November 23, 2011

Daiwa Procyon Reel

Daiwa USA has introduced a new medium-high price reel in the US market, also known as USDM.

Daiwa Procyon 2500. Photo from Daiwa USA.

The new reel, named Procyon, replaces - from a price standpoint - the Advantage  and Coastal models in the line up. The Procyon, priced at 149.00USD has a fresh design and some features that represent the new series of Daiwa Reels.
The design is a mix between a JDM Freams and a USDM Exceler. The body is aluminum, gone is the classic rotor replaced by the new "Air Rotor", a new feature from Daiwa. (see here).

The Air Bail, already present in the old models is still there, so is the Digigear (digital gear design). The drag is waterproof and the handle is cut aluminum.

These are the complete specs found on Daiwa USA:

Procyon® Spinning Features:
Narrow, rigid aluminum “HARDBODYZ” body design
Three CRBB corrosion resistant ball bearings plus roller bearing
Corrosion-proof Zaion body cover
Air Rotor for lighter weight and greater sensitivity
Air Bail®–tubular stainless for lightweight strength
Oiled felt seal keeps water out of body
Sealed, water proof drag with click adjustment
Machine cut aluminum handle
ABS design aluminum spool

The sizes available are : 1500,2000,2500,3000,3500 and 4000.

I hope to get my hands on one soon and make a real life review. I am a proud owner of a 09 Daiwa Advantage and I think this reel is an improvement thanks to the Air Rotor and, why lie, a cool design.

This reel is a notch below the new USDM Daiwa Ballistic that is similar to the JDM Daiwa Freams that comes with a full Zaion body.

We will see if this reel will make the European Continent. I know that Daiwa introduces similar reels with different names or vice-versa. I heard of Excelers being different reels according to the market, whether USDM,EDM or JDM.

Bottom line, this is a reel that I'll keep an eye on and try it ASAP. I am especially interested in the sizes 1500 and 4000. One for ultralight applications and the other one for medium-heavy saltwater. 

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