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CB Rod Wars Part #7 : Our First Detailed Look at Dobyns Rods Gen 2 Product (continued)

Features: Complimenting this stick are stainless steel framed, SiC insert guides by Korean component manufacturer Kigan. This is an upgrade in insert material from Alconite which is what the Gen 1 Dobyns Rods featured. Though Dobyns is using a different manufacturer than Fuji, SiC is generally regarded as one of the best insert materials for a bass rod and is the material most companies feature on their high end sticks.


The 704CB Glass comes with the Fuji ECS reel seat.

The reel seat is standard Fuji, and the grip is top grade cork (full rear, no foregrip). While we’re obviously not familiar with the Kigan product, the guides performed as expected with no popouts or cracked inserts. Granted, we rarely experience these failures anyway because we are not abusive nor neglectful of our gear.

 
The now recessed butt cap of the Dobyns Rods Champion Series lineup.

Application: As alluded to earlier, the 704CB Glass is really a good, all purpose cranker. It can easily handle shallow and medium running cranks, and if pressed into service for deep divers like the DD22, it can support your needs there as well, though, again it is not our first choice. Additionally, if you like softer sticks for throwing jerk and rip baits, the 704CB Glass can handle those duties too as well as spinnerbaits and lipless cranks.


I finally shared this stick with Zander and look what happened...

 

Warranty: Dobyns Rods offers both a traditional, limited lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects in material sand workmanship (to the original owner) and a less traditional, no hassle replacement policy. Simply take your rod to a participating dealer, pay a $60 replacement fee, and get a replacement right then and there over the counter. Failing the convenience of a local dealer participating in the over the counter exchange, you can also send your rod into the manufacturer for your replacement. For details regarding shipping fees or any other questions about a potential claim, please contact the manufacturer directly. 

 
...nope, I never got it back!

Ratings:

Dobyns Rods 704CB Glass Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality We like what we see so far from Dobyns Rods next generation sticks 8.5
Performance The 704CB Glass performs well in all aspects 9
Price More expensive than the Gen 1 product, but with upgraded components (SiC Guides vs Alconite) 8
Features Solid components 8
Design (Ergonomics) Basic design with enough styling cues to keep us interested 7.5
Application A very versatile GLASS stick 9

Total Score

8.25
Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

  
Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
J Dobyns Rods are readily available once again L Some will view the new price as a minus, but keep in mind, the Gen 2 Dobyns rods feature an upgrade in components from Alconite inserts to SiC
J Lighter than its graphite counterpart! L We could do without the silver swatch on the blank above the reel seat
J Versatile cranking stick  

 

Conclusion: Well, the time finally came to where I had a good enough feel for this stick to complete the review. I reluctantly removed my left hand retrieve Chronarch D and mounted a right hand retrieve Conquest 100DC. I quietly strung the rod up, tied on a Lucky Craft BDS3, looked over at Zander and said, “Dude you have to check this rod out”. That was the last I ever saw of the Dobyns Rods 704CB Glass. As predicted, Zander fell hook, line, and sinker for that stick and this has been the reason for his slow start in the Crankbait Rod Wars reviews. He can’t stop fishing the 704CB Glass!

 


Dobyns Rods 704CB Glass easily wins our coveted Editor's Choice Award!

 

Needless to say, we were quite concerned and even a little disappointed with Dobyns Rods’ need to pull back and reorganize after their first year in the business as an independent. But looking back, it was really the right thing to do for the brand and the product lineup. Now having seen the result and fished it first hand, I can personally say job well done. While the rods are still made overseas, and the component line is from a non-traditional source, performance of the rods, and the 704CB Glass in particular, are undeniable. Zander has already gone out and purchased a Champion Extreme model and three of the generation 2 795ML’s based solely on his enthusiasm for the 704CB Glass while the 804CB is slowly gaining my favor. In the meantime, was there ever any doubt while reading this article of the following award? Hardly. If you’re looking for that rare stick with the look and feel of graphite, but the buttery soft performance of glass, do yourself a favor and check out a Dobyns Rods 704CB Glass. This stick has easily run away with our coveted Editor’s Choice Award!

 

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