Daiwa Basia X45X Review

Last Updated on 2 January 2024 by James Bevan

Daiwa Basia X45X Review

With its sleek design, cutting-edge technology, and ability to cast impressive distances, the Daiwa Basia X45X has quickly become the go-to choice for serious anglers.

However, as you’ll soon discover, quality comes at a price, and this rod has stirred up quite a debate among fishing enthusiasts.

In this Daiwa Basia X45X review, I unravel the secrets behind Daiwa’s flagship carp rod. I’ll explore the pros, cons, and expert insights that will help you decide if this luxurious carp rod is worth the investment!

Overall Review Ratings

9.3
Features9.5
Appearance9.5
Casting & Feel9.7
Playing Fish9.5
Value For Money8.5

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Comparison To Similar Rods

NameOverall RatingPrice
Nash Scope Black Ops Carp Rod9.2from £345.99
Nash Scope Black Ops Sawn Off8.6from £229.99
Daiwa Infinity X459.4from £319.99
Daiwa Basia X45X Carp Rod9.3from £595.00
Harrison Torrix Carp Rod9.4from £374.00
Free Spirit Hi-S Carp Rod9.3from £419.00
Century Stealth Graphene Carp Rod9.4from £459.00
Korda Kaizen Platinum Carp Rod8.9from £409.99
Shimano TX-9 Carp Rod8.6from £309.99
Greys AirCurve Carp Rod9.1from £212.49
Century C2 Mk2 Carp Rod9.2from £415.00
Daiwa Longbow X458.7from £239.99

How The Rod Compares To The Averages

Basia X45X9.3
All Carp Rods8.3
All Premium Carp Rods9.2

Quick Summary

In summary, the Daiwa Basia X45X is a carp rod that oozes quality throughout and it appears in our guide on the best carp fishing rods, scoring an overall rating of 9.27.

It is however one of the more expensive carp rods on the market which has pulled down its value-for-money score quite considerably against its competition.

Pros & Cons

Getting to review a particular rod extensively allows us to ascertain the advantages and disadvantages a particular rod has. Here is a list of benefits and drawbacks I found when compiling this Daiwa Basia X45X review…

Pros

  • Lightweight and great to hold
  • Available as an all-round carp rod in the 3.25lb test curve or a distance rod in the 3.75lb test curve
  • V-joint technology makes the rod very strong
  • Large ALPS reel seat to cater to large big pits
  • Daiwa’s X45 technology makes this a rod that is super strong, subtle, and durable
  • Capable of casting 40 wraps plus

Cons

  • A lot more expensive than its peers with similar quality
  • Only available in two test curves

Introducing The Daiwa Basia X45X

You’ll be forgiven for thinking that when I mention Daiwa and Basia in the same sentence I am talking about carp fishing reels. Well, this isn’t the case as the gurus at Daiwa, have decided to use the Basia nametag, associated with ultimate performance, in a premium rod range named the Daiwa Basia X45X.

This Daiwa Basia X45X review will provide insight into the rod and detail results from extensive tests that scrutinise every part of the product.

The rod has been reviewed by 3 experts that have all scored it against the key attributes required in a decent carp rod.

So does the rod perform as well as the reels?

Let’s find out…

Who’s it ideal for

The Daiwa Basia X45X Carp Rod is perfect for carp anglers who are looking for a high-quality, high-performing carp rod that can cast a long way. It is a premium rod with a premium price tag so is more suited for serious, experienced carp anglers.

Where Did The Daiwa Basia X45X Come From

Daiwa launched the Basia X45X in 2022, a year on from the launch of its cousin the Infinity X45.

It has some similar traits to its predecessor in that it uses a lot of the same technology and the rod is made from the same manufacturing plant in Scotland.

For those with an astute eye, you will have no doubt noticed that there is an extra X in Daiwa’s latest offering. Like the Infinity, the ‘X45’ part of the name derives from the 45-degree angle of carbon layering that offers extra strength at key stress points on the rod.

The extra ‘X’ in the Basia X45X basically signifies that this process is repeated for the whole length of the rod rather than just the lower part of the blank.

The Different Versions Of The X45X

There were 6 versions of the Basia X45X at launch with 3.25lb and 3.75lb options in both 12ft and 13ft lengths, plus a dedicated 12ft spod rod (4.5lb) and a marker rod (4.25lb).

Length Test Curve Max Cast Distance
12 ft 3.25lb 165 yds
12 ft 3.75lb 170 yds
13 ft 3.25lb 175 yds
13 ft 3.75lb 180 yds
12 ft Marker 4.25lb 160 yds+
12 ft Spod 4.5lb 160 yds+


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The 5 Attributes The Rod Was Tested Against

As mentioned previously in the article, there are 5 key elements that carp anglers look for in the best rods. These are as follows:

  • Features
  • Appearance
  • Casting & Feel
  • Playing Fish
  • Value For Money

For more detail on the review process please visit the designated review explanation page that outlines how products are reviewed on eTackle.

The Daiwa Basia X45X Review

So having set the scene with where the rod came from and what criteria the rod was tested against let’s now get into how it performed.

