For anglers wanting Shimano reliability and quality at a budget price the Alivio FD takes some beating. The silver XT-7 body contains a Shimano roller bearing and 1 stainless steel ball bearing which produces the smoothness expected from Shimano. Ideal for many freshwater situations the Alivio uses Varispeed line lay and an AR-C spool for excellent line management. Sizes range from 1000 to 4000.
The use of Geofibre in the Catana CX, combined with the progressive guide set-up, generates a superior casting performance and leaves the competition playing ‘catch-up’ in this price category. The Geofibre material in the blank creates more stiffness, maintains strength and provides an excellent fish-playing action. A Vibra Spot reel seat adds further value to this affordable range.