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Fulfill Your Destiny With Shimano's 2015 Metanium DC (continued)

Features: As if the discovery of Shimano's new i-DC5 brake system wasn't enough, on the list of standard features on our checklist, the Metanium DC comes with an externally adjustable brake of course, no bearing on the levelwind, two bearings per handle knob, a clicking drag star only, no reel cover, and a vial of oil in the box.


But there is no bearing to support the level wind wormgear.

Not on our list of standard features, we should note the Metanium DC does benefit from Shimano's other latest technologies including the afore mentioned micro-module gearing system and X-Ship, a bearing supported pinion gear.

 

Features Ratings for Shimano Japan 15 Metanium DC

Ext Brake Adjust? (1-2)
Levelwind Bearing (1-2)
Knob Bearings (1-3)
Micro Clicks (1-3)
Reel Cover (1-2)
Oil (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
2
1
3
2
1
2
11
14
7.86


Super comfortable knobs but not contoured for left or right hand reels as in the past.

Design & Ergonomics: The Metanium DC comes with the standard 84mm handle found on the non-DC Metanium with the exception of the super high retrieve ration model (XG) that features a 96mm handle. The knobs on this reel are super comfortable to grasp and this reel palms the same as the standard Metanium - very comfortably. At 6.8 ounces, this reel is a tad heavier than the standard Metanium but not cumbersome to fish all day by any means. Breakdown is a little tricky with the fastening screws located on the spool side of the handle sideplate, but that's standard practice for Shimano now.

 

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Shimano Japan 15 Metanium DC

Handle Length (1-5)
Knobs (1-5)
Palming (1-5)
Overall Weight (1-5)
Ease of Breakdown (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
5
5
5
3
22
25
8.8


The sideplate is actually held on by a double cam system. Both this lever on the bottom, and the brake dial have to be set to "open".

Application: This reel is as versatile as the standard Metanium and though the braking system has been tuned to allow easy casting of baits down to three sixteenths of an inch, I still would not consider the Metanium DC a finesse reel. It's just a very excellent all around baitcaster and able to support a wide array of standard applications. If there was a low speed model with a big handle, it would have gotten a "5" in "Horizontal" applications in support of deep diving cranks, but realistically, you can do this with the standard, 6.2:1 retrieve ratio model too.

 

Application Ratings for Shimano Japan 15 Metanium DC

Horizontal (1-5)
Vertical (1-5)
Finesse (1-5)
Big Baits (1-5)
Topwater (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
5
4
3
5
21
25
8.8

Ratings:

Shimano Japan 15 Metanium DC Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Perfect out of the box 10
Performance A DC braking system that can easily handle baits down to 3/16 oz... I still can't believe it. 9.6
Price You can purchase the standard Metanium domestically at $420 or search online for the DC at $425 from overseas... 7
Features Interesting that the cast control knob doesn't click 7.86
Design (Ergonomics) Super comfortable reel to fish with all day long 8.8
Application Thanks to the new braking system that allows for a normal lure weight range, this reel is applicable in a wide variety of standard applications 8.8

Total Score

8.68
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ True, sophisticated digital control with i-DC5 with the usual DC whine - Not available in US tackle stores - at least not yet
+ Super comfortable reel to use all day  
+ Inspiring casting performance  
+ Smooth, consistent drag  

 

Conclusion: Shimano's digital control braking system has long been a favorite of mine because it combines two things I really enjoy - fishing and technology. But something had always been missing with Shimano's DC systems and that was the ability to cast lures lighter than three eighths of an ounce (3/8oz). It may not seem like a big deal to most anglers, but this has always been my threshold when determining if a reel was "high end" or not. All standard casting reels can more or less get down to casting a three eighths ounce lure weight, but only the more refined reels have a braking system that will allow you to easily cast something down to one quarter of an ounce. It's not very practical and this is why most reels aren't designed to go that low, but the threshold is real.

 


Shimano's 2015 Metanium DC easily wins our Enthusiast Award!

 

Shimano's DC system, with one exception that comes to mind (Scorpion DC), is almost always on a high end reel, but that little limit in the braking system's ability always annoyed me. Now finally, with the i-DC5, I can spool on some lighter line with the reel and use it for shaky heads, smaller jigs, and even heavier drop shot applications - an extended range of applications worthy of a high end reel.

 


If you have one in your sights, do not hesitate - fulfill your destiny.

 

When I reviewed the 2013 Shimano Metanium back in 2014, it was instantly my new favorite reel and easily won our Editor's Choice because Shimano's new SVS Infinity Braking system really impressed me. Take that same reel and insert a digital braking system that is even more advanced and take nothing else away from the original and what do you get? The makings of TackleTour's Ultimate Enthusiast Award! Shimano's 2015 Metanium DC is the real deal. If you have one in your sights, do not hesitate - fulfill your destiny.

 

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