Introduction: It has been over four decades since Shimano released their first baitcast reel, the Bantam, and since then a lot has changed not only within the industry. It has become increasingly difficult to differentiate, and in many respects while baitcasters continue to push the refinement envelope the basic formula for these low profile reels remains vastly unchanged. The new Bantam is something new, something quite unlike anything else in the Shimano lineup, and bridges the gap between low profile baitcasters and aluminum round reels.
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As for the weight, it is all relative. An OG Zillion weighs a full oz. more but never really felt heavy to me unless you are switching back and forth with a Steez.
It kind of reminds me of the OG TDX reels. http://www.tackletour.com/reviewdaiwatdx.html
I would love it if Daiwa would make a new sleeker version of that reel with some sort of clever spring-loaded self-centering line guide to compete with the Bantam.