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Rod Review

The Samurai Sword of Frog Rods, the Daiwa Steez XBD


Date: 9/4/10
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 8.25 - ULTIMATE ENTHUSIAST!

Daiwa’s highest end frog rod makes use of a new graphite construction to deliver a unique blend of light overall weight and power and is designed specifically for braided lines. Making use of top end components the Steez XBD reminds us of a samurai sword when it comes to design and precision and might just be the most refined frog rod we have seen to date.


Daiwa Steez XBD (STZ741XHFBA-XBD) Frog Rod Specifications

Material SVF XBD Graphite
Length 7'4"
Line Wt. 55 - 80lb. braid
Lure Wt. 1/2 - 2oz.
Pieces 1
Guides 9 Guides (Fuji Black Fame/SiC)
Power Rating Xtra-Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 5.3 oz
MSRP $444.99


The Daiwa Steez XBD rod is designed to be the ultimate frog rod


Impressions: Do we have any Quentin Tarantino fans out there? How about Kill Bill fans? Ok, I’ll go first… The movie poster hanging right on top of my workstation here at TT headquarters pretty much sums it all up. There is a scene in Kill Bill Vol.1 where Uma Thurman (The Bride) travels all the way to Okinawa simply to procure a blade in which to dispose her enemies with, it is not just any weapon but a
priceless Hattori Hanzo sword. The dialogue goes as follows:


The rod features a new blend of graphite called "SVF XBD"

Hattori Hanzo: What brings you to Okinawa?
The Bride: I'm here to see a man.
Hattori Hanzo: Oh yeah? You have a friend living in Okinawa?
The Bride: Not quite.
Hattori Hanzo: Not a friend?
The Bride: I've never met him.
Hattori Hanzo: Never? Who is he, may I ask?
The Bride: Hattori Hanzo.
Hattori Hanzo: [Serious, switches to Japanese] What do you want with Hattori Hanzo?
The Bride: [Japanese] I need Japanese steel.
Hattori Hanzo: [Japanese] Why do you need Japanese steel?
The Bride: [Japanese] I have vermin to kill.
Hattori Hanzo: [English] You must have big rats if you need Hattori Hanzo's steel.
The Bride: [English] ... Huge.


The rod paired very nicely with the JDM Daiwa Alphas Ito

Maybe I’m a little sick in the head but that is the first thing that came to mind the very first time I picked up the Daiwa Steez XBD rod. I even found myself holding it with both hands as if presenting a sword. Instead of catching “rats” I hoped to duel some “hawgs” with this new weapon, ummm I mean rod.


The rod is branded right on the Air-Beam reel seat


Like an exotic Samurai sword the Steez XBD looks and feels ultra refined, every angle of this rod features highlights that express both exactness and strength. Designed specifically to handle the added pressure of braided lines the Steez frog rod makes use of SVF-XBD graphite which is sandwiched behind the company’s already proven bias graphite through the entire length of the blank.


Reels sit very low on the Air-Beam


The goal of this design is to build a rod with reduced weight yet greater strength. Sound like an oxymoron? I looked forward to the actual testing to see just how these claims would pan out.


Though the reel seat on this particular Steez rod is not as flashy as some of the other Steez rods in color the core still displays a range of colors in the sunlight

Next Section: Into the lab we go











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