The Shimano SLX baitcaster offers all the amazing Shimano technology in an affordable package. The SLX is perfect for tournament anglers who need multiple great reels but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg. The Shimano SLX comes in 3 gear ratios and has a long handle to help improve power and usability. Along with versatility, the reel offers understated looks with a black mat body and blue trim pieces.
The Shimano SLX has more than just good looks on its side though. It is a compact reel that fits well into the palm of your hand so it is comfortable to use even if you are casting all day. Despite having just 3 bearings it is also very smooth so reeling is a breeze. The SLX is also backed up by some heavyweight Shimano technology. It has a number of features more commonly found in top-end reels.
- Tech Specs:
- Brass Main Gear
- Hagane Body
- S3D Spool
- Super Free Spool
The Brass main gear is the standard for most high-quality reels but it is something that is often dropped as a cost-saving measure for less expensive equipment. Brass gearing is generally long-lasting and dependable so seeing it on any reel, especially an affordable one, is a good sign.
Along with tough internals, the Shimano SLX is protected by the Hagane Body. This cold-forged body improves stiffness and increases the reels ability to soak up punishment. That translates to more cranking power and a reel that just might outlive you.
The reel also comes with the S3D Spool. In English this means you get a thin-walled aluminum spool that is perfectly balanced. A well-balanced spool means no vibration when you are casting so you can reach out and touch fish from anywhere on the pond. The reduced vibration also makes reeling more comfortable as vibration can increase fatigue if you are fishing for long periods.
To further improve the casting of the SLX, Shimano has added super free spool. This supports the pinion gear with a ball bearing even when the clutch is depressed and the spool can spin freely. That reduced drag which improves casting distance. This also keeps the spool and shaft in perfect alignment. That means less friction on the shaft so line flows freely off the reel.
Along with improving how far you cast, Shimano has added VBS to reduce the chances of a backlash. This system uses centrifugal force instead of magnets to slow spool speed at the beginning of the cast without affecting the spool towards the end of the cast. That means there is less chance your spool will spin faster than the line pays out. This works out to less time spent staring at a knot of line and swearing under your breath while your buddies laugh and catch fish.
So if you are looking for an affordable reel that can keep up with the professionals then the Shimano SLX is perfect for you.
Package Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.2 x 3.6 inches