Article: Show Coverage
New products at the 2007 International Sportsmen's Exhibition, San Mateo, CA
Greeting us in the Lamiglas booth was Ron Mukai who was both proud and anxious
to show us the redesigned XMG50 bass rods that now feature a now foregrip
design. Other details of the rod remain unchanged including the comfort Finish
reel seat, knurled graphite rear grip, and Titan framed guides with Nanolite
rings made by American Tackle. Cal, in particular, was so excited to see this
new design that while Ron showed Zander and JIP the new 7’6” Skeete Reese
cranking stick, he was busy looking through the different XMG50 models to see
which one he was going to purchase and take home!
Ron Mukai shows us the new XMG
In Lamiglas’s signature series of rods, the afore
mentioned Skeete Reese cranking stick, the SR765R, is brought in to provide
anglers with a versatile, light, long casting, moving bait rod. It’s a
fiberglass stick featuring Fuji components and is amazingly light. The SR765R
retails for right around $180 - $190.
The new XMG rods feature a unique
no-foregrip treatment...and we like it!
A rack full of new
steelhead rods featuring the graphite grips
Also in Lamiglas’s booth this year was a teaser:
An empty rod wrack featuring the logo of the new “Dobyns Rods” company. Ron
appeared as anxious as we were to see these new sticks, but there was product
for us to see…yet.
Dang, no rods.....yet
Cal and Zander check out the new
Seeker: We already knew what we wanted to see when
we visited the Seeker booth....the highly anticipated "Super Seeker" rods. These
rods make use of state of the art materials, and feature a deep brown finish and
a double coat of epoxy. Designed to match up with the biggest fish the Super
Seekers make use of titanium frames and SiC guides.
The Super Seeker blanks are a rich
The blank is covered in two layers
It took the company three
years to develop this new series. They learned that when blanks break they
usually break on the bottom side of the blank. The top side of the blank can
stretch more than the bottom side can compress. By using the “S” glass tip and
the EH04 resin system it gives these blanks three times the compression strength
of “E” glass and produces faster recoil.
Titanium frames and SiC guides
By using carbon fiber
transitioning into an "S" glass tip they have built their most powerful and
fastest recoil blanks to date. The paired these blanks up with a unique Hypalon
hybrid grip that is extremely dense yet lightweight. At the show when we gripped
the rods they felt extremely comfortable, when we loaded the tip we found that
they also provided more support without feeling spongy. The new Super Seeker
rods are starting to ship now and will retail for 250-325 dollars a stick.
Have you ever seen a grip quite
Stan Sagi holds up the new Super
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