Shimano Stella SW C
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The new Shimano Stella SW C Spinning Reel from 2020 are the latest edition to the legacy of Shimano Stella Spinning Reels that have led the fishing world in durability, power and operability. Shimano builds on that tradition with cutting edge technologies bringing further unmatched strength, reliability and ease of use to serious saltwater anglers.
The new Stella SW-C 2020 range is the evolved version of the Stellas SW-B 2014 range. The new Stella is the real king of our reel range and thanks to the different sizes of reels, the 4000, 5000 and 6000 sizes are the ultimate compact machines for “lighter” heavy duty applications such as inshore and offshore jigging, popping, or fishing on tuna, cod and coalfish feeding frenzies. The 18000, 20000 and 30000 are true hoists capable of handling the most powerful fish of the world.
The Stella SW is Shimano’s most high-end, durable, strong and powerful spinning reel which is recognized for it’s quality and durability by anglers all over the world. Monster tuna, giant trevally, sharks – its capable of fighting some of the most powerful fish. Infinite power, zero limits!
The Stella SW-C represents the pinnacle of innovation for Shimano reel technology and fish-fighting performance. For 2020, this flagship series has been upgraded and released in 8000, 10000 and 14000 sizes. For increased power and enhanced durability, this series features a range of upgrades. Infinity Drive has been incorporated for light and powerful winding and the upgraded Heatsink Drag (10000 and 14000 sizes) provides superior drag performance under extreme heat.
Featuring Shimano’s signature HAGANE Body, Stella SW boasts a highly rigid metal construction. This means exceptional impact resistance and less body flex under the pressure of heavy loads, keeping the internal gears and components properly aligned for continued flawless performance. At the heart of the reel, Shimano-proven HAGANE Gears are cold forged for lasting durability and smoothness.
With the introduction of X-Ship in the 2013 Stella SW, the Stella changed the way anglers look at targeting giant fish on spinning gear. This dual-bearing supported pinion gear system allowed for easier and smoother winding under enormous pressure, allowing anglers to use spinning reels to target bigger fish than ever before. While X-Ship has since become a standard feature among many Shimano reels, the 2020 Stella SW features Shimano’s new Infinity Drive Technology that offers an even further improved winding experience, optimizing winding torque by and additional 26%. SilentDrive further improves smoothness by eliminating worm shaft and drive gear play, along with any sound or clicking from all functional parts.
For even better drag performance, Shimano’s new HeatSink Drag transfers heat away from the spool, reducing spool surface temperature by up to 100 degrees. Stella SW‘s IPX8 waterproof body along with X-Protect and X-Shield’s water resistant construction in the line roller and roller bearing guard your investment against the harsh elements of a saltwater environment so you can fish with confidence.
The Shimano Stella SW is available in 4 different models that offer varying line capacities and gear ratios to cover a wide array of saltwater fishing techniques. The models are the 8000PG and HG, 10000PG and 14000XG sizes. HG or “High Gear” models feature a mid-range gear ratio that offers an ideal balance of speed and power for a number of common techniques, while the PG and XG models are more technique specific. PG or “Power Gear” models feature lower gear ratios to provide increased power and torque for jigging and bottom fishing applications, while XG Models utilize a high gear ratio for faster retrieval rates for casting lures. For 2019, Stella SW takes another step up in powerful, reliable performance.
Stella SW has always lead the fishing world in durability, power and operability. New Stella SW builds on that tradition. Available in 8000, 10000 and 14000 sizes, Stella SW brings unmatched strength, reliability and ease of use to serious saltwater anglers. Featuring a Hagane body, Stella SW boasts a highly rigid metal construction. This means improved impact resistance and less body flex. At the heart of the reel, state of the art Hagane gears are cold forged for lasting durability and smoothness. Infinity Drive technology offers an improved winding experience, optimizing winding torque by 26%. Silent Drive further improves smoothness by eliminating worm shaft and drive gear play. An all new Shimano Heatsink Drag improves performance by transferring heat away from the spool, reducing spool surface temperature by up to 100 degrees. X-Protect and X-Shield ensure your investment is guarded from the harsh elements of a saltwater environment so you can fish with confidence. 2020 Stella SW is lighter, more powerful and more reliable than ever before.
