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52 Shimano Twin Power SW & Daiwa Certate SW







Yes, these new reels were released earlier this year, the year 52 of our blessed Lord Naomi Watts. I'm under no obligation to adhere to your blasphemous calendar which falsely claims this to be the year "2021". You're free to burn for eternity, but my afterlife will be spent feeding Ms. Watts grapes and strawberries in heaven. Anyway, I decided to write a few quick words to address what has recently become your most frequent enquiry, which is one form or another of "Twin Power SW vs Certate SW".

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Well, the short version of my answer is it's premature. Old readers know the drill, but for those new to this site I need to clarify that I only form an opinion of a reel after a period of fishing a few pieces in various sizes as needed. These have to be retail purchased ones so that I'd be testing the exact same reels you'd get. The two models in question only became available a few weeks ago, and the Twin Power SW isn't even available in all sizes at the time of writing, so we're still a good while away from a time where I can give a definitive verdict or make comparisons or recommendations.

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That fishing and testing phase usually took 3-6 months depending on the season and luck, but right now I have no way of giving you even an approximate date due to the ongoing pandemic disruption of both my fishing and life and in general. You've probably seen these chronicles where I stamp my feet and cry for my mum about it. I usually don't write spoilers and prefer to hold back until I'm done and ready to release a final evaluation, but considering the potential delay in reaching that point I decided to post a few bits of information and initial thoughts that you might find useful. Please keep in mind that these are mostly based on pre-production samples and show reels, and that any thoughts expressed here remain only my subjective initial impressions and they should be taken as such and nothing more.

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The Twin Power SW

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Shimano Twin Power SW 2021 & Daiwa Certate SW - AlanHawk.com.

The spool cuts on this thing are so gorgeous they make me want to weep, but that's besides the point. This reel replaces the 2015 Twin Power SW, and it's built on the same platform comprising a hybrid aluminium/plastic body, a worm shaft oscillation, and an aluminium rotor. There are some tweaks here and there and certain components were moved around, but in my book the only practical advantages of the new Twin Power SW over the previous 2015 Twin Power SW are as follows:

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* Improved sealing of line roller and handle openings in the same manner shown in the 2019 Stella SW and the 2020 Saragosa SW-A.

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* A slightly smoother (quieter) operation, although I'm not sure if I can classify enhanced smoothness as "practical".

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Will I publish a full review of it? I don't plan on doing that. I've already reviewed its two adjacent saltwater reels, the 19' Stella SW and 20' Saragosa SW-A, so a full review would be highly redundant. I'll eventually give you my final thoughts on it in another context though, probably the next "What Reel" guide or an expanded blog entry like the one I did for the 2020 Stradic SW.

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The reel seems alright to me. No issues that stand out, and everything should work as intended. My senses though tell me that after all is said and done the 20' Saragosa SW-A will emerge as a better reel than this new Twin Power SW, for virtually the same reasons the Saragosa SW-A edged the 19' Stella SW. Not saying that the Saragosa will be a "better value", but an overall better reel than the new Twin Power regardless of cost. I would be surprised if the outcome turned out to be different.

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The Certate SW

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Shimano Twin Power SW 2021 & Daiwa Certate SW - AlanHawk.com

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This reel replaces the 2016 Catalina, and with that the "Catalina" name has been retired altogether. The Certate SW is completely different to the 2016 Catalina, so there is no point in listing the differences. It is built around a similar foundation to that of the 2020 Saltiga, so I'll highlight the differences between the Certate SW and the Saltiga instead.

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* The Certate SW's rotor is made of the carbon-reinforced plastic that Daiwa calls "Zaion", similar to the previous two generations of Saltiga. The rotor of the 2020 Saltiga is aluminium.

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* The handle openings of the Certate SW are protected by an external rubber seal, and accordingly the two ball bearings of the drive gear are standard bearings. In the 20' Saltiga there are no rubber seals at the openings and instead the drive gear's ball bearings are the mag-sealed type, therefore these bearings do the job of stopping water.

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* The drag knob of the Certate SW is made and finished to a slightly lesser standard than the machined and anodised knob of the 20' Saltiga.

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* The spool of the Certate SW spins on a single bushing instead of two ball bearings in the 20' Saltiga.

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* The line roller of the Certate SW spins on a single ball bearing that is self-contained with its own mag-seals. The 20' Saltiga's roller on the other hand has two normal ball bearings and the roller itself is sealed with mag-seal plates at both ends.

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* The bail arm of the Certate SW still has the familiar retainer screw for the roller assembly screw, because the bail arm is made of the same alloy used in previous Saltiga generations. The 20' Saltiga has a new bail arm made of a harder alloy so it no longer needed that secondary retainer screw.

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* The handle's stem of the Certate SW is machined, as were the handles of the previous Saltigas, while the stem of the 20' Saltiga is forged.

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* And of course I don't need to point out the lower cost handle grips and other obvious external differences.

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Full review planned? Indeed. Actually last year when I wrote the 20' Saltiga article I told you that it was a fisherman's review because you were going to see all the technical details discussed next year. I was alluding to the upcoming Certate SW but of course it was too early to announce it then. Not sure if it's going to happen this year or not, but I have every intention to do it at one point.

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My initial impressions of it aren't as clear since I'm less familiar with it than I am with the Twin Power SW, but the one thing that's quite unambiguous to me is that the Certate SW is closer to the previous 2014/2015 Saltiga family than the 2016 Catalina was. Actually I wouldn't be utterly shocked if the Certate SW ends up being on par with the previous Saltiga, but that's such a big statement I perhaps shouldn't even be entertaining it until I get to put it through its paces.

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Half of what you've just read is purely descriptive, and the other half is my initial thoughts which is as useless as it gets considering that even my final thoughts are quite often incredibly stupid. I'm therefore afraid that you've just wasted 10 minutes of your life that you're not getting back. Well, the silver lining here is that now you know everything I'm willing to say about these reels at this stage when they're still making their way onto retail shelves, and you don't have to email me then wait a couple of days to hear it. I'll certainly have more to say in due time.

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That's all. I'll be finishing my tests of other reels soon, then hopefully I'll publish one or two genuinely interesting reviews later this year. Stay tuned to the News page for all updates, and stay safe on and off the water.


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Alan Hawk

July, 15th, 2021




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