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Rod Review


To Infinity and... Lamiglas, the INF703FS

 

Date: 5/10/15
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Lamiglas
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.30 - GOOD

Introduction:
In 2012 we previewed Lamiglas's foray into blank construction using the then, latest and greatest nano-resin from 3M. Unfortunately, that wonder material is no longer available to each and every manufacturer thanks to an exclusive agreement between 3M and Pure Fishing. But this just opened the door of opportunity for other chemical companies to step in with their own, new resin formulations. Lamiglas has partnered with one such company to keep their Infinity blanks alive. Here now is our first look at these blanks and with the Infinity Bass INF703S spinning rod.

 

Lamiglas Infinity Bass INF703S Specifications

Material 48 Million Modulus Graphite w/ proprietary hardened resin
Length 7'-0"
Line Wt. 8-17lb
Lure Wt. 3/16-5/8 oz
Pieces One
Guides 7+ tip - PacBay Ti frames w/ Zirconia Inserts
Rear Handle Length 9.5 inches
Power Rating Medium
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 4.8 oz
Origin Made in USA
MSRP $279.99

 

Quality/Construction: The INF703FS is a seven foot, medium powered spinning rod. It features a sanded, but unfinished blank, and unique grip design that gives the appearance of a split rear grip thanks to a thin foam trim piece and foam butt cap, but realistically, it is a large diameter carbon tube. Epoxy work on the thread wrap around the guides was a tad excessive on some and ok on others. Taking a look down the blank from the reel seat towards the guides, I can see the blank is straight and the guides are all perfectly aligned.

 

Quality Ratings for Lamiglas Infinity Bass INF703S

Finish (1-5)
Grip (1-5)
Epoxy (1-5)
Blank (1-2)
Guides (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
3
2
2
15
19
7.89

 


Introducing Lamiglas's Infinity Bass INF703SF.

Performance: I paired my INF703FS up with a Daiwa Exceler 2500SH spooled with 10lb Sunline SuperNatural monofilament and hit Lake Berryessa, CA with Zander for some on the water tests.


Epoxy on a couple of guides was a little excessive.

Casting: The INF703FS is rated as a medium powered rod with a low end recommended lure rating of 3/16ths of an ounce. This is a pretty good low end for a medium powered spinning rod and felt pretty accurate. My primary setup with the INF703FS was a drop shot, so the length of my leader (about 8-12 inches) certainly helps with the pendulum load of a cast, but I had no reason to doubt the low end rating on this rod. Overall, it performed quite well in both casting and pitching situations.


Checking out the rod's taper.

Sensitivity: 30, 40, 48 million modulus graphite - I've grown quite numb to all these numbers and claims by manufacturers especially since, as a consumer, we have no real way of validating these claims. What I can rely on is how a blank feels and the first thing I do when I put my hands on a new rod is shake it around, tap on the blank, drag the tip along some uneven surface to get a sense of how crisp and sensitive the blank might be. The INF70FS has a good feel to it.


Most of the blank is left bare and unsanded - something we actually prefer.

Out on the water, using nylon monofilament, these feelings were validated. The INF70FS has good sensitivity that can no doubt be enhanced with the use of fluorocarbon or braided line. Lamiglas has done a good job with the crispness of this blank.


The 703SF makes use of Fuji's split real seat.

Next Section: Power as expected


 

 

 

 

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