Daiwa can already lay claim to some of the most technically advanced big pit reels on the market. The company’s top-end Tournament Basiair, Tournament ISO and Tournament Entoh reels are now joined by the Cast’izm 25QDA, once again tapping into the Japanese long-distance surfcasting mode typified by the original Daiwa Basia reels.
This time around, though, Daiwa claims a design breakthrough in spool geometry. A compact spool with a modest 25mm oscillation stroke, a 65mm diameter (the same as the Basia) and a 66mm skirt gives quite extraordinary casting results from what is a fairly small-bodied reel.
Despite a modest gear ratio of 4.7:1 it still retrieves 96cm of line with every turn of the handle, with winding power to burn.
The Cast’izm reel also features Mag sealed protection – which stops the ingress of water and debris – along with QD quick drag system, HIP High Impact Protection line clip, lightweight Zaion body with graphite Air Rotor, and Air Bail with Twistbuster line roller.
Al in all, despite the Cast’izm being such a compact reel, it’s big on casting potential, features and looks.