Daiwa Spins Favorites: New Ballistic, Tatula, Fuego, Exceler and Saltiga
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Introduction: It was a big year for spinning reels at the Daiwa camp with
updates to both the Ballistic and Saltiga spinning platforms. Both reels get
performance boosts thanks to use of Daiwa’s latest materials and Magseal which
prevents water and debris intrusion.
Daiwa redefines their spinning lineup starting
with the Ballistic LT
Get Ballistic: The Ballistic Series has always been a good blend of
performance and value and that doesn’t change this year. The new reels look like
more refined versions of the previous reel, and are both sleeker and feature a
more compact profile.
The foundation of the new reel is the Zaion housing,
hence the LT moniker which stands for “Light” and “Tough.”
The new reels have beefed up digigear design but
are now lighter and smaller profile
Inside the new reel anglers will find a machined A7075 aluminum gear which is
designed to be both light and smooth. The main shaft utilizes Magseal to protect
the components from the elements, making it an even better choice for inshore
and offshore applications in addition to the freshwater fishing for trout and
largemouth that many anglers will use the Ballistic for.
Curt Arakawa, head of marketing for Daiwa shows
us the new Tatula LT
There will be a complete range of new Ballistic LT reels ranging from 1000 to
6000 sizes and each comes with 7 bearings (1 CRBB, 5BB, 1 RB). As an example of
how light the new reels are the 1000 size weighs only 5.8oz. and the 2500 size
most anglers will use for bass fishing is only 6.3oz. in weight. The new
Ballistic LT reels will retail for $229 to $249 dollars depending on model and
The Tatula LT is all murdered out with a black
Redefined Spinning: The Daiwa Ballistic was not the only new spinning
reel to get completely updated.
Daiwa basically redefined how they make spinning reels
throughout the lineup, reducing weight and delivering new profiles that not only
look more modern and compact but are designed to offer higher performance from
cast to retrieve.
The other spinning reels that got the new LT (Light Tough) reel treatment
which makes the reels smaller, lighter weight, and incorporates a larger
digigear included the Tatula LT for $79 dollars.
The Fuego LT features the same design concepts
but with a carbon light body
Marc shows us the low flex of the Zaion material
Even the Exceler now gets the LT treatment and
has a carbon frame
Saltiga ditches screws: On the salt spinning side Daiwa introduced the
new Saltiga Bay Jigging Reel. Besides being one very slick looking saltwater
fish fighter the most interesting thing about this new reel is that it
incorporates a one piece aluminum frame and a one piece threaded side plate.
What the heck does that mean? Because screws are not utilized to attach the
sideplate and hold the main gear the interior space within the body is greater
allowing for a larger more powerful gear held in place by the lighter and
sturdier body, rather than relying on a traditional bolted down sideplate.
The Saltiga Bay Jigging reel features a monocoque
one piece frame design
As an added benefit
the threaded 360 degree support system side plate is designed to increase the
integrity of the body as a whole and reduce water or contaminant intrusion.
The overall strength to weight ratio is better on this reel than previous
generation Saltiga reels and the guts have also been souped up with a harder
brass main gear, what Daiwa calls their “Hyper Digigear.” Similarly to the
Ballistic reels the main shaft on the Saltiga is also Magsealed to reduce
saltwater and debris intrusion.
A look at the frame design, no small screws
necessary to hold this reel together
Bryan shows us the complete Saltiga lineup
The Saltiga Bay Jigging reels will be available in 5.7:1 (3500 size) and
4.9:1 (4000 size) gear ratios and all reels come loaded with 13 bearings (2 MBB,
9 CRBB, 1 BB and 1 RB). As you might expect with a reel that bears the legendary
“Saltiga” name these reels are not cheap and will retail for $799 dollars each.
Spin aficionados will have plenty of Daiwa options to choose from this year with
new reels spanning light line freshwater applications all the way to jigging the
iron down deep.