It is here! The Daiwa Tatula 103 Japan domestic model version of the Tatula 100 that debuted in the 2013 ICAST show has finally reached our shores. Daiwa’s design concept for Tatula was based on developing a reel that’s smooth, tough, durable, and as what we also have seen from the price tag, affordable.
Let’s take a look at the listed features of the Tatula 103:
- Newly-designed flip-up T-Wing system as seen in the US Tatula 100
- Compact aluminium frame and sideplate (at gear side)
- Tough, corrosion resistant clutch system
- Magforce-Z cast control system
- 8 Bearing system (7BB+1RB)
- UTD – Ultimate Tournament Drag dishing out 6kg of drag pressure
- 80mm skeletal swept handle equipped with Daiwa I-knob
- 34mm diameter lightweight ultra duralumin spool
- Available in 6.3, 7.3 and 8.1 gear ratios
- Made in Thailand
So what are the key differences between the Japanese Tatula 103 and the US Tatula 100?
(note: comparison based on Tatula 100 and not the Tatula Type-R)
- JDM Tatula has a Titanium-nitride coated line guide.
- 80mm skeletal ‘curved’ swept handle (similar to T3) equipped with Daiwa I-knob on the JDM vs. 90mm ‘straight’ skeletal swept handle with oversized paddle knobs on the US Tatula.
- JDM Tatula is equipped with a lightweight ultra-duralumin shallow spool (Line cap of 14lb-100m/16lb-85m) vs. US Tatula’s ported, high-capacity spool (Line Cap: 14lb-120m/16lb-100m).
- Black-coloured frame (JDM) vs. Gun-metal grey coloured frame (US).
- Gun-metal grey coloured cast control knob with coloured accents (JDM) vs. solid coloured cast control knob.
- JDM Tatula has a anodized lock nut plate while the US Tatula has a handle nut cover.
- Weight of 220g (JDM) vs. 225g (US)
- Manufacturer specified max drag pressure of 5kg (JDM) vs. 6kg (US).
- JDM Tatula is available in 6.3, 7.3 and 8.1 gear ratios while the US Tatula is available in 5.4, 6.3 and 7.3 gear ratios.
Shallower ultra-duralumin spool on JDM Tatula 103 (left) vs. ported high-capacity US version Tatula 100 (right). Interestingly, both spools weigh the same at 18 grams. That said, when both spools are filled with line, the shallower spool will overall be lighter as there’s less line.
The anodized lock nut plate on the JDM Tatula (left) vs. a handle nut cover on the US Tatula (right). Also notice the differences between the cast control knob and the skeletal swept handle on both reels.
In terms of casting performance, the JDM Tatula 103 is able to handle lighter weights, thanks to a shallower ultra-duralumin spool. Interestingly, both the US and JDM Tatula spools weigh the same at 18 grams. That said, when both spools are filled with line, the shallower spool will overall be lighter as there’s less line. As such, pitching, skipping and similar low-trajectory casts are definitely easier. Of course, the trade off for better casting performance would be lesser line capacity. Not that the US Tatula doesn’t cast well. It does hold up pretty decently on its own and the new flip-up T-Wing does marginally help to give some extra reach. Besides a higher line capacity than its JDM counterpart, the US Tatula’s longer 90mm skeletal swept handle and oversized paddle knobs offer more cranking power which can be useful when winding large crankbaits or pulling out stubborn fish from heavy cover. It is worth noting that the JDM Tatula has an 8.1 gear ratio model (103XH-TW / 103XHL-TW), capable of pulling in 86cms of line per crank whereas one would have to opt for the Tatula Type-R for that gear ratio in the US version.
The million dollar question: which Tatula to get? It really depends on what you’re after – casting performance or cranking power? Both are great reels and either choice certainly won’t disappoint given their inexpensive price tag.
TATULA 103 (JAPAN VERSION) SPECIFICATIONS:
|Model||Retrieve||Line Retrieval (cm)||Gear Ratio||Max. Drag (kg)||Line Cap (lb/m)||Spool Dia. (mm)||Bearings|
|103H-TW||Right||67||6.3||5||12-120, 14-100, 16-85||34||7/1|
|103HL-TW||Left||67||6.3||5||12-120, 14-100, 16-85||34||7/1|
|103SH-TW||Right||77||7.3||5||12-120, 14-100, 16-85||34||7/1|
|103SHL-TW||Left||77||7.3||5||12-120, 14-100, 16-85||34||7/1|
|103XH-TW||Right||86||8.1||5||12-120, 14-100, 16-85||34||7/1|
|103XHL-TW||Left||86||8.1||5||12-120, 14-100, 16-85||34||7/1|