Cypress, Calif. – Anglers hoping to work up explosive action on their next trip would do best to carry plenty of dynamite – and that’s exactly what Daiwa’s new Saltist MQ spinning reels bring to the table. Lightweight, smooth, durable and sexy, the entire series features Daiwa’s ground-breaking MQ construction, allowing extra power to be packed inside an exceptionally rugged, corrosion resistant frame. As if that’s not enough, Daiwa has piled on many additional cutting-edge features at a price that offers plenty of bang for the buck.
“Serious anglers are going to be absolutely thrilled with how much advanced technology we’ve jammed into our Saltist MQ line,” says Marc Mills, Field Marketing Manager for Daiwa-US. “Of course, superior strength and more power is a great edge when battling trophy fish, but to really stand the test reels need to operate smoothly and precisely, stand-up to repeated salt-water dousing, and take a beating day after day and trip after trip. We’ve worked hard to build a stronger, lighter and more durable higher-end spinning reel at a reasonable price and it’s really nice to see all that effort come to fruition. In addition to their one-piece anodized aluminum monocoque (MQ) body, these reels feature a MagSealed shaft, Zaion Air Rotor and Air Bail, tough Digigear technology, waterproof Automatic Tournament Drag (ATD), and a round decorative but very functional machined aluminum knob handle, all refined and polished under the watchful eyes of the Daiwa team.”
With sizes ranging from 2,500 to 20,000, the Saltist MQ series is saltwater driven and can cover just about any species from speckled trout to giant bluefin tuna.
Overall, it is the open piece MQ aluminum body that sets the tone for this Saltist upgrade. With the Monocoque design, the reel body serves as a stiff and distortion-proof frame, which is handy and compact at the same time. In this design, the reel’s screw on side plate has been replaced with a twist in version. This allows elimination of the screws and their sockets, allowing the size of the reel body to be reduced even while gear size is increased by 20- to 40-percent. With larger gears and a tighter seal comes more power and torque production plus a reduction in corrosion for a win-win improvement. Further, Daiwa’s renown Digigear technology incorporates a larger gear, larger tooth pattern and a perfect mesh between an ultra-tough drive gear and pinion gears for optimized speed, torque, precision, smoothness and durability. Tests show Digigear gear life to be as much as three times greater than the gears used in competitive reels.
“The new Saltist MQ also uses the proven and patented MagSeal technology down the main shaft,” reveals Mills. “That keeps water and contaminants from going down into the one-way roller bearing and into the gear set itself, which can really inhibit how the reel performs. It’s the best way we know to reduce contaminates and water into the gear box and still get a no feel resistance when turning the handle.”
There are other less obvious but still important features to the Saltist MQ series that shouldn’t be overlooked. Take for example, the Zaion Air Rotor and Air Bail. The rotor is engineered to be especially lightweight – 15-percent lighter than typical rotors of the same material – by cutting out areas to improve stability. This reduces vibrations and enhances the rotational balance thanks to the near symmetrical shape and very low center of gravity. Under the same strain, a conventional rotor can become much more distorted. With the Air Rotor design rotation of the handle and reel is easier, especially when retrieving lures and the popular saltwater poppers driving the tuna market.
The Air Bail, meanwhile, is a tubular line wire as opposed to typically tubular design. This reduces bending of the wire to make it more rigid and creates the “It just feels better effect” when flipping the bail. The round aluminum handle is also a nice touch. Of course, you’ll also appreciate Daiwa’s renown ADT drag system. It’s fine-tuned to react quickly and smoothly when a fish begins to take drag, it’s smooth start up assures you’ll have the give necessary to ease the pressure of that first powerful run.
Daiwa’s Saltist line is already a super popular, best in class option for anglers looking to battle it out with saltwater trophies of nearly any size and species. With the addition of a one-piece monocoque aluminum body, MagSealed shaft, Zaion Air Rotor, Air Bail and Aluminum Round handle, the new Saltist MQ series makes it easy to step up to the next level. Packing plenty of power in a lightweight, exceptionally strong frame, it has the guts and smoothness to battle the big ones, the durability to outlast the elements, and the strength to put the brakes to the next monster that absolutely smashes your lure. In short, it’s a dynamite saltwater reel that will destroy everything but your budget.
Daiwa’s first spinning reel rolled off the assembly line in 1955. Since then, the company has grown into one of the largest and most influential tackle companies in the world today. To handle sales and distribution in the United States, Daiwa Corporation first opened its doors on September 26, 1966, operating from a small facility in Culver City, California. Today, based in Cypress, California, Daiwa Corporation sells tackle throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America. From the very beginning, Daiwa’s emphasis has been upon innovation and quality. The result is a long list of product features, design and materials that have become standards for the fishing tackle industry. Daiwa’s long-standing record of innovation has left a visible mark on the majority of tackle manufactured today and continues to advance the sport of fishing. Learn more at daiwa.us.