Introduces New Fishing Rods for 2018 - Meet the Browser Series
received a Browser XH Swimbait rod for testing and our initial look in the lab
looks promising. For an 8 foot rod rated from 2-8oz. the rod feels quite light
and responsive. The rod weighed in at 7.3oz. and seems to balance out better
with larger round or oversized baitcasters, which is appropriate considering
this particular rod is designed for big swimbaits and carries a line rating of
15 to 40lb. test.
The reel seat looks like the
Seaguide Alien Series
The reel seats are marketed as custom but they
look like Seaguide Alien Series seats which are comfortable to grip and provide
plenty of access to the blank on both the sides and trigger edge. One of the
things that we like about the seat is the second locking ring which ensures a
tight grip on both small and large baitcasters.
A second locking knob helps secure
even large reels on the swimbait rod
The guides that Savage Gear
selected for the Browser rods are Seaguide CCS guides with what looks like RSOL
rings which are rated 1.5 times that of quartz, so they should be able to easily
handle braided lines.
We have seen these rings before and they are
designed to handle both goof thermal conductivity and high fracture toughness,
maintaining their round shape and preventing any line damage and smoother casts.
Seaguide CC guides are rated to
The handles on the rod make use of a combination
of EVA foam with an aggressive black and grey pattern combined with composite
cork for the main and foregrip while the rear grip makes use of cork and
composite cork in an ergonomically shape that provides plenty of grip. The
larger and heavier rated the rod the longer this grip will be.
Our first few casts with the
rod felt good, and the Browser loads launches big baits with confidence, mostly
relying on the upper section of the rod to cast big baits without having to
force them. We haven't confirmed with Savage Gear but our guess is that the
24-ton carbon utilized within the rod blank is Toray material, it just looks and
feels like it.
A sculpted cork and composite cork
rear grip finishes off the rod
In total there will be
fourteen new models available this coming season. Three 7-foot spinning
rods include Medium Light, Medium, and Medium Heavy for your finesse to big bait
applications Three 7-foot models include Medium, Medium Heavy, and Heavy.
Two 7-foot 4-inch models include Medium Heavy and Heavy. Two 7-foot 6-inch
models include Heavy and Extra Heavy. One 7-foot 11-inch Extra Heavy, and
three 8-foot models including Heavy, Extra Heavy, and Extra-Extra Heavy for your
big bait/swimbait applications.
The new Browser Series from Savage
Gear will be aggressively priced from only $79.99 to $129 dollars making them
accessible to value oriented anglers that still demand performance
As you might expect from both
Okuma and Savage Gear making these products available at a reasonable price is a
high priority and the Browser rods will retail for very aggressive prices of
$79.99 to $129.99 dollars and come backed with a 1 year limited warranty.
We look forward to putting our test rod through
the paces, and being a heavy swimbait rod we will be loading this one up with
baits all the way up to and beyond the rated 8oz. maximum specification to see
just how "savage" this rod really is.