DAIWA has held the same dream for 60 years. To bring to the world, the finest designed reel ever seen. A reel that is so light and easy to use that it feels like an extension of your body. A reel that is so strong that it will withstand the toughest conditions an angler and the environment can throw at it. The dream to create a reel that turns the contradiction of being LIGHT yet TOUGH on its head.
Now, after a long history of innovation, and endless challenges, that dream has become a reality. Here, for the anglers of the world, is a reel like we’ve never seen before. A reel designed for ultimate performance, joy and angling perfection.
The Exist G LT---A True work of Art.
Monocoque MQ Body: Provides a one piece, rigid body that ensures perfect alignment of all gearing componentry, reduces unnecessary entry points to offer better sealing, and allows for an oversized Main Gear (up to ~30% larger than competitor sized Main Gears).
ZAION Body: Daiwa's proprietary & exclusive high-density carbon material with anti-corrosion properties that is both LIGHTER and TOUGHER than Magnesium. This construction offers a weight savings of 25% over Magnesium and 50% over Aluminum.
Airdrive Rotor: The newly developed AIRDRIVE ROTOR is made from ZAION. Maintaining the strength of the rotor from 18 EXIST, DAIWA has been able to reduce the weight significantly. Designed with focus to create a perfectly round structure, trouble free and flawless rotation have been achieved. The rotor unit itself has seen a 16% weight reduction compared to the previous model (Based on 2500 size reel) and will set the standard for what future rotor design of small spinning reels will be.
Airdrive Bail: Daiwa has constructed a bail smaller in diameter whilst providing required strength to achieve a further weight reduction to the front unit. In comparison to 18 EXIST, AIRDRIVE BAIL reduces the weight of the bail by 33% (compared to 2500 size). Daiwa has adjusted the angle of bail setting to improve the line movement into the roller. Careful attention was given to the roller and slider and individual design alterations were done for each size of 22 EXIST, perfectly adjusting the line management for each size of the reel.
Airdrive Spool: The standout features of the AIRDRIVE SPOOL would have to be the newly shaped spool skirt and the simple single silver colored cosmetic. Just by looking at the spool it is clear the structure has been redeveloped, reducing the weight and maximizing the feeling of presence. Reducing the spool weight creates many benefits for a reel; the total weight of reel is reduced, oscillation is improved, less resistance during winding and rotation, better balance when attached to the rod and of course the reel feels light and easy to fish.
Airdrive Shaft: An innovative, non-contact structure between the main shaft and the pinion gear. In addition to this, both ends of pinion gear are now supported with bearings to relay the crank power from the handle to the rotor with a higher level of efficiency. By adding high quality collars to the main shaft, rotational noise has been reduced significantly. AIRDRIVE SHAFT creates the feel of smooth, quiet rotation and provides anglers with torque and power.
Magseal Technology: During the design process of 22 EXIST key areas for water ingress were analyzed. The introduction of MQ body prevents water intrusion within the body, whilst areas of rotation or areas frequently exposed to water have been equipped with MAGSEALED/MAGSEALED BALL BEARING technology. Sections of the reel which are not key rotational areas are equipped with strong rubber seals. Anglers will come to understand this level of quality from 22 EXIST.
ATD Type-l Drag System: New ATD TYPE-L drag technology improves the initial drag system response. Lowering the peak drag max upon hook setting. Light tackle fishing especially requires a responsive and sensitive adjustment of the drag pressure. ATD TYPE-L allows anglers to have more control of the drag without stress during the fight. By not overloading the line and also causing less stress to the fish, powerful fish can be tamed easily with 22 EXIST.
Based on Braid Line Capacity:
EXIGLT2500D-PCH - [Gear Ratio 5.7:1, 11Lb Drag, Line Capacity 200Yd/8Lb, Recommended Line Sizes: 6 lbs to 10 lbs, Weight 5.6oz.]
EXIGLT3000-H - [Gear Ratio 5.7:1, 22Lb Drag, Line Capacity 220YD/8lb, Recommended Line Sizes: 10 lbs to 15 lbs, Weight 6.2oz.]
These reels can work great with braid as well as monofilament lines from all top manufacturers. We personally recommend using braid as the mainline on top of some mono backing to use to stick to the spool and to fill the base layer of the spool with mono so you can save money on the braid.
Our 2 favorite lines for the Exist G is Daiwa J-Braid x8 Grand and PowerPro. in the 5 lb to 20 lb range depending on what species you're targeting.
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