Sep 27, 2020 · Daiwa’s top end reels are nothing short of precision and expertise. We’ve included the Lexa 400 on our list because it’s got the quality and brawn to put the stop on big fish. One standout feature of the Lexa WN model is the huge Winn grips.
Feb 28, 2019 · The daiwa to me is a different animal in the same category. The reel just does not get hot. and does not stutter because you can use the low gear ratio which helps move those bigger fish up the water column. I have caught up to a 210 lb on that reel and did not hesitate. also caught some rats on it and deep dropped all day in the bahamas with both.
My opinion/experience is that the Shimano reels are better engineered, smoother, and of higher quality than my Penns'. Where ever the reels are made it seems from my experience that Shimano just makes a better product these days.