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ProducTTpreview : Megabass's Orochi X4
 

Date: 9/2/10
Tackle type: Rods
Manufacturer: Megabass
Reviewer: Cal






 

Introduction: Those who have been lamenting the fact Evergreen International has not yet found their way to North American shores in an official capacity may or may not take solace in the fact that Megabass has and will continue to make their product available for the foreseeable future. But despite the position of their products, the primary obstacle for both of these Japanese manufacturing giants has been availability of relevant information. In other words, while the Megabass product has been available statesite for over a decade, literature regarding these products remains predominately in their native language leaving non-Japanese reading or speaking customers to rely on piecemeal translations.

 

A graphic of Megabass's new Orochi X4 Graphite Blank. 


One tidbit of information has recently found its way to TackleTour headquarters. Following on our review of the Evergreen International Kaleido series Black Raven fishing rod, we heard rumor that Megabass was upping the ante on their own version of the cross weave graphite blank made popular in their big impact, Orochi series of rods.

Megabass Orochi X4 Lineup

Model
Type
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
F1-66X4S Shakey Head
Spin
6'6"
1/32-1/4
2-8
29,000 JPY
F1-70X4S Hyena (Yuki Ito Special)
Spin
7'
1/32-1/4
2-10
29,500 JPY
F2-68X4SII Scramble Tour
Spin
6'8"
1/32-1/4
3-10
30,000 JPY
F3-68X4 RattleViper-Technical Game
Cast
6'8"
1/4-3/4
8-18
$317
F4-66X4 Cyclone
Cast
6'6"
1/4-3/4
8-20
$322
F4 1/2-70X4 Black Elseil
Cast
7'
1/4-3/4
8-20
$344
F5-68X4 Super Orochi
Cast
6'8"
3/8-1
10-25
$333
F6-68X4 Cover Hacking
Cast
6'8"
3/8-1 1/2
10-25
$339
F6-72X4 Destruction
Cast
7'2"
3/8-3 1/4
12-30
$356
FX-711X4 Seven Eleven
Cast
7'11"
1/4-2
10-30
$389

Megabass USA has confirmed this rumor explaining to us the new Orochi X4 rods are built to answer the Kaleido series only at less than half the retail price. As with anything Megabass, availability is pending and initial product images are not necessarily representative of the final product, but Megabass is touting this blank as ideal for finesse applications. Fitting then is the introduction of three new spinning models to the Orochi lineup, two in F1 (light) power, and one in F2 (medium light).

Conclusion: At less than half the price of Evergreen’s Kaleido series of rods, will the new Megabass Orochi X4 rods pack the same mystique as the rods built by their number one competitor? Certainly something doesn’t line up here. In Japan, a product cannot be considered premium unless it carries with it, a corresponding price tag. In the States, especially in the current economic climate, customers tend to turn a blind eye to inflated prices although there will always be the select few who share the opinion of the Japanese consumer. So are the Megabass Orochi X4 rods simply priced right and deliver the same performance as the competition or are they just the JDM version of a value priced line of rods made for the masses? There’s only one way to find out... stay tuned.


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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