Shimano Metanium Casting Reels - $419.99
-Micro Module Gear
-Shielded S-ARB Ball Bearings
-Gear Ratios - 6.2:1 - 7.4:1 - 8.5:1
-Super Stopper II Roller Clutch Bearing
-Dartanium 2 Drag Washers
-MET XG - 96mm Handle with PV Paddle Grips
-Tapered Line Guide
-Cold Forged Aluminum Drag Star
-Septon Handle Grips
-Aluminum Cast Control Knob
-Recessed Reel Seat Foot
-Lightweight Aluminum Drive Gear
-Ultra Lightweight Magnesium Frame
-Magnesium Handle Side Plate
-Carbon Onside Side Plate
-Approved for use in Saltwater
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About This Reel
Designed with the tournament bass angler and avid fisherman in mind, the Shimano Metanium Casting Reel delivers versatile, lightweight performance for a wide range of freshwater applications. Its ergonomic Magnesium frame keeps it at just 6oz (6.2oz for XG model) and Shimano’s Micro Module Gear System, X-Ship gear construction and SVS Infinity Cast Control System combine to deliver ultra smooth functioning, incredible torque, and greatly improved casting capabilities.
Offering impossibly smooth retrieves and increased efficiency, Shimano’s advanced Micro Module Gear System utilizes smaller teeth and more of them on each gear. This provides more contact points between the drive gear and pinion gear, and combined with the Metanium’s X-Ship gear construction helps the gears maintain proper alignment and better handling, especially under heavy loads.
Shimano’s newest innovation in brake system technology - SVS Infinity - also enhances casting accuracy and increases casting distance, especially when using lighter lures. The external adjustment knob is also in a more convenient position (bottom, left side of reel) for easier one-handed operation. Available in three gear ratios, including a blazing fast 8.5:1 gear ratio, whether you like to flip, throw jerkbaits or drag worms, there is a Shimano Metanium Casting Reel perfect for the task.
Comments: I still cannot believe I got this reel for $314 during TW 25% off Shimano sale they just had a few days ago! I just couldn't pass that up. This reel is a CORE on steroids!! The X SHIP technology is amazing and the quality and attention to detail put into the "higher" end Shimano reels is just superb. This thing is buttery smooth out of the box and you can certainly notice the micro module gearing however since the gear teeth are smaller it will need cleaned more often to prevent build up. Overall I would give this reel a stellar 9/10 mechanically and 10/10 cosmetically it's just down right badass looking. Not to mention this reel will smoke the doors off any Abu on the market from the MGX to MGXtreme they don't stand a chance!
From: CJV: PA
Comments: Got the JDM Metanium HG paired with a NRX 853C, well balanced, light weight, casts far. No Regrets buying a reel at this price.
From: Saint Paul, MN
Comments: One word!!! It's awesome!! Got the 8.5 paired with dobyn 745. Blazing fast. I wish the manual was in English.
From: Jack: Temecula
Comments: Got a JDM Metanium XG to use for the summer 2013 season. This thing is absurdly good. Blazing speed covers the dead water back to the boat for jigs/plastics. Great consistent drag, and the casting distance is exceptional. You will not be disappointed with this reel.
From: Ian: MN
Comments: i bought this when it was available only in japan, and its a great reel.