Daiwa 18 EXIST LT 2500D GThe 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.LightnessThe 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.ToughnessThe 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.DurabilityThe 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.Handling comfortMagSealed 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.