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Rod Review

Daiwa brings “IT” with the new TD Zillion Rods


Date: 11/9/08
Tackle Type: Rods
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 8.16 + EDITORS CHOICE!

Introduction: Daiwa’s Zillion reels have become everything the company had hoped for, an ideal bridge between the company’s mainstream and premium offerings, a product that can go head to head with all comers at the 250 dollar price point, and a reel that has earned the respect of both professional anglers and tackle junkies alike. It is no surprise that this past ICAST Daiwa brought to the table a new rod series under the same name that is designed to pair impeccably with the popular series. 



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Daiwa Zillion TDZL691MHXB Specifications

Material Daiwa SVF Graphite
Length 6'9"
Length from Back of Reel Seat to Base 7.5"
Line Wt. 10-20 lb test
Lure Wt. 1/4 - 1oz
Pieces 1
Guides 8 Guides + Tip (Fuji Concept SiC inserts)
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Extra-Fast
Rod Weight 4.2oz
Manufacturing Country China
MSRP $199.99


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Impressions: When the Zillion debuted Daiwa fans all over the world finally had what they were looking for in a product that could go head to head with the top competition in terms of ergonomics, power, reliability, and above all…refinement. Daiwa stuck to what they do best, and released a reel with the same basic profile as their popular, but very expensive, TD-Z reels. The Fuego which debuted earlier was met with positive feedback from both press and consumers, but most were willing to give up the weight savings provided by a magnesium frame for a more solid and powerful reel, here the Zillion stepped right in nicely.

The newest rod in the Daiwa lineup, meet the Zillion series...

The Zillion reels have been so popular that when it came time to create special 50th anniversary special edition reel the Zillion was an easy choice. There are now four speeds available in the Zillion series (6.3, 7.1, 7.3 Hyper Speed, and 4.9 High Power) so it is possible to stick within the series for the complete range of baitcasting applications if anglers so choose. With so many reel choices it was necessary to create a series of rods that could also match the diverse range of applications.

...designed to pair perfectly with the popular Zillion reels

Daiwa already had a hit on their hands with the introduction of the premium Steez rods which are about as close as US anglers come to a true enthusiast product that is competitive with the best that the Japanese domestic brands have to offer. While the Steez rods are everything they are cracked up to be in weight, sensitivity, and refinement they also come with a premium price tag, a price that can illicit some level of sticker shock from even die-hard fans. We had wondered when some of the design and technology found in the Steez rods would trickle down through the company’s rod lineup, and turns out we didn’t have to wait long.

The Zillion rods feature a split grip design with attractive checks

The Zillion rods were debuted four months ago at ICAST Las Vegas and were met with praise from both buyers and press for the clean layout and impressive reel seat design. The Zaion™ reel seats are unlike anything else in the Daiwa lineup and are feature a unique exposed layout which is designed to be very comfortable, improve sensitivity, and help reduce overall rod weight. When I first saw the rod the first thing I thought was the reel seat resembled the mantle of a squid, and that image has stuck with me until now.

A seat unlike any other

The Zillion rods makes use of the company’s Bias construction HVF (High Volume Fiber) blanks which are designed to resist twisting and deliver greater strength and overall hook setting power. Unlike most rods on the market the Zillion rods transition from a matte blank directly above the reel seat to gloss up to the tip. The Zillion rods also feature a split grip design and exhibits a beautiful carbon weave through the entire lower portion of the rod.

A close look at the main blank, the Zillion features Bias construction HVF graphite

There are a total of nine trigger rods, two swimbait rods, and one flipping rod in the Zillion rod series. We decided to test the TDZL691MHXB which is a 6’9” medium heavy fast action rod positioned right in the center of the Zillion Trigger rod lineup.

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