The SLX is a tournament grade casting rod that comes at a very attractive price. There's an SLX for almost every technique and its without a doubt one of the most attractive rods in Shimano's collection. Combine this with the SLX casting reel and you've got yourself one of the best looking combos on the market.
- 24 Ton Carbon constructed blank
- Titanium-oxide semi-micro guides
- EVA foam split grip handle
- Custom reel seat with optimal durability
Reasons to buy
- Tough 24-ton carbon blank, with a very strong backbone
- This rod provides impressive sensitivity, even though is may feel slightly heavier
- Your classic all-purpose rod, with most of the models having a medium heavy power and a faster action. With heavy options also, this makes for a solid flipping and pitching rod
- Custom reel seat which is in contact with the blank, providing added sensitivity
- Split EVA foam grips are dense and suitable for all weather conditions
- Works beautifully with the SLX casting reel - we speak from experience!
- Overall a great contender in this competitive price region
Reasons not to buy
- Some anglers feel this rod is a little tip heavy
- Some say this rod doesn't balance perfectly, especially for the longer models
Reviews from our Readers
The SLX is a newer model by Shimano that provides anglers with classic all-purpose casting rod performance. This rod can be used for virtually all techniques and it's very sensitive.
It also has the necessary backbone for fishing heavy cover, making it a solid flipping rod option. Overall, this would make a great option if you're hunting the $100 price region.
About the brand
Shimano is arguably the biggest and most respected name in fishing. They are responsible for producing some of the most ground-breaking tackle ever seen, and they continue to lead the market in all forms of fishing.
Shimano has taken a key interest in bass fishing, and have developed the finest baitcasting reels on today's shelves. Many other brands constantly look to Shimano for ideas, as they seldom put a foot wrong.
You simply cannot go wrong with a piece of Shimano gear.
Professionals who work with Shimano:
- Keith Combs
- Brett Preuett
- Bernie Shultz