A waterproof rating of IPX8 is achieved through X-Protect and X-Shield with the aluminium Hagane Body acting as a rigid and super tough outer shell. Now special X-Protect rubber gaskets have been incorporated into the line roller, making this mechanism ten times more durable than the previous model. A new and improved compact rotor design features in the 8000 sizes and has made the reel 50g lighter than the comparable Stella SW models. The HG models are designed for both casting and jigging, whereas PG is geared for jigging applications and XG for saltwater casting.
The new Stella SW employs ‘Infinity Drive’ where the pinion gear inner does not make contact with the main shaft, as a high-sliding bushing supports the main shaft. With this new structure, sliding resistance of the main shaft is drastically reduced.
In addition to this, a special skidding coating on the main shaft helps to further reduce sliding resistance. InfinityDrive cuts handle rotation torque by about 30 per cent in comparison to the conventional system, and makes the reel more powerful.
The Heat Sink Panel, where the heat generated by drag is released, stops any decrease in drag performance, due to thermal sagging, by around 50 per cent.
The Insulation Sheet, which blocks heat transfer to the spool, prevents spool temperatures from increasing by around 30 per cent. The evolution of the new drag system is easier on the line and more stable than ever. Featured in models 10000, 14000.
X-Protect was developed for stopper bearing protection in the previous model and provided high-level waterproofing. The new Stella SW employs X-Protect for its line roller as well and further improves its waterproofing performance.
The new structure protects bearings inside the line roller from the harsh saltwater environment, and bearing durability is ten times greater than conventional designs. As a result of comparison tests by Shimano.
The Hagane Gear is produced by applying approximately 200 tons of pressure to the raw metal through unique technology called Precision Cold Forging.
Delivered with micron accuracy, no cutting work is involved. Hard and tough, the Hagane Gear has high durability and delivers smooth winding.
The Hagane Body chassis is made of highly rigid aluminium alloy. It eliminates flex, warp and distortion of the reel, and protects the engagement of gears inside. This allows for smoother winding.
By verifying the thickness of the aluminium alloy rotor body through detailed 3D analysis, strong rigidity, high durability and excellent rotational balance is created. Thanks to its strong rigidity, the X-Rigid Rotor contributes to improved effectiveness of various parts such as the drag.
From the basic body design through to the most intricate parts of the drive train including the drive gear, worm shaft, worm shaft pin and worm shaft gear, every piece has been carefully reviewed.
Consequently, the smallest clearance gaps and wobbles have been eliminated to the highest tolerances. As a result, a new generation of silky smooth winding performance and pristine silence has been achieved.
In addition to an enlarged drive gear, optimum positioning of the pinion and drive gears, and two-point support of the pinion gear whose ends are supported by bearings, all these mechanisms deliver robust gear engagement.
The X-Ship system permits smooth winding, even under heavy loads.
X-TOUGH DRAG | RIGID SUPPORT DRAG
X-Tough Drag: Each drag washer is composed of metal or carbon, which have high resistance to friction. Supporting the spool from both the top and bottom means highly durable and stable drag performance.
Rigid Support Drag: Supporting the spool at two-points of the main shaft and bearing inside the spool eliminates spool wobble and delivers stable, smooth drag function.
Shimano Stella SW C FAQs:
Is the Stella 14000 convertible for left hand use?
The Shimano Stella reels are ambidextrous.
What's the difference between the 2013 version Stella's and the 2019 version Stella's?
A more rigid body resulting in less body flex, The new infinity drive increases torque by 26% and Shimano's new heatsink drag transfers heat away from the reel resulting in reducing surface temps by up to 100 degrees.
why is it so expensive?
Best components in the fishing industry don't come at a cheap price and the 2019 models are priced better then the 2018 models
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Bought SW 10000PGC. Looks really neat, feel strong, good handling/shipping. Came in factory sealing! Save for another one! Thanks!
