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Shimano Aldebaran 16 BFS XG Reel LH

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Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG Reel LH

Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG left handed reel is the lighest reel of all Shimano baitcasting reels, developed for casting light lures. Shimano have adopted a totally new spool design and braking system "FTB" for Bait Finesse fishing. The gear ratio is 8:1 and the overall weight of the reel is a miniscule 130g.

Product Technologies for the Shimano Aldebaran 16 BFS XG Reel LH...This is why they are the best BFS Reels!!!


X SHIP is a combination of features that work together to create much greater efficiency.  By positioning the pinion gear close to the entire line of the large diameter drive gear, more power is transferred from the handle to the roto.  The pinion gear is also supported by tow Shimano ARB roller bearings which creates more stability.

The HAHANE Body is produced from high rigidity aluminium or magnesium.  This creates stiffness and impact resistance, while at the same time eliminating flexing of the body. The result is a rock-solid housing and support for the moving internal gearing and greater efficiency throughout the reel. 

CI4+ is an advanced version of the original CI4.  This highly technical material is 2.5 times stiffer than CI4 and is used on many high-end Shimano reels to increase weight savings.  Use of the CI4+ for the body and rotor also delivers remarkable stillness for better reel efficiency.

S3D SPOOL - Shimano's S3D technology leads to significantly reduced spool vibration.  By designing a balanced and uniform thin wall aluminium construction spool, S3D creates an incredibly smooth feeling when casting and retrieving lures.

S ARB - Shimano S ARB bearing are high corrosion resistant ARB ball bearings with an extra shield for improved protection against sand, salt or dust.

The Super Free bearing supported pinion gear system (SF) was designed to eliminate friction on spool shaft during the cast. In standard bait casting reels, when the clutch bar is pressed down, the pinion gear is freed and can actually drag on spool shaft, creating friction and limiting the length of the cast.  With SF, the pinion gear is supported by a ball bearing and when the clutch is disengaged the pinion gear and spool shaft are kept in precise alignment.  The result is zero friction on the spool for increased free spool.

Super Stopper is a oneway roller bearing that eliminates backplay for solid hooksets.


Level Wind System - Level Wind ensure perfect distribution of line across the spool.

FTB System - FTB is a new brake system which is developed especially for finesse baitcasting.  the brake unit is usually located at the spool, but with the FTB system the braking unit is outside the spool.  This has made it possible to develop the lightest Shimano spool ever.  In the braking unit there are 8 magnets (each of them removable to create less braking), which are the brakes of the spool.  By turning the knob on the outside of the reel body these magnets are moved deeper or shallower into the spool.  Deeper means more braking, shallow means less braking power.  This magnet moving mechanism also adjust itself or the rotational speed of the spool during the cast.  At the beginning of the cast (the spool is turning fast at this stage) the magnets are closer to the spool to create more brake.  At the ed of the cast the magnets will have more distance from the spool; this creates less braking power which is required to reach a good distance.  This system creates the right amount of breaking power during every stage of the cast.

Exiting Drag Sound - is a technology which enables to have drag sound on a baitcasting reel without using a rattle / clicker function.  Its works just the same as the sound of a spinning reels when line is pulled from the drag a 'Click-Click-Click' or a 'Swoosh' sound is heard.  This is a nice feature for a lot of anglers who like to fish with a baitcaster but who are missing the sound of the drag when fishing a fish.   


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Out of Stock now...next delivery is expected mid October!!!