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Lure Review

 


Gear Up With the 3D Shine Glide From Savage Gear

 

Date: 10/9/16
Tackle type: Lure
Manufacturer: Savage Gear
Reviewer: Wolbugger






Total Score: 8.43 - GREAT
 

Introduction: It's no secret hefty bass love a substantial meal. Are you hunting for a lifelike bait to imitate this large forage in hopes of getting those quality bites? Savage Gear, maker of some of the most natural-looking baits out there, offers anglers a solution with their new 3D Shine Glide. With their unique actions, glide baits have really caught fire in recent years and are responsible for some pretty epic days of bass fishing. While the 3D Shine Glide looks outstanding at first glance, we set out to see if it's truly worthy of taking up real estate in your tackle box!


This glide bait arrives in transparent plastic packaging.

Savage Gear 3D Shine Glide Specifications

Type Glide Bait
Length

5 1/4-inches (size 135)
7 1/4-inches (size 185)

Weight

1 ounce (size 135)
2-1/4 ounces (size 185)

Material Plastic
Hooks

#4 trebles (size 135)
#1 trebles (size 185)

Colors 5
Origin Made in China
MSRP

(TackleWarehouse.com)
$18.99 (size 135)
$24.99 (size 185)

Quality/Construction: There's no doubt these are quality glide baits that exude realism. Savage Gear's use of 3D scanning and modeling helps increase this natural appeal for the ultimate look. Both of our test baits sported sweet color schemes along with finely detailed fins, scales, and lateral lines. You'll also find large, bright eyes and a soft but durable tail.


Savage Gear built-in some nice detailing to really set these baits off!

Aesthetics aside, what about the hardware? The first thing I noticed upon removing from the packaging were the sticky-sharp trebles. These are great stock hooks that are sized right and needed absolutely zero sharpening. The three split rings and body joint also appeared to be quality, robust pieces.


Shown here are the bigger 185-size and more “everyday” 135-size.

Quality Ratings for Savage Gear 3D Shine Glide

Craftsmanship

(1–5)

Finish

(1–5)

Detailing

(1–5)

Packaging

(1–5)

Hardware

(1–5)

 

Total

 

 Possible

Rating (=Tot/pos *10)

4

4

4

N/A

5

17

20

8.5

Performance: Let's get the negative out of the way first—the casting. These baits will spin through the air when casted, sometimes pretty wildly. Shorter, softer lobs can minimize the issue, but it can obviously affect distance and accuracy.


The size-185 bait is literally a handful!

Thankfully, these baits act far better underwater than they do in the air. For those not familiar with glide baits, they have more of a curving, snaking look underwater while being reeled. These Savage Gear baits start to work with a slow crank of the handle and keep swimming great even on a fast retrieve. Their S-curving action looked fantastic and they stayed under the surface well. They also responded well to twitches by darting left and right, however I found plenty of action on a straight retrieve with occasional speed changes. Both of my testers sank horizontally at a slow speed and sat upright on the bottom. After a bunch of usage my 135 bait only showed light scratching.

Performance Ratings for Savage Gear 3D Shine Glide

Castability (1-5)
Ease of Actuation(1-5)
Quality of Movement (1-5)
Position at Rest
(1-5)
Durability (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
2
5
5
5
4
21
25
8.4


There's no mistaking what model number you're throwing.

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