Updates the IMX Series of Bass Rods
IMX blank is a little darker than the previous version and it is a little more
difficult to see the graphite fibers in artificial light but in the sunlight
they are easily discernable. Personally I like the look of the new IMX rods more
than the recently updated GLX rods. Not only is the stealth black blank less
polarizing than the green but I also prefer the raw look and feel of the matte
blank over the gloss finish.
The rod is finished with Fuji Alconite and
K-frame running guides
improvements to the new series are also noticeable. The palm swell behind the
Fuji ACS reel seat makes this rod feel a split grip rod and provides a very
natural grip for free wrist articulation. I feel like the new rod feels very
natural, allowing for stress-free pitches and equally easy two handed long
The handle is sculpted so that directly behind
the Fuji ACS reel seat is a ergonomic palm swell
The new 783C
also balances out very well and the composite cork rings on the back of the grip
add some personality to the rod but also serve a functional purpose as well.
Composite cork is denser and heavier than standard cork and this adds some
needed weight to the butt section to balance out the rod once a reel is added,
which makes the overall outfit feel lighter over a full day of casting.
The main part of the handle tapers down and is
skinny for weight reduction and a more aggressive look and feel
I like the fact
that G.Loomis stuck with a full cork grip and differentiated it with a tapered
design versus just going to a split grip format. The split grip was once
heralded as revolutionary and more modern looking, but with all the
manufacturers jumping on the split grip trend the design is starting to feel a
little played out.
The IMX 783C's foregrip is also pared down
that the new IMX blanks are as much as 15 percent lighter than the previous
version which is likely more of the case as you step up rod length and action.
In the lab the new 783C measured identical to both the Fuji and Weibe seat
previous 783C IMX rods, all weighing in at exactly 4.35oz. (123.8g), which is
still impressive considering the addition of the extra running guide.
A open hook hanger is positioned directly in
front of the tiny foregrip
The new IMX
series rods are all one-piece and includes nine jig & worm casting rods (68
71 75 lengths), and four jig & worm spinning rods (68 and 71
lengths); three Mag Bass casting rods in 66 and 7 lengths; a 73 Carolina
rig casting rod; four Flip/Punch casting and four swimbait casting rods in 76
and 711 lengths; two 77 umbrella rig casting rods for use with up to
80-pound test PowerPro braid; two 69 spinnerbait casting rods; 68 topwater
and 69 jerkbait casting rods; along with two DropShot and one ShakyHead
spinning rods in 610 lengths.
Red threading is found only surrounding the rod
label and first guide
$295 to $315 dollars depending on the rod style the new IMX series continues to
fall right in the same basic price category of the original, and many anglers
that may be considering the more costly GLX or NRX series may very be tempted to
purchase two of these rods instead.
The IMX Series looks good. So good that it should
please G.Loomis purists and have them wondering if they should buy two of these
rods versus a single GLX
precisely tapered the new mandrels to fine tune the new IMX actions for specific
bass fishing techniques, making them even more application specific than the
original. That said I am really happy to see that the new IMX 783C seems to
exhibit the same soul as the previous version, displaying the same basic
action. How this new rod will perform in terms of overall sensitivity and feel
in the field remains to be seen, but paired up with Shimanos new Curado-I reel
makes for a very nice combination that both looks and feels so very right.
Paired with Shimano's new Curado-I reel this
combo feels "right" and begs to be fished
just beginning our test of the new series but from what we have seen so far the
new IMX783C looks like the kind of rod that will please G.Loomis purists,
striking a balance between tradition and new technology. With introductions like
the new IMX Series and the Curado-I this may very well be a strong comeback year
for the Shimano/G.Loomis camp.
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G.Loomis IMX Series? The updated series is available