2007 ICAST Reel Coverage
ICAST Coverage Day 1 (Reels) - Better, Lighter, Faster, Cheaper (continued)
Daiwa made a big splash
last year with their introduction of the Steez and Zillion product lines. This
year, as we reported in our preview article, it seems Daiwa was more about
filling out their product line rather than building on the enthusiast wave from
last year. Even so, Toru Takahashi, knows our audience and when he greeted us at
the Daiwa booth, he was most anxious to take us over to their special display
featuring some limited edition products from I’ZE Japan including the Ito
Monoblock and Zillion Hyper Long Cast baitcasting reels. Unfortunately, the
display was locked, so we did not get to handle the very special contents.
Daiwa @ ICAST
Yes, the 2007
Daiwa & Megabass Collaboration has made it to the United States!
Monoblock 100XR/100XR-L remains a JDM reel only
Zillion Hyper Long Cast from Daiwa Japan
This is a
limited edition Zillion featuring a 90mm curved graphite handle…
… and ported,
deep capacity spool
Daiwa introduced two new sizes in their popular Saltist line of conventional
saltwater reels, the 20H and 30H both featuring 6.1:1 high speed gear ratios.
They will be available in October for a price point of $159 MSRP.
the Saltist 30H
the Saltist 20H
from the front
Daiwa’s Accudepth has gone through a redesign for 2008 and is now called the
Accudepth Plus. It features a higher end frame design than the previous
generation reel, a slightly different treatment to cosmetics, but still at the
attractive price point of $59 to $74 MSRP.
Here is the
new Accudepth Plus
built-in line counter
More New Freshwater
Reels: Just a
few weeks ago, we previewed some of the new freshwater line from Daiwa so we
thought we had a good handle of what to expect. We were wrong.
the Regal XiA spinning reel
Priced at only
$49.99 with 10 + 1 bearings, this reel is sure to create a stir
The Regal XiA is a 10+1 bearing spinning reel for only $49.99 MSRP.
the Regal 5iA with 5+1 bearings
more competitively at ?$34.95
The 5iA is a 5+1 bearing reel for only $34.95 MSRP.
Strikeforce is Daiwa’s new entry level baitcaster
Priced at an
MSRP of $49, this reel features 6+1 bearings
The Strikeforce is a 6+1 bearing low profile casting reel from Daiwa coming in
at $49 MSRP.
(right), introduces us to Daisuke Higuchi (left) and Makiko Namioka (middle)
from the DID Institute, a.k.a. Design Headquarters for Daiwa
Here are our live from ICAST shots of the Daiwa reels mentioned in our preview
article from June 17.
Here is the
Daiwa Megaforce Twitching
styling and twitching bar
to go with a
7.1:1 retrieve ratio
retrieves up to 6 inches of line with each twitch
Here is a live
shot of the Daiwa Advantage spinning reel
attractive silver and red color scheme
From the top
the Real4 logo
from the non-handle side
with the same
swept handle and dragstar design?
same color scheme as the spinning reel
standard, non-swept handle and dragstar
And of course,
a baitcaster match for the Exeler as well
but this time
with the swept handle and dragstar
Last but not least, Daiwa even fills out the top end of their lineup this year
with a second version of their Ultimate Enthusiast award winning Steez reel. As
mentioned in our preview article, this new Steez features greater line capacity
but also a longer power handle.
the Steez 100H
(bottom) features a longer handle than the 103H (top)…
…and also a
larger capacity spool design (100H is on the right)
(left) and Marc Malkin (right) hold up two of their favorite Daiwa Products for
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