Shimano are the leading name in big reels, with a well-deserved reputation for products that look good, and perform beautifully. The Power Aero XTB Reel is no exception. Featuring a HAGANE gearing system, where all gear components have been 3D designed and cold-forged without cutting, this reel will feel as smooth and sure as the first time you used it, every time. This high-tolerance gearing is paired with the X-Ship double bearing supported pinion system, giving you increased torque and power, without compromising on the smoothness of delivery and return.
A one-speed line lay with super slow oscillation gives you unparalleled long-distance casting ability, ensuring you can get your line out to the distance you need effortlessly, giving you the ability to go after the bigger, warier fish who are likely to be lurking well beyond the limits of a basic cast.
The Aero’s HAGANE body is made from diecast aluminium, which offers superb impact resistance and excellent rigidity, ensuring the minimum level of flex through the reel body. The high speed drag system allows you to quickly and easily switch between freespooling and fight mode with a simple touch of the drag knob, letting big fish run with the line before being brought sharply into play, with a decreased chance of loss in play.
The new Shimano XProtect system gives this reel corrosion-resistant functionality, making it durable for use in sea and surf fishing, where saltwater frequently damages lesser gear. Meanwhile, the ARC V-lipped spool rations off the line, allowing for exceptional accuracy over long distances, and virtually eliminating backlash and crack-offs, resulting in fewer spooked fish, more takes, and an all-round smoother and more enjoyable fishing experience. Backing up the performance capabilities of the ARC spool is the Aero Wrap II system, which presents the line in tight, parallel coils, for a silky smooth delivery and return with minimum disturbance on the water.
Made from cold-forged aluminium, this is a versatile, high performance reel that packs a decent punch when you’re fishing deep, broad swims, or taking on the rough conditions of Britain’s coastal waters. A testament to the design excellence and quality manufacture that have made Shimano a go-to name for over 40yrs, the Aero XTB reel brings sleek, sophisticated style to its unrivalled performance, with a striking all-black finish that will look at home on any Shimano rod, and over any water.
The technology that comes as Shimano standard on this reel works to maximise your casting efficiency, while ensuring that the reel stays running smooth and true over several years’ worth of rough and ready sessions, and through fights with Britain’s biggest and liveliest fish.
The G-Free body design helps reduce the weight of the reel, bringing it in at a compact and manageable 505g, while ensuring spot-on balance so you can stay in the water until the fish finally stop running without feeling the strain and fatigue that hauling on cheaper reels can result in.
Everything about Shimano products generally, and the Shimano Power Aero XTV Reel in particular, is designed, crafted, and presented to ensure that nothing gets in the way of your fishing action, and that no blame can be laid against your equipment after a disappointing session. Whether you’re after big pit fish, or stroppy surf-dwellers, however much wear and tear your fishing gear is exposed to over the course of a session, this Shimano reel gives you unrivalled power and performance, superior action, and a genuinely better feel at every stage. If you only buy one reel, make it this one – because the Power Aero XTB from Shimano is truly the only reel you’ll ever need, no matter what your angling discipline.