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Daiwa 22 Exist – Premium Spinning Reels

The Exist range of premium quality spinning reels has long represented the very best of Daiwa Japan’s compact reel design and manufacturing prowess.  The Exist’s eye fetching aesthetics are matched by its superb feel and reliable high-end performance.  The 22 Exist now elevates these same features into a completely new level of excellence with its new AIRDRIVE design.


Airdrive Rotor


Low inertia is the key.

The newly developed AIRDRIVE ROTOR is made from ZAION. Maintaining the strength of the rotor from 18 EXIST, DAIWA has been able to reduce the weight significantly. Designed with focus to create a perfectly round structure, trouble free and flawless rotation have been achieved.

The rotor unit itself has seen a 16% weight reduction compared to the previous model (Based on 2500 size reel) and will set the standard for what future rotor design of small spinning reels will be.

Airdrive Bail


Trouble free future.

DAIWA has constructed a bail smaller in diameter whilst providing required strength to achieve a further weight reduction to the front unit. In comparison to 18 EXIST, AIRDRIVE BAIL reduces the weight of the bail by 33% (compared to 2500 size).

DAIWA has adjusted the angle of bail setting to improve the line movement into the roller. Careful attention was given to the roller and slider and individual design alterations were done for each size of 22 EXIST, perfectly adjusting the line management for each size of the reel.

Airdrive Spool


Design reflects the future.

The stand out features of the AIRDRIVE SPOOL would have to be the newly shaped spool skirt and the simple single silver coloured cosmetic. Just by looking at the spool it is clear the structure has been redeveloped, reducing the weight and maximising the feeling of presence.

Reducing the spool weight creates many benefits for a reel; the total weight of reel is reduced, oscillation is improved, less resistance during winding and rotation, better balance when attached to the rod and of course the reel feels light and easy to fish.

Airdrive Shaft


Friction free rotation.

AIRDRIVE SHAFT has a non contact structure between the mainshaft and the pinion gear. In addition to this, both ends of pinion gear are now supported with bearings to relay the crank power from the handle to the rotor with a higher level of efficiency. By adding high quality collars to the mainshaft, rotational noise has been reduced significantly.

AIRDRIVE SHAFT creates the feel of smooth, quiet rotation and provides anglers with torque and power.

Monocoque Body


A single piece sealed body.

DAIWA’s latest technology MONOCOQUE BODY is made by an integral molding system to create a rigid one piece body. By removing the traditional screws used to attach the sideplate, internal space is maximised within the gear housing. The MQ BODY uses a large diameter engine plate to screw on to the body to seal the internals. The extra space created in the MONOCOQUE BODY allows DAIWA to install a larger diameter drive gear into a smaller size reel. This system instantly creates the more durable reel inside and out.

Touch Digigear


Perfectly machined drive gear.

The drive gear within any reel is made from 3 key elements which cannot be missed. (Design Creativity, Processing Technology and Premium Quality Material)

22 EXIST consists of all 3 key elements.

The latest digital analysis and machine cut technology is used to create a perfect surface on each tooth of the drive gear. By using the latest premium Duralumin material, precision designs deliver an incredibly smooth rotation quality.



Durability and water resistance.

During the design process of 22 EXIST key areas for water ingress were analyzed. The introduction of MQ body prevents water intrusion within the body, whilst areas of rotation or areas frequently exposed to water have been equipped with MAGSEALED/MAGSEALED BALL BEARING technology. Sections of the reel which are not key rotational areas are equipped with strong rubber seals. Anglers will come to understand this level of quality from 22 EXIST.

ATD Type-L


New generation drag system.

New ATD TYPE-L drag technology improves the initial drag system response. Lowering the peak drag max upon hook setting. Light tackle fishing especially requires a responsive and sensitive adjustment of the drag pressure.

ATD TYPE-L allows anglers to have more control of the drag without stress during the fight. By not overloading the line and also causing less stress to the fish, powerful fish can be tamed easily with 22 EXIST.



22 Exist LT2000S-P 12/1 5kg 4.9 PE 0.4-200m 155g 20570 $1149.00
22 Exist LT2500S 12/1 5kg 5.1 PE 0.6-200m 160g 20571 $1149.00
22 Exist LT2500S-DH 12/1 5kg 5.1 PE 0.6-200m 170g 20572 $1189.00
22 Exist LT2000D-P (G) 12/1 5kg 4.9 PE 0.8-300m 155g 20573 $1049.00
22 Exist LT2500 (G) 12/1 5kg 5.1 PE 0.8-200m 165g 20574 $1049.00
22 Exist LT2500-XH (G) 12/1 5kg 6.2 PE 0.8-200m 165g 20575 $1049.00
22 Exist PC LT2500D (G) 12/1 10kg 5.2 PE 1.2-300m 175g 20576 $1049.00
22 Exist LT3000D (G) 12/1 10kg 5.2 PE 1.5-300m 180g 20577 $1099.00
22 Exist LT4000D (G) 12/1 10kg 5.2 PE 2.0-300m 205g 20578 $1099.00
22 Exist LT4000-XH (G) 12/1 10kg 6.2 PE 1.5-200m 205g 20579 $1099.00
22 Exist LT5000D-C (G) 12/1 10kg 5.2 PE 2.5-300m 210g 20580 $1129.00
22 Exist LT5000D-CXH (G) 12/1 10kg 6.2 PE 2.5-300m 210g 20581 $1129.00

22 EXIST LT2000D-P (G), 22 EXIST LT2000S-P, 22 EXIST LT2500 (G), 22 EXIST LT2500-XH (G), 22 EXIST LT2500S, 22 EXIST LT2500S-DH, 22 EXIST LT3000D (G), 22 EXIST LT4000-XH (G), 22 EXIST LT4000D (G), 22 EXIST LT5000D-C (G), 22 EXIST LT5000D-CXH (G), 22 EXIST PC LT2500D (G)

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