Features of the new Shimano Curado K
This coming week at ICAST, Shimano will announce the new Curado K, their best version yet of the popular reel series. It sports a slick, matte black look and insanely durable internals. But what is the real difference between the Curado K and the older generation Curado I? The short version is this: the Curado K is more powerful, more durable, and quieter, with better brakes and smoother gears. It's also more comfortable in your hand thanks to the more ergonomic body. Shimano engineers are working with the latest technology, to give you a technological advantage on the water.
The most obvious difference between Curado models is the Curado K's matte black color, featuring Curado-inspired green accents on the spool and tension knob. Look a little closer and you'll see that the Curado K body is 10 percent smaller in both length and width, so it will be more comfortable to palm.
MICROMODULE GEAR SYSTEM
The MicroModule Gear is larger, with more but smaller teeth for a much smoother retrieve. The smaller teeth means the gears are in constant contact, resulting in extreme efficiency and the aforementioned smoothness.
SVS INFINITY BRAKING
The latest generation of SVS Infinity Braking allows for a wider adjustment with the brakes. The new design reduces vibration and maintenance, resulting in smoother and longer casts.
The new sideplate is now made of lighter and more rigid CI4+ material, with a more compact, ergonomic shape. Also, your B sideplate (palm side) is now attached to the reel for easy on-the-fly adjustments without having to worry about finding a safe place for it!
HIGH SPEED GEAR RATIOS
8.5:1 gear ratio is made for anglers that need to pick up line fast. This is escpecially effective for flipping, topwaters, and jig fishing by allowing you the pick up slack quicker and catch up to fish.
Need more variety in gear ratios for all kinds of techniques? Curado I was 5.5:1, 6.3:1, and 7.2:1 while Curado K is available in 6.2:1 for 26 inches per crank, 7.4:1 for 30 inches per crank, and 8.5:1 for 36 inches per crank. LONGER HANDLE The handles on the new Curado K are longer––45mm (90mm total) instead of 42mm. On the highest gear ratio, the handle goes up to 48mm which translates into pure cranking power.
Curado K will be available this summer and retails for $179.99.