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Shimano Twin Power SW Reel Review

In this Shimano Twin Power SW review, we will look at a fishing reel has been available in the Japanese market for a number of years and was finally introduced to US marketing in the summer of 2015.   The Shimano Twin Power SW spinning reel fits nicely between the Shimano Saragosa and the Shimano Stella when you are looking at price points.  I would classify this reel as a high-end reel with retail prices starting at around $500.  At the time of this article, however, you can get better pricing by just clicking the link below.

When reviewing this fishing reel, I found that many of the same features that you find in the Stella are incorporated into the Twin Power SW– such as the Hagane body construction, X-Tough Drag, and X-Rigid Rotor, Bail, Gear and Handle technology.  The Shimano Twin Power SW is available in 5 models ranging from a 4000 up to a 14000 with either a 4.9:1 gear ratio or a 6.2:1 gear ratio. If you want to go with a larger reel, then I would suggest that you take a look at the Shimano Stella series of reels.

The Shimano Twin Power SW is designed to target your larger inshore and nearshore species such as large reds, snook, dolphin, jacks, stripers, and tuna where smooth cranking power with a large drag is required.

The Bottom Line

  • Solid higher end saltwater reel with similar components as the Shimano Stella
  • Smooth and finely adjustable drag with 22-55 lbs of drag
  • Shielded saltwater reel for superior saltwater performance

The Shimano Twin Power SW is a performance reel and is available HERE.

Features

Hagane all-metal body – For anyone that has fished for a long time and had the pleasure of catching large fish, you know that in some reels you are used to feeling a bit of flex due to the material that makes up the body and side plates not being rigid.  Shimano’s Hagane technology actually derives from a Japanese style of swordsmithing that produced very pure steel used in making Samurai swords. Some of these techniques have been carried over to the production of Shimano reels and it creates a very rigid steel for the body that does not flex but is still very strong.

Tough Hagane cold-forged gearing – The Hagane precision cold forged gears provide an extremely smooth retrieve experience, especially under a heavy load.  By designing the gears on a 3D CAD machine and then cold forging the gears, there is no cutting required.  Since there is no cutting required, there is less of a chance of errors in the manufacturing process and this leads to very high-quality gears that are extremely smooth.

X-Rigid Rotor, Bail, Gear, and Handle technology. – X-Ridge technology is incorporated into many areas of the reel from the thicker titanium wire used in the bail that is lightweight and corrosion resistant, to thicker and stronger main gear and rotor design that increases the mass for more fighting power.  The X-Ridge handle is a unique design that surrounds a stainless steel core with an aluminum outer shell.  This cold forged design is up to 35% strong than other designs and provides a very rigid handle that when paired with the oversized fighting knob that gives you a feeling of being in control of large fish.

X-Ship gear support bearings – X-Ship is a combination of features that work together to create much greater efficiency. By positioning the pinion gear close to the center line of the large diameter drive gear, more power is transferred from the handle to the rotor. The pinion gear is also supported by two Shimano A-RB roller bearings. This creates more stability and minimizes pinion gear twist and rotor deflection in extreme situations.  While this difference does not make itself apparent when you are in the retail store under no load, the difference does become apparent rather quickly once adequate pressure has been applied (a big fish).

X-Tough Drag – One of the things that I appreciate about the X-Tough Drag is the use of a new coil spring under the spool that delivers a very consistent and very adjustable pressure on the large drag plates.  You have the ability to fine tune your drag easily and precisely, from a light drag all the way up to cranking it down to the massive 62 lbs of drag available on the 8000 series reel.

11+1 S-ARB shielded stainless steel bearings with Super Stopper II – These 11 bearings are the same as the normal ARB bearings with the exception that they are shielded on both sides to reduce the likelihood of any salt, dirt or water penetrating and affecting the bearings smoothness.  These are shielded bearings not sealed so you want to try and avoid dunking the reel if at all possible, however, if the reel is well maintained with grease you should not have any problems.

Propulsion Line Management System – Getting an even line lay on the spool is very important, but just as, if not more important is getting the line off the spool smoothly during the cast.  Shimano has a very smooth lip design that reduces the friction of the line as it pays out of the spool.

Fluidrive II – During the manufacturing process the main gear is polished in a separate process that is supposed to make the retrieve smoother.  Overall, this is a very smooth reel both with the free spinning spool without a load and under load from a heavy fish.

Aero Wrap II – Aero Wrap II is Shimano’s answer to getting even line lay on the spool which is accomplished by using an oscillating worm-drive gearing system and works equally as well for mono as for braid lines.

