Seeing Red - The New G.Loomis GCX Rods Slide in Right
Introduction: It wasn't that long ago that G.Loomis launched the NRX+
Series so it was a bit of a surprise that the company would launch a whole new
series of rods at ICAST. The GCX rods make use of proven actions to create a new
workhorse series positioned right between E6X and IMX-Pro.
G.Loomis launched the GCX Mainstream Rods Positioned right
between E6X and IMX-Pro
There are a total of 23 rods in the GCX lineup and they are immediately
recognizable as G.Loomis rods with familiar layouts and just a bit of color
wrapping. This line is marked with bright red wrapping to set it apart from the
Coming right off the launch of the NRX+ the GCX rods are
designed to be more affordable for the everyday angler
emphases for the new GCX series are durability, action, and performance,” notes
Steve Rajeff, Director of Engineering for G. Loomis. “We selected materials for
GCX rods to yield an optimum balance of strength and durability while reducing
weight for feel and sensitivity.”
the rods feature a variety of cork grip configurations
rods are built in the same Woodland, Washington, factory as other G.Loomis rods,
including NRX+, and incorporates familiar actions that Loomis fans love. G.
Loomis engineered each GCX blank using proprietary Multi-Taper Design technology
to enhance durability while further decreasing the blank’s weight. A series of
“micro tapers” within the overall taper of the rod, the exclusive Multi-Taper
Design process enabled the rod engineers to use more material on potential
stress points and less material everywhere else. The result is a broad series of
precisely defined rod lengths, powers, and actions that are designed to strike
the perfect balance between durability and performance.
Checking out the various application specific GCX rods
really sets this line apart from other G.Loomis Series rods is the guide-train.
Each rod is equipped with SeaGuide Hero One guides to help minimize line tangles
and maximize casting performance. The SeaGuide RA ceramic ring inserts are 30%
harder with 60% more impact resistance than traditional aluminum oxide rings,
while also weighing 13% less. This marks the first time that G.Loomis has used
these particular guides.
This is the first G.Loomis rod to make use of SeaGuide
Hero guides. The red stitching really pops, and sets the line apart from other
G.Loomis Series rods
rods are designed with either solid or split-grip premium cork handles and Fuji
reel seats provide a familiar union between rod and reel.
A familiar, and beloved, Fuji reel seat
personally like the red color that G.Loomis selected for the GCX line, it stands
apart from the rest of the Loomis rods and yet is bright and easy to identify
quickly on the deck or in a rod locker.
There are 23 different rods in the GCX lineup
higher-end G.Loomis rods the GCX comes in a variety of Mag Bass casting actions
as well as new technique specific models. There are new GCX rods designed for
spin jigs, spinnerbaits, jig & worm, dropshot, crankbaits and even flip and
A composite cork butt finishes the rods
rods should start shipping in the next few weeks and retail fro $249.99 to
$279.99 depending on the model. With 14 casting rods and 9 spinning rods to pick
from this should be a good complement to the G.Loomis arsenal. It will be
interesting to see how they perform versus the IMX-Pro rods, and how they feel
with the new SeaGuide components.