SHIMANO SLX Baitcasting Reels




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The Shimano SLX Baitcasting Reels are Shimano's new casting reel offering in the North American market. With a price point just shy of triple digits, a list of advanced technologies and features that are bound to pique your curiosity, and a clean-cut, sleek exterior finish, the SLX is surely a reel Shimano's competitors are cowering in fear of this holiday shopping season. A true workhorse offered in all the most important bass fishing gear ratios (6.3:1, 7.2:1, and 8.2:1), the Shimano SLX Baitcasting Reel is capable of a wide range of bass fishing techniques, from flippin' and froggin', to deep crankin' and drop shotting. It has a 4-bearing system with 1 reverse bearing and a maximum of 12 lbs drag. It also boasts the magnetic Variable Brake Adjustment (VBS) system that virtually eliminates backlashes. Top top it all off it's got Shimano's Hagane body for strong performance without any tilting or warping despite a lightweight body. Available in 6.3:1, 7.2:1, and 8.2:1 gear ratios in both Left and Right Hand retrieve.

Product details Style: 7.2:1, Right Hand
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches ; 10.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B07H4S6MD3
  • Item model number: SLX150HG

I have owned many baitcaster reels. What I have found is that the more you pay, the more you get. That statement doesn't work for all products.

I can cast this thing a mile, same as my Shimano Metanium DC. It's incredible, and for the price it's definitely worth it. Probably should be $250. The low profile is great, if you're hiking around and just nice.

The noticeable difference between this and my Antares ($500) or Metanium ($500) is the crank is slightly chunkier, and less smooth. I mean, it's a small difference.

Compared to a $70 silver max (very nice), or a $140 Lews combo (great) it absolutely blows it away. And I love my Lews. It's 20% better than a Daiwa Fuego FGCT100.

Honestly would easily play $250 for this. Shimano is just unbeatable quality.

Casting distance - A+
Crank smoothness - A-
Quality - A
Value - A+++

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This thing is a beast on my frog rod with 50lb braid. I can happy Gilmore that frog and this reel will not backlash! I think it’s nested once since a bought it a few months ago. It has become my favorite reel over a casitas a citica and my $200 tatula. If a ceramic bearing upgrade can make it better I will be amazed! Highly recommend and I’m thinking about picking up the DC model.

The nicest reel i own is the shimano casitis. I was disappointed when they got rid of it. I needed another reel that i could cast light lures. I can throw plastics as light as a 1/4 ounce with no trouble. If ur on a budget an want a very good reel this is it. Iv had this out about a dozen times an have no complaints.

First, I do like this reel. After a year of fishing with it, and learning to use a baitcaster with it, I have formed opionons. First, it's smooth. A year of fishing and it's still smooth. I mostly Canoe & kayak fish in fresh water, but it gets wet, rained on, and all that. I clean it up, but so far the thing is still as smooth as the day it came in the mail.

Now the bad news. I wouldn't be buying another one. The spool brake cover is a terrible design. If you adjust your breaks, which you need to remove the spool cover to do so, getting the cover back on is worse that trying to put a cork back in a wine bottle with numb hands, just about impossible. So once you think you have cast...Nope you didn't have it, the cover fell off, the spool half ejected from the reel and now you're back to fishing with your spinning rod and impressing the fish with your profanity. (Did you know fish laugh? Buy this reel and you'll hear them when your spool falls into the water.)

If you want a very well made, very smooth bait caster for one type of fishing, and you won't adjust it EVER, then this is a great reel. However if you switch lures, baits, or are in different fishing conditions, you'll spend more time trying to get the cover over the spool that you could be fishing.

Certainly don't buy this reel if it will be your first bait caster.

I wont be trashing the reel, and I won't be selling it. But it is getting less and less use now jsut because of how much of a pain in the ass it is to fish with and adjust.

Oh, and I forgot to mention the spool tensioner... pretend it's not there, because that's what your reel does.

The drag clicks, and yeah, so if you like that, great.
My initial impression was that I just messed up and the reel works fine. Sure it bird's nests when I mess up, but that's on me. But the more I get to know the reel the more I just don't like the design. Even when I'm having a good day, the wind is right, tension is set (? or not) , brakes are off, lure is correctly weighted... I can cast further with any of my other spinning reels.

Phenomenal reels. I've purchased 3 now (and a few of the DC models). All 3 of mine have been VERY slow out of the box. Do yourself a favor and apply some lube to both ends of the spool before you even wind line onto it. They'll "break in" over time, but if you don't lube it before your first use, your first 2-3 fishing trips will be spent making 15 yard casts all day.

Once you get them up to speed though, these are extremely high performing reels for the price point. Admittedly I ONLY have Shimano reels so I can't compare this to a $100 offering from a competitor, but I'm so impressed with them that they are literally the only reels I'll buy (except for an occasional Curado when I really wanna treat myself.) Performance wise matches my Curados, Curados just look and feel like a better product to justify the price tag, but in terms of actual fishing capabilities, you can't really beat the SLX.

The reel feels really smooth and I like the rubberized handles which feel have a higher quality feel. I have several Lews Tournament MB’s in my collection and I actually prefer this reel over those for $100 price point reels. I have a couple Corados and DC reels and the slx is not the same as them but for the price the quality is definitely there.

This reel is smooth with a fast retrieve. Priced right.

I love my new reel. Starting to get a hang of the baitcaster because my entire life I have used spinner. This is a great reel to use and very simple to understand.

Upgrading from 'Kastking'. As previously stated, comes with 3 centrifugal brakes on. Used straight out of the box, I could not get this to 'birds nest'. Beautifully smooth reel. Would recommend this reel to anyone starting out with baitcasters.
The small bottle of reel oil in package was a nice surprise/bonus.

Nice small reel ideal on a light rod for lures

Great casting reel

Sehr geile Rolle für wenig Geld läuft 1a hatte nach bisher 3wöchiger Nutzung nicht eine Perücke, diese Rolle kann ich nur empfehlen damit kann man gar nichts falsch machen, würde ich immer wieder kaufen

Ich bin sehr zufrieden mit mein Baitcaster Rolle von Shimano,immer einwandfrei bei der Benutzung!!,...weiter so!

Bought this for my husband's birthday. He loved it! Great packaging as well. So happy Amazon sold Shimano items at an affordable price.

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Shimano und alles ist gut