Behold the newest of high-end freshwater and inshore spinning reels, Daiwa’s brilliantly designed EXIST. Style, innovation, research, and passion come together in the birth of the new EXIST. Anticipated by anglers—a top-of-the-line freshwater spinning reel featuring all the bells and whistles—is now in DAIWA’s newest line-up of 2022 products!
“What you find in the EXIST is a flagship freshwater spinning reel designed and manufactured for the most serious of anglers seeking the highest level of performance, weight reduction and rotation,” says Marc Mills, Daiwa Senior Marketing Manager. “We’re proud to offer more than what anglers have been asking for or even expecting in the EXIST.”
“Perhaps the most important design consideration in the EXIST’s supreme performance,” comments Mills, “is Daiwa built the entire reel around the AIR DRIVE concept.”
For starters, the new EXIST family features an all-new EXIST Air Drive System with ZAION Air Drive Rotor, Air Drive Bail, Air Drive Spool, and Air Drive Shaft. Thanks to ZAION, the new EXIST Air Drive Rotor is 15% lighter, features a screwless design, flush surface, and greatly increased rigidity. The design eliminates design waste without reducing strength. But the largest benefit to the AIR DRIVE ROTOR is the lighter rotation providing you less handle turning resistance.
Working in conjunction with the AIR DRIVE ROTOR is the AIR DRIVE SHAFT which offers better stability and power transfer; it also works with the rotor for smoother, easier rotations. It allows you to feel absolutely nothing when turning the handle—it could be the smoothest rotation in any spinning reel ever built.
The Air Drive Bail is lighter and angled allowing seamless transition to the line roller. On to the Air Drive Spool, it’s considerably lighter in weight than comparable reels. The new redesigned clicker in the spool reduces click resistance, creating smoother and much more efficient drag.
The reel also offers Daiwa’s Advanced Tournament (ATD) system for a maximum of 22 pounds of drag pressure in the 3000, 4000, and 5000 sizes. The 2000 and 2500 sizes offer 11 pounds of drag for light, feathery drag adjustment. The 2000 comes in at a mere 5.3 ounces and features 24.1 inches per handle turn; the 2500 weighs 5.6 ounces and offers 34.5 inches per handle turn. The 3000 tips the scale at 6.2 ounces with 30.6 inches of line per handle turn; the 4000 weighs 7.1 ounces and commands 32.5 inches per turn; and lastly, the 5000 is a diminutive 7.6 ounces and features an impressive 34.5 inches per handle turn. All hold a vast amount of monofilament or J-Braid for any technique the angler chooses to employ.
The reel is available in interchangeable right- and left-handed versions in three different gear ratios: 4.9:1, 5.2:1, and 6.2:1. All were designed to meet the needs and expectations of freshwater anglers fishing different presentations.