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G.loomis Addresses Light-Duty Spinning with GCX LITE


Date: 7/20/22
Tackle Type: Reels
Manufacturer: Shimano
Reviewer: Zander

The G.Loomis GCX Series has successfully filled the mainstream niche for the brand which is best known for their premium rod offerings. Positioned right below IMX-Pro the GCX rods make use of SeaGuide components and are still manufactured in the G.Loomis factory in Woodland Washington. This ICAST the company is expanding the GCX line with new lighter action spinning rods and an emphasis on tip sensitivity.  


G.Loomis addresses ultralight spinning fans with the new GCX LITE Series


GCX LITE: The new GCX LITE series continues the GCX formula of using Fuji seats combined with SeaGuide aluminum oxide components to create a rod priced to compete in the mainstream.


The GCX LITE rods make use of SeaGuide Aluminum Oxide Guides


The new lighter action rods are easily identifiable with orange threading. The G.Loomis team created the new rods with extra-sensitive tips which are designed to aid anglers with casting distance and accuracy when fishing with lightweight baits.


All GCX LITE rods make use of split grips to minimize weight


Utilizing G.Loomis’ proprietary Multi-Taper Design technology, GCX LITE provides anglers with durable yet lightweight blanks that should also be quite sensitive for detecting those subtle strikes. There are a total of 17 rods in the new GCX lineup ranging in length from 4’8” to 7’6” and with powers from light to ultra-light. They will retail from $249.99 to $319.99 and come backed with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.


There are even a few two piece ultra light rods in the lineup that are great for backcountry trout fishing


Our Quick Take: The GCX LITE rods looks like they will fit right into the portfolio and helps bridge the gap in finesse spinning between GCX and the higher end G.Loomis spinning rods while also branching out from bass actions to finesse powers that are well-suited for targeting other smaller species. Some of the rods in this lineup look particularly good for backcountry trout fishing and we would love to see some GCX LITE casting rods in the future, especially the compact 5’0 and shorter rods, to address true BFS applications.










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