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ICAST 2017 Coverage


Okuma Updates the Epixor XT and Coronado CDX Spinning Reels


Date: 7/13/17
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Okuma
Reviewer: Zander

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 CDX baitfeeders.


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.









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