Daiwa Infinity X BR Review

Last Updated on 28 June 2024 by James Bevan

Overall Rating

8.8
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Score derived from the average of these ratings:

Build Quality - 9.0

Cast & Retrieve - 9.0

Drag / Clutch - 9.0

Value For Money - 8.0

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The Daiwa Infinity X BR is quite simply one of the best Baitrunner’s I have ever used. 

Yes, okay, its slightly heavier than others, but its combination of quality engineering and superior build quality make this reel a joy to behold.

Compare Prices

£379.99
Awin1.com
£477.99
2 new from £477.99
as of 24 July 2024 21:51
Amazon.co.uk
£479.99

Features & Specs List With An Explanation

Features and SpecsExplanation
Gear Ratio: 4.2:1The spool turns 4.2 times for every one turn of the handle. This is on the slower side compares to its competition.
Weight: 765g (27 oz)This weight is heavier than the similar reels of this type.
Line Capacity: 0.35mm/450mAmount of line the spool can hold, important for casting distance. This line capacity is above average compared to similar reels.
Drag System: Micro pitch front dragAllows for precise drag adjustments, ensuring smooth and reliable drag performance.
Number of Ball Bearings: 5+1Number of bearings in the reel, affecting smoothness and performance. This number is about average for the more premium type reels.
Construction Material: Composite alloy body, aluminium handleDurable materials offering strength and corrosion resistance.
Handle: Machined aluminium handleProvides a balanced and comfortable grip.
Anti-Reverse System: Infinite anti-reversePrevents handle from moving backward, providing better hook sets and control.
Spool Type: Large diameter ABS spoolEnhances casting performance by reducing friction and improving line flow.
Bail Arm: Twist Buster II line rollerMinimises line twist and reduces friction between the line and the roller.
Special Features: Gyrospin balanced rotorEnsures smooth operation and reduces vibration during retrieval.

How The Reel Compares To Its Competitors

Here’s how the Infinity X BR compares to other Baitrunner reels we have reviewed:

NameOverall RatingPrice
Daiwa Infinity X BR8.8from £379.99
Fox EOS 100008.1from £62.99
Shimano Baitrunner ST 10000 RB7.9from £64.99
Daiwa Black Widow BR Reel8from £59.99
Daiwa Crosscast BR Reel7.9from £69.99
Daiwa Regal BR Reel7.9from £39.99
Shimano Baitrunner DL8.3from £69.99

Build Quality

Build Quality
9.0
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What Does This Mean?

When we assess the build quality of a fishing reel, we test and review the materials used in manufacturing the reel and how it all comes together in the finished product.

From when you first handle the Infinity X BR, the premium engineering and solid construction are evident.

The double-axis baitrunner mechanism allows fish to take line seamlessly until engaging the precise micro-pitch front drag.

The 4.2:1 gear ratio delivers decent enough cranking power aided by gyrospin technology to subdue even the angriest of Carp. The infinite anti-reverse is flawless too.

My only slight quibble is that it is a bit on the heavy side at 765g, but all that is forgiven when you feel the benefit of the five ball bearings making it butter smooth to use. 

All in all, its plain to see from the reels build quality why it is one of the top reels on the market today.

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The solid yet well-balanced Infinity X BR

Cast And Retrieve Performance

Casting & Retrieve
9.0
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What Does This Mean?

This part of the review is fairly self-explanatory and focuses on how well the reel casts and how smooth the retrieve is.

Distance isn’t a factor in this assessment whereas accuracy and efficiency is.

On top of the actual, physical performance of the reel we also look at the number and type of ball bearings, the spool, line lay and the gear ratio in comparison to its required use.

Casting performance is phenomenal with the big pit spool design launching rigs crazy distances without issues thanks to the Twistbuster II line roller.

Put it this way, when testing alongside the Infinity X45 Carp rods I was able to hit a spot approximately 150 yards with a 4.5oz lead, and I’m far from the best caster out there!

Drag / Clutch

Drag / clutch
9.0
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What Does This Mean?

When reviewing the drag system on a fishing reel we are testing how smooth the drag is and how convenient it is to use.

There is no bias as to whether a reel has a front or rear drag system, it is solely judged on how smooth it can take out line relative to the amount of pressure that it is being applied.

The micro-pitch front drag system is so smooth you can hardly feel it when its in use and is exceptionally user friendly with precise adjustments easily made when needed.

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The super smooth Baitrunner on the Daiwa X BR

Value For Money

Value For Money
8.0
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What Does This Mean?

Self-explanatory in terms of an assessment but yet an important part of the review process. This is because it creates more of a level playing field.

Of course, the more expensive a reel is the more quality components it will have and as such will generally score higher.

Having value for money as a criterion allows us to judge how well a reel performs vs its price point and in turn allows us to recognise good-performing reels at bargain prices.

Some anglers may be put off by the high-end price tag, but if its in budget it’s worth every penny. It’s a piece of engineering beauty that unfortunately sometimes you have to pay good money for. 

The Pros & Cons Of The Daiwa Infinity X BR

Here is a list of pros and cons anglers have found with the Infinity X Baitrunner:

Pros

Cons

£379.99
Awin1.com
£477.99
2 new from £477.99
as of 24 July 2024 21:51
Amazon.co.uk
£479.99

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Additional Experts & Resources Used In This Review

Here is a list of resources we have used as part of putting this review together:

Daiwa’s official specs page – https://www.daiwacarp.com/product-page/infinity-x-bite-n-run

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