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ICAST 2021 Coverage


Seeing Red - The New G.Loomis GCX Rods Slide in Right Under IMX-Pro


Date: 7/23/21
Location: Orlando, Fl
Admission: Industry Only
Manufacturer: Gloomis
Reviewer: Zander

Introduction: It wasn't that long ago that G.Loomis launched the NRX+ Series so it was a bit of a surprise that the company would launch a whole new series of rods at ICAST. The GCX rods make use of proven actions to create a new workhorse series positioned right between E6X and IMX-Pro.


G.Loomis launched the GCX Mainstream Rods Positioned right between E6X and IMX-Pro


GCX: There are a total of 23 rods in the GCX lineup and they are immediately recognizable as G.Loomis rods with familiar layouts and just a bit of color wrapping. This line is marked with bright red wrapping to set it apart from the other lines.


Coming right off the launch of the NRX+ the GCX rods are designed to be more affordable for the everyday angler


“The emphases for the new GCX series are durability, action, and performance,” notes Steve Rajeff, Director of Engineering for G. Loomis. “We selected materials for GCX rods to yield an optimum balance of strength and durability while reducing weight for feel and sensitivity.”


the rods feature a variety of cork grip configurations


The GCX rods are built in the same Woodland, Washington, factory as other G.Loomis rods, including NRX+, and incorporates familiar actions that Loomis fans love. G. Loomis engineered each GCX blank using proprietary Multi-Taper Design technology to enhance durability while further decreasing the blank’s weight. A series of “micro tapers” within the overall taper of the rod, the exclusive Multi-Taper Design process enabled the rod engineers to use more material on potential stress points and less material everywhere else. The result is a broad series of precisely defined rod lengths, powers, and actions that are designed to strike the perfect balance between durability and performance.


Checking out the various application specific GCX rods


What really sets this line apart from other G.Loomis Series rods is the guide-train. Each rod is equipped with SeaGuide Hero One guides to help minimize line tangles and maximize casting performance. The SeaGuide RA ceramic ring inserts are 30% harder with 60% more impact resistance than traditional aluminum oxide rings, while also weighing 13% less. This marks the first time that G.Loomis has used these particular guides.


This is the first G.Loomis rod to make use of SeaGuide Hero guides. The red stitching really pops, and sets the line apart from other G.Loomis Series rods


The GCX rods are designed with either solid or split-grip premium cork handles and Fuji reel seats provide a familiar union between rod and reel.


A familiar, and beloved, Fuji reel seat


I personally like the red color that G.Loomis selected for the GCX line, it stands apart from the rest of the Loomis rods and yet is bright and easy to identify quickly on the deck or in a rod locker.


There are 23 different rods in the GCX lineup


Like the higher-end G.Loomis rods the GCX comes in a variety of Mag Bass casting actions as well as new technique specific models. There are new GCX rods designed for spin jigs, spinnerbaits, jig & worm, dropshot, crankbaits and even flip and punch applications.


A composite cork butt finishes the rods


The GLX rods should start shipping in the next few weeks and retail fro $249.99 to $279.99 depending on the model. With 14 casting rods and 9 spinning rods to pick from this should be a good complement to the G.Loomis arsenal. It will be interesting to see how they perform versus the IMX-Pro rods, and how they feel with the new SeaGuide components.










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