Shimano is set to release their newly re-designed Curado I series of low- profile baitcasters. The Curado G is being discontinued in favor of this new reel. The new reel model will be launched at this year’s Bassmaster Classic on Guntersville Lake on February 21, 2014.
The Curado I has been totally re-designed and boasts some improved statistics over his predecessors. Here are some of its specs:
As you can see, the Curado will be offered in three different gear ratios to cover all applications. It will also be offered in both retrieves, left and right. The new Curado I will be offered at $179.99 and is already available for pre-orders at most online retailers.
The Curado I will have some new features added to it as well. X-Ship has now been added on the I series of reels to improve gear durability and alignment. This will make the reel feel smoother and improves overall fishability of the reel. Under load the reel will suffer less gear flex.
Noteworthy are the Escape hatch and offset handle design. The escape hatch has slightly changed but maintains its usefulness for on the water access while the offset handle gives you a more balanced reel when under load. Both are good features to have and our team was happy they were included by Shimano.
Shimano has also designed the Curado I with the SVS infinity brake system. It includes an external dial that is adjustable without opening the sideplate up. It will have six settings and this is touted to increase brake precision.
-SVS Infinity Brake System (Infinite Cast Control)
-Shimano Stable Spool Design (S3D)
-Super Free Spool
-Cross Carbon Drag
-Offset Handle Design
-Center Clutch Design
The Curado I profile has been changed from its predecessors and it now resembles the Metanium and Ci+4 models so developing costs of the molds/machining is much lower for many of the components used.
It’s also interesting to note that the Curado I will still be manufactured in Malaysia. This can be a definite negative for die hard “Made in Japan” anglers but I think that these days its almost about personal preference when it comes to manufacturing origins.
With the Curado G having been such a controversial reel, it will be interesting to see if anglers embrace the new Curado I. Shimano definitely seems to have taken note that the Curado G wasn’t so hot.
Being Shimano fans and owners of several Curado D,E and Gs, our team is eager to do a detailed review of this new design. We can’t wait for Shimano to release these babies onto the angling community!
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. 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 member of State Apparel and Gambler Lures’ Am Pro Staff, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation and Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters. Follow AnglingAuthority on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
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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