A Magnetic Personality, the new “EX”treme Steez Spinning Reel
This coming ICAST Daiwa prepares to introduce a
brand new Steez spinning reel which incorporates both a carbon frame material
and souped up feature-set to push the envelope in lightweight performance. These
new spinning reels leverage Daiwa’s highest end features to deliver superior
performance in the harshest environments.
Daiwa's new flagship spinning
reel, meet the Steez EX
When it comes to lightweight spinning reels it just doesn’t get much more
refined than the Daiwa Steez. The current Steez makes use of a magnesium body,
side cover and rotor to deliver a lightweight package that starts at just
6.9oz., making it among the lightest bass spinning reels on the market.
The Steez incorporates a Zaion
construction with the company's MagSeal magnetic oil feature
this season when the company wanted to up the ante in lightweight spinning reel
design they were suddenly faced with a new challenge, how would they infuse the
new reel with more features, improve durability in all environments and still
manage to stay lightweight. The answer was to create a new reel not out of
magnesium, but with the company’s carbon composite Zaion material.
Even the spool is ported
Zaion carbon material is used for the construction of body of the reel as well
as the rotor, and while the Zaion material offers similar weight and strength
characteristics to magnesium it is not susceptible to saltwater corrosion,
making it excellent for both brackish and saltwater applications.
A look at Daiwa's Magnetic Oil
further improve performance Daiwa is including their magnetic oil feature which
we first saw incorporated into the Certate last season. The MagSeal™ is a
spin-off from NASA technology and utilizes a thin film of magnetic oil
controlled by magnetic fields to effectively seal the ball bearings in the
reel’s rotor and line roller. This is designed to result in a seal with less
friction than what normally would be found with a traditional rubber seal so
that cranking on the Steez EX results in a lighter even more friction free feel.
As an added benefit the MagSeal prevents water and grit intrusion into the body
and line roller.
The Steez EX's handle is
The Steez EX will come loaded with a 13 bearing system (7CRBB/5BB+1RB) and
features the company’s Digigear design for speed, power and long term
durability. Inside the Zaion rotor is an advanced brake design that reduces
premature bail closure when casting. The reel will come with a 5.6:1 gear ratio
and in two configurations with line capacities designed for both ultralight and
mid-range spinning applications. The wide diameter ABS spool features a titanium
nitride spool lip to manage all line types.
The reel is finished with a power
knob for extra leverage
Finishing off this reel is a machined aluminum handle that is sculpted
aggressively and topped with a power grip knob for more leverage. To protect
this reel each Steez EX also comes with a neoprene bag. If you thought the $499
dollar Certate introduced last year was a premium offering the new Steez EX can
be considered an exotic one. It delivers the very best materials and
technologies that Daiwa has in their arsenal and comes with a price point that
you would expect for such an “exotic” reel. Each Steez EX will retail for $749-799
dollars. That’s right, the new Steez EX is even more expensive than the premium
Shimano Stella FE. Anglers won’t have to wait too long to see just how the reels
compare as the new Steez EX will debut at ICAST in just twelve days, and start