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Going backwards a bit ,we find the reel's dragstar is made of Zaion, Daiwa's terminology for carbon composite, and the reel's main gear and pinion are made of the company's new G1 Duralumin aluminum alloy material. It's been a while since I've looked inside a Steez reel and was actually a little surprised at how small the main gear was in comparison to other reels I've been opening up of late. It will be interesting to see how much power this 7.1:1 reel will have.

Other bits of information include the dragstar is made of Zaion...

... and the main gear is made of G1 Duralumin aluminum alloy. The Pinion appears to be of the same alloy as well.

Another internal component that surprised us with the Steez A TW 1016 was the single disc drag washer housed within the main gear. Gone is the stack of washers found in some of the older reels in favor of this more simple, single fibrous washer. Looking to the inside edge of the main gear reveals a plastic insert with rounded teeth on the inside. This is what enables the reel's new audible click drag alert. Another indication this reel is really built with the saltwater angler in mind. These types of alerts are common in saltwater angling.

Gone is the stacked drag washer system in favor of this new, single disc system.

The single disc enables Daiwa to install the mechanics for a clicking drag alert system.

Diving deeper into the reel and taking the housing around the pinion gear's base apart reveals the Steez A TW 1016 benefits from a double bearing supported pinion gear - something Daiwa doesn't tout but obviously provides in some of their higher end reels. The bearing itself is very thin, and we weren't sure if it was a bearing or plastic bushing, but the reel's specification sheet verifies this is indeed a bearing.

This look at the housing surrounding the other end of the reel's pinion gear looked familiar.

Taking it apart reveals a second bearing supporting the pinion gear.

With the reel practically all disassembled, that left one area of discovery remaining and that was the reel's levelwind worm gear. We did not investigate the mechanism for the TWS system, as this did not look any different than previous TWS reels, but opening up the front plate to gain access to the worm gear revealed a bearing on each side of the worm gear. Again, these bearings were black and appeared at first to be plastic bushings, but when one of them fell onto our metal autopsy table, the distinctive "click" of metal on metal sound was unmistakable.

At first glance, that black component at the end of the worm gear looks like a bushing...

But in fact, there are two bearings on either side of the levelwind worm gear.

Remaining and more ancillary details about the Steez A TW 1016 is it is available in two retrieve ratios, 6.3:1 (gold decorative plate around securing bolt on handle) and 7.1:1 (red decorative plate). The non-handle sideplate is now removed with a lever that can be actuated just behind the MagForce Z 20-stop adjustment dial, or at the bottom of the sideplate. It's actually a fitting surrounding the magnet housing inside the sideplate holding the plate in very securely.

The deep spool of Daiwa's Steez A TW 1016 is made from Daiwa's G1 Duralumin alloy.

The reel's dragstar does click while the cast control knob does not. The non-handle sideplate is made of Zaion while the handle sideplate feels like it aluminum. The reel's spool has the same exact volume as Shimano's Chronarch MGL at 13.2 cubic centimeters, and its handle is ninety millimeters long measured center to center of each knob.

Like all Steez reels, this one is Made in Japan.

Daiwa Steez A TW 1016SHL Specifications

Line Capacity - Rated 12lb (0.285mm)/150yds : 14lb (0.310mm)/125yds
Line Capacity - Spool Volume 13.2 cm3
Retrieve Ratio
Inches Per Turn (IPT) - calculated
Weight 6.7 oz
Spool Weight 14 g
Handle Length 90 mm
Bearings 8 CRBB
Bearings per Knob 2 bushings
Levelwind Bearings 2 Bearings
Rated Max Drag 13.2lbs
Origin Made in Japan
MSRP $449.99


Next step? Time to spool this baby up and see what she's got!


Conclusion: The Steez A TW 1016 is certainly an intriguing reel. What caught my attention right away was the almost stealth bomber grey Daiwa chose to use as a finish for this reel. It's lighter in color than the original Steez and but it's a more satin finish.


The reel has a definite high end feel to it and the gearing is super smooth - at least it is straight out of the box and with no load on the reel.


Are there some disappointments in its makeup? Yes, but as always, we will tuck those concerns to the back and fish this reel with an open mind. Next step? Time to spool this baby up and see what she's got!


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