Daiwa Legalis LT Reel Review (Pros, Cons, & Who It’s For)


It’s reel review time!

The Daiwa Legalis LT series is lightweight, budget-friendly, and has similarities to the Daiwa Fuego.

But is this reel for everyone?

In this video, you’ll learn about the pros and cons of this reel so you can decide if this is a great option for you.

Check it out below!

Daiwa Legalis Reel Review [VIDEO]

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Here are the pros and cons of the Daiwa Legalis LT series of reels:


  • Range in size options (1000 to 6000 sizes available)
  • Very affordable and starts at just under $70
  • Overall weight is 7.2 oz
  • Air bail and air rotor reduces weight
  • Digigear gear system designed to create great power and torque


  • The handle is not a direct drive so it’s not making direct contact with the gear
  • Carbon fiber components are not as rigid as an aluminum body
  • Felt washers (over time and catching a lot of fish) will eventually get sticky
  • No MagSeal

Here are the detailed specifications for the reel used in this video (Daiwa Legalis LT 2500-XH):

  • Gear Ratio 6.2:1
  • 5+1 Bearings
  • 22Lb Drag
  • Line Capacity 250Yd/10Lb
  • Weight 7.2oz.


daiwa legalis review

If you are just starting out, want to save some money, or are just interested in trying out a Daiwa spinning reel, this is a great option for you!

You can get this reel from our shop here:

Daiwa Legalis LT

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Ben Hatcher
1 month ago

You guys do a fantastic job!

I bought a 21 Legal Lt 2500. It looked good. It was light. It was as smooth as my Fuego, but the handle would not stay tight. I had high hopes for the reel, but I couldn’t accept the sloppy handle connection. I returned it. Do they all loosen so quickly?

Keep up the good work! Tight lines.

1 month ago
Reply to  Ben Hatcher

Interesting! I haven’t experienced that issue before.

Sam Craparo
5 months ago

I have an Excelor 2500 XH which I really like. Had direct screw in handle like my fuego. Probably only difference in the Legalist

5 months ago

I have a 5” ultralite ugly stik rated for 2-6 lb test that I plan to use as a small river rod. Is a 2000 to large? What’s the size diff b/n the 1000 and 2000 size?

James Terrill
6 months ago

Just took my 2500-XH out today, hooked into a good sized redfish and the reel handled it well. Not sure if it was the fish or the reel but a just under slot redfish was pretty easy to work up to the kayak, no issues with the drag despite a ripping current. The fuego is nice but perpetually out of stock, this is a solid alternative so far. I’m using it with 30lb Daiwa grand and 12lb mono backing as a dedicated bottom rig.

Richard Fiorentino
6 months ago

2500 D or XH . which do you recommend for inshore soft plastics?

Richard Fiorentino
6 months ago

Justin – prior comment is for the 2500. Sorry

Richard Fiorentino
6 months ago

Thanks for the info Justin. I am looking for a rig for the trunk of my wife’s car to be used a few times a month and this might be the reel. I have BG’s and Fuego’s and I love them. Could you suggest a 2 piece rod to go with this reel? Thanks

Bill Poletti
6 months ago

In comparing the Legalis to other Daiwa reels, including the Fuego, does the Legalis have the same resistance to salt water as the Fuego with its Mag Seal? What features does the reel have that could lend to resistance to salt water?

Bill Poletti
6 months ago
Reply to  Justin Ritchey

Thanks, Justin. That’s a good apples-to-apples comparison.

Mark Foster
6 months ago

I have a 7′ Medium action Diawa rod that would match perfect with this reel. What size reel do you recommend I pair it with? I would mainly be using live and cut bait with it.

Mark A. Foster
6 months ago
Reply to  Justin Ritchey

Thank you for that advice. I’ll keep a look out for the 4000.

Gary Hartge
6 months ago

I have one in my cart on the Salt Strong store, but waiting to pull the trigger when the TFO’s come in! 😂

Gary Hartge
6 months ago
Reply to  Justin Ritchey

Understand…just keeps me checking


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