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Rod Review

Goin' Long With the Lamiglas Excel XL7116C (continued)

Power:  The XL7116C is a competent heavy duty tool.  With the power rating at a 6, it is the heaviest power rating available within the Excel lineup.  I was unfortunately never able to tangle with a big fish during testing, but the stout mid and butt sections should provide ample power to move a big fish.  While it is not as stiff as the average flipping or swimbait stick, it will easily get the job done within it's intended purposes and ratings.

The FUJI butt cap provides basic protection for the end of the handle.

Application:  With more of a “useable” action than the standard super-stiff flipping or swimbait stick, it is well suited for several applications.  I preferred the rod mainly for flipping/pitching, swimbaits, big jigs, large plastics, and heavy spinnerbaits.  On the other hand, when used with several varieties of frogs, the rod just didn't feel right to me.  The long handle and blank coupled with modest tip heaviness hurt the accuracy when trying to cast the frog into tight spots.  It was ok for casting onto large mats, but walking a frog in open water areas was a challenge. With it's length and action, the XL7116C would also make an excellent shorter rod for beach surf casting.  This rod would not even break a sweat casting big bucktails, spoons, and swimbaits to Stripers, Bluefish, and the like!

This Bass fell victim to a 5” hollow body swimbait; one of my favorite baits to throw on this rod!

Price, Warranty:  The pricing on this stick is a bit confusing.  It is all over the place!  I have seen it as cheap as $119 at one online retailer, all the way up to $172 on the Lamiglas website itself.  I guess the best advice here is shop around! All Excel rods feature a standard Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects in materials and workmanship for the original owner.  Another available option is the no questions asked Fast Track Warranty program.  This applies only to rods manufactured after January 1, 2007.  Just send in $50 along with a section of the rod that shows the whole logo area including model number, and manufacture date code, and Lamiglas will send you a brand new rod. Check the warranty section at www.Lamiglas.com for more information on both programs. 

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):

Lamiglas XL7116C Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Build quality and components were fine for this price point.  No issues were noted. 8.5
Performance Good sensitivity and power.  The blank loads well and is not overly stiff. 8
Price A very fair price for what you get! 8.5
Features Good standard components.  I really liked the huge hook keeper. 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) A bit tip heavy, and the handle may be a bit too long for some people when flipping and pitching. 7
Application A relatively versatile rod for it's length and power. 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:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Made in the USA - A bit tip heavy
+ Modern design and quality construction - Handle may be too long for some
+ Good sensitivity  
+ 2 Warranty options  
+ Large hook keeper  


Made in the USA, the Lamiglas Excel exhibits a quality design at a great price


Conclusion:  With an attractive price and nice build quality, the Lamiglas Excel XL7116C is a worthy competitor.  Throw in the additional fact that the rods are made and assembled 100% in the USA, and they will be even more attractive to some anglers!  While I typically enjoy both owning and fishing high end tackle, I am often very impressed by how good more affordably priced rods have become.  For the price of one top tier stick, an angler can purchase this Lamiglas along with a nice reel and have a great combo.  With a lack of made in the USA rods these days, it is nice to see an American company continue to produce a quality product at a price that appeals to everybody.


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