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Rod Review


The Search for One: St. Croix Speaks in Xtremes

 

Date: 9/25/13
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: St. Croix
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 8.09 - GREAT

Introduction:
There are two things you can expect when selecting a St. Croix branded fishing rod out from the display wrack: 1) The craftsmanship of the rod in question will be spot on; 2) what you're holding is the end result of a slew of technological advances most customers simply take for granted. St. Croix does not promise you the lightest rods on the market, but what you can expect is a finely crafted, very high performing tool to add to your arsenal. Today, we take a look at the rod that took top honors at ICAST 2012 as Best of Show Freshwater Fishing Rod.

 

St. Croix Legend Xtreme LXC71MHXF Specifications

Material SC-V & SC-VI Graphite
Length 7'-1"
Line Wt. 12-20lb
Lure Wt. 1/4-3/4oz
Pieces One
Guides 11+tip Fuji K-Series SiC Micro
Rear Handle Length 10"
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Extra Fast
Rod Weight 5.3oz
Origin Made in USA
MSRP $390

 


Introducing the aggressively styled St. Croix Legend Xtreme LXC71MHXF.

 

Quality/Construction: The St. Croix Legend Xtreme LXC71MHXF is a seven foot, one inch long stick featuring a painted blank with translucent thread wraps. The translucent thread wraps are a cool effect but a dangerous choice for the fact there's no where to hide imperfect craftsmanship. Conversely, it's a wonderful way to show off just how carefully a production rod can be wrapped and if your name is St. Croix, that's exactly the goal you have in mind.

 

Quality Ratings for St. Croix Legend Xtreme LXC71MHXF

Finish (1-5)
Grip (1-5)
Epoxy (1-5)
Blank (1-2)
Guides (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
4
4
2
2
17
19
8.95

 

A one eyed look from the reel seat down the length of the blank to the rod's tip reveals perfectly aligned Fuji K-Series, titanium framed guides with SiC inserts. As one might expect from St. Croix, this rod is about as impeccable as you can expect from a production rod.

 

Lab Results for St. Croix Legend Xtreme LXC71MHXF

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
St. Croix Legend Xtreme LXC71MHXF
1.83
X-Fast
5.3
5.5
0.15
MBR783C GLX2000
1.72
Fast
4.8
5
0.11
TSFO 26 Rod Avg
1.69
--
4.92
7.65
0.19


This stick is rated as medium heavy with an extra-fast tip.

Performance: The LXC71MHXF is rated as a medium heavy powered stick with an extra-fast tip. To us, that's an all purpose type of specification and a good candidate for our continuing Search for One campaign. I paired this stick up with a series of different Abu Garcia Revo reels to see what it's all about.


Rigged and ready to go with an Abu Garcia Revo SX.

Casting: Most extra-fast tapered sticks don't make great sticks with which to perform sidearm or overhead casts. It's part and parcel of that quick taper because the rod doesn't have much area along it's length to bend and load during the backswing. On the other hand, pitching performance can be phenomenal because you don't want the rod to load very much with a pitching presentation or your bait will pendulum too high above the water.


Casting and pitching performance is very good.

The LXC71MXHF walks a very thin line between these two presentation techniques and does so very well. It is both a very good rod with which to cast and a very good rod with which to pitch. It helps that this rod is built as a medium heavy power and not a heavy or extra heavy.


The rod is well balanced out off the rack so choice in reels is somewhat irrelevant.

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