Originally introduced in 2002, the Daiwa Saltiga set a new standard for heavy-duty saltwater spinning reels and has been endlessly improved over its 18-year history. For 2020, Daiwa’s Saltiga has been fully reimagined and redesigned.
The new Saltiga yields the most advanced features ever, established on Daiwa’s new monocoque body. Monocoque is a structural system used widely in military and boat-building applications, whereby internal loads are supported through the external skin. Think of the symmetrical design of an egg; the single-piece high-strength aluminum body of the Saltiga can house much larger internal gearing, meaning more power to tame saltwater beasts.
This monocoque design incorporates the one-piece frame with a one-piece threaded side plate. Because screws are not necessary to attach the side plate and hold the main gear, its interior space is greater, allowing for larger, more powerful gears held in place by the lighter, sturdier body and side plates. The monocoque body also boasts a new rear cover design, eliminating screws from the underside of the reel to fortify against the intrusion of moisture or contaminants. Improved paint and finishing processes also afford increased durability to the Saltiga’s cosmetics, delivering enhanced corrosion protection.
Housed within the monocoque body is the new G1 Duralumin cut Digigear system. Digigear is digitally developed gearing with bigger teeth and more touch points to yield gear strength and torque more than double its predecessors. Digigear transmits the power of the handle directly to the rotor with smoothness and efficiency.
Daiwa engineers also developed a new drag stack, growing the number of washers to yield ten times the drag durability of previous Saltigas. The reel’s newly designed aluminum heat-dissipating Drag Knob results in improved cooling, too, while Daiwa’s Longcast spool offers improved casting performance and enhanced line management.
ATD (Advanced Tournament Drag) is Daiwa’s latest drag technology. ATD implements structural changes to the spool metal to provide greater support of the spool across the entire length of the main shaft. This additional support reduces spool twist under heavy load, promotes more even pressure on the drag washers, and ultimately reduces “pulsing” of the drag when fighting fish. Implementing a high-density woven carbon impregnated with specially formulated grease, the combination creates a remarkably smooth and fluid drag across all levels of pressure.
The extremely water resistant Saltiga also utilizes Daiwa’s Magsealed patented technology to apply magnetic oil that can change density and shape when a magnetic field is added. The result is a watertight seal with much lower resistance than conventional rubber seals.
Made in Japan and bulging at the seams with exclusive Daiwa technology and design excellence, Saltiga sets the new standard for unfaltering performance, strength and power in saltwater spinning reels.