Daiwa Lexa 400 HD Review – The Innovative Reel Worth Buying?

Inshore fishing is a great way to relax, and it can turn into a serious hobby. Though it is a personal preference on what type of reel you select for this, often low-profile baitcasting reels are suitable to accomplish this business.

Daiwa came up with such low-profile casting reels which are built with exceptional quality and functionality. There is a wide range of models from Daiwa that are suitable for inshore fishing.

Here we will do Daiwa Lexa 400 HD review which is their most popular brand in the market.

Built & Design

The reel is designed to tackle most of the massive inshore fishes. Its heavy-duty (HD) reel is built to sustain subtle forces. The reel consists of corrosion-resistant ball bearings with pinion gears.

Daiwa Lexa 400 HD comes in following variants:

Model

Gear Ratio

Bearings

Line per turn

Line capacity

Max drag ( lbs)

Weight

Handle

LEXA-HD400HS-P

7.1:1

6CRBB, 1RB

37.7"

MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200

25

17.2 oz

Right

LEXA-HD400XS-P

8.1:1

6CRBB, 1RB

43"

MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200

25

17.2 oz

Right

LEXA-HD400XSL-P

8.1:1

6CRBB, 1RB

43"

MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200

25

17.2 oz

Left

LEXA-HD400H-P

6.3:1

6CRBB, 1RB

33.4"

MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200

25

15.3 oz

Right

LEXA-HD400PWR-P

5.1:1

6CRBB, 1RB

27.1"

MONO: 17/245, 20/190
BRAID: 55/300, 80/200

25

16.2 oz

Right

It is clear that the Lexa 400HD has a wide range of options and you can choose according to your requirement.

All the rods come with a UTD carbon drag which gives a superior ability to retrieve dominant fishes. The aluminum side frame and plates give the reel an excellent performance.

The reel is designed for anglers in catching massive inshore fishes. You can cast the reel between 50 to 60 yards depending on the model. Its EVA custom knob enables the user a great control while fishing.

The finishing and painting of the reel are good but not as good as anodized finishing. So, avoid accidental dropping on rocks or sliding it through concrete walls, it may cause scratches.

Features

Daiwa Lexa 400 HD

Daiwa 400 HD has a premium range of features along with superior built quality. You will get all the features that a high-end casting reel has. Let us look into some prominent features of Daiwa Lexa 400 HD rods.

  • Cast Control

What makes Daiwa so versatile is its ability in cast control. The reels have their patented cast control system known as Magforce-Z. It has a superior braking system which will help the spool to spin as long as it reaches the end of the cast.

Once it reaches the end, the magnetic brakes automatically apply the brakes so that it will slow down the spooling action. This feature also prevents back spooling which is a common phenomenon in baitcasting.

The side plate of the reel has an additional adjustment dial with which you can fine-tune the braking system.

  • Ultimate Tournament Carbon Drag System (UTD)

The Daiwa Lexa 400 HD (along with other models) have an oversized carbon fiber drag washers on either side of the pool. It allows the pressure an even distribution on the spool.

The UTD system allows smooth and easy drag without binding or catching.

  • Bearings

All Lexa 400 models come with seven bearings, and these bearings are known as Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearings (CRBB). The bearing configuration is 2CRBB + 4 BB + 1 RB.

All the bearings are made of special stainless steel which will last up to 12 times more than regular bearings.

  • Reducing Cutouts on the Swept Handle

The Lexa 400 HD models have a large swept handle with cutouts. These cutouts will help in transferring energy directly to the reel without any wastage.

The P models have large paddle handles for better grip while cranking.

Pros

  • Excellent baitcaster for inshore fishing
  • Superior quality of materials and design
  • Best value for money
  • Can be used in freshwater and saltwater
  • Great for catching large inshore fishes
  • Power handle with EVA knob
  • Power and speed in a single reel which is not a common combination seen in most of the reels

Cons

  • The bearings do not have enough grease and you need to apply more before you use it
  • No clicker
  • A bit heavier than other reels
  • Suitable only for larger baits

Compatibility

Daiwa Lexa 400 HD is a versatile reel, and it is compatible with most of the rods. Understand your need before installing it on a rod. Know the power specifications of the rod as some of them are not designed for larger baits.

While there are plenty of rods which are compatible with Lexa 400 HD, below are some of the prominent models which can be used with the reel.

  • Teramar Inshore
  • Shimano Teramar
  • St. Croix
  • Daiwa Proteus
  • Phenix abyss
  • Dobyns
  • Proteus
  • US 80 or 90 mega
  • UC711MH or H
  • Cousins Raze
  • Tiburon

Verdict

Daiwa Lexa 400 HD is an excellent reel for inshore enthusiasts. It is made of industrial grade of materials and will last more than any other conventional reels.

The versatility of the reel makes it compatible with a wide variety of rods. All you need to do is ensure proper greasing before using it out of the box. Also, note that it is not designed for smaller baits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the gear ratio of 400 series Lexa casting reels?

The gear ratio varies between the models of the 400 HD series. The various gear ratios available are 5:1:1, 6:3:1, 7:1:1, and 8:1:1.

Q. How to know which reel is right or left handed?

The Daiwa Lexa 400 HD left-hand model is LEXA-HD400XSL-P. All others are right handed.

Q. What is the difference between the 300 and 400 series of Lexa?

They differ in line capacity and size, the rest everything is same. The Daiwa Lexa 400 HD line capacity is higher than the 300 series.

For heavy fishes such as musky, the 400 models are more suitable.

Q. How many models of 400 HD series have power handle?

All the variants of 400 HD have power handles designated with alphabet ‘P’ at the end of their description (ex: LEXA-HD400XSL-P).

Note that Worth: Is Daiwa Lexa 400 HD Worth Its Investment?

Our comprehensive guide for Daiwa Lexa 400 HD review might have helped you in selecting the ideal reel suitable for you.

One must note that Daiwa Lexa 400 HD is designed exclusively for inshore and rockfish fishing. They are also ideal to catch heavy fishes such as muskies and pikes.

If you want to catch other smaller fishes such as Calica bass, Bonita, and, barracuda, you can opt for 300 series of Lexa.

Glen Jensen
 

This is Glen Jensen founder of Fisher Picks. I started this blog to provide guide and reviews of best fishing & outdoor products.

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