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Reel Review


Shimano’s Curado K Baitcaster : More than Black and White


Date: 1/1/18
Tackle Type: Reels
Manufacturer: Shimano
Reviewer: Zander


Total Score: 8.46 - EDITOR'S CHOICE


Introduction: The Curado Series is a critical reel, arguably the most important cornerstone of Shimano’s entire low profile baitcasting lineup. While there are more affordable and more refined and feature rich reels in the company’s stable the Curado is the one that caters to the mainstream, the broadest segment of anglers that are looking for an everyday workhorse reel. Delivering a reel that lives up to the Curado name is no simple task. Simply put, this is the one that Shimano had to get right. 


Shimano Curado 200K Specifications

Line Capacity (lb/yds) 8/180, 10/155, 14/110
Gear Ratio 6.2:1 (7.4:1 and 8.5:1 also available)
Line retrieve per crank 26-36 inches
Weight 7.6oz. - 7.8oz.
Bearings 6BB, 1RB
Additional Features Micro module gearing, X-Ship, Hagane Body, SVS Infinity, CI4 sideplate, Super Free Spool, HEG, Super Stopper, ARB, Cross Carbon Drag
Origin Malaysia
MSRP $179.99

Time to see what the latest Curado Series is all about

Impressions: With the K-Series Shimano has once again sought to make improvements to the Curado line, adding new features from their higher end reels, and attempting to improve both build quality and ergonomics in the popular baitcaster. In general each iteration of the series has offered incremental improvements over the previous generation, and for the most part the company has gotten it right, save the ill-executed Curado G Series which most anglers, even die-hard Shimano fans, often try and forget even existed.

The new Curado features a more angular design

The last Curado, the I-Series, was a very good reel delivering strong casting and retrieve performance, coupled with a decent drag. While the 200I Series was very popular when it was first introduced it was also quickly overshadowed by the Curado 70 which delivered much of what anglers liked about the 200I, but in a lighter and more compact form factor, making it more enjoyable reel to fish if you were willing to sacrifice a bit of power and capacity.

In a departure from recent generations the new reel has a black finish

Overall the Curado 200I set the bar pretty high and also took the durability of the Curado Series up a few notches, and with X-Ship anglers finally had a low profile reel that could continue to deliver both power and smooth retrieve during fierce battles where there was a lot of pressure on the line. In addition to X-Ship the new Curado K throws just about everything in the company’s low profile technology and features arsenal into the new package including micro module gearing, Hagane body, CI4+ sideplates, S3D stable spool design, and a cross carbon drag.

A long handle is designed to provide more winding leverage

Visually the K Series is a huge departure from the last decade of Curado reels with a profile with a more angular design, black finish, and longer handle. The new reel looks quite different than what you probably imagine a Curado should look like, and rumors are that Shimano Japan played a much greater role in the reel’s design than the last few generations.

Shimano Curado K Series Baitcasting Reel Lineup Specifications

Gear ratio
Mono Line Capacity
Ball Bearings
Weight (oz)
CU200K 6.2:1 8/180, 10/155, 14/110 6+1 7.6 $179.99
CU201K 6.2:1 8/180, 10/155, 14/110 6+1 7.6 $179.99
CU200HGK 7.4:1 8/180, 10/155, 14/110 6+1 7.6 $179.99
CU201HGK 7.4:1 8/180, 10/155, 14/110 6+1 7.8 $179.99
CU200XGK 8.5:1 8/180, 10/155, 14/110 6+1 7.8 $179.99
CU201XGK 8.5:1 8/180, 10/155, 14/110 6+1 7.8 $179.99

The more we evaluated the Curado the more we found that this reel really is more than just black and white specs

Next Section: Does this new Curado live up to the name?









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