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Rod Review

CB Rod Wars Part 18: G.Loomis goes with graphite for more sensitivity while cranking

Date: 3/17/10
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: G.Loomis
Reviewer: Zander






Total Score: 7.66 - GOOD
 

Introduction: What rod war would be complete without a stick from G.Loomis? Representing the old guard G.Loomis has a large selection of crankbait rods, and perhaps none are as popular as the 7 foot CBR845C. We take a look at this popular rod along with the GLX version in the last article in our crankbait rod war series before the final wrap up.

 

G.Loomis CBR845C Crankbait Rod Specifications

Material Graphite
Length 7'0"
Line Wt. 10 - 20lb
Lure Wt. 3/8 - 1oz.
Pieces 1
Guides 10 Guides + Tip Top Fuji Alconite
Power Rating Med-Heavy
Taper Mod-Fast
Rod Weight 4.3 oz
Origin USA
MSRP $245.00

 


No Crankbait Rod War would be complete without rods from G.Loomis

Impressions: Even as the “Search for One” begins we still have some unfinished business from last year with the cranking rods from G.Loomis. We procured two G.Loomis rods for the CB Rod Wars, the first being the popular CBR845C which is the seven foot rod in the “crankbait” series and the CBR855CGLX which is a 7’1” rod and makes use of recoil guides for weight reduction. Both rods are nearly identical in specification when it comes to length, action and power with the biggest difference being the core blank material.


We start with the CBR845C from the Crankbait Series 

The GLX rod is just an inch longer and does feature nicer detailing including an ergonomic composite cork butt versus the traditional plastic cap found on the 845C. The 845C features a cinnamon colored blank that separates the series from other Loomis rods and the entire blank is covered with a thin layer of gloss. The GLX rod on the other hand is a deep olive/brown color and the blank is matte in appearance.


We also procures on of the G.Loomis GLX rods with the almost exact same specifications

I have always preferred G.Loomis rods where the graphite type is clearly disclosed versus the different series rods where anglers are left to guess exactly what blend of graphite is employed in the rod’s construction. When it comes to sensitivity GLX is the still the benchmark which most other blanks are measured against and I was eager to see just how different the GLX rod behaved versus the more modestly priced 845C Cranking Series stick.

The Lab Tests: We first RoD WRACKed the two Loomis rods and found that they tested very consistently with one another and the medium cranking rod average. The weight and balance point of both rods fell somewhere in the middle and though constructed out of graphite these rods exhibit plenty of backbone to better handle deep diving cranks.

Crankbait Rod Wars - Product Specifications

Model
Length
Line
Lure
Guide: Frame/ Inserts
MSRP
Airrus WL701M
7'-0"
8-17
1/4-5/8
SS/Alc
$170
Daiko BRSC-64L
6'-4"
5-14
1/8-1/2
Ti/SiC
39.5K JPY
Daiko BRSC-70MG
7'-0"
10-20
1/4-3/4
Ti/SiC
44K JPY
Daiwa STZ701MRBA-FL
7'-0"
8-20
1/8-1
Ti/SiC
$450
Damiki C761M-CR
7'-6"
8-10
3/8-1
SS/Alc
$189
Dobyns Rods 684CB
6'-8"
8-17
1/4-3/4
SS/SiC
$219
Dobyns Rods 704CB Glass
7'-0"
8-17
1/4-3/4
SS/SiC
$229
Dobyns Rods 704CB
7'-0"
8-14
1/4-3/4
SS/SiC
$199
Dobyns Rods 705CB
7'-0"
8-17
1/4-1
SS/SiC
$229
Dobyns Rods 804CB
8'-0"
8-17
1/4-1
SS/SiC
$239
Dobyns Rods 805CB
8'-0"
10-20
1/8-1 1/2
SS/SiC
$239
E21 21CRG701M-M-C
7'-0"
8-17
1/4-5/8
SS/TiCH
$200
Evergreen TCSC-70MG Super Nova
7'-0"
10-20
1/4-1
Ti/SiC
42K JPY
Falcon Cara CCB-5-173DR
7'-3"
10-20
3/8-3/4
SS/Alc
$200
Fenwick ECC70M-MF
7'-0"
8-14
1/4-5/8
PacBay
$199
Fenwick ECC73MH-MF
7'-3"
12-20
3/8-1
PacBay
$199
G.Loomis CBR845
7'-0"
10-20
3/8-1
SS/Alc
$245
G.Loomis CBR855C GLX
7'-1"
8-17
3/8-1
ReCoil
$385
Gancraft KB-003-68M Scarface
6'-8"
10-20
3/8-1
Ti/SiC
42K JPY
Jackall Light Pluggin' HC-65ML
6'-5"
8-12
3/16-5/16
Ti/SiC
$450
Jackall VCM-CAST 68/HC-68MRG
6'-8"
12-20
3/16-3/4
Ti/SiC
$450
Lamiglas XCC 724
7'-2"
12-25
1/4-3/4
SS/Alconite
$200
Lucky Craft 701MF Fat Mini Magic
7'-0"
8-25
1/4-1 1/4
SiC
$150
Phenix X-10 700
7'-0"
8-20
1/4-1
SS/Alc
$189
Powell 703CB
7'-0"
8-20
1/4-1
SS/Alc
$169
Powell 806CB
8'-0"
8-20
1/4-1
SS/Alc
$169
Quantum TKVD664M
6'-6"
8-12
1/4-5/8
SS/Hardloy
$150
Quantum TKVD745M
7'-0"
12-25
3/8-1
SS/Hardloy
$150
Shimano Cumara CUC-711MH
7'-11"
12-25
3/8-1
SS/SiC
$239
Shimano Cumara CUC-70H
7'-0"
12-25
3/8-1
SS/SiC
$219
Shimano Cumara CUC-76ML
7'-6"
8-15
1/8-1/2
SS/SiC
$239


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