NEW Shimano Stella SW 2019
The Stella SW represents the pinnacle of innovation for Shimano reel technology and fish-fighting performance. For 2019, this flagship series has been upgraded and released in 8000, 10000 and 14000 sizes. For increased power and enhanced durability, this series features a range of upgrades. Infinity Drive has been incorporated for light and powerful winding and the upgraded Heatsink Drag (1000 and 14000 sizes) provides superior drag performance under extreme heat.
A waterproof rating of IPX8 is achieved through X-Protect and X-Shield with the aluminium Hagane Body acting as a rigid and super tough outer shell. Now special X-Protect rubber gaskets have been incorporated into the line roller, making this mechanism ten times more durable than the previous model. A new and improved compact rotor design features in the 8000 sizes and has made the reel 50g lighter than the comparable Stella SW models. The HG models are designed for both casting and jigging, whereas PG is geared for jigging applications and XG for saltwater casting. Available in stores March 2019.
Shimano Stella SW 2019 8000 HG
The 8000HG is the standard model that can be used for jigging, casting and other fishing situations such as live baiting. Infinity Drive is a new feature, which helps reduce rotational intertia by 20 per cent thanks to a more compact rotor and spool, in comparison to the conventional 8000. It’s easy to feel the improvement with just a single turn of handle! Furthermore, a 50g weight saving has considerably improved its handle-ability. The jig action can be modified to suit the fish and the prevailing conditions. Thanks to these improvements, the new generation 8000 is born.
Shimano Stella SW 2019 8000 PG
The 8000PG is well suited to jigging, as it is tuned to be powerful through its low gear ratio. Like the 8000HG, a dramatic reduction in rotational inertia and weight savings has been achieved. An advantage of the 8000PG is that the low gear enables the angler to jig more precisely. Thanks to the advantage of Infinity Drive, this model excels at powerful winding. This is the ideal model for targeting fish in high pressure areas and situations where fish have their guard up.
Shimano Stella SW 2019 10000 PG
With its enormous power, the 10000PG is suited to deep jigging for game species, especially extra large specimens. The newly equipped Infinity Drive and Heat Sink Drag enable you to hook, stop and turn big, powerful fish with even greater ease. The 10000PG is designed to cope with unexpected big fish encounters.
Shimano Stella SW 2019 14000 XG
The 14000XG is the most popular model in Stella SW series, as it is suited to casting for species like kingfish, giant trevally and tuna. Thanks to newly developed Infinity Drive and the Heat Sink Drag, battling tough fish has become so much easier. The 14000XG can be used with many varied techniques when targeting exceptional fish.
NEW FEATURE UPGRADES
The new Stella SW employs 'Infinity Drive’ where the pinion gear inner does not make contact with the main shaft, as a high-sliding bushing supports the main shaft. With this new structure, sliding resistance of the main shaft is drastically reduced.
In addition to this, a special skidding coating on the main shaft helps to further reduce sliding resistance. InfinityDrive cuts handle rotation torque by about 30 per cent in comparison to the conventional system, and makes the reel more powerful.
The ‘Heat Sink Panel’, where the heat generated by drag is released, stops any decrease in drag performance, due to thermal sagging, by around 50 per cent.
The ‘Insulation Sheet’, which blocks heat transfer to the spool, prevents spool temperatures from increasing by around 30 per cent. The evolution of the new drag system is easier on the line and more stable than ever. Featured in models 10000, 14000.
X-Protect was developed for stopper bearing protection in the previous model and provided high-level waterproofing. The new Stella SW employs X-Protect for its line roller as well and further improves its waterproofing performance.
The new structure protects bearings inside the line roller from the harsh saltwater environment, and bearing durability is ten times greater than conventional designs. As a result of comparison tests by Shimano.
The Hagane Gear is produced by applying approximately 200 tons of pressure to the raw metal through unique technology called Precision Cold Forging.
Delivered with micron accuracy, no cutting work is involved. Hard and tough, the Hagane Gear has high durability and delivers smooth winding.
The Hagane Body chassis is made of highly rigid aluminium alloy. It eliminates flex, warp and distortion of the reel, and protects the engagement of gears inside. This allows for smoother winding.
By verifying the thickness of the aluminium alloy rotor body through detailed 3D analysis, strong rigidity, high durability and excellent rotational balance is created. Thanks to its strong rigidity, the X-Rigid Rotor contributes to improved effectiveness of various parts such as the drag.
From the basic body design through to the most intricate parts of the drive train including the drive gear, worm shaft, worm shaft pin and worm shaft gear, every piece has been carefully reviewed.
Consequently, the smallest clearance gaps and wobbles have been eliminated to the highest tolerances. As a result, a new generation of silky smooth winding performance and pristine silence has been achieved.
In addition to an enlarged drive gear, optimum positioning of the pinion and drive gears, and two-point support of the pinion gear whose ends are supported by bearings, all these mechanisms deliver robust gear engagement.
The X-Ship system permits smooth winding, even under heavy loads.
X-TOUGH DRAG | RIGID SUPPORT DRAG
X-Tough Drag: Each drag washer is composed of metal or carbon, which have high resistance to friction. Supporting the spool from both the top and bottom means highly durable and stable drag performance.
Rigid Support Drag: Supporting the spool at two-points of the main shaft and bearing inside the spool eliminates spool wobble and delivers stable, smooth drag function.
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