Daiwa Kage LT MQ Spinning Reel
December 1, 2020
Designed for heavy freshwater and inshore applications, and available in five models, Daiwa’s new Kage (pronounced kah-gay) LT MQ spinning reel features Daiwa’s exclusive one-piece Monocoque technology, which creates space for larger main and pinion gears to deliver increased torque and power at the same gear ratios of competitive reels. Gear ratio across all five models is 6.2:1.
The Kage LT MQ body is constructed of Zaion carbon-fiber, which makes it extremely lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and rigid. The Monocoque design also improves overall frame/body stability and waterproofing over standard spinning reels employing conventional, screw-on sideplates. Increased stability ensures precise gear alignment and added durability (less gear shift means less binding and wear).
Rather than relying on rubber seals to protect the Kage’s one-way roller bearing, Daiwa employs a proprietary system of waterproofing protection called Magseal. Magsealing uses a special magnetic bushing in conjunction with a magnetic weld to create an airtight and watertight oil seal, virtually eliminating the migration of contaminants along the main shaft and into the gear set or roller bearing.
The Kage LT MQ also features an “air rotor” that’s engineered to deliver minimal flex, especially at high drag pressures. Critically designed cut-outs reduce the weight of the rotor, too. The lighter the rotor, the less force it takes to spin around the reel. The Kage LT MQ also features a tubular “air bail”, which further reduces weight and offers more rigidity than standard wire bails.
A7075 aircraft-grade aluminum Digigear technology is another hallmark of the Kage LT MQ. The especially hard and lightweight aluminum is precision machined and digitally cut, making it considerably more resistant to wear than traditional gear materials on the market.
Daiwa’s Advanced Tournament Drag (ATD) applies increased, instantaneous, and calculated resistance during the hookset. Once resistance is detected, the ATD system automatically returns to the selected drag setting.
The Kage LT MQ features a machined, screw-in handle that connects directly to the main drive gear. The business end of the handle features a premium cork knob, emblazoned with the Kage logo.
Daiwa Kage reels are available exclusively through Daiwa’s dealer network.
Price: $330– $360