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Phenix Goes Back Out on Recon

 

Date: 7/17/16
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Phenix Rods
Reviewer: Cal








Introduction:
Phenix original Recon and subsequent Recon 2 series of rods are arguably their most popular suite of bass rods, so we were a bit surprised when the company debuted yet another revision to this line at this year's show. Here's a look at the new Recon Elite series of rods from Phenix.

 


Recon receives another re-imaging.

 


The blanks were refined just a touch.

 

Recon Elite: Recon goes through yet another revision featuring the same T-36, Nanite Resin woven carbon fiber blanks but outfitted with upgraded components. The new Essex T-Ring premium carbide guides with FrameLok technology are built to rival the very top end guide from the more popular, mainstream manufacturer. There are seventeen (17) total models in all with the new Recon Elite and prices stay pretty much the same ranging between ($179 - $199).

 


But the big news are these new guides with the super low profile inserts that supposedly rival the top guide by Fuji.

 


Styling queues are all the same.

 


... although this little bit of branded banding is new.

 

Redeye Travel Series: Not new to Phenix, but new to us is their Redeye Travel series of rods. Constantly on the lookout for really good travel rods, we're not sure how we missed these sticks before. There are three divisions within the Redeye series for Saltwater, Freshwater, and Trout/Fly. The first two series has four sticks while the Trout & Fly series has three. Prices range from $299 - $319 depending on the model.

 


Did you know Phenix had a travel series?

 


We were surprised too.

Each rod in the series is built with top end 40ton graphite blanks and a mix of either Fuji Sic or Alconite guides. Of course, these 3 and 4 piece rods all come with a custom travel case as well.


The Redeye series is very aggressively styled.


The series is named after the overnight flights many of us endure to reach our favorite travel destinations.


Phenix sets their targets east with the new East Coast Series within the Black Diamond.

Black Diamond East Coast: Anyone familiar with Phenix Rods knows the company is not just about freshwater fishing. In fact, their saltwater catalog rivals, if not exceeds their freshwater lineup. New this year is a set of rods built on Toray T-40 NanoTube blanks tailored specifically for the east coast. Introducing the Black Diamond East Coast series, a total of twelve (12) rods (6 spinning, 6 casting) featuring super thin blanks with a ton of power. Retail price on these sticks ranges from $269 - $299 depending on the model.

 


Carbon fiber handles for easy cleanup.

 


Squared off foregrips on the casting rods.


Finger contours on the spinning.


These thin-blank powerhouses are sure to gain attention back east.


Thank you Clifford Pirch for showing us what's new with Phenix rods!

Conclusion: Phenix continues to provide incredible value with really good performing sticks. How can you upgrade a line of rods with top end components yet maintain the same retail price? That's what Phenix does and we look forward to fishing the new Recon Elite and seeing how the stack up to the old as well as the new.





 

 

 

 

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