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The Ultra Lightweight Steez series gets a Speed Bump!

Date: 6/10/08
Tackle type: Reels
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Zander

It seems Daiwa is all about speed this season as they not only boost speed in their Zillion series but also prepare to introduce new faster versions of their flagship award winning magnesium based Steez reels.


The new Daiwa Steez 103SHA features a faster gear ratio than previous Steez reels


Daiwa Steez 103SHA Specifications

Line Capacity (lbs / yds) 12/120, 14/100
Gear Ratio (actual retrieve) 7.1:1 (29.8 inches per turn)
Measured Weight 5.6 ounces
Max. Drag 8.8lbs
Bearings 11BB + 1RB
Features MagForce V, A7075 aluminum spool, magnesium construction, High Efficiency Wet Drag
MSRP $479.95

The Daiwa Steez 100SHA also features the faster gear ratio with enhanced line capacity

Daiwa Steez 100SHA Specifications

Line Capacity (lbs / yds) 14/120, 16/100
Gear Ratio (actual retrieve) 7.1:1 (29.8 inches per turn)
Measured Weight 5.7 ounces
Max. Drag 8.8lbs
Bearings 11BB + 1RB
Features MagForce V, A7075 aluminum spool, magnesium construction, High Efficiency Wet Drag, Enhanced line capacity
MSRP $479.95

Daiwa’s new Steez™ 103SHA and 100SHA baitcasters are not only the lightest reels of their kind, they soon will become among the fastest. Weighing in at 5.6 and 5.7 ounces accordingly and featuring a quick 7.1:1 gear ratio, the latest Steez additions offer bass anglers the ultimate combination of lightweight performance and line-burning speed.

Did you notice the cosmetic difference between the two new Steez reels? The 103SHA has oval porting in the handle...

Like the current Steez baitcasters, the 103SHA and 100SHA feature a magnesium body design that’s feather-light, yet strong and durable. With an ultra-fast retrieve now part of the package, Steez users can use the reel in applications that they might normally have employed the Steez before including fishing ripbaits. Each single turn of the handle now reels in 29.8 inches of line compared to 26 inches on the current 103HA and 100HA

...while the 100SHA has the more traditional circle porting

Both the Steez 103SHA and 100SHA models feature a free-floating, A7075 aluminum spool that starts up fast and spins longer. This spool design works in conjunction with Daiwa’s exclusive Magforce®-V automatic anti-backlash system to allow for long, trouble-free casts. The Steez 103SHA features a standard spool design, while the 100SHA is equipped with a high-capacity, U-shaped spool ideal for accommodating heavier test lines.

The new high speed Steez reels feature attractive red trimmings that evoke Type R+ tuning

Inside the Steez 103SHA and 100SHA anglers will find eleven precision ball bearings, plus a roller bearing, are designed to deliver maximum smoothness and reliable operation. A tough, A7075 tempered aluminum drive gear and phosphor bronze pinion yield plenty of power. Like the previous reel the new reels feature a swept handle design, and both versions have a slightly different ported design. The Steez 103SHA and 100SHA also offer quality fish-stopping performance equipped with an eight-disc wet drag with micro-click adjustment for smoothness and consistency. Additional features include an Infinite Anti Reverse, precision-click fee spool adjustment, and easy sideplate removal for quick spool changes. Daiwa’s new Steez 103SHA and 100SHA models will retail for $479.95, which is 30 dollars more than current versions.

Both reels feature a red spool to match the new exterior treatment

Conclusion: While the first three new offerings (Steez 103SHA, 100SHA, and Zillion Hyper Limited Edition) we see from Daiwa’s new 2009 lineup all focus on high speed the company hinted that they have a few other exciting offerings to introduce at the upcoming ICAST show. The new high speed Zillions will likely find homes among fans of the premium series, after all where else can anglers find such a unique combination of lightweight magnesium construction and high speed gearing? Still what excites me the most is the upcoming Zillion Hyper-Speed reel. Finally U.S. anglers get a limited edition (and individually numbered) reel, one that has a truly blazing fast 7.3:1 ratio and doesn’t carry an enormous price premium like many of the Limited Edition Japanese Domestic reels often exhibit.









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