G.Rods Makes Graphene Affordable with the Game Changer Series
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Introduction: GRods International has continued to expand their offerings
and the Game Changer Series is designed to make the company’s graphene
technology much more affordable and accessible to everyday anglers. The rods
don’t stray too far from the company’s existing lines when it comes to layout
and styling but as you would expect makes use of a different blank and
components to achieve the more aggressive price point. Time to see just how much
of a “Game Changer” these new rods really are.
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After a year spent with the Game
Changer it is time to take a closer look at the new mainstream positioned rod
Impressions: If you have
been following GRods than you probably know that their rods all have a distinct
look and feel with their signature matte black blanks and heavy use of 1K carbon
fiber outer scrims combined with aluminum trimmed components, giving their rods
a clean and modern look.
At first glance the Game Changer
looks very similar to the Pro Bass Series with the EVA grips being the biggest
The Game Changer rods do more than channel their higher end siblings and feature
the same basic layout with lighter colored EVA handles and darker pewter
aluminum components to help distinguish them from the rest of the line. To
further help anglers identify the new line the “Game Changer” series name is
also etched into the side of the main EVA grips. Overall the rods look really
sharp, albeit very similar to the GRods Pro Bass line.
The fore nut features a similar
anodized design with carbon fiber accents but the pewter finish gives the rod
even more tactical look
While the rods may look very analogous what is inside the blank is really what
sets them apart. The Game Changer rods are built with a lower modulus, but are
still built with the same Toray/Graphene carbon fiber technology throughout. The
rods still make use of Fuji PTS reel seats with a soft dura-touch finish but the
another way that G-Rods was able to bring down the price point was to integrate
proprietary guides versus Fuji guides, and the good news is they are still
titanium framed for low overall weight.
No Fuji Guides here, the Game
Changer makes use of proprietary titanium guides
Real World Tests: I have been fishing the Game Changer GC-73MH-1C for
exactly one year, leveraging the rod for a variety of applications, targeting
largemouth bass in the California Delta and a variety of Northern California
lakes. I’ve paired the rod with a variety of reels but ultimately found the
perfect pairing in terms of styling, balance, and price point with the Diawa
Tatula SV TWS which together became a workhorse heavy plastic and light swimbait
rig for me throughout the entire Summer and Fall months.
My favorite reel pairing for this
rod ended up being the Daiwa Tatula SV TWS, the finish just looked right and the
balance was perfect
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