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Rod Review


A Classic is Reborn : G.Loomis's MBR842C GLX


Date: 3/26/17
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: G.Loomis
Reviewer: Cal


Over the last decade or so, G.Loomis has followed the bass-industry wide trend of providing anglers with fishing rods custom tailored to specific techniques and baits. It’s gotten to the point where many anglers can’t rig a soft plastic worm or tie a hook without first checking the specification on their fishing rod to see if the product they’re holding in hand is listed on the blank. Back before the industry became so obsessed with technique specific rods, all an angler had to do was check the line and lure weight specifications on the rod, confirm the rod’s taper, decide on a bait, tie it on, toss it out, and fish away.


Welcome back to a classic stick, G.Loomis's MBR842C GLX.

Back when bass fishing was full of more independently thinking anglers, G.Loomis set the industry standard with their Mag Bass series, or in the brand vernacular “MBR”.

At ICAST 2016, the manufacturer turned back their product clock by renewing, revising, and updating their neglected, under appreciated, and ultimately most versatile bass fishing lineup. It marked the return of one of my all time favorite sticks. Time to see if the reincarnated MBR842C GLX is as magical as the original.

G.Loomis MBR842C GLX Specifications

Material G.Loomis GLX
Length 7'-0"
Line Wt. 8-14lb
Lure Wt. 1/4 - 5/8oz
Pieces One
Guides 11+tip (Fuji SS/SiC)
Rear Handle Length 9.75"
Power Rating Medium
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 4oz
Origin Made in USA
MSRP $449.99

A familiar old school design with a couple of contemporary twists.

Impressions: The original MBR842C GLX featured an old school design with a full rear grip and foregrip made of cork, a Fuji ECS reel seat (or their proprietary Weibe seat if you were lucky) and SiC guides. G.Loomis updates the look of their MBR GLX series with the same full rear grip but a small cork foregrip that is integrated into the reel seat locking mechanism. Adding a little 21st Century flare, the back end of the rear grip also has a small band of graphite to break up that solid cork look and serve as bold transition to the compressed cork butt cap.


That new, tiny, foregrip is actually functional integrated with the reel seat's locking mechanism.


The rod's guides are Fuji, stainless steel frames with SiC inserts and the reel seat is a custom design built by Fuji. G.Loomis maintains the raw blank finish of the original MBR GLX series along with black thread wraps highlighted with a think, electric blue wrap. It's a very clean, contemporary design while maintaining that ode to old school appeal.

That carbon inlay and the taper of the rod handle is new.

Real World Tests: A classically renewed rod like the MBR842C GLX deserves an equally refined reel like the brand new Shimano Chronarch MGL. Unsure as to the intention and timing of Shimano USA to offer this reel in the North American market, I went ahead and ordered the JDM version from our friends over at JapanTackle.com. We're happy to report the reel is now available domestically as well with a full US Warranty from sources like TackleWarehouse.com.

Checking out that taper.

Casting: Matched with the Chronarch MGL, I tied on a Megabass Vision 110 for the MBR842C GLX's initial tests. The stick handled this bait just fine as expected loading with a very familiar feel and launching the bait with ease. The rod's lure rating of between one quarter to five eighths of an ounce (1/4-5/8oz) feels just about right, but matched with the right reel, the MBR842C GLX can also be pressed into some bait finesse duties as well casting bait rigs below that threshold.

G.Loomis GLX has long been the benchmark in my mind for sensitivity in a bass rod blank.

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