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Angling Times (UK) - - TACKLE - WITH MARC COULSON Carpfeed Tackle Ed­i­tor

Price: £575 www.dai­was­ports.co.uk AN­TIC­I­PA­TION of the new Daiwa ISO hit­ting the mar­ket had been at the fore­front of my mind for nearly a year.

Rarely had I be­come this ex­cited be­fore a prod­uct was launched, but as a huge fan of the orig­i­nal Tour­na­ment ISO reel, I knew that some­thing very spe­cial was in the off­ing. When it fi­nally landed re­cently, I was not dis­ap­pointed.

Boast­ing a sleek all-black de­sign, this lat­est ad­di­tion to Daiwa’s sta­ble of top-end carp reels is lightweight (at just over 500g), yet it’s feel in the hand is re­as­sur­ingly solid.

This ‘per­fect mar­riage’ of ro­bust­ness and weight is down to the com­pact Zaion body, which is su­per strong and, as with the other fea­tures of the Tour­na­ment ISO, is geared to­wards longevity and re­li­a­bil­ity un­der ex­treme sit­u­a­tions.

Not sur­pris­ingly, it’s also su­per smooth and, thanks to Daiwa’s patented Mag Seal, will con­tinue to be as smooth af­ter sev­eral thou­sand casts as it is straight from the box.

Clev­erly, Daiwa has in­tro­duced two spool op­tions – one deep and one shal­low –to cater for dif­fer­ent needs and line use.

As a braid user, I’m par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the shal­lower ver­sion, which will save time and ex­pense when load­ing up the reels.

Daiwa’s lead­ing quick-drag, Air Bail and Air Ro­tor com­plete an im­pres­sive tech­ni­cal pack­age and the soft-touch han­dle is a par­tic­u­larly wel­come fin­ish­ing touch.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, cast­ing the Tour­na­ment ISO is a highly plea­sur­able ex­pe­ri­ence, but it’s on the re­trieve where it re­ally feels like a Rolls Royce of reels. It is un­doubt­edly a reel de­signed with per­for­mance, re­li­a­bil­ity and form in mind, and it ex­udes all three in equal mea­sure.

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