First details of new Daiwa reels and rods for ICAST
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Three must-see new launches from tackle giant Daiwa at ICAST next week include two new reel ranges and a series of rods.
The Japanese giant is releasing the Daiwa Ballistic, a high performance spinning reel, the Zillion baitcasting reel and new the Daiwa Steez AGS rods.
Benefiting from the advanced design concepts and technology of Steez EX spinning reel, the new Daiwa Ballistic reels are now magsealed to allow them to be used in either fresh or saltwater conditions.
Ballistic has a Zaion body and side cover to make it light and corrosion-proof.
In addition to Daiwa’s Magseal technology, this new family of rugged, high performance reels offer a host of the company’s latest technology features, including:
• Magsealed construction;
• Lightweight corrosion-proof Zaion body and side cover;
• 10 bearing system (1CRBB+8BB+1RB);
• Air rotor for lighter weight and sensitivity;
• Lightweight, hollow stainless air bail;
• Digigear™ digital gear design for ultra-smooth power and durability;
• Waterproof drag;
• Machined-cut aluminium direct screw-in handle;
• Two ball bearing spool supports to keep drag washers in perfect alignment;
• ABS aluminium spool.
The Daiwa Zillion baitcasting reels incorporate the advanced design concepts and technology of its popular Tatula range and a combination of the company’s revolutionary T-Wing System (TWS) and Free Floating Spool System to allow you to cast even further.
With an ordinary level wind reel, line coming off the spool is forced through the line guide at a sharp angle. This results in casting friction, especially when the line guide is parked on one side of the reel. Daiwa says that the T-Wing’s wider aperture means reduced angles and less friction from any position.
Unlike other reels, where the pinion gear constantly rides the spool shaft, Daiwa’s unique Free Floating Spool System floats the spool on precision, stainless steel ball bearings. Because the pinion rides its own separate shaft, the spool spins freely, unhampered by gear train friction when casting.
Daiwa adds: “When you combine these two systems along with our Magforce Z anti-backlash control, you will get a smooth, effortless cast that will give you increased casting distance.”
Other features include:
• Rugged, light aluminium frame;
• Free-floating A7075 aluminium alloy spool that starts faster and spins longer;
• Durable Zaion lightweight side plate (gear side);
• Ultimate Tournament Carbon Drag (UTD) with 13.2lb drag max;
• 10 Bearing System (2 CRBB+7BB+1RB);
• Large 90mm swept power handle with cut-outs for reduced weight;
• Anodised parts colouring system – P (black); H (gold) and HS (red);
• Six-point support system;
• I-shape handle knob;
• Zaion swept star drag;
• Micro-click tension knob.
The new Steez AGS rods combine exclusive Super Volume Fibre (SVF) technology with the evolutionary Air Guide System (AGS). AGS guides are made with a carbon fibre frame which does not absorb line vibrations, but will transmit it directly to the hands of the angler. They are lighter than conventional guides, which translates into an extremely sensitive and lightweight rod.
Other features include:
• Bias graphite fibre construction for flexibility, strength and virtually zero blank twist;
• Air Guides, AGS SIC guides, cut-proof and corrosion-free;
• Laser-engraved butt cap;
• Limited lifetime warranty.
See these newcomers to the Daiwa range – and more – on the Diawa booth 1677 at ICAST.