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PRODUCTTPREVIEW : Dobyns Rods New Savvy Series
 

Date: 1/5/10
Tackle type: Rods
Manufacturer: Dobyns Rods
Reviewer: Cal







 

Introduction: Last year, when Gary Dobyns debuted the second generation version of his bass rods, they were received with great fanfare from tournament anglers all around. However, the increase in the rods’ price points was a difficult pill for many to swallow during these tough economic times even though the components for these reincarnated rods were upgraded (the baseline Champion series especially with the Gen 2 rods featuring SiC guide inserts compared to the original Champion series that featured guides with alconite inserts).
 


Introducing the new Dobyns Rods Savvy Series


For 2010, Dobyns is addressing this criticism with the reintroduction of an alconite outfitted rod at an even lower price point than the original Champion Series. Expected to arrive in stores at the end of January 2010, the new Dobyns Savvy series of rods are priced between $149.99 - $169.99, and feature Kigan guides with stainless steel frames and alconite inserts.

 

The Savvy Series reminds us of an updated Gen 1 Xtreme rod



But at a more friendly price point

  
Cosmetically, these rods are like a reincarnated version of the first generation Champion Xtremes with their red and silver highlight threads, split rear grip, and no foregrip design. In fact, update the original Champion Xtremes with the second generation logo, paint the reel seat glossy black, and tack on the second generation butt design and you have the cosmetic design of the new Savvy series.

 

Make no mistake about it though, these are Gen 2 Dobyns Rods

 

Dobyns Rods Savvy Series Spinning Rods

Model
Length
Power
Taper
Line
Lure
Price

SS692SF

6’9”

Med-Light

Fast

6-12lb

1/8-1/2 oz

149.99

SS693SF

6’9”

Medium

Fast

8-17lb

3/16 – 5/8 oz

149.99

SS702SF

7’0”

Med-Light

Fast

6-12lb

1/8-1/2 oz

159.99

SS703SF

7’0”

Medium

Fast

8-17lb

3/16 – 5/8 oz

159.99

 

 

And feature more sophisticated cosmetics

 

Like this painted reel seat

 

Dobyns Rods Savvy Series Casting Rods

Model
Length
Power
Taper
Line
Lure
Price

SS663C

6’6”

Med/Hvy

Fast

10-17lb

¼-3/4oz

149.99

SS664C

6’6”

Heavy

Fast

10-20lb

¼-1oz

149.99

SS703C

7’0”

Med/Hvy

Fast

10-17lb

¼-3/4oz

159.99

SS704C

7’0”

Heavy

Fast

10-20lb

¼-1oz

159.99

SS705C

7’0”

Mag/Hvy

Fast

12-25lb

3/8-1 1/2oz

159.99

SS733C

7’3”

Med/Hvy

Fast

10-17lb

¼-3/4oz

169.99

SS734C

7’3”

Heavy

Fast

10-20lb

¼-1oz

169.99

SS735C

7’3”

Med/Hvy

ExFast

12-25lb

3/8-1 1/2oz

169.99

SS766FLIP

7’6”

Heavy

Fast

14-30lb

¼-2oz

169.99


Complete with the Dobyns Rods logo

 

And of course an exposed blank

 

This new series will feature four spinning rods, six standard casting models, and two heavier duty casting sticks for pitching and flipping. All but one of these rods will feature the split rear grip treatment with the SS766 FLIP, a seven foot six inch rod rated up to two ounces in lure weight, coming with a full rear grip design.

 

The rod itself is finished with a satin black paint on top (right side) and a weave of some sort at the back end (left side)
 

Thread wraps are black with red and silver highlights

 

The reel seat locking mechanism is standard Fuji

 

 Guides are Kigan Paradigm series guides

 

Featuring stainless steel frames

 

And alconite inserts

 

Finishing touches on the back side of the grip

And on the butt end itself

 

Dobyns Rods Savvy Series will hit store shelves at the end of January.

 

Conclusion: Official ship date from the factory in Korea was January 5, 2010, so you can expect these rods to be in store shelves by the end of the month. Will these sticks be sufficient to answer those clamoring for a more affordable stick from Dobyns Rods? Only time will tell, but you can bet at least one of these rods has been submitted for inclusion in our Search For One all purpose bass rod shootout this year.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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