Is The Daiwa Ballistic MQ The Best Inshore Reel In Its Class?
A whole shipment of Daiwa Ballistic MQ spinning reels just came into the shop!!
The Daiwa Ballistic MQ LT 2500D-XH has been a highly anticipated spinning reel for inshore anglers.
Which got us thinking: Is the Daiwa Ballistic MQ the best inshore reel in its class?
Find out right here!
The Daiwa Ballistic MQ [VIDEO]
#1 – Material
Daiwa uses their ZaionV material to assemble this reel, which is essentially a higher-density carbon composite.
That is just a fancy way of saying this reel is lightweight and made from a thicker material that is more durable in the long term.
In comparison to the Daiwa Fuego series of reels, there may be some give and flex in parts on the reel because of its materials.
There is more sturdiness and rigidity in reels crafted with ZaionV material.
Moreover, the details on the box indicate the Ballistic MQ reels come in at 6.9 oz.
So, I had to get the scale out to confirm and the one we had in the shop came in at 6.8 oz.
From an artificial lure angler’s perspective, going with a reel crafted from ZaionV material is the way to go.
#2 – Sealing
The Daiwa Ballistic MQ has a 1-2 punch of sorts by including Daiwa’s MQ body design and Magseal Technology.
MQ stands for monocoque which simply means the reel is a one-piece body and is not formed by multiple side plates.
The threaded side plate around the handle protects the main gear inside of the body of the reel.
In addition to that, there are EIGHT other seals located at vital points throughout the inside of the reel as well as on the exterior.
And don’t forget Daiwa’s Magseal!
Above the anti-reverse clutch and beneath the rotor, there is a proprietary ferrofluid that creates an airtight and watertight seal above the bearing of the anti-reverse clutch.
As saltwater anglers, we do not need to back-play a fish and we definitely don’t want the handle to go backward, so Daiwa has implemented exterior seals as well as Magseal to protect these bearings.
In turn, Daiwa has eliminated the anti-reverse switch that is traditionally placed on the front of reels.
This is just another potential entry point for possible saltwater exposure and contamination.
Furthermore, take note of the large bearing on the main shaft of the Daiwa Ballistic, unlike the Saltist MQ and BG MQ.
There are bearings included on the main shaft of other MQ reels, however, the bearing on the Ballistic MQ rests inside ridges on the spool.
This does two important things.
First, this provides additional support to that spool when under a big load.
The spool is not resting on a smaller bearing or the main shaft, but rather on a larger bearing that provides support to the reel itself.
When under pressure, the drag will operate much more smoothly.
The “stickiness” you feel in the drag when fighting a fish will no longer be a factor in the Ballistic MQ.
Additionally, Daiwa includes their ATD which stands for Automatic Tournament Drag.
ATD is a proprietary grease that is included in the drag stack of Daiwa reels.
#3 – Fluidity & Ease Of Use
Daiwa has also implemented both its air rotor and air bail design in the Ballistic MQ reel series.
The air rotor is etched-out carbon fiber crafted out of ZaionV material.
And the bail is a hollow one-piece air bail as opposed to a traditional wire bail.
As a result, when you go to push the handle of this reel, there is very little force needed to move the handle.
The fluidity of the reel is unmatched and truly stands out as one of the smoothest reels in the Daiwa lineup.
#1 – Situational
This reel is not as applicable as other reels are in certain situations.
You want other aluminum-bodied reels for fishing around heavy, intrusive structure.
This includes docks, oyster bars, rock jetties, and more.
You want reels with the strength and power to pull fish out of and away from these structures.
This lightweight reel might be a bit unmatched in those scenarios and is better suited for fishing in more open water.
If you mainly fish around mangroves or other structures, you want to shift towards aluminum-bodied reels.
#2 – Price
Daiwa Ballistic MQ spinning reels are about $230 retail.
This is a bit of a pretty penny but it should be looked at as an investment.
While an $80 spinning reel will catch plenty of fish, you are paying for particular features that are going to help you have a smoother reel in application and extend the life of the reel.
We were lucky enough to get a bunch of these in our online tackle shop and they will fly off the shelves FAST!!!
Although above the $200 price point, the Daiwa Ballistic MQ stands out as an elite choice for inshore saltwater anglers looking to get a lot out of an inshore reel that has all the perks of a high-end, luxury reel.
Be sure to head over to the shop and order yours before they’re gone!
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Or questions about any of the other Daiwa reels mentioned in this video?
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