Shimano has released the new Ultegra 14000 XSE surf reel. This reel is the newest iteration of their popular long-range surf reel. Packed full of Shimano engineering features this reel is meant to redefine the mid-priced long-range reel market. It features Shimano’s famous Hagane Drive Gear system, with its cold-forged gearing. This delivers a long-lasting smoothness, and strength to the gearing of the reel. Matched with the Hagane gear is the Infinity Drive. Which delivers powerful smooth gearing with no sliding resistance. It gives light winding of the reel in both load and no-load conditions. This is all housed in the new Ci4+ body and rotor, giving remarkable stiffness while still being incredibly light. The last main feature of the Ultegra XSE is the Rigid Cast technology to provide strength and lightness for the main shaft of the reel. The MSRP is set at $215.
“Feature-packed with extreme versatility and durability for the toughest of surf anglers, Shimano engineered the new Ultegra XSE surf reel for peak performance no matter the condition or situation. Whether throwing giant swimbaits from the rocks along the Cape Cod Canal, slinging eels in the surf in the shadow of Montauk Light, or launching chunks past the third breaker on the Outer Banks, Shimano engineers leveraged patented technologies to enhance overall angler performance to outperform the competition. Shimano’s Long Stroke Spool technology delivers anglers an extremely even line lay for added casting performance, enabling them to reach fish with casts like never before. Shimano’s Infinity Drive technology makes its debut in the surf reel category within Ultegra XSE, providing up to 30% more winding power under load for increased fish-fighting performance. The ultra-rigid CI4+ body eliminates all body flex and provides a lightweight yet solid foundation for better meshing of the cold-forged HAGANE Gear. Together, these unique features translate to exceptional smoothness and long-lasting gear durability. For added toughness in unforgiving saltwater environments, Ultegra XSE utilizes X-Protect labyrinth construction for increased water resistance. Cast further and fight harder with the new Ulegra XSE.”