Shimano Calcutta D Series Baitcast Reel
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The Shimano® Calcutta D Series Baitcast Reels combine advantages of both low-profile and round reels. The Calcutta D Series Baitcasters have a much smaller profile than Calcutta B models. They're 15% smaller in height, 11% narrower, and 11% lighter. The reels feature a one-piece aluminum frame, an aluminum sideplate, and Shimano's smooth X-Drag®. A lightweight machined aluminum body and Variable Braking System make these reels easy to like. Other features include a five-bearing system and HEG™ gearing. The 200 size reel has a double-paddle freshwater handle. The 300/400 size has a double-paddle saltwater handle.
- Shielded ARB and SUS anti-rust bearings
- VBS braking system
- X-Ship for increased cranking efficiency and more power
- Smooth X-Drag
- High Efficiency Gearing (HEG)
- Large, comfortable handles
Shimano® Calcutta D Series Baitcast Reels
This poor thing.
Like many hard core outdoor enthusiasts I do my best to make sure I have the best equipment. This is why I have been a Calcutta man for decades. With big stripers beginning to group up and hit top water I couldn't wait to try out the new 400 D reels I purchased. I am very disappointed to say the least. First, I agree that the brake system and access is not as high quality as the TE reels. Second, while the reels are lighter they are too compact. The use of gloves in the winter is going to be much more difficult with this reel than it is with the TE series. Third, the D series is much for a novice angler to use. Many of the people that hire my boat have limited experience and I have a much easier time with those individuals when using the TE series. If the D series is to replace the TE reels I will no longer be a Shimano user.
September 21, 2012
Had high hopes for this reel, and there is potential, but this is far from perfected. X-Ship is nice. I'll give them that. But the power difference between this and the calcutta b is marginal. The gears are about the same size. They tried to make it look like the TE, but if you notice, the frame just sticks out from the side not the front, meaning the gears aren't bigger in diameter, they're just thicker. The lack of access to the brakes wouldn't bother me, if they had calibrated this reel better. 1 brake and you need to tighten the cast control down until it inhibits cranking, 2 brakes and it cuts way down on distance. I was trying to crank dd22's the other day and had to stop and DISASSEMBLE the reel to adjust the brakes on 4 different occasions because the wind changed. Super pain. The drag is kind of a pain too, but I can deal with it. The "decreases lateral torque" concept is not worth anything, it's hardly noticeable. Wish I would have bought another TE calcutta. This one keeps getting bumped from rod to rod until I find something it's useful for. :(
September 21, 2012
I agree with this guy ^ What a disappointment. Shimano for years has been the quality reel you trusted. And now they are either making the same reel with a different name and making them cheaper. I have the Calcutta TE series and the B series. And this Calcutta D just feels cheaper than the B. The design of this fame looks awesome. But plastic parts on here have to go or come down on the price. Handle almost looks like the same handle on the new cheap curado g. The breaking system is just plan stupid. Shimano making alot of true fans disappointed. This is going take the place of the TE everybody a fan of :-( For now im sticking to the classics. Good luck
August 11, 2012
Ok. I have been so hyped on the arrival of my new Calcutta and couldn't wait to tear into the box. Upon opening it was an instant disappointment. The frame is nice and compact, but the rest is just cheap plastic! The drag star, line guide, and clutch bar look like they'll break within a couple uses. And to top it off YOU CAN NOT ACCESS THE BRAKES without removing three screws from the side. No, not thumb screws....real screws that you have to unscrew with a screwdriver. For over $300 you think we would deserve a way to adjust the brakes without having to carry a screwdriver around. I know review guidelines say "to use the item", but I truly feel it will fail with minimal use and I'll be out of a nice chunk of change. Just alone on the basis of the brakes being impractical and the reel looking like it's on the edge of falling apart, i'll be selling this and continuing my exodus from the Shimano brand I've been defending for so many years.
July 25, 2012
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