These are a workhorse of a reel and will last forever, so long as you treat them with a bit of care.

I’ve had mine for seven years and they’re still in superb working order, despite the utmost abuse and usage. I must admit, Daiwa does manufacture some technically superior reels, but the 5000Ts are cool, quirky and just keep on performing. What’s more, the quick-folding handles allow them to be folded when on the rests, so you can get your rods closer together for that ‘carpy look’.

Dan Wildbore

RRP: £325
Website: www.daiwasports.co.uk