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Rod Review


The Fun and Stylish TDS 701MXHB from Daiwa (continued)

Features: The TDS701MHXB comes with EVA foam grips and Fuji aluminum oxide guides with stainless steel frames. The reel seat is not the traditional Daiwa proprietary seat, but rather a Fuji Skeletal seat. This seat is actually split in the middle and not really "skeletal". Some manufacturers place an insert in the split to stabilize this seat, but the TDS does not have this feature. You're fingers are curled around the blank when holding this rod. There's an open ended hook keeper above the reel seat on the left side of the blank, and the rod comes with no rod sleeve for protection.

Features Ratings for Daiwa TDS701MHXB

Grip (1-5)
Guides (1-5)
Reel Seat (1-5)
Hook Keeper (1-5)
Rod Sleeve (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
3
4
4
1
16
25
6.4


Daiwa went through the trouble of giving their TDS series of sticks a distinctive fore-nut.

Design/Ergonomics: Weighing in at 4.4 ounces on our TT Scale, the TDS701MHXB is relatively light, but when held in hand, it doesn't feel that way. This is because the rod is very tip heavy. Daiwa could have mitigated this characteristic of the TDS701MHXB by moving the reel seat further up the blank and extending the rear handle but for whatever reason they did not. As a result, the rod feels like a how a "$99" rod should feel in hand instead of having the illusion of something higher end.


But this fore-nut has a slight edge to it that some might find annoying.

Lab Results for Daiwa TDS701MHXB

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Daiwa TDS701MHXB
1.69
X-Fast
4.4
10.5
0.23
MBR783C GLX2000
1.72
Fast
4.8
5
0.11
TSFO 26 Rod Avg
1.69
--
4.92
7.65
0.19

Colors and graphics on this stick have a polarizing retro feel to them that people will either love or hate. I'm a big fan of retro, so I enjoy the look of this rod series. I just wish the TDS701MHXB were a little better balanced.


Otherwise they make use of Fuji's Skeletal reel seat that's actually a split reel seat, and not skeletal at all.

An additional point of discussion for the TDS701MHXB is the reel seat locking mechanism or fore-nut. On recent rod designs, Daiwa makes the extra effort to design custom pieces to finish off their handle designs. The fore-nuts on their Steez rods are especially nice. Unfortunately, the one included with the TDS sticks feels a little incomplete. There's a good sized gap between the top of the fore-nut and blank exposing the nut's semi-sharp, hard edge. This edge is not really sharp enough to your finger, but it is enough to irritate those who like to finger their line while fishing jigs and soft plastics.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Daiwa TDS701MHXB

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
2
4
14
20
7.0


If you're a fan of retro-styling, you'll enjoy the TDS series from Daiwa.

Application: The TDS701MHXB is a medium heavy powered stick, but thanks to its taper, is better suited for vertical presentation techniques rather than moving baits like cranks. Spinnerbaits are fine on this rod, but the faster taper of this stick just doesn't lend itself well to high hook up ratios with a lot of treble hooked baits. Dragging a jig, pitching Texas rigged plastics or wacky rigged Senkos, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits are all good applications for this stick.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Daiwa TDS701MHXB

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
3
5
5
3
19
25
7.6

Ratings:

Daiwa TDS701MHXB Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Appears to be a clean build but the gloss coat is pretty heavy 8.95
Performance Solid performer and what I'd expect given the rod's price point 6.8
Price Tough to beat a sub $100 price point 9
Features Basic set of features 6.4
Design (Ergonomics) Actually relatively light, but far too tip heavy 7.0
Application A good general purpose stick for those on a budget 7.6

Total Score

7.63
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Excellent price point - Gloss coat over blank is a bit overkill
+ If you're into retro, you'll like the stick's styling - Tip heavy
+ Good general purpose build  

  


Daiwa's TDS sticks offer anglers the opportunity to own something fun and stylish without breaking the bank.

 

Conclusion: Daiwa manages to break the $100 price threshold with a series of sticks that offer more than just the same boring look and deliver solid performance at the same time. The TDS701MHXB is not going to revolutionize the market, nor is it meant to. What this stick will do is offer anglers on a budget, the opportunity to own something fun and stylish without breaking the bank.

 

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