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A Sneak Peek at Daiwa's 50th Anniversary Hyper Speed Zillion, soon to be the world's fastest compact baitcaster

Date: 6/09/08
Tackle type: Reels
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Zander

Back in 1987 Daiwa was the first tackle manufacturer to introduce a reel with a blazing fast 7.1:1 gear ratio a benchmark that competitors were unable to match for nearly two decades. Today there are a slew of “Burner” class reels but Daiwa prepares to up the ante once again with the world's fastest compact baitcaster.


To celebrate 50 years Daiwa introduces the fastest premium baitcast reel on the market, the Hyper-Speed Zillion 7.3:1 


Zillion 50th Anniversary Hyper Speed Special Edition Specifications

Line Capacity (lbs / yds) 14/120, 16/100
Gear Ratio (actual retrieve) 7.3:1 (32 inches per turn)
Measured Weight 8.9 ounces
Max. Drag 8.8lbs
Bearings 11BB + 1RB
Features MagForce Z, perforated aluminum spool, aluminum frame and handle side sideplate, CRBB bearings, wet drag, soft touch handle grips, individually serialized
MSRP $299.95

In recognition of the company’s 50th anniversary, Daiwa is taking this concept a step further by unveiling a new Special Edition Hyper-Speed TD Zillion™ with 7.3:1 retrieve – the world’s fastest compact baitcaster. Capable of cranking a massive 32 inches of line with a single turn of the handle, the new Hyper-Speed TDZLN100SHA and mirror-image, left-hand winding TDZLN100SHLA will allow anglers to rip lures back to the boat faster than ever before making this a good striper reel as well. The higher speed means covering large areas of water has never been easier.

The Hyper Speed Zillion features a sports car red finish, and has the same frame protective fins as the standard Zillion

To match the ultra high speed Daiwa has made the new Zillions a sporty red color and to make them even more exclusive each reel will be engraved and serial numbered. Both the TDZLN100SHSA and TDZLN100SHSLA will boast a rigid aluminum frame and handle-side sideplate for maximum strength and durability. This rugged housing protects eleven corrosion-resistant CRBB ball bearings, plus a roller bearing, for ultra-smooth, reliable performance under a wide range of conditions.

The Hyper Speed Zillion has a distinct metal treatment that sets itself apart from the original, including silver knobs and a black handle

When it comes to the guts the reel will feature oversized high strength bronze gears that are designed to supply extra of power for muscling big fish. Daiwa’s popular swept handle design is also found on this reel. Daiwa states that the swept handle increases “cranking stability and ease” as it moves the paddles closer to the rod’s centerline for less wobble, a better feel and greater winding leverage.

The reel has the same profile but is now ported on top

The new Hyper-Speed Limited Edition model is designed to offer the same quality casting as the standard Zillion and will implement a free-floating, perforated aluminum spool which starts up fast and spins longer, working in combination with Daiwa’s exclusive Magforce®-Z automatic anti-backlash control to deliver long, trouble-free casts. The Hyper reel also makes use of Daiwa’s consistent eight-disc wet and precision click adjustment are possible with the audible drag star.

A swept handle finishes the new reel, and we look forward to seeing how this new reel pairs with the yet to be released new Zillion rods

Additional features include: easy sideplate removal for quick spool changes; aluminum guard plate on top of the reel for finish protection; and Soft Touch handle grips for a comfortable, secure hold. Both the TDZLN100SHSA and TDZLN100SHSLA will be available shortly after ICAST and will retail for of $299.95. Also breaking news is that Daiwa will be releasing a new line of rods to match up perfectly with the Zillion series. You guessed it, get ready for “Zillion” rods, while we don’t have any details on the rod cosmetics or components yet the new rods should bridge the gap between the ultra premium Steez rods and Daiwa's other sticks nicely.









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