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Rod Review


Cranking It Up with Quantum and KVD!

 

Date: 10/18/15
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Quantum
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.18 - GOOD

Introduction:
If there's one technique that comes to mind when speaking of Kevin VanDam (KVD), BASS Elite Series Pro, it's crankbaits. KVD's reputation is for fishing hard and fishing fast with moving baits and there's no better moving bait than a crank. So what's KVD's take on a cranking stick? We take a look with our review of the TourKVD TKVD7106MB (7'10" Medium Heavy, Moderate Action) Cranking Stick.

 


Introducing Quantum's Tour KVD TKVD7106MB.

 

Quantum Tour KVD TKVD7106MB Cranking Rod Specifications

Material Graphite/Glass Composite Blank
Length 7'-10"
Line Wt. 12-25lb
Lure Wt. 3/8 - 1oz
Pieces One
Guides Batson XR Aluminum Oxide Guides
Rear Handle Length 9.5"
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Moderate
Rod Weight 6 oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $159.99

 

Quality/Construction: Quantum's TKVD7106MB (code name Power Launcher) is a seven foot, ten inch (7'10") stick that, according to the manufacturer, is made from a blank blended from fiberglass and graphite. It features a painted blank with a satin finish and an EVA handle. Epoxy work around the threadwraps securing the rod's micro guides is a bit excessive, but the blank and guide alignment are perfect.

 

Quality Ratings for Quantum Tour KVD TKVD7106MB Cranking Rod

Finish (1-5)
Grip (1-5)
Epoxy (1-5)
Blank (1-2)
Guides (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
2
2
2
14
19
7.37

 


Matched with an EXO casting reel and ready to go.

Performance: I matched this rod up with several different reels during the course of testing including a Tour KVD and Tour Mg before finally settling on the EXO. Tests were conducted out on Clear Lake, CA and Lake Berryessa.


This stick is aptly code named Power Launcher although I would prefer a longer handle for better two handed casting comfort.

Casting: This stick is appropriately code named "Power Launcher" because it can fire our LOUS deep diving cranks like they came out of a canon. There's no denying the easy loading and smooth casting of a glass stick and when you throw some length into it like the seven foot ten inch reach of the TKVD7106MB, sometimes, it just feels unfair. The one odd thing with this rod though is the length of its rear handle. It's a little short for two handed casts. Given the rod's length a little more rear handle length to make two handed casts easier would greatly benefit this rod's handling characteristics.


Quantum is now accenting their rods with a little winding check printed with the designation of each rod's power.

Sensitivity: Of course, with the smooth buttery feel of glass comes the dead, numbing feel of the very same material. The Power Launcher lacks in sensitivity which is something everyone who favors glass for cranking understands. This blank is supposed to be a blend of fiberglass and graphite, but it fishes like an all glass stick to me.


Checking out the rod's taper.

Power: Ranking power on glass sticks has always been a bit of a mystery to me. This one, for example is rated "medium heavy" from the manufacturer but in handling the stick it feels like a heavy power. Bend that tip into the floor to check taper and it feels like a light powered rod. Throw it on the WRACK and its curve begins more medium, but quickly tapers off to light.


Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Quantum Tour KVD TKVD7106MB Cranking Rod against
the averages from our Year of the Crank.

Unfortunately, out on the water, I wasn't able to hook into anything large enough to get a true sense of the rod's power, but the WRACK rarely lies. Given how the Power Launcher stacks up against our cranking rod averages, the rod is probably somewhere along a medium powered cranking stick able to handle quite a wide range baits really.

Performance Ratings for Quantum Tour KVD TKVD7106MB Cranking Rod

Pitch (1-5)
Cast (1-5)
Sensitivity (1-5)
Hook Set (1-5)
Control (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
2
5
3
4
4
17
25
6.8


Micro guides seem really out of place on this stick.

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