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Fenwick Extends Elite Tech and Updates Aetos


Date: 8/9/16
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Fenwick
Reviewer: Cal

Fenwick continues their steady and deliberate revival refining existing rod series with lighter, higher performing blanks. Last year, it was about their new top end World Class series of rods - which, by the way, are currently under review by us. This year, Fenwick turned their attention to their popular mid-level rod for some serious refinement.


Fenwick continues their steady and deliberate revival of existing rod series.


This year it's Aetos.


Aetos: Since the series' introduction just a few short years ago, Aetos has quickly become one of the better sellers in the Fenwick line. Fenwick has improved upon this popular series of ten (10) spinning and thirteen (13) casting models by using what the company is referring to as their X-Veil high modulus blank. The new blank delivers a lighter and more sensitive rod overall.


Nice, clean reel seat design for Aetos.


Grips are a mix of EVA and cork.


Fenwick completes each blank by outfitting them with deep pressed titanium guides, an ergonomic reel seat, and a mix of composite cork and EVA foam in a split grip design. Retail on this series of rods is $199.95.

Guides are titanium with aluminum oxide inserts.

Elite Tech Inshore: Brand new for the company this year is a subset of ten (10) rods with in the Elite Tech line specifically designed for the rugged conditions of saltwater inshore fishing. Fenwick knows that saltwater takes its toll on equipment so they designed this series of rods to withstand the rigors of this corrosive environment.

Elite Tech gets an extension too ...

... inshore applications.

The first step is the use of a high modulus graphite blank, the second is to use titanium guides with deep pressed inserts to prevent popouts. The rods are finished with Fuji skeletonized reel seats for maximum hand to blank feel. Each rod in the series will retail for $149.95.

The nice, clean cork of Elite Tech Inshore.

Thanks to Larry Tankersley for showing us what's new and exciting with both Fenwick and Pflueger.

Conclusion: Fenwick continues to refine and slowly expand their offerings, making sure that what they do undertake make sense and is presented in a manner that is both affordable to the consumer and provides each lucky consumer with the highest performing tool they can buy at each price point.









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