Made of high-strength, low-density material. Rigorously polished to minimise friction. Slim and lightweight. This is TORZITE, Fuji’s next generation ceramic ring.
According to Fuji, the name “TORZITE” is derived from the geometric term “torus”, describing the unique shape of the toric ring. With this new material and shape, the TORZITE ring is much thinner and lighter than a SiC ring of the same size, effectively reducing the overall weight of a guide by about 10%.
A cross-sectional view of the TORZITE ring shows a greater surface area that allows for a greater dispersion of force under line load as compared to conventional ring designs.
This test shows how a monofilament line that’s run through a TORZITE ring under the same load results in lesser line curl than an equivalent line running through a SiC ring.
Thanks to its slimmer shape, the TORZITE ring’s inner diameter is approximately 15% larger than a SiC ring of the same size.
What this means is that we can downsize guides by one size, translating to significant weight savings of about 20-30% in total guide weight. Downsizing to lighter guides also makes the tip lighter, reducing bouncing and improving rod blank sensitivity.
External impact is one of the biggest problems for ceramic rings. Fuji TORZITE has a special characteristic that bounces off the impact like a spring.
TORZITE’s high-strength ceramic material has the same level of abrasion resistance and impact strength as SiC. This is despite the fact that a TORZITE ring is much thinner than an equivalently sized SiC ring. Therefore the chances of rings fracturing upon inadvertent impact are lower compared to other lower grade ring materials.
Illustration shows the difference in micro pits on SiC and TORZITE ring surface.
TORZITE rings are highly polished to a very smooth finish to maximize fishing line performance and prolong line life. In conjunction with the toric ring design, line flow is smoother and heat build up is dramatically reduced while fighting fish. A smoother ring surface reduces contact pressure and friction, allowing for smoother casts and retrieves. Fuji’s lab tests have also found that monofilament lines have 4 times longer line life or endurance when used on TORZITE rings compared to SiC rings.
Besides guides, Fuji also introduces several other new rod components for 2014. The newly-developed LO/AN lock-nut is designed to firmly secure the Fuji DPS-SD/ASH nut from loosening. The business end of the lock-nut is a threadless collar with a stopper to prevent loosening of the nut during fishing. Fuji calls this the BACK STOP mechanism.
For 2014, Fuji also introduces an array of new reel seats, namely the PLS, PTS and TVS, each with specific purposes.
The TVS reel seat is Fuji’s first blank-touch reel seat for spinning rods, designed specifically for sensitivity and accurate casting. Ergonomically designed, the TVS reel seat fits naturally between the thumb and fore finger, forming a “V” shape when viewed from above. The thumb positioned on the blank at the side of the reel seat gives more stability hence optimizing casting accuracy.
Fuji’s PTS (Palm Trigger Seat) is designed to be wider and flatter to improve palming and grip hold. The trigger shape is also refined to reduce finger stress.
The Fuji PLS (Palming Support Light Weight Seat) is designed based on ergonomics to keep the angler’s wrist at a natural angle, offering comfortable palming with minimal stress on the wrist. Sensitivity is also improved with blank exposure. The PLS reel seat is recommended for jigging rods and corresponds to reels size 100-500 (Daiwa) and 1000-3000 (Shimano).