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100% Recommend this product (35 of 35 responses)
By Carmelo
Best reel I have ever bought
August 25, 2022
Shipping was super fast only 2 days. Their customer service is very responsive and polite something you don't see anymore. I will buy again from them. Goodbye Dicks, Walmart.
ProsFast shipping Great customer service
By Fernando
Sterling, VA
Great reel!!
August 16, 2022
This is my very first baitcasting reel and impressed how easy it was to use. The technology on this reel definitely enhances usability. Most affordable reel in the DC lineup.
By James
Odessa, FL
Good value reel.
June 11, 2022
Have three of these now. Shimano quality at a great price point. Smooth, light, super fast retrieve.
Odessa, FL
Good value reel.
June 11, 2022
Great reel for the money. Casts easily for good distance and minimizes backlash. Super bass rig.
By Jimmy
Brunswick, Georgia
Shimano SLX DC
February 8, 2022
Awesome reel!!! Vest smooth and long casts! Fast delivery and great customer service!
By Jimmy C.
Lakeland Florida
Super reel
January 16, 2022
Use for my speed worms and has never backlashes. Awesome reel and super light.
By Joseph
December 21, 2021
Solid entry level DC reel. Very good reel that does what it says. Shimano reels always perform.
By Thomas
Grants Pass, Oregon
Amazing reel
November 9, 2021
Smooth casting and, retrieve, great distance on casts. Best reel I have owned yet!
By Justin
Central Texas
Slx dc
October 18, 2021
Worth every penny!
By Justin
Central Texas
Slx DC
October 18, 2021
Great reels!
By Justin
Central Texas
Slx DC
October 18, 2021
Have used in a few tournaments and have been great!
By Daniel
Excellent reel, able to cast 1/8th ounce rooster tails a mile
October 1, 2021
Bought this reel on a whim to go catch white bass, it did not disappoint, even in 10mph winds I was able to cast 1/8th ounce rooster tails upwards of 60+ yards without backlash all day, help up solidly to 500+ fish in a day with no problems.
ProsDC is amazing Great line capacity Excellent drag
By Allen
Gallatin, TN
Had to get another one
September 9, 2021
The first one is so sweet I had to get another one and this time I got the HG. Love having two of these bad boys!
ProsDc braking helps keeps the birds nest away
By Kaden
great reel
August 15, 2021
light weight and far casts. the dc tech helps alot in wind or at night when its hard to see
By Larry
Eastern NC
Love this reel !!
June 30, 2021
This thing is Smooth and the settings are easy to get right. Cast like a dream, even on windy days with light lures. Everybody needs this reel in their arsenal !
New Jersey
One of the best reels out there.
June 27, 2021
This reel is truly a work of art. I have the 8.2 retrieve which I used when covering lots of water and its smooth like butter. The reel is lightweight, easy to use, and practical. Shimano makes great products, and the craftsmanship of this reel does not disappoint. Definitely, a must-have in anyone's fishing arsenal!!!
ProsEverything is a pro with this reel.
ConsNo cons whatsoever.
By Mel R.
Cypress, TX
Great reel
May 17, 2021
Smooth casting. Once set up properly, no backlash whatsoever. One of my go to reels when fishing.
ProsSmooth casting No backlash Awesome sound
ConsNone so far
By Curtis
Canton, GA
Fantastic Reel
January 20, 2021
I'm a big fan of this reel after fishing with it for a year. Like the other more expensive DC's in the Shimano lineup, it's hard to backlash or get a bad cast off with the digital control system. Casts great, reels smooth, and is the quality you'd expect from Shimano.
By Allen
Gallatin, TN
Amazing reel!!!
January 13, 2021
DC is just plain awesome!! Easy to tune in and can cast lighter weight lures with ease. Two thumbs up from me!!!!! Teaching my daughter to use a baitcaster and this is a great reel for that.
By Anonymous
Louisville Kentucky
Do it for the money nothing can touch them...
January 1, 2021
Always been a Shimano man. For the money they are super smooth and the DC Technology is phenomenal in the wind and in pretty much every application.
By Boodozer
Amazing reel
December 25, 2020
This reel is one of the best reels for beginners. My wife has never thrown a baitcaster and had no problem throwing it.
ProsVery easy to use.
ConsNoise when casting.
By David
Lutz, FL
Nice Reel
August 24, 2020
Just received today in the mail - feels great, can't wait to use it.
