In the never ending quest for perfection, Shimano has re-imagined the future of ultra long range reels and for the first time combined a radical new spool design with its world renowned Super Slow 10 Oscillation. The new Long Stroke Spool is 45mm in length and substantially increases the surface area of the spool (+30%), when compared to previous models.
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For many years it has been recognised that line friction during a long range cast is one of the limiting factors. The unique combination of a Long Stroke Spool and Super Slow Oscillation (107 cycles of line per oscillation) are designed to minimise line friction as it leaves the spool. The inclusion of an AR-C spool lip and Parallel Body design further reinforces Shimano's efforts to give long range anglers the ultimate in casting potential and performance. In testing, noticeable increases in distance have been achieved when compared to reels of a similar style.
As its name implies, Shimano has used ultra lightweight magnesium for the sleek HAGANE body in an effort to minimise overall weight. As a result, faster rod speeds can now be generated on extreme long range casts, which in turn increases lead speed at the point of release. And if all of this unique technology wasn't enough, Shimano has redesigned the main spool shaft to minimise any possible deflection under extreme load. The new Rigid Cast helps to optimise the timing of the line release and reduces friction-generating spool vibration.
Of course, nothing compensates for less than perfect casting technique, but by improving distance casting potential and minimising weight, Shimano has inadvertently improved casting accuracy. Less effort means more precision, more control and improved technique, enabling leads to hit the correct spot time and time again with the accuracy of a top marksman.
INFINITY DRIVE is a new construction that eliminates sliding resistance and realizes light winding in both load and no-load conditions. INFINITY DRIVE is a non-contact construction where the inside of the pinion gear does not touch the main shaft. This reduction in sliding resistance is achieved by the application of a special low friction bushing which holds the main shaft and in addition a by the application of a special surface treatment to the main shaft itself. Handle rotation torque is reduced by approximately 30%* compared to the conventional X-SHIP construction.
The contact type triplelip structure is introduced to the roller clutch, the pivotal point concerning water resistance. In this structure, the first lip prevents water from entering through the space between the rotor and the body. In addition, the special grease between the second and third lip where it makes contact with the rotor collar located at the upper part of the roller clutch not only resists water from entering but also minimizes friction resistance.
The HAGANE Drive Gear is produced by Shimano’s coldforging technology, without the need for additional machining. This delivers a longlasting smoothness, strength, lightness and power at the very heart of the reel.
Shimano ARC Spool is a patented spool design with an angled spool lip. This design enables the line to leave the spool with less friction and in smaller coils resulting in longer more accurate casts.
The onepiece bail wire has no gap for line to snag on during normal operation. Made of Stainless Steel, it reduces friction and allows the line to get onto the line roller quicker.
The HAGANE Body is produced from highrigidity aluminium or magnesium. This creates stiffness and impact resistance, while at the same time eliminating flexing of the body.
The Parallel Body feature implicates that the spool is lined out parallel to the rod. This results in the reduction of line touching the rod and subsequently this increases the casting distance.
The "Hi-Speed Drag" is the fastest drag function ever featured on a Shimano reel. Only a very small turn on the drag knob will transit the drag settings from 'free spool mode' to the 'fight mode'.
XShip is a combination of features that work together to create much greater efficiency. By positioning the pinion gear close to the centre line of the large diameter drive gear, more power is transferred from the handle to the rotor.
Shimano S ARB bearings are high corrosion resistant ARB ball bearings with an extra shield for improved protection against sand, salt or dust.