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Are You a Big Bait Addict? If So, Kistler Has the Rod for You, the KLX7107XXH (continued)

Sensitivity: Kistler is building their KLX rods around a blank rolled by North Fork Composites using material from Toray. The carbon fiber modulus specified for the KLX blank is 42.7 million. This is comparable to an IM7 blank - so kind of an intermediate grade graphite for the blank. A lot more goes into a fishing rod's sensitivity than just the material used to roll the blank.

Sensitivity often depends on the resin used to bond the materials and the taper of the blank itself. Additionally Kistler builds on this blank with minimal components so sensitivity is maximized. The end result for the KLX7107XXH is a nice, crisp feeling stick with very good overall sensitivity.

Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Kistler Rods KLX7107XXH against the averages the historical averages of similarly powered rods we've tested over the past twenty years

Power: The KLX7107XXH has power to spare. If you refer to Figure 1 above, our RoD Deflection chart shows this stick's curve aligns with that of our historical average of the most powerful swimbait sticks we've tested over the years. This is a category we refer to as our Heavy Hitters. If you're fishing large, soft plastic swimbaits with a jig style hook, the KLX7107XXH is powerful enough to help you set that single hook and battle your catch to the boat or shore.

Cork grips are contoured for comfort

Eva foam over the reel seat fore-nut

Design & Ergonomics: For all its length and power, Kistler's KLX7107XXH weighs in at an extremely reasonable six point one ounces (6.1oz). For a rod of this length (7'-10") the natural assumption is it will be tip heavy but with a balance point of ten and a half inches (10.5") up from the midline of the reel seat, the KLX7107XXH balances out better than I expected. Not bad numbers for a rod that's just shy of broomstick status in power.

No detailing at the end of the cork

Lab Results for Kistler Rods KLX7107XXH

Avg RoD
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ft lbs)
Kistler Rods KLX7107XXH
Mod Fast
Finesse SB Rod Avg
All Purpose SB Rod Avg
Heavy Hitters SB Rod Avg

Kigan guides are still somewhat unproven but functioned fine. They do still feel backwards to me though. This is side that faces you

This is the side that faces the rod tip. Looks like an area that can collect dirt, algae, etc., from your incoming line

Price & Applications: When the series was first introduced back in 2013, we reviewed the KLXBBC70M and that stick ran away with our best value award. I found it difficult to believe an American made stick of that quality (on an American made blank no less) with Alconite guides could retail for $160. Well, it appears reality has caught up with Kistler Rods because the KLX7107XXH retails for $350. In fact KLX as a series now has a starting price of $300. KLX is no longer an entry point stick, but nor do I consider it overpriced. It's now priced about where it should.

The KLX7107XXH retails for $350

Application wise, even though this stick is built for big, beefy baits, don't let that fool you. It's versatile enough to handle some smaller paddletail duty too. More over, if you're into tossing big, deep diving crankbaits, the KLX7107XXH makes for an excellent choice in launching and working these baits too.



Kistler Rods KLX7107XXH Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A simple, but clean build 8
Performance Strong caster with very good sensitivity 8
Price In line with the competition of IMX, Legend Tournament, etc. 7
Features Kigan guides are still less of a known quantity than other options but they performed perfectly fine during our tests. The rod also has a reliable reel seat and very high quality blank 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) A big beefy stick that is far from cumbersome to use 8
Application More versatile than its lure rating would lead you to believe 8

Total Score

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:


+ Light for its length and power - Guides are a little small if you use heavy lines with connection knots
+ Very good sensitivity  
+ Can handle some of the biggest and baddest baits around  
+ Can also handle smaller baits below its lure rating  


Conclusion: When the KLX7107XXH landed in my dirty little paws and I pressed that tip into the carpet to feel the rod's power, I had flashbacks to that year or three period where all I wanted to do was toss big, heavy baits and experience the thrill of that monstrous hit. It took me a bit of time to recover from that mindset and this stick almost sent me back there. Fishing big baits is a thrill and contrary to popular belief, not all of those monstrous hits are huge fish. Those little four inch bass that hit your five inch jerkbait grow up into the crazies that crash into your trophy baits when they're just two to three pounds in size - it happens a lot.


Oh and by the way, the KLX7107XXH handles big, deep diving cranks like Megabass's Big M7.5 really well too!


While the mystery behind what's at the end of your line when fishing big baits is really the same as any other bait you might throw, the anticipation is greater because the size of your bait is directly proportional to expectation. That expectation is big baits equal bigger fish. If this is a world you want to or are in the midst of exploring, and you need a stick to enable your journey, Kistler's new, KLX7107XXH is more than capable.


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