A Closer Look at Daiwa LT Design, and the New Tatula Spinning Reel
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Introduction: At the show we highlighted the complete redesign of Daiwa's
mainstream spinning reels with their new Light and Tough (LT) spinning reel
makeovers. While the Ballistic LT is the highest end of these new reels it is
the Tatula LT that has many anglers most excited as it bears a stealthy new look
and retails for under 200 dollars.
The Daiwa Tatula LT is a stealthy
looking reel and available in sizes from 1000 to 4000
Light and Tough: Daiwa's previous
mainstream spinning reels had started to get a bit long in the tooth and the
company has been hard at work redoing their entire line.
Pro Anglers including FLW Tour Pro
Cody Meyer talk about the new Tatula Elite Rods and Tatula LT Reels
Daiwa's engineers set out to eliminate un-needed
weight and improve the design of their spinning reels by streamlining the body
of the reels and adding the enlarged Digigear. The reels that benefit from this
new design include the Ballistic LT, Tatula LT, Fuego LT, Exceler LT, and
Legalis LT. It just takes a second holding these reels in hand and the
difference from the previous generation reels is noticeable.
The Tatula LT is smaller and
lighter than previous generation Daiwa mainstream reels. The 2000 size weighs in
at only 5.8oz.
Tatula LT: To accompany all the new Tatula Elite
reels the new Tatula LT reel is a lightweight reel that is available in sizes
ranging form 1000 all the way to 4000 sizes. Like the Ballistic LT the new
Tatula LT has a Zaion body for rigidity and weight reduction. The bearing count
of 1 CRBB, 5BB, and 1 RB is exactly the same as the Ballistic LT and it weighs
nearly the same as well.
One of the hallmarks of LT design
are sleeker more compact frames
Both reels feature a machines A7075 aircraft grade
aluminum Digigear and Daiwa's Air Rotor design which features a sleek shape that
reduces unnecessary weight while distributing stress across the rotor for
A black anodized handle completes
the Tatula LT's menacing look
With so many similarities to the Ballistic LT why
is the Tatula 40 dollars cheaper than the Ballistic LT? One word, "Magseal." The
Ballistic LT has a Magsealed main shaft which uses magnetic oil to help create a
low friction seal to the rotating shaft while keeping moisture and elements out.
This translates to smoother performance over the lifetime of the reel.
Only if it had a blacked out Air
Bail, then it would rival the new Shimano Exsence in stealth
When comparing the two reels at the show the new
Ballistic LT was just slightly smoother, and if I had my eyes closed when
cranking I would have a hard time distinguishing the two. Over time the
performance delta may become greater, but out of the box the reels will feel
quite similar. They even look similar, save a few red and silver highlights on
the Ballistic LT.
A look at the ported and machined
It is the absence of all those colors that I
personally really like about the Tatula LT, it and with the exception of the Air
Bail it is completely blacked out. This reel looks almost as stealthy as the
Dark Knight, the new Shimano Exsence, but is also a tough comparison at less
than half the price and being positioned squarely in the mainstream category.
The Tatula LT's body is Zaion and
the reel also features the recognizable Air Rotor for weight reduction
The Ballistic may be the highest end new LT
spinning reel but I have a feeling a lot of Daiwa fans are going to opt for the
Tatula LT instead. It just has more personality and comes in under that 200
dollar price point. If the Tatula LT had Magseal it would be the easy choice
which is why I find it all the more surprising that the lower-end Fuego LT,
which comes with a Carbon body versus a Zaion one, is outfitted with a Magsealed
main shaft. The Fuego represents the best overall value in the new LT lineup at
only 99 dollars. With five new LT spinning reels to choose from anglers get
plenty of options to consider, and all are "light" and "tough."