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December 29th in Reels, Reviews by .

Shimano Curado E7 Review

Announced at the 2008 ICAST show, and available only a few months later, Shimano has overhauled the new Curado reel. Its reduced size and weight are a few of the features you are sure to notice, but does it pack the punch you need on the water? Lets find out…

In Depth:
Manufacturer: Shimano
Type: Low-Profile Baitcasting Reel

Weight: 7.6 oz
Gear Ratio: 7.0:1
Drag: 11lb
MSRP: $179.99

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The Curado line started at Shimano in 1991. Since then, every new series had made innovations that result in being the benchmark for other baitcasting reels at Shimano and its competitors. This years version is no different. I will go in depth into what makes the new E7 a contender for your wallet as well as your attention on the water.


The new Curado on a Cumara rod

The new and improved Curado. Rigged up on the Cumara.

It seems that every time Shimano redesigns the Curado line, anglers come out of the woodwork. There’s always tons of strong comments that can be found in fishing forums, comparing it to the previous years version.

This year, Shimano made sure they would get everyone talking. For starters, they redesigned the entire frame and making it smaller than the previous Curado 100D but with the same line capacity as the previous years Curado 200DHSV. Shimano also stepped up and made the reel lighter. Its now 2.2oz lighter to be exact. Reduced from 8.8oz down to 7.6oz.

The new paint job and reel closeup

More bearings. 7 total now.

You will also notice a smoother reel due to the 7 bearings. This includes 1 Stainless A-RB, 5 Shielded Stainless Steel Bearings, and 1 A-RB Roller Clutch Bearing.

It features a new looking Magnumlite spool which I weighed in at a light weight 14 grams. Only 2 grams heavier than the 50mg spool, at 12 grams.

Lightweight graphite sideplate

The 1/8 turn is very slick. Remember the old days?

Opening the lightweight graphite sideplate reveals a 1/8 turn design. Its one of those simple things to overlook, but makes you feel like you found a hidden feature every time.

Opened sideplate and spool on the Curado E7

For the tweak demon in us all.

Opening the sideplate reveals our braking setup and a look at the spool design.

Titanium line guide in action

Very fluid line guide management.

The titanium line guide can be seen here as well as the sparkling paint job that Shimano introduced this year. Its very similar to a chameleon color changing paint job, but with sparkles. This is something totally new for 2008 from Shimano.

Review Date
Reviewed Item
Shimano Curado E7
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When not working his heart out on websites, e-commerce, and programming, Branson like to enjoy time on the lake. His best times are spent with friends trophy bass hunting in Southern California.

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