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CB Rod Wars Part 8: Daiwa’s Steez Fle-X-Lite Cranking Sticks are Scary Slick (continued)
 

Lab Tests: First stop for our STZ701MRBA was actually the boat because we were so excited to fish this rod, but shortly thereafter, we strapped it up to the RoD WRACK where we took note of the rod's deflection characteristics in comparison to other similarly powered sticks. The following list of rods includes previously reviewed sticks as well as other members of our 2009 Crankbait Rod Wars

 

 

Lab Results for Daiwa Steez STZ701MRBA-FL

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight
Balance Point
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Daiwa STZ701MRBA-FL
2.4
M-Fast
4.2 oz
8.5"
.191
Phenix X-10 700
2.42
Fast
4.2 oz
8"
.190
Kistler MgCBCGGM66
2.4
M-Fast
4.8 oz
8.5"
.211
Falcon CCB-5-174DR
2.25
M-Fast
4.7 oz
5.5"
.118

     

The Fle-X-Lite uses air-foam grips which are lighter than cork or ordinary EVA

 

What we found is the STZ701MRBA-FL is pretty similar to the previously reviewed Phenix Rods X-10, with respect to deflection under a constant load. In fact, both rods have nearly identical RoD ratings, weights, balance points, and balancing torque numbers.

 


Are you sure that isn't a glass tip?

 

The fact our STZ701MRBA-FL tested out so closely to the Phenix X-10 700, we were quite interested to see how the two sticks compared to one another on the water.

 


The Fle-X-Lite features a brown and gold motif

 

Real World Tests: Once done with the tests we could once again get the rod back on the water, over the long term tests we paired the rod both with a Steez 103SHA as well as a Zillion 100SHA, as expected the rod balanced out perfectly with the Steez reel. We fished the Fle-X-Lite for a seven month period with majority of testing conducted on Clear Lake and the California Delta, and during this period we also compared the Fle-X-Lite side by side with other rods in our rod wars lineup.

 


The machined aluminum fore-nut is anodized to match the blank

 

Ok enough talk, cast it already!


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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