The best 40 quid reel ever made?

 

Daiwa celebrates half century with new reels

It has the looks of a reel with a three-figure price tag, and some of Daiwa’s flagship technology built in.

So you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d be looking to spend the best part of 100 quid to get your hands on this new Daiwa RSi front drag reel.

Not so, this smart-looking reel has a price tag of just £39.99, and for that you’re getting a little piece of history too.

To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Daiwa has launched a series of commemorative items of tackle, including a trio of carp/big feeder/specimen reels.

Each reel is marked with a logo to celebrate the milestone, but they aren’t just a gimmick, give the handle a spin and you’ll be equally impressed with their performance too.

Boasting Daiwa’s AirBail, normally found on its flagship reels, plus three ball-bearings, ABS system, Twist Buster line roller and various other refinements, you’re getting a reel which belies it’s price.

Daiwa’s Stephen McCaveny told Angling Times: “To celebrate our 50th year Daiwa wanted to make a gesture to the anglers who have put their faith in our tackle over the years. The result is a series of commemorative products, limited edition models, and some incredible deals. The RSi family really are amazing value with super performance too.”

There are three different sized reels in the range – RS2500i, RS3500i, and RS4000i – to cater for match, feeder, carp and specimen anglers, and each comes with a spare spool as standard.

 

TECH SPECS

RS2500i
Capacity: 155m of 8lb
Gear ratio: 4.9.1
Ball-bearings: Three
Price: £39.99

RS3500i
Capacity: 220m of 10lb
Gear ratio: 4.9.1
Ball-bearings: Three
Price: £39.99

RS4000i
Capacity: 240m of 12lb
Gear ratio: 4.9.1
Ball-bearings: Three
Price: £39.99