Shimano takes the next step with improved design offerings
on some of their most popular reels
Shimano unveiled their exciting new 2005 lineup at the recent ICAST, and in
doing so completely revamps some of their most popular reels to make them even
better. Sporting aggressive new designs, more refinement for specific
applications, and improved technology, this lineup of reels adds to Shimano's
already mammoth list of quality product.
The Chronarch B features proven
technology, and some new innovation, all packaged in an aggressively styled
Chronarch B Series: The Chronarch has been
a benchmark in low profile reels for more than 10 years, so when Shimano went to
the drawing board to introduce the next generation model it was with great
consideration. The Chronarch B now utilizes High Efficiency Gearing, Lo-Mass
Drilled Spools, 6+1 A-RB anti-rust bearings, VBS and super free pinion gearing,
all sandwiched in a very radically styled aluminum frame with new "Escape Hatch"
sideplates for faster access. The Chronarch B looks much more aggressive than
the current model, and the sideplates are deliberately molded to be more
ergonomic, translating to a better overall fit into your hand. There will be a
saltwater version of the Chronarch B which will have more line capacity and a
blazing fast 6.2:1 gear ratio. All reels will have a much more durable finish from an
"Ion-plating" process, and scratch guards on top of the frame provide an extra
buffer. This is likely to be the most anticipated baitcasting reel in the
Shimano lineup, and has already won the prestigious ICAST award
in the reel category. Making it three years in a row that Shimano has won the
best reel category, and two years in a row that Shimano has won the overall
"Best of Show!" (Calcutta TEDC, Chronarch B) The Chronarch B series will retail for $269.99.
The Chronarch 50Mg is the lightest
baitcaster in the Shimano lineup and will certainly appeal to Japanese
tackle enthusiasts who had to import Scorpions up till now
Chronarch 50Mg: The Chronarch Mg is not as
modern looking as the new Chronarch B reels, but Japanese tackle enthusiasts
will recognize the Mg as the US version of the renowned Scorpion. The 50Mg is
smaller than the Chronarch 100Mg, and features the Septon handle, a recessed
reel foot, Lo-Mass drilled spool, and a drilled handle shank for further weight
reduction. The 100Mg weighs in at 6.95 ounces, and the new 50Mg hits the scales
at a much improved 5.9 ounces. Finally, a special coating makes it possible to
use the Mg in brackish and saltwater environments. Suggested retail for this
lightweight is $249.99.
Meet the newest member of the
Shimano round reel family...the affordable Corvalus
Corvalus Series: Shimano's newest series of
round reels are the Corvalus family. Intended to pull both fresh and saltwater
duty, these workhorse reels will come in 200, 300, 301. 400, and 401 sizes.
Features include a durable one piece aluminum frame, aluminum sideplates and
spool, VBS, Super Stopper and Assist Stopper, powerful 5.2:1 gear ratio, 3+1
stainless steel bearings, plus a clicker and non-disengaging levelwind on the
widest model. The Corvalus is a well balanced reel priced aggressively at $69.99
to $79.99 depending on size.
The new Stradic MgFA now comes
with the complete range of S-Concept features and the capability to pull light
Shimano introduces a brand new magnesium Stradic. The current version of the
Stradic MgF was lightweight but didn't have all the s-concept benefits of its
siblings. Well no longer, the new Stradic MgFA boasts a lightweight magnesium
frame, S-Concept design, and a special coating makes it safe for saltwater use.
This reel is designed for more comfort and sensitivity on drop shot rigs, bait
tipped jigs for walleye and perch, and casting for bonefish and redfish on the
flats. Suggested retail for this reel is $189.99.
The flagship Stella gets the royal
treatment with even further refinement from
"three dimensional analysis design."
Stella: Shimano's flagship spinning reel
undergoes some extreme refining, and will feature 4 new sizes added to the
lineup. (1000FB, 2500FB, 3000FB, and 4000FB) With the Stella series, "you have a
product that once you use it, you won't be able to go back to anything else,"
states Jeremy Sweet with Shimano's product development staff. The Stella now
integrates SR-Concept which includes the SR-3D gear, an oversized drive gear
designed with three-dimensional analysis. Three dimensional what? Sounds like
something right out a science fiction novel, but what this term actually means
is that the surface of each tooth is contoured exactly to the tooth shape on the
pinion gear! With the ultimate gear surface in contact with the pinion gear
tooth surface, smoothness, torque, efficiency and durability all increase. There
are also "SR guard fins," coated with titanium, placed strategically on the
rotor and select reel body parts to offer impact damage protection. A
contemporary "Rigid Support Drag" eliminates spool wobble even at the lightest
drag settings, and the "SR handle" screws directly into the drive gear for
absolutely zero backplay. The all weather drag uses a waterproof gasket, natural
wool drag washers, and has 48 adjustment points! With a resume like this the
Stella is definitely among the most refined reels made for the most
discriminating of anglers. The Stella will retail for $499.99 to $529.99.
Shimano's lineup of reels has never looked as robust as it does this upcoming
season. Across the board the theme of the Shimano redesigns is more...more
refinement, more performance, and more value. The reels highlighted in this
preview are just some of the reels in a long list of updates that goes through
the entire lineup from the ultra refined Stella to the very affordable Sedona.
We predict that the Chronarch B series of reels will be a hot commodity in
stores as the radically redesigned exterior complements the rich features and
materials utilized in the guts of this reel. There certainly is a battle brewing
in the low profile baitcast category this season, stay tuned for individual in
depth reviews and shootouts of these stirring new reels!
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