Daiwa Exist Saltwater Spinning Reels

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  • Tough Digigear drive gear
  • Light and durable Monocoque body
  • Magsealed body
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Daiwa has held the same dream for 60 years. To bring to the world, the finest designed reel ever seen. A reel that is so light and easy to use that it feels like an extension of your body. A reel that is so strong that it will withstand the toughest conditions an angler and the environment can throw at it. The dream to create a reel that turns the contradiction of being LIGHT yet TOUGH on its head.

Rotational Precision and Power

The drive gear is the most important part in the reel, and there is a trinity of elements that are essential for it to function (design concept, processing technology, and gear materials).

The drive gear used in the 18EXIST is the TOUGH DIGIGEAR, a further evolution of its predecessor DIGIGEAR II, and our most advanced spin reel design technology to date.

TOUGH DIGIGEAR is our brand new digitally designed, machine cut gearing system, that ensures ultimate gear precision, rotational smoothness, and strength. Integrating the analysis and calculation of minute details, such as the impact and tolerances of gear meshing, and the impact of forces during the meshing phase, results in gear design and performance that is without peer.

The design ensures silent gear rotation and precise angler control and feel. The gears are made from ultra strong Duralumin, which has high tensile strength and exceptional durability.

TOUGH DIGIGEAR is an evolution in gear design, performance and strength, and the unbreakable heart of the 18EXIST.

Housed to perfection

The history of spin reel design was built on a two-part housing approach that involved the body and the body cover. Released in 2016, MONOCOQUE has shattered convention and changed this way of thinking.

In the MONOCOQUE design, the body itself is a rigid frame, durable to twists and bends, yet compact and spatially efficient. MONOCOQUE design is used in rocket and formula one vehicle design where durability and space efficiency are paramount. In a spinning reel, containing over 150 parts within a small compact body, the benefits of a MONOCOQUE structure are immense.

By eliminating the need for screw space, the drive gear was expanded to its maximum size relative to the dimensions of the body. Now, the body could hold a large-diameter drive gear that covers around 85% of the body?s surface. In other words, bodies of the same size as before were able to house much larger gears, or if the gear size used were the same, then extremely compact bodies could be created. The introduction of a MONOCOQUE body in the 18EXIST allowed us achieve our lightest weight design ever.

Sealed to Perfection

MAGSEALED is a revolutionary system that involves a membrane of magnetic oil, in conjunction with magnets between the body and the rotor of the reel, which greatly reduces the penetration of water inside the body via the main shaft. Being magnetized this lubrication system avoids any friction, reduces dust intrusion, eliminates oil spray and improves reel life expectancy.

Introduced in 2010, this groundbreaking technology has also been used for line rollers and ball bearings, and provides an unprecedented level of durability and protection to reels, to significantly reduce the occurrence of reel repairs and maintenance.

The 18EXIST features MAGSEALED on the pinion shaft and line roller, while both ends of the drive gear feature MAGSEALED ball bearings.

18EXIST is built to withstand whatever nature and the angling elements have to throw at it.

Exclusive Service Does EXIST

Daiwa protects your investment with an exceptional plan for our EXIST reel owners. When purchasing your new EXIST you will receive the finest warranty and experience in the industry. Listed below are the warranty incentives exclusive to your EXIST purchase.

Limited Lifetime Warranty against manufacturing defects for original owner with proof of purchase. If the damage is determined to not be warranty eligible (missing parts, accidental damage, misuse, inadequate care, wear and tear) we will contact you with a price estimate before starting any work. FREE Lifetime Clean and Service for original owner with proof of purchase. Reels being cleaned and serviced will be shipped back within 1 Business Day upon arrival to Service Department Reels being repaired will receive expedited service pending parts availability FREE expedited return shipping (2nd Day Air or Priority Mail) For more information on where to send your EXIST visit: www.daiwa.com/us/service/warranty_centers/index.html (Service and Warranty)


Model Bearings Ratio Retrieve Wt. (oz.) Mono Line Cap J-Braid Line Cap Drag Max
EXISTGLT1000D-P (12 BB, 1RB) 4.9:1 24.1 5.5 4/250, 6/160, 8/110 6/320, 8/200 11.0
EXISTGLT2000D-P (12 BB, 1RB) 4.9:1 25.3 5.5 4/340, 6/220 8/280, 10/215 11.0
EXISTGLT2500-XH (12 BB, 1RB) 6.2:1 34.5 6.3 6/160, 8/110 20/170, 30/120 22.0
EXISTGLT3000-CXH (12 BB, 1RB) 6.2:1 36.8 6.5 8/160, 10/130, 12/110 20/160, 30/110 22.0

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DHEP) and lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov