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ICAST 2020 Coverage


 

Shimano Updates Zodias Rods with Carbon Monocoque Grips

 

Date: 7/10/20
Location: Virtual Event
Admission: Industry Only
Manufacturer: Shimano
Reviewer: Zander








Introduction: First offered in Shimano's flagship Poison Adrena rods, Shimano's hollow Monocoque grip will soon be found on the brand's updated Zodias rods, improving sensitivity and overall performance versus the previous generation.

 


Zodias now gets the Carbon Monocoque Grip which delivers significantly more sensitivity

 

Zodias gets an upgrade: The most obvious change in the new Zodias line is the inclusion of the hollow Monocoque grip, but unlike the Adrena rods these rods still make use of a more traditional EVA grip behind the reel seat, which is constructed out of CI4.

 

Zodias makes use of custom CI4 reel seats

 

These new rods will still utilize Hi-Power X blank construction to optimize casting accuracy and distance. Hi-Power X construction seeks to achieve this by eliminating blank twist using a unique process to support the lightweight blanks, with carbon tape added in a 45-dgreee ‘X’ pattern on the outside of the blank. The tape process provides torsional rigidity to help keep the blank from twisting during the cast.

 


Unlike Adrena rods the Zodias rods still make use of more traditional EVA main grip

 

Shimano’s hollow Carbon Monocoque grip is designed to transfer even the smallest vibrations from underwater structure, lure action or bites to an angler’s hand.

 


A look at the spinning Carbon Monocoque implementation

 

“When combined with our lightweight carbon-infused CI4+ reel seat, anglers are offered up to 130% more sensitivity over traditional rod handles,” said Adam Diehl with Shimano’s product development team. “Add that sensitivity to the benefits of reduced rod twist from our Hi-Power blanks for better fish-fishing control, and Zodias provides the tool needed to target your personal best every cast.”

 

All the one-piece Zodias rods come designed with Fuji Alconite guides with a Fuji SiC tip.
 

In total the new Zodias series includes 9 casting rods and 8 spinning rods in the key lengths, powers and actions for today’s popular bass fishing techniques. Whether it is jig and worms, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jerkbaits as well as other bass-catching tactics, the Zodias rods are designed for specific applications.

 

The perfect home for a new Shimano Vanford F? The new reel will look right at home on a new Zodias or Adrena rod. Of course Shimano doesn't mind it if you pair the new reel with a G.Loomis either...

 

Shimano has also added to two new lengths to the Zodias line-up including ZDC-70MH 7-foot medium-heavy power casting rod for bottom contact presentations and all-around use, and the 7-foot-6-inch ZDS-76ML spinning rod for drop-shot rigs, hair jigs and small swimbaits for smallmouth. The heavy power, 7-foot-5-inch ZDS175H is ideal for braided-line applications, especially when making long casts into grass. A long reargrip is designed to provide added casting distance leverage.

 

The new Zodias rods were also engineered to pair well with Shimano's new Vanford F spinning reels, and the matching colors was no coincidence. These technique specific rods will retail from $199.99 to $219.99 when they hit the market in August.

 

 

   

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