Shimano Calcutta D Review
Shimano formally introduced the next generation in round reel design with the Calcutta D at the 2012 ICAST show in Orlando, Florida. Available in both right and left handed models in sizes 200, 300 and 400, this reel is built for a precision angling experience in either fresh or saltwater.
The Calcutta platform has always been about power, rigidity and durability, but Shimano has taken one of the iconic names in the world of fishing and demanded that it be even better. “We had the ability to improve its casting performance by incorporating our X-Ship technology, plus better in-the-hand comfort with our ‘S Compact Body’ design,” said Ken Iida with Shimano’s product development team. “And for serious cranking to get baits down deep, and also when fighting a big fish, anglers will appreciate the better leverage with our X-Drag feature.”
S-Ship technology brings the control of the reel in tighter to the rod blank and the drag controls to the outside of the reel handle. Shimano has managed to make the new drags smaller, but easier to manipulate with a fish in tow. All of this combined with a reel that feels noticeably smaller in the hand with the S Compact Body design makes for significant progress in round reel development.
All sizes of the Shimano Calcutta D reels are loaded with proven Shimano features, including Variable Brake System and E.I. surface treatment for corrosion resistance. The 200 size reels will retrieve 25-inches of line per crank and will handle 190 yards of 10-pound test mono or 130 yards of 50-pound PowerPro braid. Pulling in 30-inches of line per crank, the 300 size Calcutta D reels will have 180 yards of 14-pound test mono or 190 yards of 50-pound PowerPro. The 400 size reels retrieve n 27-inches of line per crank, and have the spool capacity to hold 260 yards of 14-pound mono, or 170 yards of 65-pound PowerPro.
The 200 and 201 be available to fishermen the middle of July 2012, followed by the 300 and 400 in August. The 301 and 401 (left handed versions) will be available October/November 2012.
MSRP: CT-200D/201D – $339.99; CT-300D/301D – $369.99; CT-400D/401D – $379.99