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A Measure of Consistency, Kistler's New KLX (continued)

Sensitivity: The reason, of course, I settled on fishing a jig with this stick was to test sensitivity of the overall build, but mostly that new KC8 blank. It performed very well. I've not spent much time, recently, with the newer G.Loomis lineup but if you're familiar with the company's original IMX and GLX generation, I'd liken this new KLX to the old G.Loomis IMX in terms of sensitivity. That's to say, it's very good.


Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Kistler KLX764MH against the historical averages of similarly powered rods we've tested over the past twenty years

Power: Once you feel that little "tick-tick" of a bite, reel down and swing, you're rewarded with a very smooth and confidence inspiring taper that responds well to those headshakes and occasional lunges uncooperative fish like to do in an effort to get away. Some medium-heavy powered sticks that extend to 7'-6" in length behave a little differently than how you'd expect their 7'-0" counterparts to behave - they're typically a little softer. I didn't notice this with the KLX764MH and really appreciated that balance between power and finesse a prototypical medium-heavy rod delivers.


Checking out that tip

Design & Ergonomics: Kistler Custom Rods has always been on the side of weight versus balance. The lighter a rod's overall build, the better that rod will perform because there is less weight on the blank to impede its performance. That is the prevailing theory of those who are on the weight side of that debate. The KLX764MH comes in at a very respectable weight for a rod of its length and power measuring four point three (4.3) ounces. This is opposed to the over twenty year average of rods we've tested measuring from six foot six inches through seven feet six inches in length with a similar power rating of four point six ounces (4.6oz) in weight.


Detailing on the KLX is very simple

The KLX764MH's balance point, on the other hand, is twelve inches (12") measured from the middle of the reel seat up, as opposed to the twenty year average of eight inches (8"). Alas, there's the tradeoff. Of course, if you're fishing primarily tip down techniques, like I was, this is hardly a burden and really, pretty much common place for sticks of this length unless the reel seat is moved up further along the blank. But then this will make the rear handle length a burden when flipping and pitching baits, so it's somewhat of an unavoidable result unless you want to use counterweights which then adds weight to the build that can dampen sensitivity. It is indeed, a delicate balancing act.

Lab Results for Kistler '22 KLX764MH

Model
Avg RoD
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Kistler KLX764MH
1.65
Fast
4.3
12
0.28
TSFO >100 Rod Avg
1.76
--
4.6

8.0

0.19


No winding check to transition the cork grip ends to the blank

Price & Applications: Kistler Custom Rods's current pricing on KLX is $300. Though the blanks are no longer sourced from NFC, from what I can discern, performance has not skipped a beat. In fact, this KLX may be a bit more crisp than previous generations. However, this may also just be a recency bias. Whichever the case may be, the KLX764MH specifically is a very capable stick suitable for a wide range of techniques as one might expect from a prototypical medium-heavy powered rod.


This KLX may be a bit more crisp than previous generations

Ratings:

Kistler '22 KLX764MH Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A simple, clean, familiar build 8
Performance Handles as you might expect based off of ratings alone 9
Price Considering the components, a little on the high side 6.5
Features Nothing flashy or fancy, just solid overall 7
Design (Ergonomics) Same look and feel despite a change in blank. Consistency is a good thing. 8
Application A very solid, reliable, worthy candidate in your Search for One 8

Total Score

7.75
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Crisp, precise blank - A little tip heavy
+ Smooth power taper - Very simple build lacking detail
+ Light build especially for its length  
+ Good sensitivity  


The more things change, the more things stay the same. Kistler is a measure of consistency with their latest KLX

Conclusion: The more things change, the more things stay the same is an idiom that best describes this new KLX. Blanks are the very foundation of a fishing rod and had I not known KLX was sporting a new foundation, from fishing the rod, I might not have noticed. Of course, the blank's surface is a little different, so there's a clue right there, but if consistency is what you're after, Kistler, despite the changes, manages to provide just that. Where that new KC9 blank on the Helium felt crisp, lively, and powerful like an automobile with a race tuned suspension, the KC8, underneath KLX, feels crisp, strong, and reliable like a car tuned for a more sporty ride. This KLX764MH is a measure of consistency.

 

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