After much speculation Shimano has officially announced the arrival of the previously JDM only Antares and Metanium lineup of reels for availability to the North American Market. The Antares will sit as the Flagship of the non DC low profile bait casting reels, whereas the Metanium is situated as another compact performance option that makes use of Shimano’s new CI4+ material. Both the Antares and Metanium reels feature magnesium frames, externally adjustable SVS Infinity braking system, X-Ship gear durability enhancement, and never before seen in the North American market, Micro Module gearing. These premium reels have been coveted by US enthusiasts and are sure to be a hit with those anglers who have enjoyed Shimano’s previous high end offerings. With the recent crossover of formerly Japanese only market products many brands, including Shimano, are seeking to bridge the gap between markets and establish a global market presence.
Please see the official press releases below for more details:
SHIMANO BRINGS NEW FLAGSHIP REEL TO NORTH AMERICAN ANGLERS –
ANTARES BAITCATING SERIES IS ULTIMATE FOR PERFORMANCE
IRVINE, Calif. – Special 2013 Introduction – 10/21/13 – Its ‘flagship’ baitcasting reel series for anglers around the globe, Shimano introduces the Antares 100 and 100HG (left-hand retrieve ANT-101 and ANT101HG also available) reels to North American anglers looking for the ultimate long-distance casting fishing tool. Design for bass and other freshwater fishing techniques, within the Antares series anglers will experience Shimano’s newest innovations for baitcasting reels, including its Micro Module gear system and SVS Infinity brake system.
The four reel series includes the 100 and left-hand 101 models with a 5.6:1 gear ratio, retrieving in 26-inches of line per crank. “This is the ideal ratio to fish lures that keep constant tension on the line such as crankbaits, spinnerbaits and swimbaits,” said Robby Gant with Shimano’s product development team. To fish jigs and worms, soft plastic and Carolina rigs, “anglers will want to turn to the Antares 100HG and 101H reels with a quick 7.4:1 gear ratio. They will crank in nearly 34-inches of line per crank,” Gant notes.
The Micro Module gear system takes Shimano’s technology another step forward by reducing the size, while increasing the number, of gear teeth on the pinion and drive gear. “While anglers know all about the smoothness of Shimano reels, the Antares reels are at the next level, all leading to not only exceptional casting distance, but also exceptional power and durability,” Gant said.
Shimano’s SVS Infinity brake system (also found on the new Chronarch CI4+ reels) controls spool speed for precision casting especially when using lighter lures. An external adjustment knob provides for quick, precise adjustments for either the conditions or when you switch. Anglers will also experience the advantages of X-Ship technology, “where we the support the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, leading to better gear durability and also to help make long casts with light lures,” explains Gant.
Added features to the Antares baitcasting reels include a ‘G Free Spool II,’ a large diameter, ultra-light Magnesium spool, and a cone shape level wind guide to reduce line friction. “Both these features combine to maximize casting distance and performance,” Gant said. “Plus we reduce overall weight even more with our ‘Super MG’ frame – the reason we stress highly that the Antares reels be used the freshwater only.”
All four Antares reels have 10 S A-RB (anti-rust) ball bearings in strategic locations, a one-way roller bearing for no handle back play, and weigh in at 7.93-ounces. They’ll handle from 200 yards of 6-pound test mono to 120 yards of 10-pound test.
“Our new Antares reels are all about long-distance casting performance, and the latest in baitcasting reel technology,” Gant said. “We know there’s a avid group of bass anglers who want to fish with nothing but the best – and this is it from Shimano.
MSRP: all sizes – $599.99
FROM FLIPPING AND PUNCHING – AND CASTING AND CRANKING –
SHIMANO METANIUM REELS AVAILABLE IN THREE SPECIFIC GEAR RATIOS
IRVINE, Calif. – Special 2013 Introduction – 10/21/13 – Built light for all day fishing comfort, plus with performance features to effectively fish all types of techniques, Shimano introduces the Metanium baitcasting reels series – providing North American anglers with one of Shimano’s lightest casting reels and offered in three different gear ratios. The new Metanium series includes six reels – the 100/101 (left-hand retrieve) with a 6.2:1 gear ratio to reel in 26-inches of line per crank; the 100HG and 101HG reels in 31-inches of line per crank with a 7.4:1 gear ratio; and the 100XG and 101XG with a super fast 8.5:1 gear ratio – ideal for coming tight quick when flipping or punching by retrieving almost 36-inches of line per crank.
Along with being extremely lightweight reels (6-ounces total weight for the MET-100, 101, 100HG and 101H – 6.2-ounces on the 100XG and 101XG), anglers are also introduced to Shimano Micro Module gear system. “This new gear set makes use of smaller teeth – and more of them – to provide more contact points between the drive gear and pinion gear,” said Robby Gant with Shimano’s product development team. “And while anglers worldwide know our reels are smooth, the Micro Module gear system does take this smoothness to another level.”
Also featured on the Metanium reels (and also on the new Antares and Chronarch CI4+ reels) is Shimano’s SVS Infinity brake system. Anglers can control spool speed for precision casting especially when using lighter lures. An external adjustment knob provides for quick, precise adjustments for either the conditions or when you switch. Anglers will also experience the advantages of X-Ship technology, “where we the support the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, leading to better gear durability and also to help make long casts with light lures,” explains Gant.
To keep it all lightweight, “we construct the frame with our ‘Super MG’ magnesium material, and also use it on the handle side plate,” Gant notes, “while with the other side plate we keep things both light and add durability by using our proprietary CI4+ material.” Gant add that even with the magnesium material used the frame, the Metanium reels can be use for light tackle saltwater situations – with the appropriate freshwater wash off after every use.
All six Metanium reels have 9 S A-RB (anti-rust) ball bearings in strategic locations, and a one-way roller bearing for no handle back play. They’ll handle from 200 yards of 6-pound test mono to 120 yards of 10-pound test.
“It’s all about being versatile when it comes to the Metanium reels,” said Gant. “Not only do we offer anglers an extremely light and exceptionally smooth reels, but you also have your choices in gear ratios so you have the optimum reel speed for the fishing techniques you use most.”
MSRP: all sizes – $419.99