Type-R, Rev up to High Speed (continued)
One of my only real complaints about the Zillion Coastal was the lack of a
souped up drag to handle bigger inshore species like Redfish and Stripers. The
Coastal was able to deliver only 8.8lbs. of pressure in the lab which is on the
low side when compared to other baitcasters of the same size, especially those
specifically designed for inshore applications. Standard Zillion reels all
feature the same wet drag system which delivers around the same maximum drag
pressure. Decent but not great when compared to competing offerings from Shimano
and Pure Fishing.
The carbon fiber swept handle is a
work of art
sport cars often differentiate their higher models by souping up their brakes
either with more robust calipers or the choice of different materials, like
ceramics, which assist in reducing performance robbing heat caused by vigorous
braking. Daiwa makes use of a beefed up carbon drag system in the Type-R that
increases the surface area and maximum stopping power of the reel’s drag system.
The published spec of this reel is 15.5lbs. but in the lab we were able to
achieve just over 16lbs. of max drag pressure at full lockdown, this is nearly
double the stopping power of all other Zillion reels.
The reel pairs well with the Daiwa
Steez SBD rod for frog fishing
a Zillion gets a drag capable of stopping big fish! In the Amazon the R-Type’s
drag delivered both brilliant stopping power and very smooth and consistent drag
performance. Large Peacocks would go on runs against the R-Type’s drag but would
quickly tire out against the reel’s sheer stopping power. Never once did the
drag lock up and this system performed as good as or better than many of the
larger traditional round reels we brought on the trip.
The Type-R features a larger drag
star than other Zillion reels
Type-R features the same basic footprint as all other Zillion reels but manages
to weigh in .3oz less than the standard 7.1:1 reel and .1oz. less than the
Zillion Coastal. It achieves this slight weight improvement with the aid of the
lighter carbon handle and some extra porting in the center of the reel’s frame.
Extra large handles provide a
small weight difference is pretty much undetectable in hand but what is
noticeable is the larger handle knobs used on this reel versus the rubber “soft
touch” barrel grips found on so many Daiwa baitcasters. These larger knobs
feature a flatter center profile and provide a little extra leverage, which I
found very helpful in the Amazon where I really had to get lures moving quickly,
and the extra grip the knobs afforded me was a major plus with big fish on the
line. Interestingly these knobs have been used in previous Daiwa reels and can
be found on some of Daiwa’s most cost effective baitcasters, including the
mainstream positioned Exceler reels.
The reel sits very low on Daiwa
Type-R is comfortable to palm and the reel features all the “clickies” on the
adjustment knobs. As with other Daiwa baitcasters the external casting control
is another outstanding feature and allows anglers to make changes on the fly
without having to go through the effort of removing the sideplate.
The Type-R palms well just like
other Zillion reels
Section: Race to the finish, this is not a cheap ride