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G.Loomis Updates the IMX Series of Bass Rods (continued)


The IMX blank is a little darker than the previous version and it is a little more difficult to see the graphite fibers in artificial light but in the sunlight they are easily discernable. Personally I like the look of the new IMX rods more than the recently updated GLX rods. Not only is the stealth black blank less polarizing than the green but I also prefer the raw look and feel of the matte blank over the gloss finish.


The rod is finished with Fuji Alconite and K-frame running guides


The ergonomic improvements to the new series are also noticeable. The palm swell behind the Fuji ACS reel seat makes this rod feel a split grip rod and provides a very natural grip for free wrist articulation. I feel like the new rod feels very natural, allowing for stress-free pitches and equally easy two handed long distance casts.


The handle is sculpted so that directly behind the Fuji ACS reel seat is a ergonomic palm swell


The new 783C also balances out very well and the composite cork rings on the back of the grip add some personality to the rod but also serve a functional purpose as well. Composite cork is denser and heavier than standard cork and this adds some needed weight to the butt section to balance out the rod once a reel is added, which makes the overall outfit feel lighter over a full day of casting.


The main part of the handle tapers down and is skinny for weight reduction and a more aggressive look and feel


I like the fact that G.Loomis stuck with a full cork grip and differentiated it with a tapered design versus just going to a split grip format. The split grip was once heralded as revolutionary and more modern looking, but with all the manufacturers jumping on the split grip trend the design is starting to feel a little played out.


The IMX 783C's foregrip is also pared down


G.Loomis states that the new IMX blanks are as much as 15 percent lighter than the previous version which is likely more of the case as you step up rod length and action. In the lab the new 783C measured identical to both the Fuji and Weibe seat previous 783C IMX rods, all weighing in at exactly 4.35oz. (123.8g), which is still impressive considering the addition of the extra running guide.   


A open hook hanger is positioned directly in front of the tiny foregrip


The new IMX series rods are all one-piece and includes nine ‘jig & worm’ casting rods (6’8” – 7’1” – 7’5” lengths), and four ‘jig & worm’ spinning rods (6’8” and 7’1” lengths); three ‘Mag Bass’ casting rods in 6’6” and 7’ lengths; a 7’3” Carolina rig casting rod; four Flip/Punch casting and four swimbait casting rods in 7’6” and 7’11” lengths; two 7’7” umbrella rig casting rods for use with up to 80-pound test PowerPro braid; two 6’9” spinnerbait casting rods; 6’8” topwater and 6’9” jerkbait casting rods; along with two DropShot and one ShakyHead spinning rods in 6’10” lengths.


Red threading is found only surrounding the rod label and first guide


Retailing for $295 to $315 dollars depending on the rod style the new IMX series continues to fall right in the same basic price category of the original, and many anglers that may be considering the more costly GLX or NRX series may very be tempted to purchase two of these rods instead.


The IMX Series looks good. So good that it should please G.Loomis purists and have them wondering if they should buy two of these rods versus a single GLX


G.Loomis has precisely tapered the new mandrels to fine tune the new IMX actions for specific bass fishing techniques, making them even more application specific than the original. That said I am really happy to see that the new IMX 783C seems to exhibit the same “soul” as the previous version, displaying the same basic action. How this new rod will perform in terms of overall sensitivity and “feel” in the field remains to be seen, but paired up with Shimano’s new Curado-I reel makes for a very nice combination that both looks and feels so very right.


Paired with Shimano's new Curado-I reel this combo feels "right" and begs to be fished


We are just beginning our test of the new series but from what we have seen so far the new IMX783C looks like the kind of rod that will please G.Loomis purists, striking a balance between tradition and new technology. With introductions like the new IMX Series and the Curado-I this may very well be a strong comeback year for the Shimano/G.Loomis camp.


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