Shimano Aero Technium XS-B MGS Reel
If you’re looking for a classic big pit reel which is ideal for hunting specimen fish, huge double figure carp, and surf fishing, then you need look no further. Considered by some to be the best carp reel that money can buy, the Shimano Aero Technium XS-B MGS Reel really does tick all boxes in terms of performance excellence and it joins a whole host of exceptional reels from expert brand Shimano. The first thing you’ll notice about the Shimano Aero Technium XS-B MGS Reel is its stunning good looks. They really do take your breath away and it will look stunning on any high quality rod. This reel has a small body and massive head, enabling it to take a huge amount of line for all your distance casting needs and you’ll have no trouble reaching the far side of your venue with this impressive tool.
You’ll be pleased to hear that these cosmetics are matched only by the breathtaking technology at play under the surface. Pick up the reel and you’ll be amazed about how lightweight it is, a mere 440g thanks to the Hagane body and rotor. Hagane is an exceptional high rigidity magnesium material which creates resistant to impact and it eliminates flexing in the reel body. In the gearing, Hagane is cold forged for long lasting smoothness, strength, and power – even under heavy loads. The result? A rock solid reel which is incredibly efficient and this reel can stand up to the hard fighting aggression of even the largest specimen carp. By loading up the spool with 390m of 12lb line (or 300m of 16lb) you’ll notice just perfect your line lay is. This is because the reel boasts incredibly slow oscillation, which is aided with Shimano’s Aero Wrap II worm gear oscillation system. The combination of these means that you have to rotate the handle 25 turns before you achieve one full spool oscillation, giving you flawless line lay each time. This, in turn, reduces the risk of friction on the cast and it allows you to cast further, with greater confidence. In fact, you’ll be amazed at how easily the line flies off with the cast! The one piece bail system eliminates line wrap around the line roller, too, for further improvement on your casting performance.
When it comes to line retrieve you’ll be amazed at what this reel can do. 4.3:1 gear ratio retrieves a staggering 102cm of line each with each crank. X-Ship gearing moves the pinion closer to the centre of the large diameter drive gear, transferring epic power to the rotor with minimal friction. Hypergear also works to transmit full power from the handle to the rotor, ensuring you are able to use the reel to its fullest potential. In laymen’s terms, this means that you can pull in huge and aggressive fish with ease and confidence. Another fantastic fish fighting features is Shimano’s incredible Instant Drag. This enables you to switch from full drag to freespool in less than half a turn, allowing you to set the hook and engage the fight with precision accuracy.
No fewer than nine ball bearings are at work in this reel, ensuring a flawless performance with each use and this reel is as silky smooth as you could hope for. These ball bearings also significantly reduce the risk of premature wear and tear on the vital internal reel components. The Shimano Aero Technium XS-B MGS is truly a reel that operates at the peak of reel technology. It also comes with a spare spool as standard, ensuring that you can be prepared for all eventualities on the bank.