the best relation of capacity vs heavy drag on the hole International series. I use only VSX on my boat, exept for the 80's. A pair of those are the most used for big fish.
Date published: 2114-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 16 VS kayak fishing gold! I am a big game kayak fisherman in Hawaii I catching big tuna, wahoo, mahimahi, sailfish and more.  The 16vs is the perfect reel for my needs, It can handle constant exposer to salt water its very reliable and not to big to handle on my kayak. And when i hook into those big sharks the 2nd gear come in handy to get them to leader!  Grate product Penn!!
Date published: 2014-02-26