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Get Your Bass Fix With DUO's Realis Vibration 68 G-Fix Crankbaits (continued)

Do these baits hold up to abuse? After using mine on several trips, I am not real impressed with the durability of the finish. Through normal usage and fish catching they seem to wear a little quicker and easier than I'd like to see. Testing the finish with a sharp object like a hook point or scissors will also scratch the surface quite easily.

Performance Ratings for DUO Realis Vibration G-Fix

Castability (1-5)
Ease of Actuation(1-5)
Quality of Movement (1-5)
Durability (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

A head-on view of a roughed-up test bait.

Features: All Vibration G-Fix models come equipped with red eyes, excellent detailing, and a special internal weighting system. This system includes a molded lead weight located between the line tie and red eyeball, along with a single six-millimeter tungsten ball and 12 three-millimeter tungsten balls sitting just below.

The nose gets scuffed easily and was the first part to exhibit wear.

Design and Ergonomics: These compact, streamlined offerings pack a lot into a small package. They boast dense, heavy bodies along with realistic detailing. Twelve colors are available to cover all the baitfish bases. Both available sizes aren't real big, so those wanting a more “magnum sized” bait will need to continue their search.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for DUO Realis Vibration G-Fix

Bait to Bait Consistency (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Realism (1-5)
Available Sizes (1-3)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Kishida, a Japanese brand focused solely on OEM supply, furnishes the hooks.

Application: Anglers wanting to probe deeper zones will find these baits the most useful. Cranking deeper flats, weedlines, and standing timber, or jigging/ripping/pumping the bait off deep ledges and other key zones will yield the best results. While these baits will work in shallow water, a faster retrieve and tip-up rod attitude is needed to keep the bait from plowing the bottom.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

DUO Realis Vibration G-Fix (?/10)

Construction/Quality Attention to detail is very high 10
Performance Not much action on the drop and the bait requires at least modest speeds to activate 8
Price The $13.99 price point is more expensive than most 6
Features Impressive features both inside and outside 9
Design (Ergonomics) These baits utilize smart designs and pack a lot of weight and noise into a compact package 9.44
Application Most useful for the deep-water angler that wants to cover areas quickly 6

Total Score

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

+ Beautiful baits - Not as versatile or durable as some other lip-less cranks
+ Fast sink rate - Price
+ You can't reel or rip these too fast  
+ Very sharp stock hooks  

One of several chunks caught while casting from a favorite stretch of steep bank.

Conclusion: DUO never disappoints when it comes to delivering quality craftsmanship. The Realis Vibration 68 G-Fix is not only beautiful to look at, but includes some really impressive out-of-the-box features. Sure, I didn't really find these baits to be optimal for where and how I fish locally, but anglers that want to probe deeper waters at a fast pace will want to take a closer look.

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