The EXIST LT 2018 is the fruit of 60 years of innovation and a distillation of the latest Daiwa technologies. The EXIST LT 2018 has been made in Japan and marries the Light and Tough (LT) concept with a one-piece monocoque magnesium body. The combination of these two ground-breaking innovations guarantees the perfect balance between strength and lightness.
The LT concept is all about shaving every last unnecessary surface of the reel. The futuristic design is characterised by aerated holes and bevelled cuts. The slit Air Handle is an emblem of this avant-garde range. Weight has been minimised with racing-car levels of precision, meaning the EXIST LT 2018 weights in at just 180g at 2500 size and 185g at 3000 – all the while offering the stability of a magnesium metal body. The extreme weight saving means this reel is the ideal partner for rods with AGS guides and high-grade carbon such as the Morethan Branzino AGS or the Steez AGS.
The Monocoque body is a one-piece design. The wide side plate boasts an extremely stable screw which has allowed us to fit a brand new drive gear occupying the entire surface space, designed in aluminium for even more cranking power. The drag is equipped with ATD technology and is 30% stronger than before: it now boasts a 10kg rating on the 2500 model and its enlarged button offers stability and total fighting control from the first run to the final lunge.
The build of the EXIST LT ensures its lifespan matches its excellence. The high-tech MagSealed oil is held in place by a magnetic field. It has been placed at the centre of the key mechanical elements. The MagSealed bearings either side of the drive gear boost the reel’s durability and guarantee fluid rotation over time.
MagSealed Oil powered by magnetised nanoparticles has been applied to the pickup roller as well as around the shaft. Set the handle to work and you’ll feel how the soft rotation will redefine handling comfort. The ultralight Zaion carbon rotor responds to the slightest twitch of the handle for unrivalled sensitivity to movements on the line – this is where you feel the 60 years of innovation in your hands.
The Japanese build quality makes no compromises in fusing the two key elements of this exceptional product: lightness and toughness.
ATD drag technology reinforced by 30%, full-size drag button for stability
Bearings: 12 + 1 including 2 Mag Sealed and 10 CRBBs
Monocoque magnesium body and ZAION Air Rotor
Ultralight Aluminium Air Spool
CrossWrap line lay
Ultralight one-piece screw on aluminium Air Handle directly fixing to drive gear
Supplied in a neoprene case with mesh sides
MODEL RATIO/CRANK B/BEARINGS LINE CAPACITY WGT. DRAG
18EXLT1000D-PG 4.9:1/61cm 10CRBB+2MS 150m/0.20mm 150g/5.3oz 5kg
18EXLT2000D-PG 4.9:1/64cm 10CRBB+2MS 150m/0.23mm 155g/5.5oz 5kg
18EXLT2500-XHG 6.2:1/87cm 10CRBB+2MS 150m/0.20mm 180g/6.3oz 10kg
18EXLT2500DG 5.2:1/73cm 10CRBB+2MS 150m/0.28mm 180g/6.3oz 10kg
18EXLT3000-CXHG 6.2:1/93cm 10CRBB+2MS 150m/0.23mm 185g/6.5oz 10kg
18EXLT3000D-CG 5.2:1/77cm 10CRBB+2MS 150m/0.33mm 185g/6.5oz 10kg
18EXLT4000D-CG 5.2:1/82cm 10CRBB+2MS 150m/0.37mm 205g/7.2oz 10kg