Daiwa has become synonymous for producing top-quality flagship poles for over 20 years, and now the Scottish-based company has replaced its best-selling offering with a new, upgraded version called the Tournament Pro X.
It replaces the original Tournament Professional pole that first hit the market over five years ago. Since then, the pole has gone on to sell by the thousand and is widely accepted as being the most popular top-end pole ever made.
So why has Daiwa decided to change such an iconic pole? Daiwa UK sales and marketing director Robin Morley explained: “Basically, advancements in carbon technology have allowed us to improve upon the original design. The new Diamond Satin section finish for instance, which has taken more than two years to develop, vastly improves the handling qualities when you get to the larger butt sections.
“Additionally, the pole is now offered with an upgraded spares package, including our new Multi Bore top kits.”
It’s priced with an RRP of £3,999, although it will be available for £2,500 with the full spares package. The upgraded Tournament X pole remains at the same promo price as the original Tournament Professional pole when it was launched back in 2004, but boasts extra features and an upgraded spares package.
Also, Daiwa now offers this model as a pole only offering for £1,999. This gives existing Tournament Pro owners the opportunity to upgrade without having to fork out extra money for top kits they don’t need.
Having used an original Tournament Pro pole for years, I had been chomping at the bit to get out on the bank with the new version.
Assembling the sections, you can immediately feel the difference that the new Diamond Satin finish offers on the eighth, ninth and butt sections. This is undoubtedly the best finish that Daiwa has ever had on any pole, but why hasn’t Daiwa used this brilliant new finish on all of the Pro X sections?
Also, having fitted one of the two new Multi-Bore top kits with a solid No8 elastic, I have to say that at the full 16m length the pole took on just a very slightly top-heavy feel. However, this could easily be rectified by using a short fourth section, or by only using them at shorter range. I am very much of the belief that with this calibre of pole, the standard match kits supplied will always produce the maximum rigidity and handling qualities, and I was delighted to find that you get five standard match kits. So for me, the jury’s still out with regard to the new Daiwa Multi-Bore kit system.
Overall, the pole handles every bit as well as the original. It’s strong, responsive and exceptionally well balanced with a crisp and steely action that is so instantly recognisable on all of Daiwa’s top-end poles.
Summing up, I would say that for the finish alone, and given that it’s priced at the same point as the original when that was first launched, that the Tournament Pro X pole has been well worth the wait.