The Enthusiast Oriented
Steez AGS Rods are Back and Cater to U.S. Applications
Introduction: When it comes to catering to tackle enthusiasts Daiwa knows
how to do "high-end" and "JDM" better than just about anyone. With the will and
resources to push the threshold in tackle design, technology, and refinement
enthusiast anglers stateside have been waiting for the company to make their
move. The Steez rod lineup has long been coveted by anglers on both sides of the
pond, and this year U.S. anglers get a upgraded series designed to meet our
region's unique fishing techniques and applications.
There are not many rod lines that gets me this excited but
a complete refresh of the Steez AGS lineup does the trick
is back! Though the sub-brand never really left the Steez rods that U.S. anglers
have purchased were designed for the JDM market and have only been available in
a few select rods. At the recent Bassmaster Classic Daiwa unveiled the 2021
Steez AGS Bass Rod Series, a completely redesigned lineup of flagship rods. Marc
Mills, Daiwa's Field Marketing Manager, walked us through the newly redesigned
line and gave us the inside scoop on some of the upgrades in this latest
The new Steez rods feature both SVF Compile-X and Nanoplus
Steez AGS rods continue to make use of the company's proprietary carbon fiber
AGS guides, which are the biggest differentiator in this series. The only other
rod maker that Daiwa allows to use AGS guides is currently St. Croix.
"The new AGS guides helped us
create rods that are at least 10% lighter than the previous generation," Marc
explained. "These AGS guides are 40% lighter than the equivalent sized titanium
guide, and new for this year we have transitioned from ceramic to silicon
carbide inserts for even better weight and durability."
guides feature a solid carbon fiber frame that is designed to minimize weight,
improve casting distance, improve rod speed, reduce angler fatigue, and improve
overall rod sensitivity.
"The One" is a Steez AGS rod designed specifically for
U.S. finesse techniques. The rods is 7'6" in length and features a long rear
split grip section for balance and leverage
Steez blanks have also been improved feature SVF Compile X which makes use of a
higher volume of fiber and less resin, creating a lighter, stronger and more
sensitive blank than standard blank constructions. Complementing the SVF Compile
X is Daiwa's Nanoplus which is also a proprietary technology that allows the
Daiwa to create even distribution of resin and carbon throughout the
construction, which in turn creates a more powerful, and sensitive blank.
The AGS guides are now lighter and more durable with
tightly woven carbon fiber and silicon carbide inserts
rods also utilize X45, a 45 degree construction that prevents twisting of the
blank for greater strength, sensitivity and hook setting power. Reels are
secured via "Air Sensor" Reel Seats, which Marc explained are constructed from
the same Zaion used in many of the company's other high-end products. This helps
create a very light and sensitive ergonomic connection with the angler.
The "Air Sensor" reel seat is made out of Zaion
One of the
cool things about the new series is that each of the rods now have a "concept"
name which is designed to give the rod some additional character and highlight
what the rod is specifically designed for. Unlike the previous generation rods
that were primarily designed for the JDM market these new Steez AGS rods were
created specifically with U.S. applications in mind. This is why the lengths are
generally longer, and the tapers match many more domestic applications.
I was excited to pair the new Steez AGS "One" rod up with
the classic Steez reel
excited to fish "The One," a Steez spinning rod specifically designed for
finesse applications including drop shot, neko, and ned. Feeling nostalgic I
brought my Steez spinning reel out of retirement for this pairing. It balanced
The rods make use of a machined clamp grip that is
finished with a soft touch surface
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