Type: Low-Profile Baitcasting Reel
Weight: 7.6 oz
Gear Ratio: 7.0:1
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.
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.
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.
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.
Opening the sideplate reveals our braking setup and a look at the spool design.
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.