Definitely live up to expectation
I landed 8 yellowfin tuna in a night with this reel. It’s silky smooth and powerful. It definitely lives up to expectation – the best spinning reel in the market.
Just got this reel and although I haven’t gotten it wet yet I can’t keep my hands off it. Smoothest reel I’ve ever touched.
Shimano's Flagship Reel
it’s a stella! This reel can put the breaks on a 50in striper anyday. Fish after fish this thing will keep you impressed as the day you bought it.
Great Reel but Could Be Better
It’s a Stella, smooth, IPX8 rated, beautiful, refined reel. However for what was added some was also taken away. The back up anti-reverse was removed and the famous Shimano Anti-Reverse is now plastic vs metal.
Smoothness Shimano Platinum Service Resale Value Build Quality Line Capacity IPX8 rating
No backup anti reverse Plastic Clutch downgrade Smooth Drag but not what it’s rated at Price Limited Sizes and gear ratios as of Aug. 2019
Shimano Stella 10000 Reel
Best Spinning Reel Ever! Just buy it and enjoy the best experience a spinning reel can provide you.
Tad lighter than previous, for extreme die-hards $$$$ not a issue.
Best in the business, most will never move up to this level to go fishing but if your a die -hard who wants the best this series is as good as it gets, better tha
Still extremely expensive
Not significant improvement from 2013 Stella SW
Just like Stradic FK to Sustain FI upgrade… Not significant improvement from 2013 Stella SW.
Another 2014 Stella FI to 2018 Stella FJ improvement.
As I expected, I received 2019 8000HG in mid-March, 19 8000HG was lighter than 13 8000HG.
InfinityDrive helps for lighter retrieve when you are jigging and fighting with a big fish.
SilentDrive x XShip help for a smooth retrieve.
XProtect for Line Roller is nice, but if you take care of line roller ball bearing, I don’t think this is not significantly improved.
XRigid Rotor and New Compact Rotor (8000 only) help for a lighter retrieve.
If you didn’t buy 13 Stella SW 8000HG/PG, buy 19 Stella SW 8000HG/PG.
It’s a new concept 8000 reels. You can’t use 10000/14000 spool.
If you have 13 Stella SW 8000HG/PG, don’t buy 19 Stella SW 10000PG/14000XG.
The main reason., 13 Stella SW 8000HG/PG can use 19 Stella SW 10000PG/14000XG spools. That means you will get the HeatSink spool.
I would just purchase19 Stella SW 14000 spool with 19 Stella SW drag knob for 13 Stella SW 10000PG/14000XG, then wait for 2026/27 Stella SW.
The Ferrari of Fishing Reels
I own the Shimano 10000sw and I must say the Shimano Stellas are the Ferrari of fishing reels. I go inshore/offshore fishing off New Jersey once a week and the Stella has not let me down.
It's the beast
I was hesitated whether or not I should have bought this reel. I did some comparison between this one (the Stella SW 14000XG) vs TwinPower 14000XG which is at half price. I also did some research and even came across Alan Hawk where he showed some flaws of the 2019 model.
Until a friend of mine recommended this reel to me. He told me if I bought this reel I would not worrying about losing big fish… well we all know we can lose any fish even with the best gears we have 🙂
I decided to buy this anyway because I was too hyped even it broke the bank LOL. I haven’t actually used it as I haven’t had a chance to go offshore fishing up until now. I even haven’t spooled it.
However, what I can tell is I feel good because I own one like this. I live in Georgia and so ocean access is just a dream, but I know I will have chances to put it into heavy use at some point in time, perhaps when I am retired and buy a house close to the beach, and oh with a boat too, who knows LOL.
Best Popping/Jigging Reel
This reel feels like owning a Ferrari. Shimano reels are all amazingly smooth from low to top tier. I always say invest in high quality gear and the Stella never disappoints. There are new features added to this amazing reel and I am so excited to test it in soon. I would recommend it to anyone who targets big fish like GTs, Tunas, etc…