There is no denying, the Basia reel is one of the best looking reels out there today.
New for this year, Daiwa have revamped the reel and come up with the SLD. One of the first and most noticeable aspects of the development is the colour, other than the wooden handle, the whole reel is black. This is sure to appeal to the tackle tarts out there! The body has been made using magnesium, which has been designed to be as thin and lightweight as possible. This adds a tremendous weight saving, with the whole reel coming out at just 485g. The spool has been kept at 45mm in length for fantastic casting performance; however it has been made deeper and now has a 300m line capacity. The internal gearing and shaft have been beefed up and Daiwa have added their Mag Seal technology to the reel too. This uses magnetic oil, which when placed between two magnets creates a barrier against water and grit ingress. Both of these features ensure the new Basia will be one tough cookie! The reel is fitted with the famous Quick Drag system, and features a HIP (High Impact Line Clip) on both the main spool and spare spool. The Basia 45 SLD is a premium product and is priced at £650 RRP, although do shop around and there may be some bargains to be had.