Keeping things Fresh and Green, the Shimano Curado Rods
get a Major Redesign
Introduction: While the G.Loomis GCX was the company's rod launch at
ICAST Shimano also unveiled a complete refresh to the Curado lineup of rods. The
new sticks feature a clean layout with the combination of Hi-Power X blank
technology, Ci4+ reel seats and FazLite guide inserts.
Shimano has been busy. In addition to rolling out new GCX
rods on the G.Loomis side the company also introduced a refresh to their Curado
Rods: The Shimano Curado Series reel family is growing so it is no surprise
that the company is updating the Curado rods to provide anglers with a matching
platform. The redesigned the Curado series of casting and spinning rods have
been designed with more power and versatility for anglers of all types.
MLF Pro Alex Davis shows us the new blank on the Curado
Curado rods now benefit from technology seen in higher-end Shimano rods
including Hi-Power X which utilizes diagonally-wrapped carbon tape forming "X"
shapes on the rod blank's outermost layer, which is designed to improve feel,
casting distance, and overall strength of the blank.
Green graphics of course
new Shimano and G.Loomis rods the Curado series of rods will also make use of
CI4+ reel seats for increased sensitivity and reduced weight. The combination
with the high density EVA grips looks clean and seamless.
This latest Curado rod series
looks more JDM than previous versions, and has a very dark overall styling to
match the more recent Curado reels. There is just a touch of green in the
graphics and threading to tie it all together.
CI4+ reel seats mated to an aluminum lock and EVA grips
The rods feature a split grip design
of guides the Curado rods get Fuji tangle-free K guides with FazLite inserts
which are rated for monofilament, fluorocarbon or PowerPro braided fishing
Fuji guides with FazLite inserts are used on all rods
A look at the clean looking CI4+ spinning reel seat
there are 12 casting, 4 casting glass, and 6 spinning rods in the 22 rod lineup.
All four of the glass models still feature a Hi-Power X blend for a more crisp
feel, as well as increased power to move big baits and big fish.
The new Curado rods look like a good option for anglers
looking for a all-Shimano all-Curado outfit and are a reasonable price too
Curado rods will be available late Fall to early Winter timeframe and retail
from $159.99 to $179.99 depending on the model, and are available for pre-order
Tackle Warehouse. These mainstream oriented rods are a great
option for the Shimano fan looking to keep it all in the family when pairing
there workhorse Curado reels.