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Rod Review


The Search For One... Rapala Canada's R-Type (continued)

Sensitivity: The RT45TR72MH2, despite being a two piece stick, has very good sensitivity rivaling just about any rod I’ve fished in the $150 price range. Granted, I fished it primarily with baits half an ounce and above, and it’s pretty easy to feel baits of this weight or more in the water, but just the same, I was never left wanting for more in terms of sensitivity while fishing the RT45TR72MH2. In fact, I often forgot it was a two piece stick.


The very stealthy union two pieces is concealed by the guide wraps.

I liked the RT45TR72MH2 especially with the Lucky Craft Pointer 128 and the half ounce hair jigs by Caribe Lures. These two baits, in particular, fished extremely well on this rod communicating back to my hands whether I was stopped by weeds or the soft inhale of a hungry fish!


The RT45R72MH2 comes with a split rear grip.

Power: After travelling south of the equator to pursue those crazed peacock bass, no discussion of “power” can escape comparisons to these incredibly strong, hard pulling fish. Even a three or four pound peacock can put a largemouth bass twice its weight to shame. These are not fish upon which you can impose your will. Rather, the correct strategy to fighting a peacock bass and any other hard running fish, is to apply constant pressure and let your equipment handle the rest.


Rapala's R-Type rods are aggressively styled yet priced right.

The RT45TR72MH2 held its own with these fish never once giving me the sense it was going to fail The power curve on this rod is smooth and reliable and very reminiscent of a one-piece rod.


Rapala Canada continues to surprise.

Design/Ergonomics: Along with the afore mentioned Fuji Alconite guides, the RT45TR72MH2 comes with a Fuji ACS reel seat and split rear foam grip. The butt cap of the rod is not removable so installation of custom balancing weights is not an easy option. There is no foregrip on this rod and it looks every bit a rod that was inspired by JDM stylings.


The RT45R72MH2 is also very well suited for the Amazon.

Availability: As with the Shift series reviewed before it, the R-Type sticks from Rapala Canada are only available across the border in Canada, but from what we understand, they are widely available in their native market.

Ratings:

Rapala Canada R-Type RT45TR72MH2 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A well executed stick 8
Performance The rod's extra-fast taper has it behaving more like a heavy than a medium heavy but still good performing nonetheless 8
Price The current exchange rate with Canada is relatively flat, that means this rod is virtually the same price in US or Canadian dollars... under $100 for a rod with Alconite guides? are you kidding? 9
Features A rare, quality two-piece stick 8
Design (Ergonomics) Attractive, contemporary stylings 8
Application A good stick for general, heavy powered applications 8

Total Score

8.17
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Two piece construction - Not available in the US through official channels
+ Alconite guides for under $100!  
+ Extra-fast taper translates to a powerful stick  

  


Thanks to its two piece design, the RT45R72MH2 is a wonderful travel stick.

 

Conclusion: The more familiar we grow with the product from Rapala Canada, the more we appreciate their mindset of producing rods with a contemporary styling matched with a price that won't break your tackle budget. Rapala Canada's R-type is even more of a value than the previously reviewed Shift series delivering Fuji Alconite guides on a rod that is right around one hundred dollars Canadian. That's fifty percent less than the majority of competitors out there today building rods with similar components!



 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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