First off, let’s see how the experts have rated this rod…

9.5
"The Basia X45X rods are out-and-out carp tools made by a bunch of highly skilled specialists with their ears to the ground on the carp scene."
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"All in all the Basia X45X is an absolutely stunning rod both cosmetically and in terms of performance."
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The Key Attributes Scrutinised

Features & Specifications

Features Rating9.5

One of the key features of the Basia X45X is the technology used in the build of the rod. The technology is called full shield and is exclusive to Daiwa.

Basically, the 45-degree layered carbon has been applied to the whole length of the rod rather than halfway up like its predecessors. This is where the name ‘full shield’ comes from.

The benefits of having this technology all the way up the rod are that it reduces the blank torque further which in turn increases the energy generated and therefore greater distances are obtained on the cast. This is where the rod gains an ever-so-slight advantage over the very similar Infinity X45.

In addition to the rod’s ultra-strong build, the SeaGuide TDG rings are ‘skeleton-like’ which decreases overall weight and offers a very responsive and accurate casting action. In summary, the features on this rod marry up beautifully to achieve huge casting distances yet subtle fish playing.

The handle

Daiwa-Basia-X45X-Handle

The rod features a Japanese shrink grip handle. This material is strong, durable and soft to the touch. As such, the Basia X45X is comfortable and easy to hold.

The reel seat

Daiwa-Basia-X45X-Reel-Seat

The Basia X45X boasts an ALPS ARD reel seat which, with its ripple pattern, ensures a good grip and a solid hold. The water drop holes on the top of the seat help with the anti-corrosion properties that this seat type brings.

The eyes/guides

Daiwa-Basia-X45X-Line-Guides

The Basia boasts Seaguide TDG rings which are very lightweight and offers minimal friction with fishing line on the cast.

They also offer a fantastic playing action which really helps to be ‘in tune’ with the fight.

The blank

Daiwa-Basia-X45X-blank-

The Daiwa Basia X45X has a similar build to its Infinity X45 cousin. The blank contains HVF (high volume fibre) technology. This adds strength and durability to the blank but also increases the tip recovery.

This again aids in the achievement of casting long distances.

Features & Specifications Summary

  • Available in 12 & 13-foot lengths
  • Test curves available include 3.25lb and 3.75lb
  • ALPS reel seat
  • Seaguide TDG Rings
  • Japanese shrink tube handle
  • Daiwa’s unique V-joint technology
  • HVF (High volume fibre)

Here’s what the experts said about the rods features:

9.5
"Put simply, this rod has all the bells and whistles and feel as though they’ve been crafted as a treat for the discerning carper."
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"The V joint Alpha technology ensures that you've got a really really smooth transition through the action of the blank you don't get any sort of flat spot around the spigot area and this basically just creates A really lovely playing action and also smooth casting action too."
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Appearance

Appearance9.5

The Basia X45X has a sleek matt black finish with black gloss fittings. The black theme continues with the reel seat and the guides on the rod. All is finished off nicely with a black metal butt cap.

Here’s what the experts said about the Basia X45Xs appearance:

9.5
"The first thing to grab you are the SeaGuide TDG guides, which are described as ‘near-skeletal’."
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"The blank is left with a really really minimal finish just the Basia writing and the small Daiwa decal just above the reel seat."
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Casting & Feel

Casting & Feel9.7

As mentioned throughout this review, the Basia X45X is exceptionally lightweight and is a delight to use and hold. The materials used in the build all come together and contribute to its minuscule weight and quality feel.

What sets it apart from the majority of the competition is that you can really feel the rapid tip recovery on the cast and get a real sense of power even when you are not going full pelt.

This is what the experts said about how the rod casts and feels in the hands:

"The new X45X full shield provides an even greater reduction in torque, thus channelling even more of your casting power to a straight and true flight."
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"The x45x wrap is applied throughout the entirety of the rod all the way up to the tip providing even more resistance to torque during the cast."
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Playing Fish

Playing Fish9.5

The Daiwa Basia X45X is a dream to play fish with. There are 2 key reasons why. Firstly the rod is so light, thanks to the technology used to build it, and it’s very comfortable to handle.

Secondly, the v-joint alpha technology, ensure that there are no flat spots in the rod when under pressure, which in turn ensures you are always in touch with the fish with every part of the fight.

Here are some quotes from the experts on how the rod performs when playing fish:

9.5
"The blank boasts Daiwa’s tried-and-tested Magnum Taper (MT) profile, which is a tapered blank that creates speed through the tip and then a progressive delivery of power lower down."
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"The magnum taper profile gives the rod a really fast taper that delivers a nice playing action."
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Value For Money

Value For Money9.2

When something is that good you can’t help but think there is a ‘but’ somewhere. Well, there is with the Basia X45X and that is its price. It is one of the most expensive carp rods on the market but not to the degree where it significantly outperforms its peers.

Here’s how the experts scored the rod on value for money:

8.5
"No comment"
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"As with all top-end rods, the Basia x45x does come at a hefty price tag."
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Final Thoughts & Conclusions

There is no doubt that the Basia X45X is a top-quality rod that is one of the best carp rods available on the market today. Most feel a little let down with the price point though. If it was slightly cheaper, we would probably be recommending it as the number one rod in carp fishing today.

As it sits, it’s narrowly off the mark as there are a lot cheaper rods out there that perform very similarly.

If you would like to see a list of popular and top-rated carp rods you can do so in our tackle shop below.

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