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ICAST 2020 Coverage


Shimano Unveils A New Smaller Curado Armed with an MGL Spool - Meet the Curado MGL 70 K


Date: 7/11/20
Location: Virtual Event
Admission: Industry Only
Manufacturer: Shimano
Reviewer: Zander

Introduction: In the Shimano baitcaster lineup there is one series that is the cornerstone of the company's portfolio, the Curado Series. This ICAST Shimano is unveiling the newest addition to their green reel lineup, the new Curado MGL 70, which is loaded with some of the company's premium features and may very well be the the most refined Curado to date.


The Curado K Series gets a new addition and it is a smaller better casting one


Curado MGL K: The current Curado K is considered one of the best reels to ever wear the Curado name, and to further solidify the legacy the newest Curado drops weight, comes in a more palmable form factor, and benefits from the company's exellent Magnumlite (MGL) spool. The new reel still comes with an aluminum frame and Micromodule gearing and with the smaller size it weighs only 6.9oz, which is .7oz. less than the standard Curado K.


The big deal behind this Curado launch is the addition of the MGL spool in a more compact form factor


Prior to this the MGL spool has been reserved for reels Chronarch and above. The MGL spool design significantly reduces the moment of inertia which enables anglers to achieve greater casting distance and accuracy. We have seen the exceptional performance of this spool design when paired with the SVS infinity brake system, just think Bantam MGL and more recently the Metanium MGL. The Curado MGL K now joins these other strong casters, and along with the new SLX MGL 70, will be the most "affordable" low-profile reel to sport this deadly combination when it becomes available in early August for $229.99.


The question for many Curado fans will be whether the new reel is more attractive than the Curado 150 DC which will be only 20 dollars more. Based on what we have seen recently from the Metanium MGL versus the Metanium DC the Curado MGL K may very well represent the more desirable overall package.


The Curado MGL K is equipped with SVS Infinity cast control that is externally adjustable


In addition to the compact size and low weight this new Curado will come loaded with 8+1 bearings and be offered in two quick gear ratios, 7.4:1 and 8.1:1, and will be available in both right and left hand retrieve.


Even though the reel is small in size Shimano wanted to make sure that it was up to the task of power fishing techniques like pitching and flipping so they have equipped it with a Cross Carbon Drag that will deliver 12lbs. of pressure and offer a wide range of drag settings, and is considered one of the smoothest that the company possesses in their design arsenal.


The new reel features numerous green highlights including the spool tension knob and star drag... it is a Curado after all


The Curado MGL 70 K looks like a very attractive reel on paper, and should be significantly more palmable than the already well designed K reel. With the new compact size and new MGL spool it should also be the best bait-finesse Curado yet, further solidifying the K generation as one of the very best Curado platforms in the storied history of these mean green reels. I can't wait to cast one.









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