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How Okuma Epixor XT Evolved for 2018

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Fifteen years ago, a lightweight spinning reel with a silky smooth drag started taking the inshore fishing community by storm. At $48, the affordable reel became a go-to for intermediate fishermen dipping their toes into performance reels. Its name was Epixor, and 15 years later, the little reel that could is celebrating an anniversary with an all-new redesign.

The new Okuma Epixor XT spinning reels are the next generation of that long-standing family of spinning reels. “With the popularity of the Epixor family of reels over the years, we decided to introduce the current generation as the strongest, most durable yet,” says Okuma Product Development Manager John Bretza.  “Its lightweight design and great cosmetics, combined with the strength and durability of the C-40X process, make this a reel we are proud to feature in the Okuma lineup.”

Today’s anglers want lightweight reels they can cast all day, and strength and durability to turn and stop even the feistiest of fish. The Epixor XT reels utilize advanced technologies to create both exceptional feel and rock-solid durability whether they’re hooked up with a bass, snook, sea trout or redfish.

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Over the years, the Epixor lineup developed a strong following from freshwater lakes in the midwest to salty flats in the Florida keys. That following meant Okuma had a wide variety of feedback to build on, and they leveraged anglers from across the U.S. during Epixor XT’s design process. In other words, the Epixor XT spinning reels were designed with the latest technology and insight from leading fishermen around the country.

Epixor XT features graphite side plates and rotor, and Okuma’s C-40X long-strand carbon fiber construction on its TCA-Torsion Control Armor frame design. Another key technology in the Epixor XT reels is the slow oscillation system. Okuma says this slower oscillation system gives an exceptional line lay upon retrieve, and it’s optimized for use with braided line.

The Epixor XT spinning reel brings its technology to three key sizes. A 20, 30 and 40 size reel. The three sizes all contain eight total stainless steel bearings and—depending on reel size—between 11-19lbs of drag out of its multi-disc, Japanese oiled felt drag washers.

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The key features on the Epixor XT spinning reels include the Torsion Control Armor, which increases strength and reduces frame twist. The slow oscillation system and cyclonic flow rotor keep your line laying even and dry.  The Epixor XT also has a metal handle design as well as a machined aluminum 2-tone anodized spool with LCS lip to reduce wind knots.

Fifteen years after rocking the market at under $50, the new Epixor XT spinning reels still carry an affordable price point—just $69.99, with a one-year warranty.

For more info on Epixor XT, contact Okuma or dial up your distributor of choice.

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