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ICAST 2010 Coverage

 

A New, 'WILD' Crop of Carrots from e21

 

Date: 07/19/10
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: e21 Carrot Stix
Reviewer: Team TackleTour








Introduction:
Just three short years ago, e21 burst onto the scene taking Best of Show honors at ICAST with their unmistakably orange sticks infused with carrot biofibers. Their roller coaster ride since 2007 is well documented and includes a couple of mixed reviews in our article archive. Earlier this year, we broke the story revealing the immediate availability of their very own series of micro guided rods. e21 has now dove head long into the micro guide craze not only with a refinement of their original Micro lineup, but with two entirely new lines of micro-guided rods!

 

e21 goes budget micros with their new series of Wild Carrot Stix.

 

Carrot Stix Wild: With five casting and three spinning models in the series, e21 introduces a value line of micro-guided rods. These sticks feature a traditional, exposed blank reel seat, foam grips, and Pac Bay semi micro-guides with Zirconium inserts and will retail for $99.

 

The reel seat detail of the new Wild series.

 

Carrot Stix Wild Series

Model
Type
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
CWX671MH-F-S
MH Spin
6'7"
3/16-3/4
8-15
$99
CWX701ML-F-S
ML Spin
7'
1/8-5/8
8-14
$99
CWX701M-MF-S
Med Spin
7'
1/4-5/8
8-15
$99
CWX701M-M-C
Med Cast
7'
1/4-5/8
8-17
$99
CWX701MH-M-FC
MH Cast
7'
3/8-1
10-20
$99
CWX701ML-F-C
ML Cast
7'
3/16-5/8
8-14
$99
CWX701H-F-C
Hvy Cast
7'
1/2 - 1 1/2
15-30
$99
CWX761H-F-C
Hvy Cast
7'6"
5/8 - 2 1/2
15-30
$99

 

Accents abound even on this budget line of rods.

Professional Grade: Featuring ten casting models and four spinning models, e21’s next line of micro-guided rods are built on 30 ton graphite blanks with split reel seats, Thermalon split rear grips, and new Pac Bay semi micro-guides featuring deep pressed frames with Zirconium inserts. The PG series of micro guided rods from e21 will retail for $149.

The original LTX series gets renamed to Professional Grade.

 

Carrot Stix Professional Grade Series

Model
Type
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
CLTXPG671M-MF-S
Med Spin
6'7"
3/16-5/8
6-12
$149
CLTXPG671MH-F-S
MH Spin
6'7"
3/16-3/4
8-15
$149
CLTXPG701M-MF-S
Med Spin
7'
1/4-5/8
6-14
$149
CLTXPG731MH-F-S
MH Spin
7'3"
3/8-3/4
8-17
$149
CLTXPG661M-MF-C
Med Cast
6'6"
1/4-5/8
8-20
$149
CLTXPG661MH-F-C
MH Cast
6'6"
3/8-3/4
10-20
$149
CLTXPG691M-M-C
Med Cast
6'9"
1/4-3/4
10-30
$149
CLTXPG691MH-F-C
MH Cast
6'9"
3/8-1
12-20
$149
CLTXPG701M-M-C
Med Cast
7'
1/4-3/4
8-17
$149
CLTXPG701MH-F-C
MH Cast
7'
3/8-1
10-20
$149
CLTXPG701XH-F-C
XHvy Cast
7'
1/2-2 1/4
12-30
$149
CLTXPG721M-M-C
Med Cast
7'2"
3/8-3/4
12-20
$149
CLTXPG731MH-F-C
MH Cast
7'3"
3/8-7/8
12-25
$149
CLTXPG761H-F-C
Hvy Cast
7'6"
5/8-2 1/2
15-30
$149

Both the Wild Series and Professional Grade come with semi-micros by Pac Bay.

Micro-Guide: When we published our preview of e21’s original Carrot Stix Micro-Guide rods, we were told to expect 11 casting and 3 spinning models. When we inquired about specifications for the entire lineup, things were changing too fast for them to respond. Now at ICAST 2010, the dust has finally settled and the lineup now features 10 casting rods and only 2 spinning models. This top end series from e21 will feature a Helical bias blank for increased hoop strength, cork grips, a split reel seat, Fuji K-series micro guides, and a poly-prism holographic finish. Retail price on this series of rods is projected at $199.

 

Meantime the Carrot Stix Micro-Guide Series of rods features Fuji K-frame micros.

 

Carrot Stix Micro-Guide Series

Model
Type
Length
Lure
Line
MSRP
CMG671MH-F-S
MH Spin
6'7"
3/16-3/4
8-15
$199
CMG731MH-F-S
MH Spin
7'3"
3/8-3/5
8-17
$199
CMG691M-M-C
Med Cast
6'9"
1/4-1
10-20
$199
CMG691MH-F-C
MH Cast
6'9"
3/8-1 1/4
12-20
$199
CMG701M-F-C
Med Cast
7'
1/4-1
8-20
$199
CMG701XH-F-C
XHvy Cast
7'
1/2-2 1/2
12-30
$199
CMG721M-M-C
Med Cast
7'2"
3/8-1
12-20
$199
CMG731MH-F-C
MH Cast
7'3"
3/8-1 1/8
12-25
$199
CMG761H-F-C
Hvy Cast
7'6"
5/8-2 3/4
14-30
$199
CMG781H-F-SBC
Hvy Cast
7'8"
1-3
15-30
$199
CMG801ML-F-C
ML Cast
8'
3/16-7/8
8-17
$199
CMG801XXH-XF-XBC
XXH Cast
8'
2-5
15-40
$199

 

A closeup of the Fuji K-frame micros.

 

Michael McDevitt shows us what's new with e21.

 

Conclusion: Each and every stick from e21 features their limited lifetime warranty. The Micro-Guide rod series is available immediately while the Wild and Professional Grade sticks are expected to begin shipping this coming fall. The new crop of Carrot Stix rods look good, feel light in hand and the use of micro-guides make them only more attractive to anglers looking for light sensitive rods.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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