Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

• Price: $800

Daiwa poured a ton of re­search and tech­nol­ogy into the Ex­ist. It has some im­pres­sive qual­i­ties, in­clud­ing a bul­let­proof mag­ne­sium body weigh­ing only 5.5 ounces, and 22 pounds of drag, which beat the heav­i­est striper in our tor­ture test with no sign of strain. Daiwa em­ployed its Magseal at six lo­ca­tions to shut out all wa­ter, so this reel def­i­nitely stood out for its con­struc­tion and re­li­a­bil­ity. Testers were less im­pressed with the shal­low spool and low line ca­pac­ity of the 2500-size reel (which made fight­ing a 20-pound striper a hoot). De­spite the qual­ity, we felt the $800 price was high.

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