2007 ICAST Rod Coverage
ICAST Coverage Day 3 (Rods) - Let the Rod Wars Begin!
Quantum - SuperLite PT: Rather than fight with brute force or sheer
number of introductions, Quantum decided to research some new weapons for the
impending "rod war." It was here at the Quantum booth that we witnessed the
first mass production implementation of the Fuji ACS reel seat!
Introducing the stunning Quantum
SuperLite PT rod
Since the introduction of the Tour Edition PT
rods a couple of years ago Quantum has gone a long way especially by developing
some signature series rods under well known pros such as Kevin VanDam, Gerald
Swindle, and Greg Hackney. The Quantum SuperLite PT rods are developed from HSX72 hi-strain graphite and each of the 18
rods in the series have a custom action built for specific uses ranging from
dropshotting to tossing huge swimbaits.
Here's a photo of the new Fuji ACS
reel seat on the Quantum SuperLite PT rod, wicked huh?
The SuperLite PT rods are crafted with no
foregrips and a split rear handle grip that utilizes EVA foam for a more
positive handle and better overall durability and care compared to cork. The
guides used are American Tackle Titanium frames with diamond polished Nanolite
inserts. The Titan frames are 60% lighter than stainless, and the Nanolite rings
are 45% stronger and 2x harder than ceramic!
You will love the details and
components used on this rod
L-shaped hook hangers are used on
these new rods
In addition to having a lightweight and high
quality components, the SuperLite PT rods feature the new ACS reel seat. The
team at Quantum actually made a trip out to Japan to source this component
directly from Fuji. The new innovative reel seats designed by Fuji (VSS spinning and ACS for
casting) are ergonomically engineered with contoured grips for all day comfort
Detailed wrap on every rod
Quantum is the currently only company
featuring these at ICAST but we heard from many other rod companies that they
will be incorporating the new reel seat into their rod lines in the future.
Kudos to Quantum for getting the jump on this!
Here's a spinning model of the SuperLite PT
with the new Fuji VSS spinning reel seat
Though the same reel seat are used in the SuperLite PT, the rods will have five different handle styles to match its
own technique such as longer handles. The Quantum SuperLite PT rods will retail
for around $229.95.
Chris Strickland of Quantum shows us the new
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