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PRODUCTTPREVIEW : Dobyns Rods TNG (The Next Generation) (continued)
 

Well, to test this claim, we snuck away with one of the g2 806ML sticks to put through the paces in our lab. That's right, straight into TT HQ and onto the RoD WRACK we went with this stick and to our surprise, the g2 806ML tested out almost identical to the g1 version of this stick.

 


Fig 1: This chart shows the deflection characteristics of the 806ML g1 vs g2 and how the sticks are virtually identical

 

Even more surprising is the fact, the new generation 806ML is a full ounce lighter than the original yet with a balance point of only 1.5" further up along the blank. Those keeping track of our new "Balancing Torque" statistic will like to know the original 806ML had a balancing torque of 0.017 ft lbs while the new version comes in at 0.034 ft lbs. This difference is perceivable, but the new 806ML is a very well balanced stick regardless.

 

Lab Results for Dobyns Rods 806ML (Gen 1 vs Gen 2)

Model
Avg RoD (2-48 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight
Balance Point
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Dobyns Rods 806ML (g1)
1.16
Fast
9.2 oz
2"
.017
Dobyns Rods 806ML (g2)
1.11
Fast
8.2 oz
3.5"
.034

 

Lastly, while the g1 806ML had 9 double footed guides with Alconite inserts plus the tip top, the g2 version has 12 double footed guides plus the tip top all with SiC inserts! The fact the original characteristics of the 806ML were retained while upgrading its components bodes very well for Dobyns Rods and provides assurance to fans of the original series that perhaps all the rods offered in both g1 and g2 do indeed feel the same or very close to the same if not better.

 


A closeup look at the Kinan SiC insert guides on the Champion Series sticks

 

A closeup look at the Kinan Zirconian insert guides on the Extreme Series sticks

 

Even with all these adjustments, for the TackleTour readership, perhaps the most apparent change to the Dobyns Rods lineup is the new look and feel of the entire Champion Extreme Series lineup. Once rather indistinguishable from the other split rear-grip, no foregrip rods in the marketplace, including the baseline Champion Series rods, the Extreme rods now feature style and detailing queues straight out of the pages of TackleTour's Enthusiast Forum. That's right, Dobyns Rods has gone Enthusiast!

 

 

Dobyns Rods Champion Extreme Series Spinning Rods

Model #
Length
Line Rating (lbs)
Lure Rating (oz)
Power
Taper
MSRP
DX701SF Finesse
7'0"
4-10
1/16-3/8
Light
Fast
$299
DX702SF Finesse
7'0"
6-12
1/8-1/2
Med/Lt
Fast
$299
DX703SF
7'0"
8-17
3/16-5/8
Medium
Fast
$299
DX742SF
7'4"
6-12
1/8-1/2
Med/Lt
Fast
$319
DX743SF
7'4"
8-17
3/16-5/8
Medium
Fast
$319
DX782SF
7'8"
6-12
1/8-1/2
Med/Lt
Fast
$329
DX783SF
7'8"
8-17
3/16-5/8
Medium
Fast
$329

 

The handle assembly for the Champion Spinning Rods

 

The handle assembly for the Champion Extreme Spinning Rods

 

 

Each Extreme Series rod will now feature a custom painted Fuji reel seat coated with one of those hue shifting paints, a matching graphite reel seat hood, gnurled winding checks, and a Kevlar sleeve wrap instead of the old graphite weave. The new look is a departure from Dobyns's normal, conservative nature, but he decided to have some fun this time around and shake things up.

 

Dobyns Rods Champion Extreme Series Casting Rods

Model #
Length
Line Rating (lbs)
Lure Rating (oz)
Power
Taper
MSRP
DX701C Finesse
6'8"
10-20
1/4-1
Heavy
Fast
$299
DX702C Finesse
7'0"
8-14
3/16-5/8
Medium
Fast
$299
DX703C
7'0"
10-17
1/4-3/4
Med/Hvy
Fast
$299
DX704C
7'0"
10-20
1/4-1
Heavy
Fast
$299
DX743C
7'4"
10-17
1/4-3/4
Med/Hvy
Fast
$319
DX744C
7'4"
10-20
1/4-1
Heavy
Fast
$319
DX784C ML
7'8"
12-25
1/4-1
Heavy
Fast
$329

Pricing & Availability: Here we have some good news and some bad news. Bad news first is prices on all the rods have gone up. It's just difficult to compete with products produced in the same country as his former manufacturer, but with that attractive pricing came compromises Dobyns was unwilling to endure.

The split rear grip version of the Extreme Rods

The full grip version of the Extreme Rods

He tells us the new rods are costing him, in some cases, double what the original did, but rather than pass all this cost along to the consumer, Dobyns has streamlined operations by taking the distribution effort entirely in house. That means he is no longer partnered with Lamiglas to provide these services. Does this mean an end to the fishing pro's tournament career? Only time will tell.

The Extreme series rods feature this graphite reel seat hood along with a kevlar wrap on the lower portion of the rod (viewable in the upper left of the photo)

Dobyns designed this new hook hangar for use on his Finesse sticks. It is designed to hold drop shot weights with little difficulty and stay out of the way

So what's the good news? The first shipment of rods is currently enroute and are due to hit store shelves right around the end of the month. Most all retailers who carried the first generation Dobyns Rods product will also be offering the new generation for sale - just in time for Spring.

 

Finally a look at the Champion Series split rear grip

 

And of course, the Champion Series full rear grip

 

 

Warranty/Replacement Plan: Dobyns Rods' warranty plan remains the same. All rods are covered by a limited lifetime warranty covering defects in materials or workmanship and back also is the $60 "No Hassle" replacement plan. All generation 1 rods are still covered by their original warranty (unless otherwise noted on the sticks themselves), but claims are to be made through Dobyns Rods directly instead of through Lamiglas.

 

Dobyns Rods are due back in store shelves at the end of January 2009

 

Conclusion: Gary Dobyns shared with us the story that he came very close to abandoning the rod market and going back to concentrate on tournament fishing. The number one factor keeping him in the game was the fact he didn't want to let his customers and retailers who supported him through this entire ordeal down. So instead he searched and fought and came back with a product with better specifications, improved actions, and heightened aesthetics. Will this next generation of Dobyns Rods be as successful as the first? Only time will tell.

 

 

                                     


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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