I have read that the Shimano Stradic has an open drag system not good for sandy or gritty water. Whereas, the Daiwa Capricorn has a closed drag system. see tackletour.com . Just wondering, what does that exactly mean....does that mean the capricorn is sealed and the stradic is not?? Plus, why would Shimano make an open drag system not good for sandy or gritty water?
Also had the same question from your comparison review. From the pic, it looks like the Capricorn had a wider surface area to seal the drag but more grime inside.
2) I'm answering this post from home,a nd those numbers are back in the lab, so I can't remember the exact lb pressure. We use a shimano and rapala spring scale to measure drags. As I remeber the Capricorn was about 8-12% better.
3) Daiwa did not confirm with me but I suspect this is not actually tintanium nitride, it appears to be a anodized alloy of some type. it does resist scratching but is not much slicker. Coated spools in theory should cast better, but the diference is almost indistiguishable. More importantly is the shape of the lip, and the diameter of the spool.... Daiwa's ABS is a real winner...less curls=less memory=smoother, longer cast. "