TT Preview : Shimano’s New Red Cumara Series Goes KR-Concept
first debuted the original Cumara Series at El Salto Mexico they were regarded
as a game changing rod line for the company. The brand had already seen a lot of
success with their Crucial Series but the Cumara demonstrated the company’s
desire to really get into the high-end, and build rods that fans of their
top-end reels would be not just willing, but happy to pair with.
The new Shimano Cumara rods leverage the HM-1
blanks first used on the premium Cumulus rods for a lighter and more sensitive
successful release of the Cumara contact series the company followed up with
reaction rods that were also met with acclaim by both media and anglers. It
seemed that the sky was the limit for the company and the next season they
literally reached for the clouds introduced their highest end rod to date, the
Cumulus series. The Cumulus rods fished well and were both light and sensitive,
but were not only priced at the high range but some anglers panned the
avant-garde minimalistic styling which lacked some of the character that Shimano
fans had come to expect from their rods.
An easy to use open hook hanger is included on
This past ICAST
Shimano unveiled the new Cumara redesign which encompassed everything from the
company’s worm/jig rods to crankbait and even a rod designed specifically for
fishing umbrella rigs. These rods are all immediately identifiable with a deep
red finish, Fuji KR-Concept Alconite Guides and ultra compact EVA foam grips.
Each rod is finished with a laser
etched badge indicating intended application
The rods are
further made even more distinct looking with a metal cap positioned above the
reel seat instead of a foregrip. Each rod is also finished with a red laser
etched badge representing the rod’s intended application, which is recessed into
the butt cap. To make identification even easier in a rod locker or on deck each
rod is also labeled with the application on the blank.
The fin logo remains but the blank
color has now been changed to a deep red, almost burgundy, color
all three of our test rods and found the workmanship on the rods to be quite
good, and the silver threading on the guides is well done. The deep red, almost
burgundy, finish gives this rod a distinct character that sets it apart from
other Shimano rods. Will this color appeal to the mass market? While certainly
more identifiable it is likely to be a bit more polarizing as well, but the rods
do match up very nicely both cosmetically and in balance with the company’s own
Core and Stradic CI4 reels, as well as the white Chronarch 200E reels which look
good on the crankbait rods, and the smaller Calcutta D reels also pair well for
those anglers that prefer round reels.
The new Cumara rods pair nicely
with the Core reels
One of the biggest factors that impact the Cumara’s overall design is the
inclusion of Fuji’s new KR Guide Concept. Unlike The New Guide Concept which
deals with ideas that are universally applicable using many different guides,
Fuji's new KR Concept is made possible in part because of particular design
features of Fuji’s new K-Series guides and deals primarily with placement and
sizing of new guides.
The Cumara rods make use of Fuji's
KR-Concept that goes from micro guides to a choke guide and the stripper guide.
With more guides there is less gap between each guide improving lifting power
Next Section: Employing the Fuji KR-Concept