Affordable, Compact, and Now with MGL - The New SLX MGL
Introduction: While the Curado MGL will likely get the majority of the
attention from baitcasting fans this ICAST the reel that will be a hot commodity
among value oriented anglers might just be the more cost effective SLX. The big
news for the SLX series is the addition of a new MGL version which will come in
a smaller 70 sized reel.
Shimano's most cost effective MGL equipped reel, the SLX
70: The theme this year in Shimano's baitcaster lineup is smaller and more
refined. Much like the new Curado MGL the new SLX gets a more compact form
factor that makes it perfect for palming, finesse fishing with fluorocarbon, or
pitching and flipping with braided lines and leaders.
Controlling the SV Infinity cast control is easy with the
The addition of a magnumlite
(MGL) spool into the SLX was unexpected. Many anglers accurately guessed that
the Curado would get the spool paired with SVS infinity cast control this season
but seeing the design and technology made available all the way down to SLX in
parallel was a welcome surprise.
The new SLX also comes in the smaller 70 size form factor
that is much more palmable
MGL will be available in five different versions a 6.3:1, 7.2:1. and 8.2:1 gear
ratio (note the 6.3:1 gear ratio will only be available in right hand retrieve).
All reels come loaded with 4+1 bearings and Shimano's Cross Carbon drag which is
rated for 12lbs. on the SLX.
Though the SLX MGL 70 is
designed as a value oriented workhorse it still makes use of quality materials
in the reel's construction including an aluminum frame, brass gearing, and the
cross carbon drag.
The SLX MGL will be available in 6.3:1, 7.2:1, and 8.2:1
retrieves and retail for only $149.99
The SLX MGL will
weigh in at 7.1oz. which is just .2oz, more than the new Curado MGL. As with all
SLX reels value is a key component and the SLX MGL 70 is officially the most
affordable MGL armed baitcaster with a retail price of only $149.99 when it
becomes available late this summer.