Shimano Reels Jargon Buster - Just What Does It All Mean!

You will find many Shimano reels on our website and it can be a little daunting choosing the correct model. Each Shimano reel is packed with different features, designed to suit the needs of different anglers, the fishing methods they use and the species that they pursue.

A question we often get asked is what is the function of each feature and quite simply what does each feature offer! Terms like Super Stopper, Dyna Balance and Floating Shaft, mean nothing to the normal run of the mill fisherman so we’ve produced this list to help.

You should find all the features on the list with a brief description of what each one does.

We like to call it the Shimano Reel Jargon Buster!

Super Stopper II - With the reel set in anti-reverse mode you'll find zero free-play on the handle thanks to Super Stopper II. Unerringly positive every time, its practical benefits include micro increment settings of quiver tips or specialist bite indicators and faster hook setting.

Power Roller - The special design of the Shimano Power Roller significantly reduces line twist during the retrieve and is a big advantage when using thin mono and braid.

Floating Shaft II - The key friction area on most fixed spool reels is where the spool drive shaft meets the pinion. Shimano designers have overcome this by reducing a large percentage of surface area contact, and incorporating bearings on either side of the shaft. The resultant design leaves the shaft in a "floating" position, considerably improving efficiency and longevity.

S-System - Smooth, Silent, Strong S-System Represents Shimano?s initial philosophy on which many of our fixed spool reels have been designed. The three basic ideas that are inherent in the S-Concept are: Smooth, Silent and Strong.

S-Guard - Specially designed guards are attached to the rotor and the body, which prevent the accumulation of water and also give added protection against accidental bumps and knocks.

S-Arm Cam - Slack line around the line roller is the basic cause of problems during the cast. A newly designed roller incorporates a protruding lower surface, which helps prevent slack line, virtually eliminating the problem.

S-Drag - The drag washers are made of pure carbon. These provide a smooth performance from zero to maximum power and also offer excellent durability.

S-Spool - S-System spools are cold forged from aluminium alloy. The cold forging process creates a lightweight spool with increased structural strength. The addition of a spool ring, made from titanium-coated Zirconia, which is ten times harder than stainless steel, gives the lip added resistance to abrasion and damage.

A-RC Spool - A spool design with a V-shape spool lip ensuring that the line comes off the reel in smaller loops for further and more accurate casting. The AR-C spool will minimise the risk of backlash.

Dyna-Balance - Reduces reel wobble and allows produces ultra smooth performance.

Baitrunner Lever - Baitrunner was a breakthrough in big fish angling - a feature that has proved so beneficial that it has become a standard on big fish reels. Baitrunner is a lever located on the rear of the reel that allows the reel to be set so that line is released in controlled free-spool.

Varispeed - Good quality line lay is the most important feature for precise, long and accurate casting. Shimano?s revolutionary ?Varispeed? System consists of two specially designed gears. One is oval and the other a remarkable square shape!

A-RB - The secret of long-term rotation performance is to prevent any form of rust, corrosion or oxidisation of the bearings, which can cause a reduction in the reel's performance over time Shimano A-RB bearings are the answer to this and are fitted as standard on most Shimano freshwater reels and on all Shimano saltwater models.

HD-Gear - The HD (High Durability) gear is a further improvement of the famous Shimano 3D gears. Applying a special new coating results in a much stronger and smoother running gear system. The out of the box "shop feel" will last much longer.

Aero Wrap - By improving the internal friction efficiency Shimano succeeded in bringing it?s line lay systems close to perfection. Close parallel coils in combination with 2 speed oscillation ensure smoother and further casting.

X-ship – Extra Smooth & High Power. By supporting the pinion gear on both ends with our S-ARB bearings and integrating a bigger drive gear Shimano increased the gearing efficiency and power. This results in a fishing reel with ulta-light handle rotation; less effort & power giving a perfect rotation even under heavy loads.

Baitrunner Spool – Finetuning of the Baitrunner Spool functionality. Both the small drag setting & the big free spool knob now work independantly. An improved user friendly handling is the result.

Hypergear – This precision-engineered main gear transmits more power from the handle to the rotor. Designed to exacting tolerances, it requires less effort but returns more retrieve/playing torque with vastly reduced component wear. In fact, all reels offer a breathtaking 90.3% efficiency, which makes them not only feel great, but in years to come they'll still be quietly purring.

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