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Re-Energizing Their Drive : Denali's New Lithium Mag Crank Stick (continued)

Features: As we mentioned earlier, the L945XD comes with a split rear grip made of both cork and EVA foam. The semi-micro guides are built by Sea-Guide and feature stainless steel frames with zirconium inserts. The reel seat is very comfortable and features an aggressive exposed blank design by Webo. The hook keeper is open ended and installed on the underside of the rod, just above the reel seat. This position keeps it out of the way and minimizes line troubles that you sometimes encounter if the open ended keepers are installed on the top or side of the rod. There is no rod sleeve with the L945XD.


The L945XD comes with an open ended hook keeper.

Features Ratings for Denali Lithium L945XD Mag Crank

Grip (1-5)
Guides (1-5)
Reel Seat (1-5)
Hook Keeper (1-5)
Rod Sleeve (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
3
4
4
1
15
25
6.0


One thing I really liked about this rod was its reel seat.

Design/Ergonomics: There's still no getting around the fact that at seven feet, ten inches (7'-10") in length, and five point seven ounces (5.7oz) in weight, the L945XD Mag Crank is a big, beefy stick. But it is a big, beefy stick built to throw, big, oversized, lures of unusual size (L.O.U.S.). All that length and power comes at a price and that price is weight and a balance point that's below the averages from the data we've collected on rods designed for a similar purpose back in 2009.


Plenty of blank exposure on top.

Lab Results for Denali Lithium L945XD Mag Crank

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Denali Lithium L945XD Mag Crank
1.82
Mod-Fast
5.7
10
0.29
Shallow Crank Avg
3.00
--
4.8
5
0.17
Medium Crank Avg
2.30
--
5.2
8.5
0.21
Deep Crank Avg
1.90
--
4.9
8.75
0.23


and of course, on bottom.

On the other hand, the rod's grip is designed at a good length allowing for comfortable two handed casting. Unfortunately, I found the rod's graphics a bit over the top. I don't care for the silver woven graphite look at the base of the rod. The look of that material is overdone and a bit played out, but understanding it's probably something that appeals to the younger generation, I scored it as "average" rather than below average in this metric.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Denali Lithium L945XD Mag Crank

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
3
2
2
14
20
7.0


The decorative badge on the back end of the rod.

Application: The L945XD is a big, powerful stick with a nice, moderate taper. There are a few punching sticks that come to mind with similar tapers and slightly longer lengths that I like to use for these ultra deep diving cranks, so looking at it from the other side, this stick designed for deep diving cranks would actually make a nice punching rod. It has the right length, power and taper, and thanks to its blended graphite construction, is plenty sensitive enough for these duties as well.


Denali is redefining their brand beginning with the Lithium series.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Denali Lithium L945XD Mag Crank

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
5
4
4
3
19
25
7.6

Ratings:

Denali Lithium L945XD Mag Crank Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Solid, clean build 7.89
Performance This stick can really launch an L.O.U.S 9.2
Price Denali always delivers good value 7
Features Basic feature set 6.0
Design (Ergonomics) A bit tip heavy but hard not to expect that from a stick of this length and power 7.0
Application More versatile than you may think 7.6

Total Score

7.45
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ This rod can launch oversized crankbaits - Tip Heavy
+ Softens up nicely once you have a fish hooked - Not crazy about the silver, woven graphite pattern
+ Surprisingly versatility  

  


Looking for a versatile, heavy cranking stick? The L945XD might be just the stick for you.

 

Conclusion: Denali's Lithium series of rods replaces their popular Rosewood series and represents a slightly more aggressive approach from the manufacturer in terms of styling. The series maintains a connection to their past with a very small piece of wood installed as an accent at the top of the reel seat, but the L945XD in particular is more than just styling and tradition. This stick is all business. It's built for a singular purpose and while it performs that singular purpose quite well, it's also a little more versatile than you expect for a rod designed around the requirements of lures of unusual size. Use it for everything from deep cranks to Alabama rigs to swimbaits to punching to Carolina rigging and more. If you've yet to sample a rod from Denali, their new Lithium L945D Mag Crank is an excellent choice for a first impression.

 

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