[VIDEO] FIRST-LOOK REVIEW: New Daiwa Tournament ISO reel

[VIDEO] FIRST-LOOK REVIEW: New Daiwa Tournament ISO reel

Daiwa has lifted the lid on its new Tournament ISO big-pit carp reel, and we've got our hands on a set for this exclusive preview.

PAY AROUND: £499, (extra spools £79.99) | www.daiwasports.co.uk

 The second coming of the ISO brand

The second coming of the ISO brand

This is the second-generation ISO and each reel comes supplied with long-distance and compact spools.

Dressed all in black, it cuts a sleek figure with an exquisite handle stem and clear evidence of its weight-saving design.

It's a bit of a shame about the handle knob itself, which doesn't quite fit in with the premium aesthetic.

 We love the handle stem, but the knob could look and feel better

We love the handle stem, but the knob could look and feel better

Make no mistake, however, beyond the understated looks this is a seriously capable piece of kit, packed with features.

The mag-sealed Zaion body, with Air Bail hollow bail arm, seven ball bearings and DS5 Air Rotor, offers smoothness without excess weight.

Each ISO comes in at 515g (18.2oz) and with a gearing ratio of 4.1 to one, each turn of the handle cranks 86cm of line.

The magnetically sealed inner workings are very special and only available on Daiwa's top-end reels. Magsealing offers an impenetrable barrier to water and dirt, hugely extending the lives of the reels without maintenance. 

 Daiwa's magnetically sealed bodies are seriously impressive

Daiwa's magnetically sealed bodies are seriously impressive

The compact spool hold 300m of 0.35mm line, while the long-distance version can swallow 530m of the same diameter.

Each spool is fitted with a cushioning spring-loaded line clip and a nifty little notch to conceal your initial line knot to improve line lay. 

Daiwa's QD quick drag system is also in evidence here, offering speedy changes from a locked-up to free-running clutch.

Our initial impressions? It's lightweight and silky smooth. Purely from a show-off's point of view we just wish it had a more eye-catching design.