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Evergreen International's Super Stick : TKLC-71MHX (continued)

At the lower end of the rod's lure rating, I tied on a three eighths ounce Gann's Performance Tackle Stiletto spinnerbait and had at it on Falcon Lake, Texas. With this bait at the end of the line, the Super Stallion instantly transforms into a very lively and manageable spinnerbait stick! Gone was any feeling of this rod being able to handle huge baits, as the TKLC71MHX felt every bit like a medium heavy, all purpose rod vying for The Search For One title!

What's great about the Super Stallion? You can go from big baits down to stuff like this.

 

And this rod makes a fantastic spinnerbait stick!

The only real disadvantage the Super Stallion has in the casting department is its relatively short length. For a stick with this much range in casting ability, it'd be nice to have five to eight more inches in length so you can really launch your bait. But what you lose in potential distance with this rod, you gain in control. It's really only a small disadvantage.

Courtesy of Falcon Lake, Texas.

Sensitivity: Just like its lower powered sibling, the Black Raven, the Super Stallion, featuring Evergreen International's cross weave graphite blank, is all about sensitivity. Evergreen has really hit a home run with this blank design and every rod we pick up from this series practically feels like an extension of your finger tips. It's a sensation you have to fish to believe.

Sensitivity of this stick has a lot to do with the interwoven graphite blank ...

 

... and little to do with the stylish Fuji ACS reel seat.

Power: The real advantage of the Super Stallion, with its high lure and line ratings, is when you get a fish at the end of the line, there's little doubt you'll be able to control it. Granted, a peacock bass bent on wreaking havoc will rip up just about any bass rod, but such battles with the Super Stallion as your weapon of choice are more thrilling than frightening.

You want power? We took this stick down to the Amazon!

As far as black bass are concerned, the Super Stallion is more than up to the challenge of the meanest largemouth you can hook into. The rod is so light and well balanced, it's easy to forget how truly powerful it is.

As part of Evergreen International's top end Kaleido series, the Super Stallion comes standard with Fuji titanium framed, SiC guides.

Availability: The story continues to stall in Evergreen International's efforts to land in North America with an official presence. We had high hopes at ICAST 2010 that they'd have good news to share with us. Afterall, they procured a booth and had their entire prostaff on hand to greet us. We must have spent over an hour speaking with everyone and re-familiarizing ourselves with their product. In the end, there was no progress to report so if you've read through this review and want a Super Stallion for your arsenal, you'll have to procure it from overseas.

This rod is so light and well balanced, it's easy to forget how truly powerful it is.

Pricing: Are you ok with all of that? Suggested retail price of the TKLC-71MHX Kaleido Super Stallion from Evergreen International is 79,800 JPY. At the time of this writing the exchange rate is 81.3 JPY for every US Dollar. To purchase a product from a tackle dealer located within Japan, more than likely, you'll have to do so through a venue like Paypal. Very few will take a credit card direct. Paypal charges somewhere in the neighborhood of three points for every exchange rate transaction. This means your effective exchange rate would be 78.3 JPY/US Dollar. Bottom line? Through these type of channels, Super Stallion will cost you $1,019 before shipping. Think you can handle that?

Want this stick? With the current exchange rate, price and lack of warranty has to be no object for you.

Warranty: With no official presence in North America, if you go through the effort of importing this, or any other Evergreen International rod to the States, you know the drill. You'll be doing so at your own risk and with zero official warranty support from Evergreen International. This one little fact has stopped very few people from going through with effort of acquiring these sticks, but at over $850 a pop, the lack of warranty support is a tidbit worth reminding you about.

Ratings:

Evergreen International TKLC-71MHX Super Stallion Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality It doesn't get much better than this 9.5
Performance outstanding 10
Price you have to not care 1
Features top end components - I'd have preferred an eva or hypalon grip 8.5
Design (Ergonomics) conservative but elegant nonetheless 8.5
Application you name it, the Super Stallion can do it 10

Total Score

7.92
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
+ Extremely light and crisp - The Exchange Rate
+ Handles a wide range of lure weights and handles them well - Evergreen International's delay in establishing an official North American presence
+ Light yet powerful  
+ Excellent sensitivity  

 

Not only is the TKLC-71MHX Super Stallion this Editor's Choice, it's also officially Amazon Certified!

 

Conclusion: Looking for a stick to handle a wide range of baits and handle them well? Do you have little patience and time for run of the mill on your ship and instead, have a collection of flags? Do you have the tendency if a product breaks on you, to instead of hassling with any silly warranty process, simply go out and buy another? If you can answer in the affirmative to at least two out of the three scenarios outlined above, you my friend, are ready for a stick like the Super Stallion. No fuss, no muss, no tender footing around, just give me a stick that performs with no questions asked and let me fish. That is what the Super Stallion is all about, and if you are on a quest for the ultimate stick to handle everything from a three eighths of an ounce spinnerbait to a three ounce topwater plug, stop denying yourself, pull out the cash, and order yourself up one of these sticks.



 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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