Daiwa Goes "Ballistic" at ICAST
with new reels and rods
Introduction: If you checked out our Pre-ICAST T3 article then you
already know about the new T3 Ballistic reel, but just what does "Ballistic"
really mean? This new designation describes Daiwa's Zaion Carbon constructed
reels and rods and the company is also introducing Ballistic spinning rods and
reels this coming season.
The new T3 Ballistic models make
the T3 design affordable (relatively speaking) at $249 each
The red spool signifies the high
speed 7.1:1 model. Both T3 Ballistic reels feature a Zaion frame and are
available in left and right hand retrieve
Ballistic Spinning reels: New
from Daiwa are four Ballistic spinning reels that are all constructed out of
lightweight, corrosion-proof Zaion Carbon. Daiwa’s lightweight Air Rotor and Air
Bail are designed to give the reels a light, smooth retrieve and increased
Ballistic spinning reels feature a
lightweight corrosion resistant Zaion body and sidecover
This material rivals
magnesium for lightweight strength and rigidity and the Zaion Carbon material is
also impervious to saltwater corrosion, making it an excellent choice for both
fresh and saltwater reels. The new reels look sharp
and feature a black, silver, and red pattern and will be available in a size
range that covers most freshwater and light saltwater needs. Sizes 2000 and 2500
are basic freshwater sizes, where sizes 3000 and 4000 give the extra line
capacity needed for most inshore saltwater fishing.
The reels make use of Daiwa's
To better handle the harsh
environments and keep the new Ballistic spinning reels running smoothly, the
reel’s rotor bearing is protected by a oiled-felt seal between the rotor and
body. The drag is sealed as well and to top it off, Daiwa’s corrosion resistant
CRBB ball bearings are used in places where water intrusion most often
occurs. With special anti-corrosion treatments, these bearings are designed to
last up to ten times as long as ordinary bearings in a saltwater environment.
The new Air Rotor design reduces
unnecessary weight while distributing stress more evenly throughout the rotor
for maximum strength
These reels come with 3BB + 4 CRBB + 1RB and the
2000 to 3000 sizes all feature a 6.0:1 retrieve while the saltwater 4000 size
comes with a 6.2:1 retrieve ratio. To give you an example of how light these
reels are the 2000 size weighs 7.8oz. All but the largest size retails for
$199.95 and the 4000 size is just 10 dollars more.
Tom Komatsu (left), President of
Daiwa, shows us the new Ballistic rods
To match the new reels Daiwa
introduces the Ballistic rod series
Ballistic Bass Rods: To match up with the new T3
Ballistic baitcasting reel and the Ballistic
spinning reels Daiwa is introducing new Ballistic Bass Rods that are being
offered in a full range of actions with blank materials that are design
specifically matched to America’s most popular bass fishing techniques.
Daiwa machined a new aluminum
clamp nut which is knurled for sure grip tightening
anglers put heavy loads on a casting rod, guides sitting on top of the blank work as
levers, twisting the blank to one side as you set the hook or muscle a fish from
cover. This twisting negatively affects the rod action and can actually cause breakage of the
blank. To resist the twisting, Ballistic rods utilize X-Torque bias
construction on power actions for worming, jigging, frogging and flipping and
is also used on topwater, twitching and spinning actions.
The rods feature a new ergonomic
softer action, crankbait and spinnerbait rods use highly resilient and flexible
Glatech blank construction, a method that sandwiches unidirectional fiberglass
between layers of 90 degree biased graphite for a combination of light tip
action and firm backbone.
Rod's feature either GlaTech
hybrid fiberglass and graphite construction or X-Torque bias graphite
construction depending on model and application
A final look at the "Ballistic"
casting reel seat
There are fourteen specialized actions
that make up the series, with MSRP pricing ranging from
$99.95 to $129.95 depending upon action. Matching new Ballistic baitcasting and
spinning reels, Ballistic rods will begin appearing on dealers shelves in August