Matching their New
Reels, Daiwa Rolls out Tatula and Lexa Rods
||Las Vegas, NV
||Buyers & Press Only
Daiwa has been
accused many a time of focusing on the enthusiast angler versus the mainstream
fishermen. Well this ICAST this was just the opposite as Daiwa introduced more
mainstream reels and rods than premium positioned ones. The Tatula was the big
story for Daiwa this ICAST and what rod does the company hope anglers will pair
with this new reel? Their own of course, meet the new Tatula Series of rods.
Curt Arakawa introduced us to the new Daiwa
Tatula rod series
The Tatula rods
are designed with bass anglers in mind and cover applications ranging including
standard casting, frogging, flipping and finesse fishing. As you probably
guessed in terms of styling the Tatula rods match up perfectly with the new
reels and the gold highlights on the rod play off the components on the reel.
But these rods are not just about cosmetics and each stick makes use of Daiwa’s
proven SVF (Super Volume Fiber) graphite technology which is designed to deliver
flexibility, strength and almost no blank twist.
The new Daiwa Tatula line of rods feature
attributes of both the Steez and Zillion rods
The blank also
utilizes a micro pitch blank finish. Say what? Basically the blanks are applied
with fine-pitch taping during the curing process which creates a denser blank
with even distribution of resin within the graphite. A natural, un-sanded finish
gives the rods a distinctive look and improves strength and stability with
lighter weight and improved sensitivity.
Does the Zaion reel seat look familiar?
The hardware on
the rod include Daiwa’s custom reel seat and machined aluminum reel clamp nut
and Fuji Alconite ring guides. The rods have a sleek looking split grip design
with EVA foam grips creating a rod that reminds us more of a Steez than a
Zillion rod. Each rod comes with a five year warranty unlike the Zillion and
Steez Series rods which come backed with limited lifetime warranties, but here
is where things get good. Unlike the Zillion Rod Series which retails for
$229-$269 dollars the new Tatula rods seem like a bargain at only $149 dollars
A look at the micro pitch blank finish
The spinning version
If the Tatula rods at $149 still seem too expensive for you then turn your
attention to the new Lexa rods. Designed to pair with the company’s popular
workhorse reels these rods feature 30 ton IM-7 graphite blank construction but
they also get the new micro pitch blank finish. The rods get minima zirconia
ring guides and Fuji ACS or VSS spinning reel seats. There are also three models
that even get micro guides.
Looking for a rod to pair with that Lexa reel?
distinctive part of these rods is the woven carbon and stainless steel reel
clamp, but for the most part these rods are much less flashy than say a Steez or
Tatula rod, which makes sense considering they are designed for the more
conservatively styled Lexa reels. That isn’t to say the rods don’t look good and
I actually really liked the clean overall styling that this new series exhibits.
The Zillion rods are finished with a carbon
stainless steel reel clamp
But what is
best about these rods is probably the price. The new Lexa rods break the 100
dollar price barrier and will retail for $99.95 for all models. Now that is a
good deal when you consider the quality of components. If $99 dollars is still
too much for you Daiwa still has you covered, meet the new Exceler rod series.
Paired with a Lexa spinning reel
The Exceler reels are basically the little brother of the Lexa series but still
make use of an aluminum frame. To match up with these mainstream reels Daiwa
rolled out yet another rod series targeting the everyday angler. The Exceler EXE
rods are one step down from Aird series are make use of 26 ton IM-6 graphite
blanks and have a woven carbon accent for styling.
Looking for a sub 50 dollar rod?
These rods make
use of a straightforward Daiwa custom reel seat which is locked down with an EVA
covered locking nut/foregrip. The guides on the rod are aluminum oxide and like
Daiwa’s higher end rods the grips are all EVA split grip. These rods are more
understated than the Lexa and this no nonsense rod is designed to deliver
quality actions and components at an excellent value. How affordable are the new
Exceler EXE rods? Try $44.95.
The Exceler rod series use IM-6 blanks and
aluminum oxide guides
Mainstream anglers got a lot of attention from Daiwa this ICAST and with new
rods at the $149, $99 and $49 dollar price points Daiwa is looking to lock down
the mid range with rods that not only look like perfect matches for their new
reels but really will deliver in terms of total cost of ownership.