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Evergreen International's Next Generation Super Stallion (continued)

 

I find this correlation quite interesting because the TKIC-71MH fishes quite a bit more powerful than what I remember from my old MBR844C GLX even though their deflection curves align. As a side note, you can see that the original TKLC-71MH's deflection curve is even more shallow than that of the TKIC-71MH - this even though the two rods share the same exact ratings. It just shows that it can be difficult to ascertain how a rod will perform until you get it out on the water.


EVA foam grips capped by a very subtle metal winding check.

Out on the water, the TKIC-71MH really has all the power you need out of a seven foot one inch rod with a really smooth power curve. It has that very interesting, high end JDM dual taper feature where it fishes one way but then softens up once a powerful fish is pulling on the other end of the line. I discovered this while playing around with Division Rebel Tackle's (DRT) two piece, big bait, the Klash, on Clear Lake, CA two years ago. A big, aggressive channel cat grabbed the lure and took me for a ride.


A rogue channel cat caught while checking out the action of Division Rebel Tackle's Klash two-piece bait.

If I recall correctly, that catfish weighed about nine pounds and for a second, when I set hook, I thought I nailed a monster bass, but as soon as I saw my line do that telltale circle on the top of the water, I knew it was a cat. Whenever that cat went on a run, the TKIC-71MH softened up nicely putting good pressure on the fish without feeling like it or my line were going to snap. It's a fine line between too much pressure and not enough, but the TKIC-71MH walks it expertly.


The receiving end of the rod's handle section.

Design & Ergonomics: With a measured total weight of only four point six ounces (4.6oz) and a balance point only six and a half inches (6.5") above the mid-line of the reel seat, the TKIC-71MH has a feeling in hand that belies its overall power and screams for a relatively light weight reel.


The back end of the rod's top section.

Of course, what most enthusiasts will probably want to know is how does this Super Stallion compare to the original. Unfortunately, my original Super Stallion has since found a new home but I seem to recall it feeling even lighter in hand than this one. Looking back at the old review I can see the numbers bear that out since the original Super Stallion, TKLC-71MH, had a balancing torque number of 0.15 versus 0.19 for this Inspirare version.


Slide the two pieces together to complete your Super Stallion.

It's safe to say while the two sticks share the same model name and specifications, they are indeed two different sticks - and that's ok. I much prefer this more contemporary look in the Inspirare series, but the performance of the original Kaleido Super Stallion is difficult to top.

Lab Results for Evergreen International Kaleido Inspirare TKIC-71MH Super Stallion

Model
Avg RoD (2-48 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Evergreen International Kaleido Inspirare TKIC-71MH Super Stallion Black
1.40
Fast
4.6
6.5
0.19
TKLC-71MH Super Stallion
1.29
X-Fast
5.1
6.5
0.15
MBR844C GLX
1.48
Fast
4.7
7.5
--
Flipping Rod Average
1.52
---
6.0
8.5
0.27


Fuji titanium framed, SiC insert guides.

Price & Applications: As with all Evergreen International fishing rods, the TKIC-71MH Inspirare Super Stallion comes with a pretty hefty price tag of 79,000 JPY or roughly $690 at the time of this writing. This does not include shipping from Japan or extra baggage fees if you're trying to bring one home from Japan because, as you know, this stick is not available officially in the States. This despite the fact Evergreen International now has a distribution agreement with Daiwa. Of course, this agreement only covers lures - for now anyway.


The Kaleido Inspirare series features the signature of Katsutake Imae (Japan's equivalent of KVD).

 

Application wise, the TKIC-71MH is every bit as versatile as the original Super Stallion but for some reason doesn't have that same "it" factor. It's odd because the original Super Stallion was listed as having an extra-fast taper. There is no designation on this version, but just judging from its use (and the missing "X" in its model number), we guess it to be a fast taper. This slower taper should translate to a more versatile stick yet the TKIC-71MH feels more suited to vertical bait presentations than horizontal baits which is the opposite of what I remember from the original Super Stallion.

 

Ratings:

Evergreen International Kaleido Inspirare TKIC-71MH Super Stallion Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Top tier from Evergreen International is as precise as it gets 10
Performance Yes, it's that good 9.5
Price If it was only just a matter of cost 3
Features Top end components and the EVA grip I was missing in the original! 9
Design (Ergonomics) A more aggressive design yet still excellent weight and balance 9
Application Still a very versatile stick but somehow not as versatile as the original? 9

Total Score

8.25
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
+ More contemporary and stealthy design - So very difficult to source
+ Even lighter than the original and still with good balance  
+ There is another Inspirare... with a cork grip instead of EVA  

  

Conclusion: It's interesting how the difference in exchange rate from when we wrote up the original Super Stallion in 2011 to now can affect the rod's overall score. There was something truly special about the original Super Stallion that would make me prefer that stick in terms of performance yet the Super Stallion Black Inspirare scored a tick better mostly because of a more favorable exchange rate. I do happen to prefer the cosmetics of this rod over the original and I'm glad Evergreen did away with the foregrip but since both sticks are so very difficult to source, it's kind of a moot point anyway.

 


My only wish is that these sticks were more easily sourced here in North America.

 

I'd really like to see that distribution agreement between Daiwa and Evergreen International to open up and include the fishing rods. Then we'd have some really long, drawn out battles between high end Daiwa, Evergreen and Megabass. Then again, that could be why we don't see the rods here in the states because they'd be in direct competition with Daiwa even if Daiwa was getting a cut. Or it could be the fear of more bogus warranty claims. It's likely a combination of the above. Whatever the case, it's unfortunate because Evergreen International truly has something very worthwhile to share with their bass rods and it sure would be nice to have an easier path to acquire them. Speaking of which, if you have an opportunity to get your hands on any Evergreen Stick that has the model name "Super Stallion" - no matter the version, jump at the chance.


 

   

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