Shimano Stella Reels Upgraded
The Stella series of spinning reels represents the pinnacle of Shimano technology and innovation.
This year the range has been upgraded with four new models in the Stella SWC range, including the 8000HG, 8000PG, 10000PG and 14000XG.
The HG models are designed for both casting and jigging, whereas PG is geared for jigging applications and XG for saltwater casting.
Shimano’s ‘Infinity drive’ has been introduced to complement the existing X-Ship system, giving you light but powerful winding ability. This development removes any contact between the inner part of the pinion gear and the main shaft, with a high-sliding bushing supporting it. Additionally, a special skid coating has been incorporated to further reduce sliding resistance. As a result, handle rotation torque is reduced by 30% when compared to the conventional system, so winding, even under extreme load, is now even easier.
Additionally, the introduction of Heat Sink Drag in the 10000 and 14000 sizes enhances Shimano’s existing X-Tough Drag and Rigid Support Drag system, where a Heat Sink Panel dissipates heat build-up by approximately 50% to maintain consistent and smooth drag pressure throughout the battle. An exclusive Insulation Sheet also blocks heat transfer to the spool, preventing spool temperatures from increasing by around 30%.
To provide the ultimate in saltwater durability and waterproofing to an IPX8 standard, the X-Protect seal and labyrinth structure has been employed throughout the reel to repel water intrusion. This now features in the line roller, making this mechanism ten times more durable than in previous reels. The new 8000 size also features a special rotor to reduce rotational inertia by 23%, making winding effortless.
With a recommended retail price of around $1559, these are top-shelf reels built for the most demanding fishing situations and the anglers who appreciate the pinnacle of engineering excellence.