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Event Article: 2008 ICAST Show - Las Vegas, NV

Daiwa Celebrates 50 Years in the Industry by Upping the Ante in the Enthusiast Market

Date: 7/16/08
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press only
Reviewer: Team TackleTour


Introduction: A little over a month ago, we brought you the first peak into Daiwa’s 2009 product catalog with a look at their 50th Anniversary Hyper-Speed Zillion and the new, high speed Steez baitcasting reel. Not long after did we got our first up close and personal look at these reels at this year’s ICAST, but we got to see what else is brewing in Daiwa’s 2009 lineup including the long awaited Steez cranking sticks and the unexpected Zillion and Fuego fishing rods!


Introducing the 50th Anniversary Daiwa Zillion Hyper Speed


The Limited Edition Daiwa Zillion Hyper Speed Zillion is a racy cherry red…


…and is the first, super high speed 7.3:1 gear ratio low profile reel to hit the market


This mark’s Daiwa’s 50th Anniversary in the US fishing tackle industry and they have chosen to celebrate this momentous occasion with a Special Edition reel designed for the US Market. We’ve already previewed this Hyper-Speed Zillion but here are some live shots of this cherry red reel that’s due out before the end of this summer (MSRP $299).


Introducing the long awaited Zillion 4.9


Known in Japan as the Crazy Cranker, this is the reel low speed Enthusiasts have been wanting for over a year and a half


Look for its debut before the end of summer 2008


But that’s not all for the Zillion line of baitcasting reels. Enthusiast tackle advocates have known about it since the reel’s introduction into the Japanese market nearly a year and a half ago, and have been clamoring for its introduction to the US market since that time. By September 2008, they will get their wish. Daiwa is bringing over the 4.9:1 gear ratio Crazy Cranking Zillion to the US market but without the fun nickname. This new for the US cranking reel will simply be known as the TD Zillion 4.9 or TDZLN100PA/100PLA and will retail for an MSRP of $269.95.


It’s all about speed at Daiwa this year as is evidenced by the new high speed Steez!


The Steez high speed features subtle red highlights


New Steez and Zillion Rods











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