The new BG Monocoque body reels continue on the last few years of development from Daiwa, the initial design was seen on the $800 Exist and after a couple of years has finally gotten to the affordable reel market. With the single piece cast aluminum frame, you drastically improve water resistance since there are less ways for water to enter the reel. Along with this improvement you can also stuff a much bigger and more powerful main gear into the reels. In the BG MQ line you can expect a 20-40% bigger gear vs the standard BG reels which greatly improves their performance for saltwater. Along with the changes to the frame we see a newer spool design which features a raised lip which should reduce casting friction and give you an easier time casting braided lines.
These reels are not a replacement but an addition to the BG line, they command a higher price point setting them squarely into the category of the Saltist which is another great saltwater spinning reel. As a comparison between the two, the BG MQ has a bigger main gear and an updated frame design while the Saltist features Daiwa’s proprietary MagSeal technology and corrosion resistant bearings which make the reel overall smoother.
From the Manufacturer:
Daiwa is proud to introduce the next generation of BG spinning reels to saltwater anglers of all stripes, this time with a one-piece Monocoque aluminum body. Light and strong like a Formula One racing car, the reels are lighter and stronger through use of monocoque body technology. In terms of application, the reels are designed for everything from inshore to heavy offshore fishing with models like the BGMQ2500D-H perfect for speckled trout to models like the BGMQ20000 designed to withstand the pressures of fishing giant bluefin tuna.
With the Monocoque design, the reel body serves as a stiff and distortion-proof frame, which is handy and compact at the same time. If offers more rigidity, more stability, and bigger gears. The Water Resistance is superb and Monocoque body offers more power and torque as a result.
The reels also feature an all-aluminum frame and features Digigear technology. Compared to most of the competition, the gears are between 20% to 40% larger. The gears also feature a larger tooth pattern, giving the gears a much longer gear life and durability than competitive reels. Tests reveal a gear life that is one to three times the length of competitive reels.