Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 53
Rated 5 out of 5 by bclark1265 Test of Time
Diawa SS Tournament reels are no doubt the highest performing reels across all catagories of spinning reels. It not only has proven the test of time it represents the standard against many of the new reels being made today. With out exception a reel that will be passed down to the next generation. Enjoy!
April 22, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Granitestatefishing Workhorse
I recently purchased two Daiwa SS Tournament 1600 model spinning reels. These reels do not have all the bells and whistles the newer reels on the market have but they are just flat out a workhorse. I have one now that I purchased in 1984 and it works as well today as it did the day I bought it. There is a good reason the design has not changed in all that time, it works! It is long casting with a stout bail and a great drag. You cannot go wrong with this reel.
March 18, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by dockboy1 Durable, reliable, smooth drag
My SS1300 is a decade old. It is fished hard, and it has performed. 3 years ago or so the bail gave me issues after years of hard service with only annual cleaning. Daiwa replaced the bail and updated the drags for the cost of labor at $25. This reel has caught hundreds of fish with issue, including several bass over 5lbs and a couple trout over 9lbs. It has a smooth, consistent drag with accurate adjustments. I've fished it with 6lb the majority of the time I've owned it. Not the prettiest, smoothest reel on the market, but a reel that is dependable. With 10-15lb braid and a leader, its also possible that the 700 size is one of the few reels in the $100 range capable of delivering great drag with a very lightweight design.
March 1, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by jordanthetanker simple is the best
to simply put it, this reel is perfect. it casts far. requires minimum maintenance. it also looks good, and has an amazing drag. i cant see how you could brake it. plus its retro, with non of that stupid plastic chrome covers and so on. just because a reel has 1000 ball bearings doesnt make it worth the big price tag. i had really smooth, flawless feeling reels that i thought would last forever. truth is even with babying them and maintenance, they still locked up. not to mention names, "pflueger". not saying that all expensive reels aren't worth the price tag. if you can deal without the excess features, and just want something you dont have to worry about with the same performance, buy this reel. they wouldnt keep it all these years if it wasnt worth it.
September 28, 2010