Introduction: It's no secret that I've enjoyed the product Quantum has produced under their "EXO" line. The casting reels are light, comfortable to palm and have all performed well for me. Quantum is also making fishing rods under this same series name, so we thought it was about time to take a look. Are the rods as inspiring as the reels? It takes more than five (5) seconds for a rod to win me over, but let's find out how it did. Introducing our review of Quantum's ExoTour EXTC726XF.
Extending our tour of the EXO lineup to the rods.
Quantum ExoTour EXTC726XF Specifications
Quantum EX5 Graphite
1/4 - 1 1/2 oz
9+tip Fuji SS/SiC Micro
Rear Handle Length
Made in China
Our EXTC726XF rigged and ready to go.
Quality/Construction: The EXTC726XF is a seven foot, two inch, medium heavy rated stick from Quantum sitting in their flagship ExoTour line of rods. It features a very clean and stealthy satin black finish, and an EVA foam split rear grip. Epoxy work around the guides is fairly clean. Looking down the length of the rod's blank from the reel seat toward the tip reveals a mostly straight blank but there is an ever so slight curve up towards the last third of the rod. Oddly enough, the blank does come back and straightens itself out. The guides are lined up very well.
Quality Ratings for Quantum ExoTour EXTC726XF
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
An Exo rod
deserves to be paired with an EXO PT reel.
There was only one reel I could put on this stick and that of course, was an ExoPT baitcasting reel. The reel was spooled with 50lb Sunline FX2 braid in TT blue. I fished this combo at Lake Berryessa, CA.
This rod features an extra-fast taper.
Casting: For a stick rated medium heavy in power, the ExoTour EXTC726XF has a very wide lure rating of one quarter ounce up to one and a half ounces (1/4 oz - 1 1/2 oz). I was comfortable casting baits up to about one ounce on this stick. It will handle more with little difficulty, but I felt the blank was a little overloaded and didn't release as efficiently either casting or pitching with baits weighing more than one ounce. It's nice knowing this stick has that flexibility though
The EXTC726XF features Fuji SS/SiC micro guides.
An additional note to make is the EXTC726XF features micro-sized guides. For a period of time, I fished this combo topping the braid mainline with leader of 11lb Sunline Defier. My connection knot was an Albright tightened down with the finger saver rings as demonstrated by Dean Yoshizumi of Hi's TackleBox in the following video. The knot sailed through these guides with little difficulty.
Sensitivity: Quantum doesn't get into specifics of what makes up their EX5 graphite (the material in this rod's blank), but the sensitivity of the EXTC726XF's blank is very good. The rod has a very nice, crisp feel to it that actually surprised me. I especially enjoyed dragging jigs over rocky bottoms with this stick.
Quantum's new thing is to label the power of their rods in this accent band around the butt.