Okuma Updates the Epixor XT and Coronado CDX Spinning Reels
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Introduction: The more reel manufacturers we met with this ICAST the more
it seemed like it was a spinning focused year, as many companies introduced
redesigns of their popular spinning reel lineups this ICAST. Okuma rolled out a
number of new reels this year, and most notable were the Epixor XT and Coronado
Meet the new Epixor XT, Okuma's completely
redesigned spinning reel which now is significantly more refined
Epixor: The Epixor has long been the workhorse spinning reel within the
Okuma lineup and this year the company took the opportunity to implement a
complete redesign from the ground up.
The new reel is much more
angular, compact, and modern looking. Key features include the Torsion control
armor which consists of a frame extending down to both sides from a single stem,
which increases frame strength and rigidity.
See the logo on the stem? This TCA (Torsion
Control Armor) design brings the frame down from the stem like a fork to reduce
twisting under load
Each reel comes loaded with 7BB+1RB stainless steel bearings, a precision
machine cut brass pinion gear and a corrosion resistant graphite body and rotor.
The most interesting thing about the reel is the slower oscillation for improved
line lay, which translates into better casting. The Epixor XT 20 weighs in at
7.3oz. and there will be two larger sizes, a 30 and 40 made available as well.
All three sizes will retail for only $69.99.
The Coronado CDX is a new baitfeeder that is
designed to make it easy to allow their bait to run freely and naturally
Coronado Baitfeeder: It seems like baitfeeders never get much of the
spotlight. Finesse reels seem so much sexier and yet it is the often overlooked
baitcaster that is so often bringing home the big fish. This year Okuma
introduced a very attractive new baitfeeder, the Coronado CDX which features an
ON/OFF auto trip bait feeding system. This system enables anglers to disengage
their reels and allow thier baits to run freely. The Coronado incorporates a
secondary micro-adjustable drag system at the rear of the reel that allows for
precise adjustment of the spool for bait control. In order to disengage this
system anglers need only turn the handle and the ON/OFF lever on the rear of the
reel will automatically disengage the baitfeeding system so that you can fight
your fish utilizing the main drag system.
A look at the ON/OFF lever on the Coronado
To ensure that the Coronado can stand up to big fish Okuma built the reel with a
corrosion resistant graphite body and rotor, carbonite drag washers on a Dual
Force Drag, and a heavy duty spool shaft stabilizer. As usual with Okuma all of
this is made available at a very aggressive price ranging from $99 dollars for
the 55 size to $119 dollars for the 80 size.
John Bretza shows us the new completely
redesigned Epixor XT
Okuma wasn't the only reel manufacturer to crank out new spinning reels this
year but when it comes to price for performance Okuma continues to offer anglers
a lot for the money.