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I bought an SLX a few days ago and fished it for the first time today so I decided to do a review on it. First of all, the first thing I noticed is the size/weight; it's the lowest profile reel on the market right now, and it's noticeably lighter than my Daiwa Fuego. The second thing I noticed is that it has the best braking system I've ever used. I threw lipless crankbait, a grub on a 1/10 ounce jighead, and a jerkbait and it casts a mile with no backlash at all. Even the 1/10th grub. It has centrifugal brakes, which I really like. Also, the handle knobs; they're perfect. Same handles that come on a Curado. They kind of fit your hands perfectly or something. I didn't catch anything today but I hooked a good sized one and the drag performed perfectly, but then it came off at the bank unfortunately. I like my Daiwa Fuego, but I have to say I like this reel much better so far. It retails for $100 but I got mine for $70 at Dick's Sports by using a $20 off $100 coupon and a $10 off rewards card coupon. In my opinion it feels like a ~$200 dollar reel. Overall, I'd give it 10/10 for performance, and 10/10 for cosmetics. Go do yourself a favor and buy one this spring. 👍

 

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Just got my SLX reel and the rod for 50% off from Academy. Haven't fished it yet but feels very similar to the Curado.

Update: ended up having to return it to the store. Side plate on reel will not latch on 

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I definitely am a fan of the cosmetics and performance of the combo. Probably picking one up for the old man for his Bday or Father's Day this year.

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Academy will give you 50% off of a SLX rod when you buy a SLX reel.

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slx has 3 + 1 bearings .... max drag 10 - 12 lbs. ....

 

better options available ....

 

just sayin'...

 

good fishin' ....

 

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1 hour ago, greentrout said:

slx has 3 + 1 bearings .... max drag 10 - 12 lbs. ....

 

 better options available ....

 

Bearing count doesn't matter it is the quality of the bearings and where they are put in the reel that matters. 10-12lbs of drag is more than enough for bass fishing. 

 

There may be better options out there but that totally depends on preference and opinion.

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3 hours ago, greentrout said:

slx has 3 + 1 bearings .... max drag 10 - 12 lbs. ....

 

better options available ....

 

just sayin'...

 

good fishin' ....

 

Go back to your Kastking thread.

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I bought one on a whim because one I was curious and two I'm a Shimano fanboy. I haven't fished with it yet, but threw it on a Sierra 734c and cast a plug around the yard. I have to say I'm impressed. I actually think it casts better than all the Curado K's I own, plus palms much better.

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This combo has my attention, thinking about possibly grabbing one a little later in the season. Seams like a good value for the price when it’s on sale. What more can you ask from it. 

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On ‎3‎/‎9‎/‎2019 at 2:26 PM, EGbassing said:

It retails for $100 but I got mine for $70 at Dick's Sports by using a $20 off $100 coupon and a $10 off rewards card coupon.

Excellent! If you learn anything from these forums it's to never pay full retail price on a reel.

 

Good luck with your new reel.

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10 hours ago, greentrout said:

slx has 3 + 1 bearings .... max drag 10 - 12 lbs. ....

 

better options available ....

 

just sayin'...

 

good fishin' ....

 

You're right. There's the SHISHAMO with 17 + 1 bearings. Not line twist, Pro, and some hydrographics thrown in.

 

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On 3/9/2019 at 2:04 PM, KentuckyBlueBass said:

Just got my SLX reel and the rod for 50% off from Academy. Haven't fished it yet but feels very similar to the Curado.

Update: ended up having to return it to the store. Side plate on reel will not latch on 

Are you sure it wasn't just tight? Mine has to be pressed pretty hard to open.

2 hours ago, Derek1 said:

This combo has my attention, thinking about possibly grabbing one a little later in the season. Seams like a good value for the price when it’s on sale. What more can you ask from it. 

You'll love it if you get one. I compared it to my Fuego yesterday at the pond and it just casts much better and farther with no backlash.

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