The new Saltist MQ’s are a great addition to Daiwa’s lineup of reel. They slot right in between the Saltist and Certate SW giving people more of a price range when shopping around for a spinner. These are available in the most variety of sizes out of any other Daiwa reel making them the perfect reel for anything from ultralight surf fishing to using big poppers for 200lb tuna. They have retained some of the key features from the original Saltist and upgraded it with the latest technology Daiwa offers. The new MQ frame design is a big step forward in reliability and weight reduction, the frame is one piece and there’s a lot less places for water intrusion making these a lot more saltwater resistant. The next big upgrade from this comes in the form of a larger main gear, they can stuff a much bigger gear size which makes these more powerful and more reliable on top of that they use the better machined aluminum gear material as opposed to a cast alloy on the original Saltists. Another feature making its way down to the Saltist from their higher end models is the carbon fiber Zaion rotor which it shares with the Certate SW and the last generation Saltiga lineup. This not only makes the rotor lighter but also significantly stronger than the one used on the current Saltist.
Overall these are a great higher end alternative that lets you get the higher end features without spending $1000. The extra variety of sizes makes these great for any application and style of fishing, you can have a set of different reels for many different styles of fishing from fresh to saltwater.