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.
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Travel Spinning Rod Review: Daiwa Ardito TR Rod [VIDEO]
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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.
If you are curious about other reels that may pair with the Ardito, ask me down in the comments!
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I purchase a medium heavy 1/4 to 1 oz Daiwa Ardito Casting travel rod. I would like to use this rod for speed jigging/slow pitch jigging. I understand the weigh limits of a rod for casting but would I be pushing the limits of this rod if I jig 100g or more?
I personally would not recommend using this rod for any sort of jigging (speed/slow jigging) as it’s not designed for that application. Regardless of whether the rod can handle a 100g jig +/-, if the rod is not designed for that application then there could be issues with the rod not presenting the lure properly, or the rod being damaged due to improper use.
How would you compare this Daiwa Ardito rod with the Toadfish travel rod in terms of feel and performance? Your SS reviews for both were super helpful and informative, and seems both are good options, but keen to hear any perspective on what is different between them (aside from Toadfish having the different blanks for power and action). Thanks!
Great question! Although I haven’t used the Toadfish Stowaway/Travel Rod personally, I felt like it offered better versatility when it comes to presenting a wider range of artificial lures. The Ardito 7’6″ MH Travel Rod is rather stiff, which is great if you are a traveler focused on using Live Bait and larger artificial lures (5″ or bigger). I could see myself reaching for an Ardito Travel Rod if targeting Tarpon, Big Snook & Bull Redfish, but might reach for the Toadfish if I’m casting smaller artificial lures in a bay/marsh/flat in my travels.
Hi Justin, I recently bought the Ardito 7’6″ as well as the 7’0″ 3 pc TRs.
I used the 7’6″ a few days ago paired with the Daiwa Saltist 3000 and 15# Power Pro and caught a number
of Jack Crevalle as well as some Speckled Sea Trout all in one morning and this rod was just fantastic especially with the Larger Jack’s.
At first, I was a bit disappointed with the slightly shorter than normal butt (below the reel seat), but after using it I did not even notice it.
All round, an excellent buy and very happy with it.
Fantastic testimonial, Norman. Thank you for chiming in here! I’m glad you’re enjoying your Ardito TR Rod!
Justin, I have two Arditos and the ferrule connection is a spigot ferrule. It is not meant as insurance when the ferrule connection wears off in time. Just sayin’.. 🙂
Thanks Justin. I have been wanting a travel rod to keep in my truck at all times and hope that they are back in stock soon. Will pair it with the Fuego 3000 as suggested and go from there.
No problem Steve. These pair well with a whole bunch of different reels: the Fuego 3000 & 4000, the Procyon AL 4000, the BG 3000 and even the BG MQ 3000 and 4000 would all be excellent options with this rod.
I’ve had an Ardito for 5+ years and it is a fantastic travel rod and rod, in general. Connections have remained tight after tons of connecting/disconnecting. I highly recommend it. The rod is pretty sturdy so I fish it with a 4000 or 5000 size reel.
Awesome to hear. Thanks for the feedback!
Justin, Finally someone else who believes that travel rods are well worth the investment. Do you know if TFO uses the same type of technology similar to the X45? Also, what is the rod measurement from the top of the foregrip to the tip top? This is really the measurement I am after. I have many 7.6 rods where the additional length comes from a longer handle. Surf fishing rods extend the handle but the part from the foregrip to the tip top are many times similar to other rods. I’ve been using multi piece travel rods from TFO for years and love them. You pointed out that with today’s technology, multi-piece rods are not what they used to be.
What’s up Uncle Shane! Not exactly sure what Tech TFO uses in their blanks, I just know that the sourced carbon fiber is of high-quality (likely a Toray 40ton). As for that top length section, I’ll need to check & get back to you. I know each section is ~30″ in length evenly (making for a total of 90″ or 7’6″), but I don’t know exactly how much length is in the actual top section of the rod. As a general observation, I don’t think the foregrip of the rod is longer than other comparable brands.
I have used this rod extensively over the past 5 or so years (not as much recently). They actually made an update to the seat/butt/grip area a few years ago. In the original design, the screw cap would come off (although purely aesthetic) and make it a little harder to tighten down the reel and of course occasional clanging when it came loose again. I bought another to replace my old version (have a habit of breaking my multi-piece rods for some reason) and they improved that design. Overall a great rod for a 3 piece rod, and I used to pair it with my Shimano Stradic ci4s. As a northern fisherman, I used it quite frequently for bass fishing but also took it to Florida and caught Snook and other smaller species with no issues. Unfortunately, I lost one piece somehow and haven’t bought a replacement set yet. Great review!
Awesome intel, Gerry! Thanks for sharing this with us. I think you should reach out & contact Daiwa to see if they can source that piece you’re missing, they’ve been super helpful with Warranty Claims. Good luck Brotha!
A rod of this length needs to be 4 pieces. For air travel a 4 pc 9 ft fly rod is about as long as will fit in a lg. suitcase and those are 27 + inches long.This rod is probably over 30″. Ferrule wax can help prevent wear
Good point, Tom. These would likely be a carry on item, or could be checked separately. Every airline has their own set requirements: some ask that all fishing rods (regardless of their carry case) be checked baggage if they are under 115″ in length, and other airlines allow items to be individual carry on items if they fall within the range of 32″—62″ (depending on the protective case they come with).
I like the idea of Ferrule Wax, that would surely extend the life of those joint connections.
I’ve carried mine on multiple airlines. I placed it in the side/bottle pocket of a backpack and strap it down. I’ve never had an issue or anyone question it.
Nice review Justin- I have due to family member complaints many 2 piece rod and reel combos. They are easier to carry especially when the vehicle is loaded with lots of stuff.
Never had any issues to date. The rod looks very nice and at a very nice price. Will the new Salt Strong come in pieces or a single piece? Really enjoying your reviews
Always appreciate the comments, Pablo. As of right now, we don’t have plans to offer a multi-piece Salt Strong Custom Rod. At least for the near future (1 year or so), our focus with our Custom series will be centered around Optimum Performance and Value. The challenge that all multi-piece rods will always have is that they will not be able to perform quite as well as a single piece option.
Both definitely have their place, and the multi-piece rods do offer some perks (especially for those that travel or have limited space). But it’s hard to compare apples to oranges when we look at 1-piece Vs. 2-piece or Multi-piece. Since we are going to be moving full steam ahead with a 1-piece custom in the future, we wanted to pick the best Bang For Buck Multi-Piece, and this Ardito TR really impressed us for that category.