|Model||Gear Ratio||#Ball Bearings||Wt. (g)||Drag (Kg)||Spool Capacity|
|1016SV-H||6.3 (67cm)||12+1||160||5 kg||6.4kg/90m, 7.2kg/80m|
|1016SV-HL||6.3 (67cm)||12+1||160||5 kg||6.4kg/90m, 7.2kg/80m|
|1016SV-SH||7.1 (75cm)||12+1||160||5 kg||6.4kg/90m, 7.2kg/80m|
|1016SV-SHL||7.1 (75cm)||12+1||160||5 kg||6.4kg/90m, 7.2kg/80m|
Starting in early 2000, DAIWA wanted to win back the recognition of being the top worldwide bass brand, putting forth all efforts and once again providing performance proven bass fishing equipment. To do so, the STEEZ was created as the flagship bass fishing tackle brand. Believing the universal sense of STEEZ, which is slang for style in both English and Japanese, DAIWA went on and supported the STEEZ Project.
At the same time, well known Japan angler Toshinari Namiki, AKA Mr. STEEZ challenged and succeeded in fishing his second US tournament. Namiki is one of the pioneers of worldwide bass anglers in both US and Japan.
For all fishing situations, from fishing in tournaments, prefishing practices, to media events, which accumulates to about 300 days a year, he has had a high demand for lightweight, durable and of course, functional products. This allows for more comfort and less wear on the body which also translates to additional effectiveness for longer periods of time. In other words, this is a key point for successful performances, the true purpose for the existence of STEEZ.
With the launch of new bait casting reels in 2006, DAIWA engineers started developing these reels back in 2003 with a visit to the US. Repeatedly numerous visits followed in the upcoming years prior to the release of STEEZ. During the year prior to the release the STEEZ, Mr. Namiki won a 2005 FLW event on the Ouachita River and took 2nd place in Angler of the Year, while using STEEZ prototype reels which greatly assisted in his success.
In the spring of 2006, the first model of STEEZ was produced. This first model was rigid and lightweight with its AIR METAL (magnesium) frame. Weighing in at 155g (5.5oz). The average weight for a bait casting reel at that time was 200g (7.1oz). Achieving 155g (5.5oz) was truly a extraordinary accomplishment during this time. This was and continues to be the current standard for STEEZ reels today.
From 2006-2016, other STEEZ models were created but the frame remained unchanged. During the decade, DAIWA felt the confidence that many anglers relied and depend on STEEZ bait casting reels. It is with this confidence that DAIWA will continue to produce serious fishing gear and listen to our angler’s voice.