Shimano Unveils Revamped SLX A Rod Series

Bolstering an already striking reputation, the newly refined SLX A series of rods provide tournament-level performance and unmatched durability at a price point that fits most any budget. Through a diverse range of blanks with varying lengths, powers and actions, the new SLX rod series delivers numerous enhancements and refinements demanded by bass anglers, whether testing their mettle on the tournament trail or sharing the boat with friends and family.

Shimano’s proprietary DIAFLASH technology provides the expanded lineup of SLX A casting and spinning rods with lighter, stronger and more responsive blanks. Offering improved control when targeting trophy fish, DIAFLASH fortifies the butt section with diagonally wrapped carbon tape that forms an array of “X” shapes on the blank’s outermost layer. This reinforcing technology not only adds to the rod’s visual aesthetic but also increases the rigidity in the lower half of the blank, reducing ovalization and meeting the demands of contemporary bass presentations.

Anglers will find tournament-grade components and features along the entire length of each SLX A rod. Casting models incorporate K-style titanium oxide guides while spinning models feature single-foot guides, both with deep-drawn frames to help protect the guide insert, reduce friction and improve line management. Custom-tapered EVA split-grip handles transmit the slightest vibrations throughout the retrieve and enhance comfort during full-day angling adventures. The two swimbait-specific models feature full EVA foam rear grips and enlarged fore-grips to facilitate two-handed casting of big baits that trigger trophy bass.

The redesigned SLX A series presents bass anglers with 7 specialized spinning and 16 casting rods – including four glass casting models and two exclusive swimbait rods – to make choosing the right rod for any given situation quick and easy. When fishing shallow and tight to cover, reach for the 7’ SLXC70MHA with Medium Heavy power and Fast action. Rated for lures up to ¾ oz, this sleek casting rod excels at presenting light crankbaits, allowing anglers to stay farther away from prime casting targets without sacrificing accuracy. The 7’5” Heavy power, Fast action casting rod (SLXC75HA) is the ideal choice for punching Texas-rigged plastics and tungsten weights through dense cover. Exceptional versatility is a hallmark of the 7’2” Medium Heavy power, Extra Fast action casting rod (SLXCX72MHA), allowing anglers to accurately present a variety of baits at both short and long ranges. This versatile casting rod is also available in a two-piece design (SLXCX72MHA2) for anglers on the go. Two dedicated swimbait rods in the SLX A lineup – the 7’3”, Medium Heavy power SLXC73MHSBA for 1 to 4- ounce lures and the 7’8”, Heavy power SLXC78HSBA for 2 to 8-ounce lures – provide bass anglers with exceptional new ways to present the largest baits and land trophy-caliber fish.

Find the perfect balance of power, sensitivity and price with the next generation of SLX rods, available now at authorized Shimano dealers with an MSRP of $99.99 to $109.99.

SLX A Features

  • DIAFLASH Technology
  • 24-ton Carbon Blank Construction
  • Titanium Oxide Guides
  • One- and two-piece designs
  • Custom Reel Seat

About Shimano

Leading the fishing industry in innovation and quality for over 100 years, Shimano’s manufacturing capabilities allow for anglers worldwide to enjoy their time on the water to the fullest. We designed the entire lineup of Shimano products to elevate angler experiences with features that continuously evolve to push the boundaries of modern fishing tackle while raising the bar for the whole fishing industry.