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Shimano SLX Spinning Rod

Shimano SLX Spinning Rod Review

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The SLX spinning rod offers tournament-grade performance at a very attractive price. This rod has 4 different models that are optimized for various techniques, whether you're into finesse methods, or general all-purpose. The SLX has quickly become one of the most popular releases from Shimano.

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Feature overview

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What we found out about the SLX, after hours of research:

Reasons to buy this rod

  • Titanium oxide micro guides are smooth and provide added sensitivity
  • This rod is geared for finesse techniques, such as drop shot, ned rig, or any weightless rig
  • Extra fast action enables better hook setting ability
  • Split EVA foam grip is comfortable and fit the style of the rod
  • Custom reel seat is sturdy and exposed to the blank
  • Anglers love the sensitivity this rod has to offer
  • One of Shimano's more affordable rod options

Reasons not to buy this rod

  • Anglers have had durability issues with this rod - we've seen quite a few mentions of this

Rod Specifications:

Rod Blank

24-Ton Graphite blank.

Rod Guides

Titanium-oxide guides.

Rod Handle

Split EVA foam handle.

Reel Seat

Shimano custom reel seat.

Available Models:

  • 6'9" Medium Extra Fast
  • 7' Medium Heavy Fast
  • 7' Medium Light Extra Fast
  • 7' Medium Extra Fast

Bottom line

The SLX is a more budget-friendly option by Shimano that still offers impressive sensitivity and overall performance. This rod will throw lighter finesse presentations with ease and has enough backbone to pin any bass.

One issue which we've seen more than once, is anglers reporting that their SLX rod has snapped. We're not sure if this is a serious issue with the rod, but it's definitely something to consider before buying.

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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
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