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P R O D U C TT P R E V I E W


Kistler Custom Rods Introduces Their Stock Model Z-Bone LEX

 

Date: 7/12/11
Tackle type: Rods
Manufacturer: Kistler Custom Rods
Reviewer: Cal








Introduction:
Just last year at ICAST 2010, Trey Kistler shared with us his intent to begin offering stock models of their new, and growing line of Z-Bone rods. Previously, the only way to get a Z-Bone was to "Build Your Own", but realizing a great number of anglers need to feel a rod in their hand before placing an order and an even greater number want immediate gratification when purchasing a high dollar fishing rod, he decided to compliment the build to order Z-Bones with a lineup of stock models.

 


Introducing Kistler's stock model, Z-Bone LEX Spinning rod.

 


And a look at the stock model casting rod both rods featuring the new diamond wrap trim.

 

Kistler Custom Rods Z-Bone LE/LEX Blank Specifications

Model
Power
Taper
Lure
Line
1ML
Medium Light
Mod-Fast
1/16-3/8
6-10
1M
Medium
Mod-Fast
1/8-1/2
8-12
2M
Medium
Fast
1/8-1/2
8-12
3MH
Medium Heavy
Fast
1/8-3/4
10-14
4MH
Medium Heavy
Mod-Fast
1/4-1
12-17
5H
Heavy
Mod-Fast
1/4-1 1/2
14-25
6XH
Extra Heavy
Mod-Fast
1/2-6
17-50

 

The stock model rods were to include the Z-Bone LS, LE, and a new top end offering, the LEX. The stock build LS and LE Z-Bones were available shortly after ICAST 2010, but Kistler was never quite satisifed with the component line of the LEX, so those rods never made it off the assembly line.

 


Both the casting and spinning rods feature Fuji K-Series SiC guides with titanium frames.

 


The spinning rod is a mix of conventional and micro-guides where the casting rods are 100% micro.

 

But coming in the Fall of 2011, the Z-Bone LEX will finally make its debut bolstered by the new Fuji Skeleton Split, Fuji K-Series SiC micros with titanium frames, a new Z-Bone LEX handle kit, and a custom blank (built to Kistler Custom Rods specifications) by North Fork Composites.

 


All guides are wrapped with Kistler's KAM lock wrapping system for better longevity with micro-guides.


Kistler's Hook Lock keeper is the next generation of open ended hook keepers.


Kistler makes use of Fuji's new Skeleton Split reel seat.


Detailing out with Z-Bone themed trim rings.

Features of the new LEX handle kit include Kistler's own blend of synthetic cork accented with EVA trim and anodized aluminum winding checks. Kistler's new Hook Lock keeper can be found on all stock Z-Bone sticks and is the next generation open ended hook keeper made popular by this manufacturer.


The Z-Bone blanks are all built by North Fork Composites customized to Kistler's specifications.


Kistler is proud of the fact each and every Z-Bone rod is built at their factory right in Magnolia, Texas.

Conclusion: Kistler continues to refine their Z-Bone offering each and every year now catering anglers who want custom specifications on their rods as well as those seeking immediate gratification in a store purchased stick. Leveraging their partnership with North Fork Composites Kistler is building a quality product with a US made blank and top notch components.

 

To find out more information about the LEX rods check out kistlerrods



 

 

 

 

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