Daiwa Infinity X45 Spod Rod Review

Last Updated on 18 March 2024 by James Bevan

How It Scores

9.3

OVERALL RATING

Build Quality9.5
Casting Ability9.5
Weight & Balance9.5
Value For Money8.5
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Quick Summary:

The Daiwa Infinity X45 spod rod scored an overall rating of 9.3 in testing which makes it the best spod rod we have tested.

The rod is best suited for experienced carp anglers looking for the most premium quality of spod rods.

The rod’s biggest strength is its build quality which ultimately leads to optimum casting performance.

The rod’s biggest weakness is its price point as it is a premium spod rod which you would expect to pay a premium price for.

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


Features & Specifications Summary:

Lengths available in 12ft
Test Curves available in 4.5lbs
SeaGuide TDG Rings
Japanese Shrink Grip Handle
Magnum Taper Profile
V-Joint technology
X45 Bias Carbon Technology
ALPS ARD Reel Seat
HVF – High Volume Fibre

Video Showing The Infinity X45 Range In Action


How The Daiwa Infinity X45 Compares Against Other Spod Rods:

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 The Daiwa Infinity X45 Spod Rod Compares To The Averages:

Infinity X45 Spod Rod9.3
All Spod Rods8.4
All Premium Spod Rods8.1

The Rods Features Up Close:

The handle

Daiwa Infinity Spod Rod Handle

Okay, so you will probably say a handle is a handle right? Does it really matter? For me it does. It’s got this comfy, grippy thing going on that just makes handling that hefty 4.5lb test curve a piece of cake.

To top it all off it has a classy solid black metal butt cup to round the aesthetics up nicely.

The reel seat

Daiwa Infinity Spod Rod Reel Seat

Moving on to the ALPS ARD reel seat, well, it’s rock solid. Throw your furthest cast with a bait-loaded spomb, and this baby just won’t budge.

It has double screw fittings and a finish that is stylish and unique.

The eyes/guides

Daiwa Infinity Spod Rod Eye

The Seaguide TDG rings are instrumental in preserving the rod’s remarkably light composition.

In my own hands-on experience, the absence of friction in these rings noticeably helped in maximising the cast’s reach.

On top of that, these rings help the rod’s blank snap back into place, an indispensable quality for distance rods, more so when launching heavy, filled spods.

The blank

Daiwa Infinity Spod Rod Blank

This blank has blown me away. It’s got the muscle for the 4.5lb test curve, but still gives me all the control I need to bait my swim accurately with a heavy spod or spomb.

Like its carp rod siblings, the rod boasts HVF (high volume fibre) technology alongside Daiwa’s unique V-joint build.

Both of these combined, massively reduce any twist in the blank and this, in turn, improves overall performance.


The Pros & Cons Of The Product

Pros

  • Uses Daiwas V-joint technology and 45-degree carbon layering
  • Casts really heavy and loaded spods and spombs accurately and with limited effort
  • Rock solid reel seat
  • Beautifully sleek finish to the rod
  • Extremely lightweight yet extremely powerful
  • A real feel of quality in your hands

Cons

  • It’s not the cheapest rod out there but what you do get is a real quality product for your money
  • Only available in a 12-foot length

ETackle’s Thoughts & Opinions:

So, I’ve been at this carp angling gig for more years than I’ve got fingers and toes, and I’ve tried out more spod rods than I can count. But this one? It’s the cream of the crop, topping my list with a banging 9.3. Trust me, I don’t score ’em this high unless they’re the real deal.

The handle? Feels like it was crafted by angels. Hours on end by the water, chucking out bait, and my hands still feel like they’ve been at a spa, not wrestling a thorn bush. The reel seat’s sturdiness is a testament to the fine craftsmanship that went into it, handling all the wear and tear of casting and reeling without batting an eyelid.

However, it’s not all roses and rainbows. The one-size-fits-all approach to length and test curve – a rigid 12-foot and 4.5lb, respectively – isn’t going to sit well with everyone. It does the job for me, but some of you might be left wanting. It also isn’t the cheapest on the market, but you do get what you pay for.

The guides on this rod are like a navigator guiding you home – they’ve got my cast hitting the bullseye every time. And the blank? Lightweight as a feather but strong as an ox.

So, is this rod the real McCoy? Heck yeah, it is! This isn’t just another rod. It’s a game-changer, a trendsetter, and I’m confident it will transform any angler’s spodding performance with it in their hands.
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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