Travel Spinning Rod Review: Daiwa Ardito TR Rod
If you travel often or need a fishing rod that’s a bit more compact and easy to store, the Daiwa Ardito TR Rod might be a good fit for you.
Multi-piece rods have severely improved over the years to prove to be viable options to catch big fish.
What should you be looking for in a multi-piece, travel spinning rod?
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Travel Spinning Rod Review: Daiwa Ardito TR Rod [VIDEO]
The model used for this review is a Medium-Heavy 7′ 6″ rod weighted 1/4-1 ounce for 8-17lb line.
Daiwa’s Ardito Travel Rod is a 3-piece model that separates and conjoins at two places.
It is on the stiff side because of the medium-heavy action it is rated for.
This is a pretty powerful and versatile setup for a travel rod.
The medium-heavy action covers more bases in terms of what you are looking for out of a travel, multi-piece rod.
It is better to have everything and not need it than to have nothing and need more in terms of travel rods.
Reel Pairings For The Ardito TR
The Daiwa Fuego 3000 is the ideal match for this rod.
Not only do the colors align, but the heavier rod will benefit from a sturdier reel.
Also, the BG MQ or original BG would pair nicely with this rod.
Most reels with a hard, aluminum body will match with this rod and balance out the setup.
If you plan on using cut-bait or live bait, an aluminum body reel will perform well with this rod.
Crash Course: How Fishing Rods Are Designed
Fishing rods are nothing more than sheets of carbon fiber bound together by layers of epoxy.
The sheets of carbon fiber are placed on a steel mandrill where they are wrapped horizontally and then vertically around the rod.
Then, the rod is baked to bind together the carbon fiber and the mandrill is removed to reveal a fishing rod.
Traditionally, when the wraps bind to each other they form a “T” shape layer by layer.
This provides you with the strength to set hooks and fight big fish.
Rod manufacturers, like Daiwa, have now begun to account for the other angles to protect the rod.
This can increase the rod’s power, rigidity, and better response in lure performance.
X45 By Daiwa
Combined with the traditional process of crafting a fishing rod, Daiwa has added a 45-degree carbon fiber wrap going up and going down the rod.
This provides more coverage within the graphite construction of the blank.
The X45 design prevents the rod from twisting and warping as you reel in a fish that is constantly pulling hard and running from side to side in front of you.
This gives greater control over the fish as you try to reel it in.
Further, with traditional rods, there is a little bit of lag time after you cast out your line where the rod bends forward and then comes back into shape.
With X45 reinforcements, the rod has a much faster response time than rods without the additional carbon fiber blends.
X45 improves the power of the rod when reeling in fish as well as helps you cast more accurately.
Daiwa has incorporated this technology into a travel rod so you won’t be sacrificing performance by going with this multi-piece rod on trips or excursions.
HVF on the side of the rod stands for “High Volume Fiber” and it works in conjunction with X45.
The carbon fiber sheets that make up the rod are impregnated with an epoxy resin that hardens and builds the strength of the rod.
HVF in a rod means that there is going to be less epoxy resin and an increased amount of carbon fiber sheets.
Some anglers may be thinking that the more carbon fiber in a rod than the more sensitive and brittle it will be.
But, this does not apply to rods with X45 construction.
The cross-section wrapping of carbon sheets combined with more fibers makes the rod lighter, stronger, and more sensitive.
The Ardito TR rod comes with its very own travel case included.
It is a hard body case to protect the rod pieces and there are dividers within the case to keep the rod safe and protected.
Also, there is also a foam tip protector on the lid of the case.
For those that want to carry the case over their shoulder, take on a plane, or keep out of the way, this rod is a great option for you.
Not all multi-piece travel rods come with their own carrying case.
Cons Of the Ardito TR
It has a split-grip butt system that is unfavorable to some anglers.
The 9.5-inch butt section (most rods are 8-8.5 inches) is much longer than other rods which can get in the way for some anglers.
Over time, the inside of the ferrules will smoothen out and lessen the tightness of the connection because of taking it apart and putting it back together.
Modern advancements in the understanding of rod building allow manufacturers to create high-end, powerful travel rods that are split into multiple pieces.
You are not sacrificing strength for convenience with this multi-piece Ardito TR setup.
The Ardito TR is a great choice for those in need of a travel rod, but it comes with its own set of pros and cons.
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