Okuma Nomad Express – Freedom for Big Bait Anglers
Total Score: 8.58 - EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD
Introduction: How many times have you been traveling and come across some
pristine water that you just knew would be holding some big fish and wished that you had
your trusty rod and reel with you? Even better, armed with your swimbait rod?
Okuma’s new Nomad Xpress Travel rods are designed to provide anglers with easy
to transport rods that pack down small, and yet are capable of handling some of
the largest swimbaits available.
1 - 4 oz
Complete Handle Length
Do you like hiking into secluded
bodies of water or wish you had a full sized swimbait rod that was easy to
transport with you at all times?
Impressions: A lot of
anglers have rods that they travel with, but many of these rods are not actually
“travel rods” that are designed to be portable. Lower powered rods like trout
and panfish rods have always been great candidates for travel rods due to their
petite size and ability to break down small enough to fit into rod tubes, but
whenever I needed to travel with my bass rods, and especially swimbait sticks, I
preferred to simply ship or hand carry my everyday arsenal in a full sized rod
tube, rather than rely on the lower-end three piece rods which always seemed to
leave me wanting more in terms of power and refinement. Big rods and giant
travel tubes bring with them logistical challenges, and these issues only seem
to multiply the more flights or further and more remote your travel takes you.
Okuma's Nomad Xpress swimbait rods
are four piece models that pack down small
Okuma saw a niche here and
leveraged their existing travel rod expertise to create two new four piece heavy
and extra-heavy travel rods that pack down into an included compact travel bag,
and yet are capable of handling baits all the way up to 4oz. and 8oz.
These rods sport a clean
utilitarian styling with black matte blanks and split grip cork handles. The
rods are equipped with a graphite reel seat that is sleeved over the blank and
stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide guide inserts.
There are two rods in the series
and can handle a complete range of big baits
Perhaps the most interesting
thing about the Nomad Xpress is how the four pieces connect, and rather than a
traditional tip over butt design Okuma decided to go with a European spigot
ferrule design to achieve the strength and action that they felt were necessary
in such a robust series of rods.
Putting these casting rods
together takes less than a minute
Real World Tests: To
test the Nomad Xpress Travel Rods we traveled with them as much as we could this
past season, and utilized them not only when traveling to fish but also when
hiking the water’s edge looking for less pressured areas. To test the range of
these heavy and extra heavy rods I also used them for fishing large one ounce
jigs, but the vast majority of tests consisted of fishing both hard and soft
bodied swimbaits that weighed 3oz. and up.
The Extra Heavy Model is capable
of tossing large and heavy baits that top out near 8oz.
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