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The Search For One... Setting the Baseline With Not Just Any G.Loomis (continued)

Lab Tests: To verify, we took GLX2000 #43 of 200 into the lab to gather the statistics that will appear in each “all purpose rod” review we publish in 2010. It is, after all, our baseline for comparison. What we were reminded of was how a good, old fashioned, fast tapered, “medium heavy” rod behaved.

Fig. 1 : This chart represents the deflection characteristics of our baseline rod for The Search For One. The GLX2000 MBR783C GLX has a RoD Value of 1.72 which by itself means little to nothing, but it will be our basis for comparison moving forward in 2010.

As a reminder, each rod we intend to review is strapped to our RoD WRACK where we subject it to a series of loads from two to thirty two ounces (for extra heavy powered sticks we go up to forty eight ounces). We then measure how much the rod deflects under each load and divide that measurement by each load to come up with our RoD. The RoD values are then averaged out over the entire range. This is not intended to be a definitive rating, but simply a means by which to conduct relative comparisons between rods from different manufacturers.

Lab Results for G.Loomis GLX2000 (MBR783C GLX)

Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Measured Weight
Balance Point
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
G.Loomis GLX2000 (MBR783C GLX)

During each rod's time on the RoD WRACK, we also observe how far back the rod bends in relation to its length. We do this to verify each stick's taper though we often conduct this exercise on the boat as well by simply grabbing the end of the line and flexing the rod's tip. We used to take the time to find each rod's spine and the point at which the line comes in contact with the blank while under load, but these statistics have proved relatively meaningless to us out on the water, so for now, we've suspended our notation of this data.

We evaluate the taper of a rod through visual inspection. Perhaps imperfect, but it's quick and to the point.

Weight and balancing point are pretty self explanatory which brings us to balancing torque. During our Swimbait Rod Wars of 2008, it became apparent that not all tip-heavy rods are created equal. As a way to compare and evaluate this characteristic, we've come up with the term balancing torque. What we do, is simply measure the rod's tip weight while balancing the stick at the middle of its reel seat. We then take that weight and multiply it against the length of the rod from the middle of its reel seat all the way to the tip. This value is converted to foot-pounds and represents the counter force required to lift the rod's tip into a position parallel to the ground. Simply put? The lower the number the lighter a rod's tip is and feels. The GLX2000 has a balancing torque of 0.11 ftlbs - a number approaching the point to where "tip-heaviness" is nearly imperceptible.

Which side of the argument do you fall, balance or lightweight?.

What's the importance of this statistic? Well, it depends on which side of the debate you fall - balance or weight. The general arguments are a balanced rod actually feels lighter in hand (and it does) and will cause you less fatigue during a day or over the course of several days fishing. A lighter rod, it is argued, is more sensitive because there are less components on the stick to dampen vibrations.

If you hold your rod and reel like this, the reel will do little to nothing to help you balance your rod.

Regardless of which side of the debate you fall on, the one argument I contest is using a reel to balance the rod. Certainly, if you put a heavy reel on a tip-heavy rod, you will move the balancing point of this stick back. The trouble is, the actual location you're putting this supposed counterweight on top of is your actual ideal pivot point, so no matter how heavy your reel is, the rod is still going to maintain that original tip-heavy feel. Unless you add weight to the back of the rod to counteract the effects of the tip, or unless you hold your rod somewhere along the foregrip, a fishing reel does little to nothing to help you balance a rod and just adds to the weight you're holding in your hand all day long.

It's common sense... how can you balance an object by adding weight on top of your ideal balancing point?

So our preference here at TackleTour? Why of course, a balance between the actual weight of a rod and its overall balance. A minimalist rod assembled simply with the goal of light weight with no regard to balance is very uncomfortable to fish for extended periods of time especially if it is over seven feet in length. On the other hand, a rod, overburdened with counterweights to deliver perfect balance can be just as fatiguing. The GLX2000 strikes an excellent balance between these two competing characteristics, but of course, it has the advantage of only being six feet, six inches in length.

Presenting our baseline rod for our 2010 Search For One... G.Loomis's GLX2000 - a special, limited edition run of their popular MBR783C GLX.

Field Tests: Oh yes, we did indeed take to the water with this stick. I paired it with the limited edition Daiwa Megabass Ito Monoblock Bespoke Topaz and spooled the reel with 55lb Suffix Performance Braid in day-glo orange. The target for the day were striper in the California Delta.

Each GLX2000 Mag Bass Series rod by G.Loomis is numbered as one in a series of 200 exclusive sticks.

Next Section: Time to cast this limited edition rod











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