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Shimano unveils the Nasci

THE latest series by Shimano, the Nasci FB, is the first mass launch of this product in Australia. It will replace the Symetre, Aernos and Technium as a global model. This latest release from Shimano has a host of features not normally seen in a reel at this price point.

The Nasci FB series has cold forged Hagane Gears that offer an improved mesh transition, better durability, and much greater strength. This means that in circumstances of extreme pressure and load, such as fighting an exceptionally large fish, these reels will not only have the cranking power, but will retain the smooth rotation of an unloaded reel. The Nasci series also includes X-Ship, a bearing-supported pinion gear that offers further support for cranking power and torque.

The next significant feature is the G-Free Body, which is a significant upgrade not found on the Symetre, Aernos and Technium. The benefit of this is that the worm drive oscillates a lot slower, meaning the line lay is far more compact on the spool, which leads to smoother casting with greater distance.

Core Protect, a water repellent surface treatment on the line roller and clutch roller, increases the longevity of the reel, making the Nascis ideal for continuous saltwater use.

The gear ratios on this series up to the 3000 size are 5.0:1, while the 4000 and 5000 sizes offer 4.7:1 and 6.2:1 respectively. Each contains four bearings and one roller bearing that complement and support the reels’ other features.

The 1000 size packs three kilos of drag, while the 2500 and 3000 compact size offer an incredible nine kilos, so are capable targeting larger estuary and coastal species, while the 4000 and 5000XG compact model can handle 11 kilos.

The series is also relatively light, with weight ranging from 210 grams through to 315 grams for the larger 4000 and 5000 sizes.

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