December 22nd, 2013
Shimano Curado E vs Curado G Series – Product Reviewby Grant Pentiricci December 21, 2012
I have owned several Curados and the E series is by far my favorite one. I really like the materials used, durability and performance of the Curado E over any other Curado. I thought it may be interesting to provide a clear comparison between the Curado E and G.
On Shimano’s Website the Curado E and G are compared for you side by side. Shimano shows that the same features are on each reel, but this is not the case. Tacklewarehouse, Tackletour and several other reputable websites show more detailed statistics for the Curado E series if you were to do your own comparison.
These are the stats shown on Shimano’s website when the Curados are compared side by side:
- Aluminum Frame
- Lightweight Graphite Sideplates
- Recessed Reel Foot
- High Efficiency Gearing (HEG)
- Super Free Bearing Supported Pinion Gear System (SF)
- A7075 Aluminum Magnumlite Spool
- Dartainium Drag
- 5 Bearings
- 4 Shielded Stainless Steel BB
- Roller Clutch Bearing
- Variable Brake System (VBS) with Reduced Mass Hub
- Super Stopper
- Assist Stopper
- Septon PV Power Grips
- 1/8 Turn Easy Access Attached Sideplate
- Metal Cast Control Knob
- Anodized Spool and Handle
- Disengaging Levelwind System
- Quickfire II Clutch Bar
But really, what has changed?
Curado G & E Series Exterior
For starters, Shimano has changed the color of the G series Curado to a darker green with black metal anodized highlights. According to Tackletour, this matches better with Shimano’s lineup of Crucial rods and accents the IM9 graphite blanks in technique specific rods.
I like the E series paint job more. It is a brighter green with emerald accents as well as gold sparkles – flashier better looking reel in my opinion. Aside from that, I don’t really use too many Shimano rods, so the attempt by Shimano to match the G series aesthetically with their rods doesn’t sway me at all.
Curado G & E Series Internals
Oddly enough, information on the changes to the internals of the G vs the E series reels is hard to find on Shimano’s website. From putting together information available online, I found that the Curado G has 5 berings: 4 SS Ball Berings + 1 Roller Bering.The Curado E actually has 7 bearings: 5 shielded SS Bearings+ 1 Roller bearing +1 Anti-Reverse B Roller Clutch bearing. Note that the bearings are better quality on the older E series reels as they are shielded.The Curado E came with Super Stopper II vs the Curado G which has only Super Stopper.The aluminum drag star was replaced by a plastic smaller one for the G series Curado
Curado G & E Series Manufacturing
Shimano manufactured the E series in Japan. For 2011 they moved the manufacturing to Malaysia for the G. I suspect that this is to reduce costs. Made in Japan is a huge factor for me. I really respect Japanese manufacturing and to me this means the Curado E is a better product in fit and finish. Other anglers may not see a difference in where the reels are manufactured, but when I look closely at both reels there’s something about the E series that just seems much more refined.
Curado G & E Series Price
Shimano reduced the price of the Curado G to a more aggressive $159.99. This is a reduction of $20 over the E series which retailed for $179.99. I think Shimano tried to re-position their reels and create a larger price gap between the G-series and the Chronarch.
Curado G & E Series Weight
The Shimano Curado G had its weight reduced to 7.2 ounces. The Curado E weighed in at 7.6 ounces. This is due to the increase in plastic parts in the G series as opposed to aluminum in the E.
Curado G & E Series Gear Ratio Changes
The Curado E was only available in three gear ratios, a 7:1, 6.2:1, and a slower 5:1 gearing. The 5:1 reel was only available in right handed versions. The 6.2:1 reel was a larger 300 series frame with larger line capacity and a heavier drag.
The Curado G is available in three speeds, 7;1, 5.5:1 and 6.5:1. However the 5.5:1 reel is only in right handed versions. The G series reels are all 200 sized frames and all hold the same amount of line (Lb Test/Yards, 10/155, 14/110)
Curado G & E Series Drag Performance
The Curado E series reels had a drag capacity of 11.0 lbs with the CU300E/ 301E having an increased drag of 15 lbs due to its larger frame. The G series reels maintain the same drag capacity as the Curado E series reels.
I like Shimano products and I have been a faithful user most of my fishing career. I was extremely impressed with the Shimano Curado E and purchased several. I have been using them a lot and its my workhorse reel. I am very remorseful that I didn’t snatch up more of these when before the Curado G was released. Nowadays, the E series are collector items and prohibitively priced on Ebay and other sites. If you can get your hands on one I definitely recommend them.
As for the Curado G series reels, If you can get past the lower specs, then this is a great reel! I have used a Curado G for 2 years now without issue. In my opinion the G series is reasonably priced and will hold up to daily fishing. Long term use may show the E series to be superior with its aluminum parts and shielded bearings, but that hasn’t happened yet…
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Grant is the Founder of AnglingAuthority.com. While he primarily fishes for large mouth and small mouth bass, he’s passionate about sport fishing in general and an avid multispecies angler. Learning about new tactics, gear, species and conditions is all part of what makes the sport challenging and enjoyable. Grant also loves to travel, particularly to prime fishing destinations. Grant participates in regional tournaments and is a proud pro staff member of State Apparel, Power-Pole and Gambler Lures. Grant is a member of B.A.S.S, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation and Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters.More by Grant Pentiricci