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WTF?! : Evergreen International's Fastbreak Alley-Oop! (continued)

Power: And what does Evergreen International do to follow up with the rod's sensitivity? They put that nice, sensitive tip on an extra-fast tapered blank and deliver a rod that transitions to its backbone smoothly and efficiently. Those characteristics we witnessed in the lab and postulated would translate to excellent performance out on the water? It all came to fruition with that first bass to inhale that finesse jig.

I only had 6lb test line on the Opus-1, but I was able to direct that fish away from the dried out tules nonetheless.

I was goofing around during our lunch break at the front of the boat casting the finesse jig down what looked like would be a really nice little canal later in the year. Zander was busy taking product stills when I felt that mushy sensation of my bait being inhaled. All at the same time, I felt a couple of head shakes as I lifted my rod and it was fish on! Only trouble is, weeds were everywhere and I was certain the fish would take me into the weeds and tie me up.

Evergreen rod + Evergreen reel + Evergreen jig = good times.

All I could do was apply constant pressure on the fish with my light little Alley Oop, but what I didn't expect was the Alley Oop delivered that and more. Sure, the fish tried to head towards the weeds, but the TKLS-64LX quickly put an end to that thought and helped me turn the fish's head back towards the boat.

Evergreen does a good job of demonstrating what top of the line really means with their Kaleido sticks...

A few moments later, the fish was along side, I lipped her, Zander snapped a few shots, I removed the mini-jig and returned the fish to the water no worse for wear. If only it were that easy all the time!

... quality throughout ...

Design/Ergonomics: We pretty much touched upon these points earlier in the review. I suppose I bears repeating that the TKLS-64LX Alley Oop benefits greatly from Evergreen International's graphite cross weave technology used throughout their Kaleido series of rods. These blanks are the real deal resulting in final rod products that are not just light, but well balanced too. It's pretty rare to find a rod that possesses both these characteristics together!

... of course, Fuji ti/SiC guides ...

Evergreen also doesn't mess around with components. The Kaleido series is befitting a manufacturer's top of the line product featuring titanium framed guides with SiC inserts all manufactured by Fuji. The grip material is high grade cork and there are metal and carbon trim pieces tastefully incorporated throughout the grip design. The Alley-Oop is clean, precise, well appointed, and, in a word, deadly.

... and a fun name to remember the stick by rather than some obscure set of model numbers.

Availability: It is our hope, one day in the not too distant future, that Evergreen International will find their way to North American shores with official distribution channels so we can acquire these sticks a tad more easily and with warranty support. Until that time, and it's been repeated over and over again, as it stands, anything in Evergreen's top end lineup is really, prohibitively expensive to import. Some won't care, many will, it is what it is. If you want to play, sooner or later, you're going to have to take the bullet and shell out the cash.


Evergreen International Kaleido TKLS-64LX Alley Oop Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Evergreen has their act together 9
Performance Evergreen's Kaleido series continues to impress 10
Price If you have to ask... but we have to rate it nonetheless 1
Features Top end guides, clean cork, woven graphite blank 9
Design (Ergonomics) One of the best handling spinning rods I've fished 9
Application Great finesse stick 10

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ As clean as they come - Price
+ Extra fast taper means a lively tip without sacrificing power - Lack of warranty in North America
+ Top end components  



The Alley-Oop easily scores our Ultimate Enthusiast Award.


Conclusion: Few things can deliver more euphoria during a basketball game than a timely and perfectly executed alley-oop. The timing, energy, excitement, and pure athleticism involved in such a play is breathtaking. So is Evergreen International’s TKLS-64LX. The sensitivity, power, balance, execution of this stick is about as perfect as it gets in a production fishing rod. The only “but,” and there’s ALWAYS a “but,” is of course the rod’s price and lack of warranty support for North American consumers. For those who have the where with all to pay, these matters are of little concern. For those of us here at TackleTour, there really is only one matter left unattended and that is Evergreen International’s Alley-Oop has scored our Ultimate Enthusiast Award.










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