It just doesn't get much better than this. The Antares is the pinnacle of Shimano reel design, providing to the dedicated fisherman a truly exceptional degree of long distance casting and control. Strong and unbelievably smooth in its function, the unique SVS Infinity Braking System gives to the proud owner of an Antares a massively improved casting experience every time its used.
There's a lot to talk about on this one, so let's break it down into key features we're raving about here at Nihon Fishing.
The X-Ship: This feature directly addresses the common issue of gear durability. The pinion gear of the reel is supported on both ends by bearings, with the pinion gear itself holding a very precise alignment with the reel's drive gear. The result? It stays positioned correctly even when under extremely heavy load. A handy side-effect? Oh, simply that all friction between spool shaft and gear is gone. Light lures are blissfully easy, and long casts are a dream.
Micro module gear: Smooth retrieves every time. By using smaller teeth than are found in most reels - and more of them, too - the Antares delivers a more efficient gear train with much less 'gear feel'.
HAGANE body: Full metal construction with particularly high rigidity. Body flexing is a thing of the past thanks to this kind of design, and this means every action transforms into cranking power. More efficient, easier to use.
SVS infinity: Shimano have rocked the industry with this break system tech. Consistent spool control and brake force. Cleverly designed brake weights use inner friction during casts, going hand in hand with controlled spool speed for absurdly precise casting - especially when using light lures. A handy external knob makes small-detail adjustments easy for when conditions vary or when different bait is called for.
S A-RB bearings: These are no normal bearings. They have shields on both sides of each individual one, meaning a drastically reduced possibility of salt or sand getting into the rotation.
Super Stopper 2: A very clever anti-reverse design means the Antares has one-way roller bearings. Back play is non-existent, giving anglers instant hook setting power every time.
Our opinion: There's no other way to put it; this is a supercar of reels.
If you're an experienced enthusiast or professional looking for your dream investment, the Antares should be on your list. You get exactly what you pay for here, and that's a reel that will transform your elite fishing experience entirely.
There's no going back once you try the Antares - everyone here at Nihon Fishing agrees it's just that good.
Package Dimensions: 1.0 x 1.0 x 1.0 inches