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Rod Review


Taking Aim at "The One" with Ark Rods's Sniper Series


Date: 2/24/19
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: ARK Rods
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.75 - GOOD

ARK Rods made a pretty good impression on us back in March 2018 with their Invoker IVK610MLXS, a spinning rod built on a high end graphite blank with medium grade components at a price point that earned the stick our Best Value Award. Given how well that stick performed, we wanted to see what else this company had to offer, so today we're taking aim at their flagship series, Sniper. Here's our look at ARK Rods's Sniper SNP70MXC casting rod.


ARK Rods SNP70MXC Specifications

Material High Modulus Toray Graphite
Length 7'-0"
Line Wt. 8-15lb
Lure Wt. 1/16-1/2oz
Pieces One
Guides 8+tip Stainless Steel frames w/ zirconium inserts
Rear Handle Length 10
Power Rating Medium
Taper Extra Fast
Rod Weight 4.4
Origin Made in China
MSRP $199.99

Sniper is Ark Rods's current top end model.

Impressions: At the time of this writing, Sniper is ARK Rods's highest end series of rods. I say that because given how fast this company moves, there may be two or three lines above Sniper by the time I finish this article and it sees the light of the Internet! The SNP70MXC is a seven foot stick with a sophisticated black and grey color scheme.


We take a look at the SNP70MXC.


It is built with a split rear grip of EVA foam and adorned with a Fuji ACS reel seat with a decorative carbon locking mechanism and stainless steel guides with Zirconium inserts. There is a closed loop hook hangar just above the reel seat on top o the blank.

Matched with a Revo4 S and ready to go.

Real World Tests: For the SNPM70XC's tests, I paired with Abu Garcia's fourth generation REVO S spooled with ten pound (10lb) Sunline Super Natural nylon monofilament. I found the S to be a really nice match to the ARK Sniper.

The blank is sanded and unfinished.

Casting: The SNP70MXC carries with it a "medium" power rating. More accurately, it is rated from one sixteenth to one half ounce (1/16 - 1/2oz) lure rating. The REVO S is not capable of presenting anything that light, and judging from the SNP70MXC's tip, I'm not sold that even with a capable reel, that this stick is capable of going much below a quarter of an ounce (1/4oz) in real lure weight.

Guides are stainless steel frames with Zirconium inserts.

On the upper end of the Sniper's rating, one half ounce (1/2 oz) feels about right though you could push the upper limits certainly more easily than the lower limits with this stick. The SNP70MXC does perform nicely in both casting and pitching situations.

ARK Rod does not specify the exact grade of graphite in the blank of the Sniper other than to say "High Modulus Graphite".

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