I have gotten emails from several customers concerned that their packages have been lost because they are late and/or tracking data shows them to have been in the Jersey City sorting facility for days.

Those packages are now moving. Most have been delivered already.

Please understand that shopping online this year has been unprecedented, and the USPS, UPS and FedEx are trying to run beyond their capacity. In the 10 years I have been shipping packages, (thousands and thousands of packages), the USPS has NEVER lost a Priority Mail package, and has lost only two or three First Class packages. Please be patient. Your packages will arrive.


Shimano Adlebaran BFS XG

Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG LeftShimano Aldebaran BFS XG Left
Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG spoolShimano Aldebaran BFS XG spool
Illustration showing that two magnets can be added to the braking systemMore magnets can be added if desired.

The Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG has the lightest spool in Shimano's history at just 7.2 grams (excluding bearings). The proprietary Finesse Tune Brake system (FTB) combines the best features of magnetic and centrifugal brakes. 

Illustration showing how magnets move when the spool spins fast.When the spool spins fast, the magnets provide more braking.
Illustration showing that magnets move less when the spool spins slowly.When the spool spins slowly, the magnets provide less braking.

 When the spool spins fast (at the start of a hard overhand cast) centrifugal force pulls the magnets closer to the spool, providing more braking force. When the spool rotates more slowly, either for a pitch or as your lure slows towards the end of your cast, the spring pushes the magnets further away from the spool, reducing the braking force. The FTB braking system thus adjusts the amount of braking depending on the speed of the spool.

Illustration shows how FTB braking system adjusts position of magnets inside of hollow spool.FTB braking system

The braking force is adjusted by the external dial, which slides the brake unit further in or out of the spool. The braking force is minutely adjustable, and is not limited to to discrete steps.

The Shimano Aldebaran BFX XG is one of the best BFS reels available, and one of the best baitcast reels for trout fishing. At only 130 grams (4.6 ounces) it is one of the lightest as well.


The box contains two small vials of oil. The one with the green top (marked BFS Oil) is for the bearings. The one with the blue top (marked Bantam Oil) is for everything else.


Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG Left, top view.Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG Left
Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG Left, side viewShimano Aldebaran BFS XG Left

The fish aren't always monsters, but with the high quality gear, the fishing is always enjoyable.

Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG Stats

Model
cm/rotation
Gear ratio
Weight
Max drag
Spool Capacity
Spool  Diameter
Bearings (Ball/Roller)
Price

Aldebaran BFS XG
80
8.0
4.6 oz
7.7 lb
8lb/49.2yds
1.26"
9/1
$425


Shipping

Domestic shipping is $10 via USPS Priority Mail (2-3 day delivery).

Please note: All packages are shipped via USPS. If you have a PO Box, please list ONLY the PO Box in your address, not the PO Box and your street address.

The charge for international shipping depends on the destination country, the weight of the package, the overall length of the package and the value of the package. Packages under 24" long and under $400 in value will go via USPS First Class International. Packages over 24" or over $400 will go via USPS Priority Mail International. The International shipping charge will be calculated at checkout.


Warning:

The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.