X-Shield/X-Protect System – The X-Shield system places a series of gaskets at critical water penetration points on the reel.  While these gaskets do not make this reel 100% waterproof, it is water tight and will withstand getting splashed heavily while getting out to your favorite fishing spot via boat or wade fishing your favorite spot in the ocean.

Super Stopper II – Shimano uses a one-way roller bearing that they refer to as the Super Stopper II.  This is a shielded anti-reverse bearing that will allow you to instantly set the hook when you want without any back play in the reel.

 Features at a Glance

  • Hagane all-metal body
  • Tough Hagane cold-forged gearing
  • X-Rigid Rotor, Bail, Gear, and Handle technology
  • Hard aluminum construction eliminates potential flex
  • X-Ship gear support bearings
  • X-Tough Drag offers smooth power
  • 11+1 S-ARB shielded stainless steel bearings with Super Stopper II
  • Propulsion Line Management System
  • Fluidrive II
  • Aero Wrap II
  • X-Shield/X-Protect System
  • Super Stopper II

If you are like me and you like to fish lighter gear, you know that can be a challenge when you start to move into the larger reel sizes.  My Penn Battle II in an 8000 model weighs in at a whopping 30.2 oz.  While that can work well if you are surf casting and then placing your reel in a rod holder and waiting for something to take your bait, it not a reel that I would want to use while casting artificials to Tarpon or large Snook all day long.  The same sized reel in a Shimano Twin Power SW the TP8000SWBPG weighs in at just 22.4 oz or about 2/3 the weight.

I field tested the Shimano Twin Power SW 8000 last weekend with a buddy of mine going for some large snook that are starting to feed in the Cape Coral canals now that the freshwater dams are starting to overflow.  I had the spool loaded with about 250 yards of PowerPro 50lb braid for these larger fish.  The challenge with catching these large Snook in this type of environment is that there are a lot of bridges and docks that they can easily get under so you want to have the cranking power and drag that is afforded you with a reel like the Twin Power SW.  We were lucky enough to hook onto a few snook in the 28″ – 34″ range and the 8000 model made it very easy to crank down the drag and control the fish.  I have yet to hook into a Tarpon with the Twin Power, but I am looking forward to that and I am sure that I will not be disappointed in its performance.

For those of you who want all the details I have provided the chart below.

ModelLine Retrieve (in)Mono Cap(lbs/yd)Braid Cap(lbs/yd)Max Drag (lb)Ball BearingsGear RatioWeight (oz)
TP4000SWBXG378/240
10/200
12/160
15/230
20/205
50/120
2411+16.2:112.5
TP5000SWBXG4110/240
12/195
14/165
20/245
30/225
40/175
2911+16.2:114.8
TP8000SWBPG3712/345
16/250
20/185
40/340
50/265
65/215
6210+14.9:122.4
TP10000SWBPG4012/500
16/320
20/220
50/360
65/290
80/215
5510+14.9:122.9
TP14000SWBXG5312/555
16/360
20/260
50/400
65/315
80/240
5510+16.2:122.9

Pros

  • Extremely smooth
  • Many features of the more expensive Stella
  • Great drag
  • Nearly waterproof

Cons

  • Not fully sealed like the Stella
  • Higher price point

Alternatives

Staying with the Shimano brand I think that you should take a look at the two reels that are on either side of the Twin Power SW.  These would be the Shimano Saragosa SW which is a slightly less expensive reel and is still packed with great features and I think offers a greater value.  Read the full review of the Shimano Saragosa HERE.

The other reel from Shimano I would have you take a look at is the crown jewel of the Shimano offering which is the Shimano Stella SW.  Read the full Shimano Stella SW review HERE.

Penn makes a great SW reel in this size the Penn Slammer III but it is a heavier reel, however, it is fully sealed.  Read the full Penn Slammer III review HERE.

Lastly, I would have you take a look at the Quantum Cabo PTSE which I think offers excellent value as well as excellent quality.  Read the full Quantum Cabo PTSE review HERE.

In Conclusion

If you are looking to add a high-quality spinning reel to your arsenal that is designed specifically for saltwater fishing and going after those large hard fighting fish like Snook, Big Reds, Tuna or even Cobia then the Shimano Twin Power SW reel is an excellent choice.  I personally can not see spending twice as much for a Stella but that is only because I currently do not have an unlimited budget for fishing tackle.

Overall, the Shimano Twin Power SW Reel is an excellent choice in a large high-end spinning reel that will last you for the remainder of your lifetime if you take care of it.

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