Daiwa Black Widow XT Spod Rod Review

Last Updated on 8 August 2023 by James Bevan

How It Scores



Build Quality7.5
Casting Ability7.5
Weight & Balance7.0
Value For Money9.0
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Quick Summary:

The Daiwa Black Widow XT spod rod scored an overall rating of 8.0 in testing which makes it the best overall budget spod rod out of all those assessed.

The rod is best suited for carp anglers looking for a cheap spod rod that still has the quality traits needed for this type of specialist rod. It is also a great option for beginners as their first spod rod.

The rod’s biggest strength is its good performance vs the price paid for it which makes it score very highly in the value-for-money category.

The rod’s biggest weakness is its overall weight and balance which isn’t quite as high performing as some of the premium options out there.

Read on to find out more information on all you need to know

Features & Specifications Summary:

Available in a 12 foot length
Test Curve available in 4.5lbs
Aluminium butt cap
50mm butt ring
LS ceramic rings
Screw in reel seat
Lightweight carbon blank
Slim profile full shrink handle

Video Showing The Daiwa Black Widow XT Spod Rod In Action:

How This Rod Compares Against Its Competition:

NameOverall RatingPrice
Daiwa Infinity X45 Spod Rod9.3from £324.99
Century Stealth Graphene Spod Rod9from £498.99
Daiwa Black Widow XT Spod Rod8from £54.99
Fox EOS Pro Spod Rod7.4from £69.99
Sonik Xtractor Spod Rod7.6from £53.00
Shimano TX A Spod Rod8.8from £79.99
Nash Dot Spod Rod8.6from £169.99
Trakker Propel Spod Rod8.9from £167.99
Harrison Torrix Spod Rod9.1from £369.00
Onyx Quickdraw Spod Rod7.3from £49.99
Daiwa Emcast Spod Rod8.3from £59.00
Fox Horizon X3 Spod & Marker Rod8.1from £89.99

How This Daiwa Black Widow XT Spod Rod Review Compares To The Averages:

Black Widow XT Spod Rod8.0
All Spod Rods8.4
All Budget Spod Rods7.8

Here’s How Other Anglers Have Reviewed The Daiwa Black Widow XT Spod Rod:

“Rod is so good. Quality best, light weight, looks good! Recommended!!!!” (1)

Review Source:

  1. Amazon

The Daiwa Black Widow XT Spod Rod Features Up Close:

The handle

Daiwa Black Widow XT Spod Rod Review - Handle

The Black Widow is equipped with a full shrink handle, complemented by a sleek aluminium end cap.

I found the handle to be more than adequate for a lengthy spod session, providing a firm yet non-abrasive grip even when covered with spod juice!

The reel seat

Daiwa Black Widow XT Spod Rod Reel Seat

A DPS-style reel seat is featured on the Black Widow which fits in nicely with the rods aesthetics.

The locking mechanism remained solid throughout a few 30-minute spomb sessions when I tested it with no reel movement experienced.

The eyes/guides

Daiwa Black Widow XT Spod Rod Eyes

The Black Widow XT spod rod boasts LS ceramic guides with a 50mm butt ring which you would expect on all decent spod rods.

Again, they fit in really nicely with the overall look of the rod.

The blank

Daiwa Black Widow XT Spod Rod Blank

The blanks core is made from lightweight HMC+ carbon fibre. Okay, this isn’t the best out there but it absolutely does the job with its 4.5lb test curve firing out loaded spods and sbombs for me with good accuracy.

The Pros & Cons Of The Daiwa Black Widow XT Spod Rod


  • Reliable budget-friendly spod rod that represents great value for money
  • Still made with quality materials despite its low price-point
  • Nice and comfortable, grippy handle
  • Decent DPS-style reel seat that keeps your reel super-tight
  • Fantastic value for money


  • The blank is chunkier than some of the more premium models
  • Only available in a 12-foot version

ETackle’s Thoughts & Opinions:

After spending a good 48 hour session putting the Daiwa Black Widow Carp Rod through its paces, I’ve found it to be an impressive contender in the budget spod rod field. Earning an 8.0 in my assessment, this rod has managed to top the list in its category.

What sets it apart is its blend of affordability and reliability, providing an excellent option for carp anglers on a budget.

The standout quality of the Black Widow spod rod is how it punches above its weight in terms of materials and design. Despite its economical price tag, the rod doesn’t shortchange you on performance. It’s fitted with a robust DPS-style reel seat that ensures a secure fit for your reel even when continuosly firing out loaded spods for a prolonged period of time.

On top of that, it comes with a comfortable, textured handle. This rod stands as proof that Daiwa knows how to strike a balance between cost-effectiveness and quality.

Still, it’s worth noting that the Black Widow isn’t without its drawbacks. One thing I noticed was that the blank is a bit thicker compared to the higher-end models I’ve used, which could alter the overall feel for some users. And it’s worth mentioning that it’s only offered in a 12-foot version, which might not suit every angler’s preference.

All things considered, though, the Daiwa Black Widow Carp Rod is an example of how affordable gear can still deliver. It’s an attractive choice for anyone in search of a budget-friendly spod rod that doesn’t sacrifice too much on performance and quality. Its flaws are relatively minor when you consider the benefits it offers, most notably the value for money it provides.

This is a rod that would serve any carp angler well, regardless of their level of experience.
James Bevan

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How This Rod Has Been Reviewed

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We do this by writing about our own experiences of the product being tested as well as researching information from other experts in the field as well as reviews from other users.

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