ProsGreat Size, feels very solid
ConsA little high in price
By Doc G.
Fox River Grove, Illinois
Getting back into bait casting
August 23, 2020
It's everything it's cracked up to be. I grew up between the old round Ambassodors and the advent of spinning reels and never really jumped on the bait casting bandwagon. I always said I would, but didn't. So I decided I needed a little bit of help so as not to bird's nest switching lure weights or getting too excited for that "must have" cast. This reel delivers. Enough forgiveness for the technologically and thumb pressure impaired, and the ability to loosen it up as you get better. Love it; sleek, fast, good weight and even I can do it!!!
ProsDoes what it says it will do
ConsBetter instruction on the control knob to "get the spool to Not 'wobble'"
By Patrick
Bangor, PA
Thumbs up!
August 9, 2020
Ok, let me first iterate, I am not an angling veteran. This is my first baitcaster. That being said, I have not much to compare it to. All I can say is with a few trips, I can cast pretty good. You can make a mess out of the spool if you're not careful, but this thing is great. If you're considering it, do it. Get this reel. Whether you're just starting out, or an incredible fishing guru, its a great reel.
Consquantity available.
By Kenny
Harwood, Maryland
July 13, 2020
the slx dc has been really awesome. the dc chip helps prevent backlashes. more importantly that dc sound at a really nice price point! its really smooth and casts very well
By Joey
, New Jersey
Amazing real
July 6, 2020
Casts far it’s easy to use and is smooth
ProsCasting distance weight easy to adjust
By Paul
Good reel, No backlashes, sweet sound
June 17, 2020
Love this reel. Love the sound, love the handling. As for performance, there is a noticeable difference in potential backlashes. the DC is very much in control of runaway line. Distance is not affected at all. There isnt a noticeable difference in casting distance as other say, but for the barrel control it provides its worth the price. Love it.
By Michael
Los Angeles
Maybe not made for saltwater
May 13, 2020
i love this reel, very smooth cast and retrieve. I love the digital sound it makes when I cast. However I'm a saltwater angler and after 7 months of maybe once or twice a month fishing in salt, the spool bearing and pinion gear rusted. I always rinse off my reels with freshwater after fishing and dry it off. I don't recall ever dunking it. I didn't do any other maintenance however, now I will. I was able to clean the corrosion off the pinion gear, and i replaced the spool bearing with ceramic bearings, it's good as new now. If you're thinking about this for saltwater, I think it's fine if you're willing to do regular maintenance.
Prossmooth retrieve, digital braking, cool sound.
ConsRequires maintenance if used for saltwater applications.
By marshall
lemont, IL
i wish i had more
May 4, 2020
one of best reel I have ever used
By ChuckD
Clayton, NC
My friend is mad!
April 9, 2020
I love this reel. Smooth and easy to operate. My buddy lent me his for a weekend, and I haven’t given it back. I hope he forgets about it!
ProsEasy to figure out, light
Great DC reel at a great price point
February 20, 2020
This reel is great! Even I can now cast directly into the wind without fear of a backlash. Fishing down here in south Louisiana the wind is also starting always blowing. I will be using this for inshore fishing so we will see how it holds up.
ProsEast to setup Smooth drag Smooth retrieve
ConsSound... some like it though
By stripersniper
Los Angeles, CA
Great performance at a great price. Super long casts!
February 16, 2020
I've held off spending more than $100 for a baitcaster for many years. I am so glad i waited! The casting distances i get with this reel is very impressive. It is light and also very smooth in all regards.
ProsLong distance effortless casting at a reasonable price, solidly built, very smooth in every way, a no nonsense DC real.
ConsLike all digital baitcasting reels, it does make a subtle high pitched "zinging" sound, but not louder than any others I've heard. I cant think of any complaints so far.
By Tj
Awesome reel
January 18, 2020
Great reel for the price range. I purchased the 8:5 gear ratio for flipping and pitching heavier hugs and bait.
By Erik
Holly Pond, AL
Awesome reel
January 11, 2020
Worked flawlessly. With DC no problems at all. Very smooth. Looking to purchase another one.
ProsSimple to use. Very smooth
By Bobby D.
West Virginia
So far so good
October 18, 2019
Used the last three times out. Performed excellent 1 with 12 pound florocarbin and the other with 20lb braid. No issues with either. Plan to purchase a couple more
Pros Min back lash always select the correct setting for what bait you are using

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