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Daiwa Ballistic Spinning

Overall Customer Rating: 3.67 of 5 stars Daiwa Ballistic Spinning Reels 3.67 out of 5 (6 Reviews)
Manufacturer: Daiwa
Series: Spinning Reels
Model: Ballistic Spinning
Reel Type: Spinning

Daiwa Ballistic Spinning specifications

Model Line Capacity Gear Ratio Ball Bearings Reel Weight (oz.) Max. Drag Type

†BLS2000SH †

6/135, 8/110, 10/90†


4 CRBB, 3 BB,1 RB†




6/210, 8/170, 10/140†


4 CRBB, 3 BB,1 RB†



†BLS3000SH †

8/240, 10/200, 12/170†


4 CRBB, 3 BB,1 RB†






4 CRBB, 3 BB,1 RB†



* All Ballistic Spinning Reels specifications from the official Daiwa catalog. Daiwa reserves the right to make changes without obligation.


Fishermen's opinions about Daiwa Ballistic Spinning

Daiwa Ballistic Spinning

No problems


6/13/2013 4:02:34 AM

I use a 4000 ballistic on a 9 foot graphite rod for tossing 40 gram metal lures in the surf for australian salmon/which is a hard fighting fish.I have no problems with this reel and it still is smooth and works perfectly.I must add I always wash my gear in fresh water after every use.
Reviewed by: Mick (Adelaide Australia)

Daiwa Ballistic Spinning

Don''t waste your money


1/31/2013 2:12:28 PM 1 of 5 stars 1 out of 5 stars

Don't waste your money. I purchased a Ballistic 2500 last October and it has been a complete waste of money. The first trip out I must've had at least 5 wind knots. My other rod which has a Shimano Stradic FI 4000 had absolutely no problems with the wind.
Also the reel isn't a very smooth reel, much rougher than my cheaper Stradic FI.
Durability is also horrible - it's been a year now and the handle often gets stuck so it's nearly impossible to work top waters correctly.
I've broken down and bought myself a Stradic 4000 FJ.
I will never buy from Daiwa again, they ripped me off once but that'll be the last time for sure.
Reviewed by: Elle Mo

Daiwa Ballistic Spinning

Low quality made in China reel


1/3/2013 2:13:57 PM 2 of 5 stars 2 out of 5 stars

Finally after a long wait, got my Daiwa Ballistic Spinning 4000SH.

However, it is a great disappointment, the reel has same weight as the older Advantage, the spin is not as smooth as Advantage, not to mention comparing to the much better Fuego.

The look doesn't fair well either, the reel arm has a graphite look, but the bail is painted plain back. Flipping over to the arm area, not surprisingly, such quality - "made in China". No offense to the Chinese, but the reel making still badly need the entry level requirement - consistency. Within the same reel, there are 4 shades of black. The graphite look is horrible (it looks like black glossy color with a lot of oily fingerprint). Shimano Ci4 looks a lot better. I don't understand why Daiwa don't continue make reel in Japan, or even Thailand. I have consistent quality reels from these locations. China factories are more OEM like, fir Strikeforce or Megaforce that's ok, but not for a $200 reel that doesn't even have consistent color itself.

Mechanically wise, one thing I don't understand, if the ballistic really has Zaion technology why it is same weight (same model 4000) as the Advantage? Not to mention it is not as smooth as advantage. I do have other Daiwa Airbail models (Fuego, Steez and even Saltiga Surf), they all are smooth and light weighted.

Worst of all, I notice there is no spare sppol!, yes! A $200 reel has no spare spool (while Advantage and higher-end Fuego have spare spools)

This is definitely a return.
Reviewed by: Moonman

Daiwa Ballistic Spinning

First expensive Daiwa reel I''ve purchased


1/2/2013 12:29:22 PM 4 of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

This is my first expensive Diawa spinning reel I've ever purchased. By far the Ballistic is the smoothest I've ever used. I used it to jig crappies from the bank and it held up really well so far, but I've only used it for 6 months. Used to have the Advantage and the Prodigy. They didn't hold up well as this. The grinding and popping inside the reel of the Advantage and the Prodigy were unbearable. I give the Ballistic a 4-star because with this price, there should be bearings in the handle and the line roller. After I put 4 more bearing, 2 on the handle and 2 on the line roller, I feel like I have a soup-up Ballistic spinning reel. Now, my 200SH is a 11+1 bearing reel.
Reviewed by: jpok (Okc, Ok)

Daiwa Ballistic Spinning

Great reel


12/2/2012 10:34:28 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent quality reel very smooth has a great drag this is one well made reel and with a little care should last many years to come.
I plan one getting one more.
Reviewed by: Bob Smiling (Chicago, IL)

Daiwa Ballistic Spinning

Great reel


11/15/2012 10:33:02 AM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

I got this back in October of last year!! From out of the box the reel just felt right. Much better design and feel then the old Daiwas. From that point on I have caught Bass, Snook, Redfish,Trout you name it. I have 15lb Spiderwire Ultracast on it now and it cast like a bullet. Strong reel. Does not flex like the Shimano Ci4 when your fighting a fish. Also has a comfy handle unlike the CI4 . Deff a good reel. I dunked it snook fishing last week. I actually tossed the whole combo into the water. The reel was on the bottom of the ocean for like 5 mins after I broke off a fish. Didn't wash it off or anything when I was fishing. 2 hours later caught a nice snook on it no problem. Of course rinsed it off when I got home and its still working like new.
Love this reel! Daiwa finally got it right
Reviewed by: Cengo (Clearwater,FL)

Daiwa Ballistic Spinning


11/13/2012 2:08:42 PM 5 of 5 stars 5 out of 5 stars

Got the 3000SH and it's as good as any $200-300 reel out there. It compares really will against the Pflueger Patriarch, Shimano Stradic Ci4, and Shimano Stradic FJ. The reel is quiet, buttery smooth, solidly built, and lightweight. While it may not be the lightest it sure isn't heavy by any means. Are fisherman now days so weak that they cry over an oz? The bail design is better than Pflueger Patriarch which has a tendency to get loose over time and as good as good or better than Shimanos. Durability shouldn't be and issue if the reel is properly maintain and not abuse. No, it does not include an extra spool but what current spinning reel from any major manufacture does. Except for cheap spinning reels, you'll usually hardly find any reel that have a spare spool. Where it is made should not matter as long the reel is good. Overall this reel is great reel and performs just as well and in some instances better some reels in this price range. 4.5/5
Reviewed by: Flayman (Florida)

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