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Rod Review


CB Rod Wars Part 14: Launch a Crankbait With Quantum’s Tour KVD
 

Date: 10/18/09
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Quantum
Reviewer: JIP






Total Score: 6.91 - FAIR

Introduction:
Kevin VanDam has won many professional tournaments, and recently received his fifth angler of the year title. He is looked upon as one of the greatest professional bass angler today. It is no wonder why Quantum tapped KVD to help design and brand some of their products. Right in time for TackleTour’s Crankbait Rod Wars is Quantum’s Tour KVD cranking sticks that’s designed with a blend of fiberglass and graphite to KVD’s exacting specifications.
 

Quantum Tour KVD TKVD664M (TKVD745M) Specifications

Material Fiberglass and Graphite
Length 6' 6" (7' 4")
Line Weight 8 - 12 lb (12 - 25 lb)
Lure Weight 1/4 -5/8 oz (3/8 - 1 oz)
Power Medium
Action Moderate
Weight (measured) 4.3 oz (5.3 oz)
MSRP $149.95

 

Impressions: On many tournaments you can see Professional Bass Angler Kevin VanDam cranking to get his winning bag. He whips hard and cranks fast. Quantum had to accommodate his aggressive style in the design of their Tour KVD cranking rods.

 

Quantum's Tour KVD Crankbait rod is a rich red color, other Tour rods by other pros will all feature a distinct color of their own

 

The Tour KVD rod line consists of six models available from 6’ 6” to 7’ 10”, and is designed with the pro’s specifications, being burgundy red and in lengths that he likes to fish while running different lures that dive at various depths. The rod is constructed with a composite e-glass material, a blend of fiberglass and graphite to provide the appropriate action. The rod is matched with the new style Fuji ACS reel seat, Hardloy guides applying the Concept spacing, and EVA split grip design. The Tour KVD rods also carries Quantum’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and retails for only $149.95.

 

This rod is designed to Kevin VanDam's specifications for crankbait fishing

     
Lab Results: For the Crankbait Rod Wars we chose to test two of the Tour KVD casting rods: the TKVD664M for the short cast and shallow water crankbaiting and the longer TKVD745M for the larger baits.

 

Lab Results for Shallow Cranking Sticks

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
MB F3.5 65GTC Hien Type S
2.33
XFast
4.5
6
.16
Phenix X-10 700
2.42
Fast
4.2
8
.19
Lamiglas XFC 705
2.52
Mod
5.7
10.75
.31
Lamiglas XCC 724
2.73
Mod
5.8
10
.28
Kistler MgCBCGGM66
2.4
Mod Fast
4.8
8.5
.21
Daiwa STZ701MRBA-FL
2.4
Mod Fast
4.2
8.5
.19
Evergreen TCSC-70MG Super Nova
2.55
Fast
5.8
5.5
.19
Daiko BRSC-64L
2.68
Fast
5
5
--
Dobyns 704CB Glass
2.91
Fast
4.6
5.5
.11
Dobyns 704CB
2.41
Mod Fast
4.8
5.5
.15
Quantum TKVD664M
2.31
Fast
4.3
11
.25

 

Lab Results for Medium Cranking Sticks

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Powell 703CB
2.04
Mod Fast
6.6
9.5
.34
G.Loomis CBR845
2.30
Mod Fast
4.4
9.5
.19
G.Loomis CBR855C GLX
2.26
Mod Fast
4.4
8.5
.20
Fenwick ECC70M-MF
2.28
Mod Fast
5.4
11.5
.30
Falcon Cara CCB-5-173DR
2.25
Mod Fast
4.7
5.5
.12
Airrus WL701M
2.14
Mod
3.9
11.5
.23
E21 CLTX691P-C (proto)
2.05
Mod
3.4
8"
--
E21 21CRG701M-M-C
2.30
Mod
5.1
10.75
.26
Damiki C761M-CR
2.17
Mod
5.6
7.5
.20
Jackall Light Pluggin' HC-65ML
2.22
Fast
4.6
6
.14
Lucky Craft 701MF Fat Mini Magic
2.06
Fast
5.9
9.5
.23
Daiko BRSC-70MG
2.20
Mod Fast
6.3
9
.31
Gancraft KB-003-68M Scarface
2.30
Mod Fast
7
3
.14
MB F4-610GT3 Shiryu
2.22
Fast
5.3
8.5
.27
Quantum TKVD745M
2.15
Fast
5.3
12
.36
Dobyns 684CB
2.26
Mod Fast
4.7
5
.15
Dobyns 705CBMF Glass
2.03
Mod Fast
5
6.75
.19
Dobyns 804CB
2.19
Mod Fast
5.7
8
.26

 

The 6’6” cranking rod, as expected, is categorized under our shallow cranking sticks. It has an average RoD value of 2.31 and appears to offer more of a fast taper even though Quantum rates it as having a moderate taper. This stick has an average RoD value of 2.15, falling within our medium crankbait stick category.

 

 

Field Tests: The Tour KVD rods were one of the candidates that made it to our rod war tests in El Novillo, Mexico. It was tested against the largemouth bass in those warmer waters along with field trials in California lakes and the Delta system for black bass. The rods were paired with the Quantum low speed Energy PT that was recently reviewed and most recently with the new Abu Garcia Revo SX. I tossed shallow and lipless crankbaits with the shorter rod and Norman medium diving crankbaits with the 745M.

   


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