- Weight (oz): 6.5 | Bearings: 8+1 |
Capacity (lb/yd): Mono: 10/120, 12/110, 14/90; Braid: 20/150, 30/135, 40/105 | Max Drag (lb): 11
- Offered in Right and Left Hand Retrieve with the option of either a 6.2:1, 7.1:1, or an 8.1:1
- MSRP: $279.99
- We don’t only want to highlight new gear with our Product Spotlight, as there are plenty of products that we actually prefer over some of the latest releases. For me, there is no greater example of this sentiment than the Shimano Chronarch MGL.
- The appearance of this reel is only truly appreciated in the sunlight. The gunmetal flakes accent the dark grey finish beautifully.
- The feeling you get from turning the handle on this reel is difficult to describe, as it really feels like there is no resistance. Like the gears are made of air rather than brass.
- As previously stated, this reel is by no means a new product. In fact, it is a little over three years old. This rendition of the Chronarch was released alongside the Metanium and Aldebaran reels in 2017 as the first products to display Shimano’s MGL Spool. The benefits of the MGL or “Magnumlite” spool are noticeable upon the first cast. There is not a better casting spool on the market in my opinion. It will handle tight-quarter pitching/skipping or bombing a 3/4oz. football jig without skipping a beat.
- This reel is extremely easy to palm. The low-profile is desirable for basically every application with the exceptions of maybe throwing big deep diving crank baits or swimbaits. For those techniques I would prefer something like the Curado 300K or the Tranx; Both of which I’m certain will get a spotlight in the near future.
This reel has most of the features found in Shimano’s highest end reels without the sticker shock. You will be hard pressed to find a lighter, smoother, and better casting reel under the $300-mark being produced by any brand on the market.