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Enthusiast Review


Evergreen International Re-Enters our Search with the Black Racer (continued)

Features: The feature that sets this and other Kaleido series rods apart is the cross weave reinforcement of the blank. This pattern is visible on all Kaleido rods and travels up to within eighteen inches of the Black Racer's tip. The rod's grip, as previously mentioned is made of good quality cork, the guides are Fuji Ti/SiC (double footed all the way up), and the reel seat is a non-exposed blank type. There is no hook keeper on this rod and the rod sleeve is better for protection than it is transportation.

Features Ratings for Evergreen International TKLC-66MFX Black Racer

Grip (1-5)
Guides (1-5)
Reel Seat (1-5)
Hook Keeper (1-5)
Rod Sleeve (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
5
3
1
3
16
25
6.4


A close up of the guides and over on the left of this photo, you can make out the cross weave pattern of the graphite overlay.

Design/Ergonomics: Evergreen has always been conservative with their rod designs. Good, clean graphics but with excellent weight and balance characteristics are the signatures of the Kaleido series. The Black Racer's design and ergonomics are typical of the other rods we've tested in this series.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Evergreen International TKLC-66MFX Black Racer

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
4
5
5
17
20
8.5


How old school is this? A non-exposed blank reel seat on a Medium powered rod.

Application: Remember back in the day when a six foot six inch medium to medium heavy powered rod was THE stick? The Black Racer harkens back to those days. It handles very much like a medium powered rod while fishing, but thanks to its extra-fast taper, it sets up and powers like a medium heavy rod striking a very nice balance.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Evergreen International TKLC-66MFX Black Racer

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
5
5
4
22
25
8.8


I love this stick for throwing rip baits!

You can feel equally at home with this rod fishing rip baits as you would powering a quarter ounce weighted, six inch curly tailed worm, to a three eighths ounce jig, to a lipless crank, to a half ounce spinnerbait. This rod is surprisingly versatile for an extra-fast tapered stick.

Ratings:

Evergreen International TKLC-66MFX Black Racer Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Among the finest builds you will find on a factory stick 9.47
Performance This is a top end stick and it performs like one 8.4
Price Kaleido is never going to score well here 3
Features Very basic in features we score 6.4
Design (Ergonomics) Want light weight AND balance? This stick has it. 8.5
Application Strong Search for One Contender 8.8

Total Score

7.43
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:

Plus

Minus
+ Light yet balanced - Evergreen has yet to make their rods available in North America
+ Medium powered fun with Medium Heavy power - If you want top end performance, you have to be willing to fork over a top end price
+ Wonderfully versatile  

  


If your search is for ultimate performance disguised in a somewhat conservative cloak, the Black Racer is your One.

 

Conclusion: I've yet to pick up a Kaleido series rod that hasn't brought a smile across my face during those first few casts. If you covet high end performance and have the resources to not worry about warranties, Evergreen's Kaleido series of rods are difficult to top. In this series, the TKLC-66MFX Black Racer is a pretty special stick because it handles like a medium powered rod, but because of its taper, has more power than you realize. The only thing holding this rod back from true, Ultimate Enthusiast status is a more edgy design aesthetic around the handle. Otherwise, if your search is for ultimate performance disguised in a somewhat conservative cloak, the Black Racer is your One.

 

 

 

 

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