Smooth Operator

Shimano?s R&D team has the right approach. Develop cool stuff, test it until the grease oozes out, then put it all in a new launch. Nest they share those same sweet advancements throughout the product line and everyone wins, especially anglers. That?s the case with the new Saros FA spinning reels, which include many of the high-tech features first developed for the latest generation of Sustain reels. It starts by adding XGT7 graphite to the frame, rotor and sideplate to minimize weight without sacrificing strength and durability. Combine that with the X-Ship gearing for super stopping power and add a Rapid Fire Drag system to fine-tune the tension when you need it most--during a knock-down-drag-out fight. The end result is a great light-tackle reel at a great price. Available in 1000- to 4000-class sizes, the Saros performed flawlessly for me after a couple dozen hard-charging bass. The 2500 I tested has a 6:1 gear ratio, five A-RB bearings, packs 145 yards of 15-pound Power Pro Super 8 Slick on the spool and is as silky smooth as aged rum. Five stars! Saros 2500FA:  $139.99   

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