One of the biggest innovations and influences on fishing techniques for the past decades can be attributed to one product – the introduction of super braided lines in the early 1990’s. Since its introduction fishing techniques and styles have evolved faster than ever before especially with spinning reels. Traditionally heavy tackle fishing was with overheads or larger heavier spinning reels, but today, anglers are targeting ever larger species with spinning reels and stronger thinner super lines, what is needed is a new way of thinking for the spinning reel, designed to suit angler’s requirements for now and future techniques with super lines.
Over the past few years Daiwa have been developing a whole new concept based around this thought, developing a spinning reel that is lighter, stronger and more compact than ever before…. Introducing LT or Light Tough.
Daiwa has always had a long history of innovation, in 2010, Daiwa pioneered the ground-breaking technology- Magseal, Zaion and Air Rotor, a combination that set the future for all Daiwa spinning reels. Originally introduced in our flagship reels like Saltiga, Certate and Exist, it was only a matter of time before we introduced it into Australia’s most popular spinning reel ever, the TD Sol. Developed over the past two years, TD Sol III shows Daiwa’s commitment to introduce its best design innovations into a new generation of reels.
TD Sol III is the first reel to feature the all new future design concept LT or “Light Tough” heralding a new generation and direction for Daiwa reel innovation.
The new concept LT Zaion body is our lightest, most compact and strongest body frame ever produced. Zaion is a new material, composed of carbon resin and long carbon fibers. This high-density material is light, strong and resists corrosion, used in many of Daiwa’s reels, it far exceeds the strength of magnesium in strength per unit weight comparison. Zaion transmits vibration through the reel more efficiently than ever before and it is lighter and stronger than a conventional reel made with similar resins or graphite’s. The new body design has allowed for a reduction in size and in weight, up to 15%, making it more balanced, compact and lighter, yet still attaining higher strength compared to previous designs.
Air Rotor is like no other, it is truly a revolution in sensitivity. The new rotor serves several functions. Firstly, the main principle of the rotor is support the Magseal line roller, line is pulled instantaneously from the spool to the line roller creating stress and flexing to a concentrated section of the lower rotor. The new arch form disperses pressure to the entire lower entire section of the rotor, dramatically decreasing stress and flexing.
Sensitivity is one of the strongest attributes of Air Rotor. The rotor is made from a high sensitive DS5 carbon that transmits vibration through the reel more efficiently than ever before. By hollowing out the rotor system, a lighter construction is created with more surface area, resulting in increased strength and greater transmission of vibration. With a decrease in weight the balance has been fine-tuned, with a lower centre of gravity and precise centre of axis the rotor spins more efficiently with perfect balance. This decrease in weight, increased surface area and new DS5 construction transmits lure vibration to the angler like never before.