December 16, 2016

A Review of the New G. Loomis GLX

G. Loomis has been one of the top (if not #1) rod names for many years. I remember when I first started getting serious about bass fishing in the late 90's and how Loomis was the rod to have. It was like that before then and continues now. Their top rods for years was the GLX (now you can step it up with an NRX) and they just released a new version. I've fished with it and have come away impressed.

The GLX has always been known for being balanced and sensitive and the new version is definitely that. It is also very light, even compared to previous versions, as they have reduced the weight of the blank by 20%. A light rod isn't everything, but it sure is nice. Having a light rod with good balance is more important and these rods are well-built and fun to fish.

The model that I have is the 843C MBR, a 7'1" medium heavy rod that can be used for many different techniques. I chose this model to give it a good test across several different techniques. Football heads, small swimbaits, tubes and more were all excellent on this rod. I also see it being a solid rod for anything within the 3/16 - 5/8 oz. it is rated for including pitching jigs and throwing spinnerbaits.

The new GLX rods have Fuji ‘K’ frame guides with SIC rings. These are top quality and will withstand braided line without any issues. The rod also features a carbon fiber butt cap. The carbon fiber looks awesome but also helps to balance the rod with a little extra weight down there.

Honestly there is nothing I didn't like about the rod and how well it performed. Light, sensitive and balanced are my biggest takeaways from fishing this rod. It is also very comfortable to fish with the reel seat and exposed blank. Matched with a Curado 70, this was one sweet setup. The one downside would obviously be the cost. Not everyone is going to be able to afford a rod that retails for over $400, but then again, you get what you pay for.
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