The Nexave has proved a resilient staple of the budget end of Shimano's product line, and it's easy for us to see why. It's fetching to the eye, and it comes complete with an effective and appropriate list of Shimano features for its price range.
Chief amongst these is the AR-C spool which makes it very simple and consistent to cast accurately. The Nexave also contains Shimano-made roller and ball bearings, which is a solid guarantee of both its longevity and its smoothness in casting and retrieving.
Our opinion: This is about as good as you'll get for a budget or entry-level spinning reel, and it just so happens to be very good at that. Some of the features in the Nexave like its shielded stainless steel bearings and cap bail are a surprise to see in something so affordably priced, and we've been nothing but pleased in our testing.
It's a steal, basically. Great Shimano quality and an excellent price. We doubt you'll be disappointing with it; we sure weren't! A fine pick for freshwater and some inshore work.
- Gear Ratio: 5.8:1
- Max. drag: 19 lbs / 8.5 kilogram
- Weight: 11.5 ounce/ 325 gram
- Line Retrieve Per Crank: 36 inch / 91 centimetre
- Mono Line Capacity (lbs/yds): 8/240, 10/200, 12/160
- Bearings: 3 Ballbearings and 1 Rollerbearing
Package Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.4 x 3.7 inches