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Rod Review


Cranking at a Higher Level, the New G.Loomis GLX

 

Date: 1/3/13
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: G.Loomis
Reviewer: Zander






Total Score: 8.16 - EDITOR'S CHOICE

Introduction: Whatever your target application chances are G.Loomis has a rod offering, or two, from their vast lineup for  you. Over the last few years the company has continued to refine and reinvent a number of their rod lines, and it was just a matter of time until the GLX Series was also due to receive an update. Two decades after the original GLX rods were introduced G.Loomis took to the task of reinventing one of the most popular series of rods the bass world has ever seen.  

 

G.Loomis GLX 783 CBR Cranking Rod Specifications

Material GLX (Gen 2) Graphite
Length 6'6"
Handle Length 13.5”
Line Wt. 8 - 14lb
Lure Wt. 1/4 - 5/8oz.
Pieces 1
Guides 8 Guides + Tip Top (Fuji titanium Fame/SiC guides)
Power Rating Medium
Taper Moderate
Rod Weight 4.2 oz
Origin USA
MSRP $395.00

 


To help separate the new GLX Series from other G.Loomis lines the company created a new reel seat

 

Impressions: There are only a handful of major rod manufacturers that still build premium rods right here in the U.S., and perhaps best known of all is still G.Loomis. Over the last few seasons G.Loomis has been introducing new lines like the NRX which illustrate just how far the company is willing to go to deliver premium performance as well as redesigning mainstream offerings like the GL2 Series which provides anglers with a more cost effective foray to the brand.

 


If the ergonomic handle looks familiar it is because it is every similar to the design first implemented on the redesigned GL2 Series rods

 

With the introduction of the NRX series G.Loomis made a major statement, they managed to honor tradition while embracing next generation split grip design as well as leveraging new hi-tech materials to ultimately deliver a rod that exhibited a very unique character, one that has become very desirable among enthusiasts looking for a lightweight and sensitive premium domestic rod.

 


The GLX rods make use of the popular open hook hanger design

Last ICAST G.Loomis continued the refresh and took on a major undertaking, updating their eminent GLX line. GLX is the material and series that really put G.Loomis on the high performance map over 20 years ago and the company knew that getting this right was critical. Factors like strength and power were prioritized but with the caveat that sensitivity would not be negatively affected whatsoever. Justin Poe, Global Product manager for Loomis explained at ICAST 2012 that the new rods are designed to be “up to 35% stronger than traditional GLX rods yet still deliver the same sensitivity the rods have long been known for.”

 
The rod also features a split grip design

While G.Loomis implemented a very similar ergonomic split grip design as the one they recently introduced on the GL2 redesign they went back to the drawing board for the implantation of the new reel seat. Unlike the minimalistic skeleton seat employed on the NRX and rather than use an off the shelf Fuji seat they created their own sculpted seat to better balance and match the look and feel of the freshly designed rods. This custom reel seat utilizes less material than a standard Fuji ACS seat featuring aggressive sculpted edges from front to back, and is finished with a soft touch finish.


Each GLX cranking rod is finished with Fuji titanium SIC guides

All the new GLX rods feature lightweight Fuji titanium SIC guides and the series includes Jig & Worm, flipping and a complete assortment of new cranking rods. While I really like the previous GLX casting rods, especially the multi-talented 783C the previous generation GLX crankbait series, while sensitive, didn’t always exhibit that perfect moderate taper and the ability to absorb enough shock to keep those treble hooked pinned, something traditional glass rods are so good at doing.


Cal checks out the soft parabolic action of the GLX 783 CBR rod at the lab

Next Section: Time to cast those cranks GLX style


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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