Shimano® Chronarch® Baitcast Reels
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- High Efficiency Gearing (HEG®)
- Super Free Bearing Supported Pinion Gear System
- A7075 aluminum Magnumlite™ spool
- Dartainium® 2 Drag Washer
- Seven bearings (five shielded stainless steel BB, one S-A-RB® BB, one A-RB® roller clutch bearing)
- Variable Brake System (VBS®) with reduced mass hub for consistent spool speed
- Super Stopper® II anti-reverse with Assist Stopper
- Septon PV power grips
- Titanium IP line guides
- Double-anodized spool and handle
- Disengaging Levelwind System
- QuickFire II® clutch bar
Built to last, engineered to perform. The modernized compact design of Shimano Chronarch Baitcast Reels ties in perfectly with Shimano’s Crucial® rods. Among the Chronarch’s many features are an aluminum frame, lightweight graphite sideplates, a recessed reel foot for better handling, a Variable Brake System, seven bearings, Super Stopper II and Assist Stopper, a drilled handle shank, metal cast control knob, 1/8th turn easy access attached sideplate, Super Free bearing supported pinion gear system, QuickFire clutch bar, a disengaging Levelwind system, titanium IP line guide, aluminum Magnumlite spool, and Septon PV power grips.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 55
Rated 1 out of 5 by rbad Disappointed
I was looking for a new reel to use with deep diving crankbaits. After extensive research settled on the Chronarch 200E5 Used it on three trips to Lake Champlain this past season. What a disappointment. My experience was similar to other
users posts where you make a cast and the spool screeches.Once that occurs it's clearly noticeable something inside the reel is preventing smooth operation of spool which significantly reduces casting distance. First I thought it was me but even after relaxing in full the VBS, spool tension knob and drag the problem yet persists. With all relaxed pulling line off the spool clearly indicates
something inside the reel is still partially engaged causing a jerky rotation of spool.Fortunately for me the reel still is under Shimano's warranty so I've mailed it to them for replacement. For $200 this reel has way under performed. In the past I've used older ABU Garcia or Rick Clunn reels for crank baits. Never having a problem with either even after years of punishing use catching both big SMB and large Northerns I also own Shimano Curado's which I cannot say enough good things about. I use them for spinner baits,buzzbaits and Senko fishing. My older Curado's blow the doors off my brand new Chronarch. Hopefully like a previous reviewer stated this was a bad batch of reels slipping past Shimano's quality control and they will make it right .
November 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by TexFisher Great Reel
I used this reel for cranking deep diving crankbaits and it works great. Very smooth and has great ball bearings so that can handle repetitive cast and reeling.
October 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by rockchalk06 1 turned into 4
After some really bad problems I had faced with another brand of reels, I had to make a switch to something that would work. I got tired of the same problems every day.
I was turned into the Chronarch from a trusted friend and after a few months of fishing it hard, I wished I would have listened to him years ago.
Day in and day out these reels perform. Smooth, tight, powerful and overall a joy to use. My biggest issue my previous brand was the screaming on each cast. All 4 of my Chronarch's are quiet as can be.
One great feature on the Shimano line of reels is the side plate attachment to the frame. I had to take a short dive after an Abu side plate last year. This along with the above listed features, was a huge selling point to me.
I have read review after review of people comparing these to previous models and how they feel the new E series are a step down. I never had the luxury of owning one, but compared to every other reel I've used, these Chronarchs blow the rest out of the water. 1 has turned into 4. 2 E7's, 1 E5 and a 50E for finesse. I think anyone wanting to have a reliable reel that will last for years, needs to give these a shot.
October 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Steve513 Awesome reel
First of all I have always been a shimano reel fan. This reel is five stars in almost every category. Overall very impressed.
June 25, 2013
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