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Rod Review

CB Rod Wars Part 8: Daiwa’s Steez Fle-X-Lite Cranking Sticks are Scary Slick

Date: 8/16/09
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Zander


As the crankbait rod wars continue we turn our attention to the premium Steez Fle-X-Lite from Daiwa and see if this rod is worth the high price of admission. These all graphite rods are designed to be the ultimate cranking rods when it comes to weight and sensitivity while still offering fiberglass-like flexibility.


Daiwa Steez STZ701MRBA-FL Specifications

Material Daiwa SVF Flex-Lite Graphite
Length 7'-0"
Length from Back of Reel Seat to Base 9"
Line Wt. 8 - 20lb
Lure Wt. 1/8 - 1oz
Pieces 1
Guides 8 Guides + Tip Top (Fuji Ti/SiC)
Power Rating Medium
Taper Mod-Fast
Rod Weight 4.2 oz
Manufacturing Country Japan
MSRP $449.95

Next up in the CB Rod Wars: The premium Daiwa Steez Fle-X-Lite


Impressions: The original Steez rod lineup was designed primarily for plastics and contact bait fishing. The introduction of the new flipping model mid year further extended the range of applications for the series. Even more recently at last month’s ICAST the company further expanded that lineup with the Steez XBD frog rod which is a Steez rod designed specifically to accommodate today’s braided super lines. Over the years the ultra premium Steez rods have found homes in the hands of many enthusiast grade anglers looking for the very best that Daiwa has to offer.


Cal preps for tests with various crankbaits


Daiwa's SVF Fle-X-Lite rods incorporate the company’s super volume fiber construction to deliver the flexibility of fiberglass with the lightweight high-strength properties of graphite, and are purposely designed for crankbait and jerkbait fishing.


The Fle-X-Lite features Daiwa's Air-Beam reel seat which is designed for extreme weight reduction and comfort


The Fle-X-Lite series includes three trigger and two spinning rods. These Steez rods are designed to offer anglers the distinct advantages of SVF technology which packs unidirectional graphite fiber into a denser form with exact resin control. This results in greater overall strength, lighter weight and excellent sensitivity.


Zander and Cal compare the Fle-X-Lite with other cranking rods


Daiwa’s Steez SVF Fle-X-Lite rods also feature high end components including Fuji Titanium-framed SiC guides the same slick machined aluminum reel clamp nut similar in design but different in color than those used on the previous Steez rods. Like other rods in the Steez lineup Daiwa eliminates the traditional foregrip to help reduce excess weight and further improve sensitivity.


The Fle-X-Lite pairs perfectly with the Steez reels


All in all the Fle-X-Lite rod looks very slick and sets itself apart from the other Daiwa rods with a brown and gold combination versus the black and silver found on the original Steez rods. The rod is finished with a laser engraved gold insert that matches the gold anodizing on the machined aluminum fore-nut.


Checking the balance point

The Lab Results show similarities to another rod









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