Shimano Socorro Spin Reels
Shimano’s updated Socorro spin reels
Designed specifically for heavy-duty saltwater use, Shimano’s Socorro series of offshore spin reels has been redesigned and substantially improved in the new SW range.
The colours may be similar, but that’s about where the comparison ends.
The powerful new Cross Carbon drag system on all four models is fully waterproof, ensuring your drag remains consistent and salt-free even while backing-up to chase a hot fish. Cross Carbon is a major improvement from the felt system of the previous series, and the new reels deliver a massive drag range – up to 12kg on the 8000 and 10,000 models.
The gearing is also upgraded, with Shimano’s exclusive Hagane Gear providing a cold-forged aluminium drive gear instead of the previous die-cast gear. Shimano’s X-Ship bearing-supported pinion gear system, coupled with four SA-RB bearings and a roller bearing, is also a major advance. Shimano’s proprietary XT7 body keeps the weight down, while the one-piece handle and round handle knob delivers remarkably easy winding. The lip design of the AR-C Spool increases casting distance by allowing the line to flow out in smaller loops, without wind knots, and with less slap on the rod’s stripper guide.
The two largest reels in the series, the Socorro SW 8000 and 10,000, have a gear ratio of 4.9:1 and line capacities of around 270m of 50lb and 300m of 65lb Power Pro braid respectively. With their list of features, these reels represent amazing value for money, particularly since they are covered by Shimano’s 10-year reel warranty.