Shimano Unveils A New Smaller Curado Armed with an MGL
Spool - Meet the Curado MGL 70 K
Introduction: In the Shimano baitcaster lineup there is one series that
is the cornerstone of the company's portfolio, the Curado Series. This ICAST
Shimano is unveiling the newest addition to their green reel lineup, the new
Curado MGL 70, which is loaded with some of the company's premium features and
may very well be the the most refined Curado to date.
The Curado K Series gets a new addition and it is a
smaller better casting one
MGL K: The current Curado K is considered one of the best reels to ever wear
the Curado name, and to further solidify the legacy the newest Curado drops
weight, comes in a more palmable form factor, and benefits from the company's
exellent Magnumlite (MGL) spool. The new reel still comes with an aluminum frame
and Micromodule gearing and with the smaller size it weighs only 6.9oz, which is
.7oz. less than the standard Curado K.
The big deal behind this Curado launch is the addition of
the MGL spool in a more compact form factor
this the MGL spool has been reserved for reels Chronarch and above. The MGL
spool design significantly reduces the moment of inertia which enables anglers
to achieve greater casting distance and accuracy. We have seen the exceptional
performance of this spool design when paired with the SVS infinity brake system,
just think Bantam MGL and more recently the Metanium MGL. The Curado MGL K now
joins these other strong casters, and along with the new SLX MGL 70, will be the most "affordable" low-profile
reel to sport this deadly combination when it becomes available in early August
The question for many Curado
fans will be whether the new reel is more attractive than the Curado 150 DC
which will be only 20 dollars more. Based on what we have seen recently from the
Metanium MGL versus the Metanium DC the Curado MGL K may very well represent the
more desirable overall package.
The Curado MGL K is equipped with SVS Infinity cast
control that is externally adjustable
addition to the compact size and low weight this new Curado will come loaded
with 8+1 bearings and be offered in two quick gear ratios, 7.4:1 and 8.1:1, and
will be available in both right and left hand retrieve.
Even though the reel is small
in size Shimano wanted to make sure that it was up to the task of power fishing
techniques like pitching and flipping so they have equipped it with a Cross
Carbon Drag that will deliver 12lbs. of pressure and offer a wide range of drag
settings, and is considered one of the smoothest that the company possesses in
their design arsenal.
The new reel features numerous green highlights including
the spool tension knob and star drag... it is a Curado after all
MGL 70 K looks like a very attractive reel on paper, and should be significantly
more palmable than the already well designed K reel. With the new compact size
and new MGL spool it should also be the best bait-finesse Curado yet, further
solidifying the K generation as one of the very best Curado platforms in the
storied history of these mean green reels. I can't wait to cast one.