Daiwa has proved that classy-looking distance casting reels don’t have to cost the earth with the recent launch of its Windcast X reel.
This model is the middle offering of three new models for 2010, and has an RRP of £149.99, making it excellent value for money. As with all Windcast reels, the X features Daiwa’s QD Quick Drag which enables the reel to be adjusted from ‘free spool’ mode to the desired drag setting in less than one turn of the knob.
Inside the reel you will find five corrosion-resistant ball-bearings to ensure a smooth retrieve, and it also benefits from the usual Daiwa features such as AirBail, Twist Buster, DIGIGEAR and a Lifetime Bail Spring.
You can get this reel in two sizes. The X5000 will hold 370m of 15lb line and the larger X5500 can swallow 440m of 15lb mono. The first is also available in a Long Distance (LD) version for anglers who row their baits out beyond casting range.
Price is around £149.99 each.