It comes as no surprise that Shimano has added yet another reel to its current outstanding range. This one ticks all the boxes when it comes to purchasing a big-pit reel. Not only does it look great but the performance blew me away – and this is from a reel that can be bought for less than £200.

As is expected from Shimano, this reel has been engineered using the highest-grade materials.

The two-speed oscillation creates a perfect line lay, which is needed to create a fluent cast, especially at distance. It is supplied with two cold-forged aluminium spools, which again offers outstanding value for money.

What’s more, each spool holds an impressive amount of line, over 500 metres of 12lb to be precise. Although designed for fishing large pits and casting long distances, the 660g weight has made them functional for general use on smaller lakes.

I have used these since they were released and, being an avid Shimano user, I still cannot believe the exceptional level of performance that they produce.

Comment: Brilliant Performer at a Reasonable Price  

RRP: £189.99

Website: www.shimano.com