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Shimano Spirex and Solstace Rear Drag Fishig Reels
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Now with advanced features to further reduce line twist and also to lay line on the spool for better castability and line manageability, Shimano introduces the newly-designed Spirex and Solstace rear drag spinning reel series, both offered in 1000, 2500 and 4000 sizes. The Spirex reels have Shimano’s Double Paddle Handle and five shielded ball bearings, while the Solstace reel have standard single paddle handles and feature four shielded ball bearings.
With Shimano’s new Varispeed engineering feature, both the Spirex and Solstace rear drag reels use an oval oscillation gear that provides consistent spool speed for even line lay, “resulting in exceptional castability and line manageability,” said Jeremy Sweet, Shimano’s reel development product manager. “Plus we added one of our S-Concept features, the S-Arm Cam, to keep slack line in contact with the line roller to further reduce the chance of tangles and line cuts.”
Both the Spirex and Solstace reel continue with proven Shimano features including Fluidrive II, a Fightin’ Drag knob to quickly increase or decrease the drag setting while fighting a fish, Dyna-Balance to eliminate reel wobble, and a Power Roller II oversized line roller that also helps reduce line twist. For easy, one-hand casting, the reels have Shimano’s QuickFire II feature, a one-stop ratchet system that automatically centers the casting trigger.
Construction features on both the Spirex and Solstace reels include graphite frames, sideplates and rotor, an aluminum spool, plus each comes standard with a spare aluminum spool.
The Spirex (SR) 1000RD and Solstace (SO) 1000RH, sized for trout and panfish, will hold 270 yards of 2-pound test, and up to 110 yards 6-pound test. For bass, walleye and lighter tackle saltwater action, the SR2500RE and SO2500RH handles from 200 yards of 6-pound to 120 yards of 10-pound. Heavier-duty freshwater and inshore saltwater species can be managed with the SR4000RD and SO4000RH, both capable of holding 240 yards of 8-pound test, and up to 160 yards of 12-pound.
“Anglers who prefer and are more comfortable with rear drag spinning reels will appreciate the casting and line control features now found in the Spirex and Solstace reels,” Sweet notes, “and with QuickFire II and Fightin’ Drag, they are also quality reels for novice anglers and kids who are anxious to step up to spinning tackle.”
For more information on the new Spirex and Solstace rear drag spinning reels, both with Shimano’s QuickFire II casting trigger, see your local tackle dealer - or visit the Shimano web site at www.shimano.com.
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