Shimano SLX XT Baitcasting Reels

Shimano SLX XT Baitcasting Reels

Equipped with Shimano's SVS Infinity braking system, the SLX XT marks the next level of progression in affordable high-performance baitcasting.

Price: $129.99
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RetrieveGear RatioLine Retrieve Per CrankMono Line CapacityBraided Line CapacityBearingsMax DragWeightPrice
Right Hand6.3:125in10lb/120yds
4+112lb7.2oz$129.99 USD
Right Hand7.2:128in10lb/120yds
4+111lb7.2oz$129.99 USD
Right Hand8.2:132in10lb/120yds
4+111lb7.2oz$129.99 USD
Left Hand6.3:125in10lb/120yds
4+112lb7.2oz$129.99 USD
Left Hand7.2:128in10lb/120yds
4+111lb7.2oz$129.99 USD
Left Hand8.2:132in10lb/120yds
4+111lb7.2oz$129.99 USD

Built on Shimano's award winning SLX platform, the Shimano SLX XT Baitcasting Reels mark the next level of progression in affordable high-performance baitcasting. Featuring the same compact and strong Hagane Body and durable brass gears, the SLX XT ups the ante by providing enhanced customizable castability with Shimano's SVS Infinity Brake System. With SVS Infinity, a wider range of brake adjustments is possible utilizing only the outer dial, allowing for perfect casts and reduced backlashes with a wide variety of lures. The compact SLX XT palms exceptionally well while allowing the angler to pack on enough line for long casts. The body of the SLX XT is made entirely of highly rigid metals that produce a solid platform that both reduces weight and eliminates reel flexing when cranking on fish or pulling them out of heavy cover. By offering three different gear ratios in both left and right hand retrieve, anglers of all skill levels will find a reel that caters to their favorite techniques or individual fishing styles. For those looking for tournament level performance at a value that can't be beat, look no further than the SLX XT.

Shimano Technology Found in Shimano SLX XT Baitcasting Reels:

  • Hagane Body - A reel body with high rigidity, which virtually eliminates body flexing due to itís stiffness and impact resistance. The result? An anglerís actions are more efficiently transformed into cranking power. Itís efficiency through strength.
  • Super Free Spool - SFS was designed to eliminate friction on the spool shaft during the cast. The pinion gear is supported by a ball bearing, which keeps the gear in perfect alignment with the spool shaft to eliminate friction for longer casts and smoother operation.
  • Shimano Stable Spool Design (S3D) - S3D Technology utilizes a balanced and uniform thin wall aluminum spool to significantly reduce spool vibration and increase smoothness when casting and retrieving.
  • SVS Infinity - Provides easy to manage, consistent spool control and brake force that is easily adjusted as conditions change. Brake weights use inner friction against the raceway during the cast for precision casting even when using lighter lures. The external adjustment knob provides quick, precise adjustments on the fly for when conditions or baits change.
5 Stars based on 14 reviews
By Rosario
Bloomfield, NJ
Great For the Money
October 27, 2021
For $130 this performs well above its weight. Super smooth, quick retrieve. Feels durable and reliable.
By Bernard
Definitely Worth The Buy
July 22, 2021
Bought this reel off a recommendation. Did not disappoint.
  • Smooth casting and retrieve
  • Outstanding brake system
By Jayer
Awesome Reel for Price Point
May 17, 2021
Amazingly smooth and capable reel. Much better than others in price point. Takes a little more tweaking perhaps than others to get it dialed in but once you doÖ oh man! Two thumbs up!
  • Smooth
  • Casting distance
  • Aesthetics
  • None really
By Jeff W.
Spring Tx
Great reel
April 16, 2021
Hands down the best bait caster Iíve ever owned
  • Castabilty, quality and price make this reel hard to beat
  • None
By Allen
Gallatin, TN
This is a sweet reel!!!
January 13, 2021
This is a sweet reel. I would not expect anything less from Shimano. Nice and smooth, easy to palm and cast great. The XT makes fine tuning easier than ever. Got the 6:3 paired with a St. Croix 7í1 medium moderate cranking rod. I can bomb cranks with this set up and cover lots of water. Wroth the extra 30 bucks in my opinion.
By Kenny
Harwood, Maryland
July 13, 2020
This is much better than the regular SLX. it feels tougher for some reason but it is definitely worth the extra bucks considering im tough on my gear
By Noble
Great Reel!
June 22, 2020
After getting this bad boy dialed in and getting the bearings broke in this is one smooth operator. Filled with 20lb X9 Braid and she can cast all day long. Will be getting a second for my other rod.
By Rich Z.
Micanopy FL.
great reel
June 7, 2020
Great light reel. Casts light weedless worm a good distance. Didn't have one backlash all day on the first time using it.
  • Very light and casts a mile, even with light lures.
  • non yet
By Annie
Carrollton, TX
buttery smooth
May 7, 2020
this reel is so smooth. it casts a mile and is super silent.
By Jeff
Lake County, FL
Great reel so far
April 3, 2020
I've only had the reel two months, but they are great and well built so far. For the money, I don't think you can beat them. I currently own five and each one works great so far.
By Tj
Awesome reel
January 18, 2020
For 130 you canít beat that. I ordered the 8:2 reel. Paired it with a 7:2 medium action rod. This set up if for all my single hook baits, Texas rig stick baits, chatterbaits, spinner baits Ect.
By Brandon
Houston Tx
Cant beat it for the price
January 9, 2020
For the money your not gonna find a better reel. I can cast it a mile and is very well built. Very good bearings. Quality is that of much more expensive reels.
By Vincent
Friendswood, TX
Awesome reel
September 23, 2019
Affordable, smooth, awesome reel.
By Patrick
Stanhope, NJ
Like a re-designed Casitas
September 18, 2019
This reel combines two of my favorite Shimano products: the Curado K and the Casitas. With the Casitas out of production, this reel takes its place in the body of a Curado K in both price point and performance. The reel you get for your money is durable, extremely smooth, and good looking. This is an upgrade over the SLX for those who want a little more out of their reels.
  • Smooth, lightweight, durable, adjustable, looks good
1 Question & 1 Answer
Brandon Lee
from CA asked:
December 27, 2019
Are these saltwater rated.... the shimano au page indicates it is but wanted to make the US and Australian versions were the same 
1 Answer
Yes they are the same. The SLX XT is saltwater ready with consideration of rinsing after use and no extreme saltwater exposure in the reel.†
Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on December 31, 2019


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