Next up in the CB Rod Wars: The
premium Daiwa Steez Fle-X-Lite
The original Steez rod lineup
was designed primarily for plastics and contact bait fishing. The introduction
of the new flipping model mid year further extended the range of applications
for the series. Even more recently at last month’s ICAST the company further
expanded that lineup with the Steez XBD frog rod which is a Steez rod designed
specifically to accommodate today’s braided super lines. Over the years the
ultra premium Steez rods have found homes in the hands of many enthusiast grade
anglers looking for the very best that Daiwa has to offer.
Cal preps for tests with various
Daiwa's SVF Fle-X-Lite rods
incorporate the company’s super volume fiber construction to deliver the
flexibility of fiberglass with the lightweight high-strength properties of
graphite, and are purposely designed for crankbait and jerkbait fishing.
The Fle-X-Lite features Daiwa's
Air-Beam reel seat which is designed for extreme weight reduction and comfort
The Fle-X-Lite series
includes three trigger and two spinning rods. These Steez rods are designed to
offer anglers the distinct advantages of SVF technology which packs
unidirectional graphite fiber into a denser form with exact resin control. This
results in greater overall strength, lighter weight and excellent sensitivity.
Zander and Cal compare the
Fle-X-Lite with other cranking rods
Daiwa’s Steez SVF Fle-X-Lite
rods also feature high end components including Fuji Titanium-framed SiC guides
the same slick machined aluminum reel clamp nut similar in design but different
in color than those used on the previous Steez rods. Like other rods in the
Steez lineup Daiwa eliminates the traditional foregrip to help reduce excess
weight and further improve sensitivity.
The Fle-X-Lite pairs perfectly
with the Steez reels
All in all the Fle-X-Lite rod
looks very slick and sets itself apart from the other Daiwa rods with a brown
and gold combination versus the black and silver found on the original Steez
rods. The rod is finished with a laser engraved gold insert that matches the
gold anodizing on the machined aluminum fore-nut.
Checking the balance point