Shimano Ultegra XTD Spod Reel
Shimano created a massive stir when they bought out the Ultegra XTD Big pit range a couple of years ago. So now they've done it again, with the Ultegra XTD Spod Reel.
This spod reel is specifically for use as a spod or marker reel, and it will pair up perfectly with the Ultegra XTD 14000 Big Pit Carp Reel with similar features. The differences are that Shimano uses a shallower spool to lessen the line capacity when using braided lines. Also, the spools have three line clips instead of just the one on the standard reels. The designers have added a larger egg-shaped handle for better grip when constantly cranking your spod, spombs or marker floats back in.
They have increased the gear ratio to 5.2:1 instead of 4.3:1 on the standard reels. This means every time you turn the handle of the spod reel, you retrieve 124cm of the line instead of 103cm on the 14000 XTD reel. As a result, the Shimano Ultegra XTD Spod Reel is one of the nicest spod reels on the market and the best value for money spod reel.