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Rod Storage Review


Organized Arsenal with the KastKing Rod Rack (continued)

 

Operation: Once assembled youíre ready to start organizing your rods and/or complete fishing outfits. Unlike other more traditional rod holders that employ rubber or plastic clips to hold the rods in place on a flat base the Kastking basically uses gravity and the inner versus outer rack edges to securely hold the rods or combos in place. Those logoíd base plates are positioned at an angle so that when a rod is placed into the rack it rests against the upper rack firmly. The foam inserts on both the lower and upper arms hold your rods in place and will not scratch your rods when they are inserted or removed.

 


The assembled rod holding frames


Since there are no clips to hold the rods the Kastking is able to hold rods of extremely small diameter, like finesse drop shot or trout rods, as well as large sticks like swimbait or even saltwater rods. It is even possible to insert a fly rod, with a fly reel locked on. With most bass outfits I was able to hold complete rigs in every other spot if they were angled so the handles didnít obstruct the outfit next to it, and for larger rigs you may need to give up two spots so the extra-large reel frames or handles do not obstruct each other.

 


Adjust the tension knobs and the holders are in place


So in reality the rod rack is capable of holding 24 rods by themselves, or more likely 12 fully loaded freshwater combos. The 12 capacity rod rack is designed for freshwater rods while the 24 is made for saltwater reels, but I found the 24 was just fine for holding the complete assortment of combos.

 


The height of the holders can be adjusted to your liking


For most anglers organized tackle means a better overall fishing experience. I found the Kastking rod rack so easy to use that I was able to keep all my go to combos rigged up at all times, making it easier for me to quickly pick which combos I was going to use for whichever body of water or application I was targeting.

 


Plastic caps top off the rack. The entire assembly takes only minutes and requires no tools whatsoever


Price & Applications: The Kastking rod rack is not only well designed it is also built nicely, and certainly looks like it could easily retail for over a hundred dollars. The Kastking 12 rod model and the 24 rod model basically differ in width and capacity. The 12 rod model retails for $59.98 on Amazon while the 24 rod model is only 10 dollars more. If you have the room I would definitely go for the larger 24 rod model as it offers much more storage for just a few dollars more. There are some big box etailers that offer the rod racks for less but the prices pretty much balance out if you are an Amazon Prime member.

 


While the holder can store 24 rods it takes extra room to store combos


There is a lot to like about the Kastking rod holders. Not only do they look great they offer anglers plenty of storage for not just rods but complete outfits. These rod racks donít seem to care how big of a rod or reel you have, whether you are looking to store or organize spinning or casting gear the Kastking gets it done without asking anglers to compromise. A.A. Milneís famous quote ďOrganizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed upĒ absolutely applies to this simple product, and the Kastking rod rack not only keeps your arsenal organized, it makes it easier for you to make use of them when you need to.

 


Spinning outfits are just as easy to load into place. The cushioned holders protect both the rod blank and handles while holding your favorite combos in place


What is there not like about the Kastking rod racks? Hmmm, Iím really reaching here but it would be great if the rod racks were offered with a wheeled option for even easier repositioning, a locking feature, or another color option, and if I had a choice that would be matte black for those craving a modern stealthy look. Even though they donít have wheels the racks are easy enough to move around by sliding on the floor and without rods the 24 rod rack only weighs 4.8lbs (the 12 weighs only 3). These Kastking rod racks surpassed my expectations in almost every way, especially when you consider the reasonable price.
 

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Eposeidon KastKing 24 Rod Rack Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality No wood here, this rod rack is made out of aluminum for a sturdy yet lightweight storage solution 9
Performance Simple and yet very functional, this rod rack makes it easy to store, organize, and display your arsenal 9
Price The MSRP is over a 100 dollars but for the price that you can buy the rod rack on sites like Amazon ($69.98) this is a reasonable price for an all metal rod rack 8.5
Features Easy to assemble, cushioned rod holders, light weight aluminum frame 9
Design (Ergonomics) Extremely quick and easy to setup and offers plenty of flexibility for holding various rod and combo types 9
Application The 24 rod model is designed for both freshwater and saltwater rods but actual combo capacity depends on how big the reels are on your rigs. For example offshore combos will take up many more open slots 8.5

Total Score

8.83
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Easy to setup - No wheeled option
+ Aluminum construction - No locking option
+ Offers plenty of flexibility for rod and even combo types - Only one color available (all three of these are nice to haves, versus must haves)
+ Looks much more modern than traditional rod racks  
+ Reasonable price  

  


The KastKing rod racks are brilliantly designed and are a great choice for storing, organizing, and displaying your fish catching arsenal

 

Conclusion: Small footprint, ease of construction and use, plenty of storage, light overall weight making it easy to move around, quality construction, and a modern look and feel, all add up to make the Kastking rod rack among the best rod storage options on the market today. The simple construction is one of the best features of this rod rack, it isnít over engineered, it is designed to be simple, reliable, and most of all highly functional. This well designed rod rack is optimal for bass and inshore fishermen and can hold both freshwater rods and rod combos easily, while offshore saltwater fishermen may find the lightweight construction a bit light for heavy big game reels and the width only capable of storing a few of these massive outfits. For most anglers the rod rack will not only meet, but exceed your expectations for not only storing and organizing your rod and rod combos, but showcasing your prized angling arsenal. Just as a good tackle box keeps your lures in quick reach the Kastking rod rack will make sure your rod combos are always at armís length when it is time to hit your favorite lake, river, or stream.


 

 

 

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