I've been going along to the trade shows for several years now and really look forward to them. It not only gives me chance to catch up with and socialize with colleagues from around the country but just as importantly it gives me chance to have a look at the full product range for the coming year.
As usual my first impression was of how comprehensive the Daiwa range is. It’s not often that you get to see the full range of Coarse, Sea, Game, Specialist and Carp gear in one place, and when you do, it is impressive. I have tried to pick some of the stand out products to whet your appetite.
To make sure I didn’t miss anything I waited until Stephen McCaveny, Marketing Manager, was free and we had a walk round. It was obvious that Stephen had one or two very special products that he was keen I didn’t miss.
He started by giving me a little demo board. It had the label X Torque on it and it came with two short sections of carbon tube, showing the construction of a new carbon material. He also handed me two short lengths of rod with guides at each end. I was asked to flex and twist the two bits of blank and the difference was amazing. The X Torque section flexed smoothly but simply resisted any twisting that I tried.
This new X Torque construction has massive potential in rod design as it reduces torque and twist dramatically; more energy and even better accuracy. It’s already incorporated in the new Tournament Multi Match Feeder rod and beach casting Tournament SLR’s with more designs on the way.
Another demo board introduced me to Mega Top; a carbon quiver tip that has simply unbelievable flexibility. Virtually unbreakable this is the tip that features on the Tournament Multi and was just incredible to see.
Over to the racks of poles and there were ten new models for 2012. Three top models, featuring the Interlastic kits and the fantastic TDXR range.
Stephen was also very keen to show us some new Japanese made lures which he aptly described as some “tasty soft baits”, I’ll take his word for it!
Personally as a carp/specialist angler I was really interested in the additions to the Longbow DF rod range, especially the new Spod rod and Spod n Marker. I’ve been involved throughout the year with the Carpfest shows and been very proud to represent Daiwa at these events. At each one the DF stable of Infinity’s and Longbows have received lots of complementary comments and seen many anglers casting distances they had never got near to before.
As usual the reels could not help but impress with the Crosscast X likely to be the star of the newcomers. The mini Regal Z & X BR’s were also a treat to see.
I had a good look through the Infinity and Mission ranges of luggage. Something for everyone would be a fair description and I can certainly see me wandering the banks of the Trent with the smaller sized Mission Rucksack; a very well thought out piece of kit.
If I’m not careful I could end up re-writing next year's catalogue in this news item so I’ll just sum up by saying there are lots of great items on the way for 2012, so keep an eye out for future releases and for product reviews on this site.
Brian Skoyles (Oct 2011)