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Reel Preview


A pre-ICAST Preview of Daiwa's new TD Zillion Coastal reel and updated Saltist lineup  (continued)
 

New Saltist lever Drag Reels: For those looking for more muscle in a saltwater reel than the inshore oriented Zillion Coastal Daiwa will also introduce eight new Saltist Lever Drag reels which are designed to be paired with the company's own Samurai Braid. To ensure the ultra smooth, ultra consistent performance needed to control hard running, open-water species, drag systems are of Daiwa's UT (Ultimate Tournament) design boasting Carbon drag material and stainless washers.
 

 

 


The new Daiwa Saltist Lever Drag reels feature a similar blue color treatment as the Zillion Coastal, these reels are designed to be paired with the company's own braided Samurai lines

 

For maximum strength Daiwa utilized helical stainless steel gearing which is firmly anchored within a rigid metal frame. The angled, helical cut of the gears are designed to deliver quieter, smoother winding than the straight-cut spur type gears often found in similar competitor reels.
 

Daiwa Saltist Lever Drag Reels

Model

Action

Ball

Gear

Weight

Drag Max (lb)

Line Capacity

Number

 

Bearings

Ratio

(oz.)

Strike

Full

(Lb. Test/Yards)

TWO-SPEED REELS

STTLD20-2SPD

L

6 CRBB

6.3 :1 HIGH

14.8

13.2

22

12/420, 14/350, 20/210

 

 

 

3.1 : 1 LOW

 

 

 

(BRAID: 40/260, 50/200)

STTLD30-2SPD

ML

6 CRBB

6.3 :1 HIGH

15.3

13.2

22

14/490, 20/295, 25/230

 

 

 

3.1 : 1 LOW

 

 

 

(BRAID: 40/380, 50/280)

STTLD40-2SPD

M

6 CRBB

6.3 :1 HIGH

22.0

17.6

26.4

25/400, 30/270, 40/240

 

 

 

3.1 : 1 LOW

 

 

 

(BRAID: 40/660, 50/490)

STTLD50-2SPD

MH

6 CRBB

6.3 :1 HIGH

23.0

17.6

26.4

30/350, 40/310, 50/220

 

 

 

3.1 : 1 LOW

 

 

 

(BRAID: 40/840, 50/630)

SINGLE SPEED REELS 

STTLD20H

L

6 CRBB

6.3 : 1

13.4

13.2

22

12/420, 14/350, 20/210

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(BRAID: 40/260, 50/200)

STTLD30H

ML

6 CRBB

6.3 : 1

13.9

13.2

22

14/490, 20/295, 25/230

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(BRAID: 40/380, 50/280)

STTLD40H

M

6 CRBB

6.3 : 1

20.0

17.6

26.4

25/400, 30/270, 40/240

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(BRAID: 40/660, 50/490)

STTLD50H

MH

6 CRBB

6.3 : 1

20.6

17.6

26.4

30/350, 40/310, 50/220

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(BRAID: 40/840, 50/630)

 

To fully support the new drive train, Daiwa also uses six of their exclusive CRBB ball bearings. Two-speed versions allow fast transition between high power and high speed winding with a simple touch of your finger or thumb. For greater reliability in a saltwater environment, the optimized mechanism was designed to perform efficiently with fewer moving parts. Single and two speed reels in the 20 and 30 sizes are scheduled to be on retailer's shelves in late July 2009. Larger 40 and 50 sizes follow in December. These reels will retail from $229.95 to $289.95 for the single speed reels depending on size and action and $289.95 to $349.95 for the corresponding two speed reels.

 


The Saltist LD reels feature a new EVA cork knob for improved ergonomics. Notice the easy access switches right above the knob on the handle shank

 

Daiwa's new Saltist Big Game Reels: For those anglers looking for even more power to tackle top of the food chain species Daiwa introduces four new Saltist Big Game lever drag reels designed with rugged Aluminum-framed construction, massive stainless steel gearing and heavy-gauge components throughout. These single and two-speed models not only work well with standard monofilament lines, they like the Saltist LD reeks are designed to let you take full advantage of today’s braided super lines for handling hard-running Billfish and Tuna.


 

 


The new Daiwa Big game single speed reels feature a stealthy black finish, but there is no composite frame here, this new reel is built with a rugged aluminum frame and heavy gauge components

 

Daiwa Saltist Big Game Reels

Model

Action

Ball

Gear

Weight

Drag Max (lb)

Line Capacity

Number

 

Bearings

Ratio

(oz.)

Strike

Full

(Lb. Test/Yards)

TWO-SPEED REELS 

STTLD20T2SPDBIG

MH

7 CRBB

4.7 :1 HIGH

37.4

15.4

30.8

20/720, 30/480, 40/350

 

 

 

1.7 : 1 LOW

 

 

 

 

STTLD30T2SPDBIG

H

7 CRBB

4.7 :1 HIGH

38.5

15.4

30.8

30/620, 40/450, 50/340

 

 

 

1.7 : 1 LOW

 

 

 

 

SINGLE SPEED REELS 

STTLD20THBIG

MH

7 CRBB

5.1 : 1

34.9

15.4

30.8

20/720, 30/480, 40/350

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STTLD30THBIG

H

7 CRBB

5.1 : 1

36.2

15.4

30.8

30/620, 40/450, 50/340

 

The new two speed versions allow for fast transitions between high power and high speed winding with a simple touch of your finger. For greater reliability in a saltwater environment, the optimized mechanism is designed to be ultra reliable. Another key feature is the dual-disc drag. Like the disc brakes of a premium sports car, twin Carbon washer pads sandwich the metal brake rotor to give Daiwa’s UT drag system ultra smooth, ultra consistent performance.

 


The new Big Game single speed reels feature the same EVA knob grip as the Saltist LD reels

 

A built-in main shaft bearing stabilizer (sleeved shaft), a custom modification to many other reels, prevents side load on the spool bearings for smoother winding and drag, regardless of drag tension setting.

 


The Saltist Big Game two speed models look more aggressive with the blue anodized handle, drag plate, and spool

 

Daiwa loads the reels with their CRBB bearings which are made from ultra-hard stainless with an exclusive surface treatment for improved corrosion resistance. All of these new Big Game reels feature an ultra-rigid aluminum frame and left sideplate formed together as a single unit. Ultra-rigid, this frame construction is designed to handle the torque under the heaviest of loads, maintaining perfect alignment of internal components at all times. The result is a quality combination of strength, winding power and speed. All of the Saltist Big Game reels are scheduled to be on retailer's shelves in late July 2009.

 

A closer look at the sweet blue spool and accompanying components

 
Conclusion: Daiwa's new saltwater casting lineup addresses everything from inshore applications to top of the food chain big game. Designed with an emphasis on features and performance these new reels share a common look and feel, and all of the new models place a greater emphasis on performance for a reasonable price. Inshore anglers have plenty to look forward to with the new Daiwa Zillion Coastal reels but many bass anglers will be attracted to the improved corrosion resistance and stunning new blue finish of this new addition to the popular series. Daiwa promises that this sneak peek is just the beginning, so stay tuned for other exciting new introductions in just a few weeks in Orlando at ICAST 2009.

 

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