A First Look
Inside Shimanoâ€™s New Curado Compact High Speed Reels
Introduction: Officially introduced this weekend at the Bassmaster
Classic Expo the new Curado 70 baitcasters from Shimano are the most compact
Curado Series reels that we have seen to date. The new lineup is all about a
smaller footprint but equally as exciting is how blazing fast these new compact
Shimano Curado 70HG and 70XG Baitcaster Specifications
|Line Capacity - Rated
(HG), 8.2:1 (XG)
|Inches Per Turn (IPT)
||28" (HG), 32"
||3 S A-RB + 2BB +
Carbon and Steel
||Made in Malaysia
Shimano officially debuts the Shimano 70 HG and
XG reels (right) at the Bassmaster Classic this week, we were lucky enough to
get the reels into our lab for a look inside
The new lineup includes the Curado 70HG and left-hand 71HG with 7.2:1
gear ratios, and the even faster retrieve Curado 70XG and 71XG, each with a
blistering 8.2:1 gear ratio. All four of these reels feature a compact,
lightweight durable Hagane body design, and weigh in at only 6.5-ounces.
Compared to the existing 200I Curado the new reel
looks much more compact and sleek
The Curado 70 reels come equipped with Shimanoâ€™s innovative SVS Infinity braking
system to provide easy-to-manage, consistent spool control and brake force. The
SVS Infinity system is accessible via an external adjustment knob which allows
for quick, precise adjustments when conditions change or switching baits.
Both the Curado 70HG and 70XG reels feature the
same compact profile and footprint
I actually prefer the position of this new knob which is flush in the
upper non-handle sideplate, versus the full sized Curado 200 I models which has
the dial located in the lower front of the non-handle sideplate, and I find
comes in contact with my finger when palming the reel.
Shimano elevates the new reel with their Hagane
and X-Ship designs
The Curado 70 comes loaded with Shimanoâ€™s Stabile Spool Design (S3D) which
features a thin wall aluminum spool to provide better balance, Shimano claims
that anglers will notice less spool vibration with this design. My experience
with it is that it feels very consistent when casting long distances or short
pitches and feels solid under load. Backing up the spool is brass main gearing
and five S-ARB anti-rust ball bearings, and a one-way roller bearing for
absolutely no handle backplay, plus Shimanoâ€™s X-Ship for even more smoothness
A look at the internals of the SVS Infinity Spool
Speed is the name of the game with these new Curado 70 reels and with the choice
of two gear ratios, anglers can reel in 28-inches of line with 7.2:1 HG models,
and a whopping 32-inches with the higher speed 8.2:1 XG reels. Though small the
reels still offer plenty of capacity for bass and even some inshore
applications. The Curado 70 reels will handle from 105 yards of 10-pound test
monofilament or fluorocarbon line and up to 70 yards of 14-pound test and when
used with PowerPro braid, the reels will hold 115 yards of 20-pound and up to 80
yards of 40-pound test.
The S3D spool features an ultra thin wall for
better balance and reduced vibration
The Curado 70 reels feature a carbon and steel drag system that is sandwiched on
both sides of the master gear for maximum surface area. Stay tuned as we run our
complete â€śSweet Dragâ€ť tests on the new reels for the complete review, but
Shimano rates it for a maximum 10lbs., which we believe is actually conservative
based on what we have seen in the lab so far.
Under the sideplate we find massive master
Styling and profile-wise the new Curado 70HG and XG are not as aggressively
styled as the Caenan and Casitas twins, and features smoother more flowing
lines. In my opinion these new Curado 70 reels are much more attractive than the
larger Curado 200 reels, and I prefer the solid color and black highlights on
these new pint sized speed demons. As you might expect the Curado70 reels also
palm much better with the comfortable new compact profile.
On both sides of the main gear we find carbon
Overall we are really liking what we are seeing from these new reels and thus
far have found them excellent for the complete range of casting applications,
and cannot wait to see how they really perform with fish on the line. Whether
you are pitching, flipping, or finesse fishing with lightweight fluorocarbon
lines these new compact size Curado 70 baitcasting reels, available in both
right- and left-hand retrieve and two gear ratios, are arguably the most
exciting new reels for the masses this coming season at only $199 dollars each.
The new Shimano Curado 70 HG and XG reels are
compact and fast, and with a price point under 200 dollars these reels might
just be the go-to baitcasters for mainstream anglers this season
In terms of availability the reels are just becoming available now, though
getting your hands on some of the models may be hard to get for the next few
weeks as e-tailers and retailers scramble to bring them in.
Looking for the Shimano Curado 70 HG and XG reels?