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Rod Review


Kistler's Refreshed Magnesium TS : The MgMDXH710T Mad Dog (continued)

Power: The MgMDXH710T Mad Dog has an interesting power curve. As you can see from its RoD Deflection Chart below, from about zero to one pound of pressure the rod is pretty much inline with our all purpose average for big sticks. But the more pressure is applied, the softer the rod becomes - and this is a good thing. That means, this stick has plenty of power to work everything from a punch rig on up to a four ounce swimbait, and set hook with these baits, but when you get into a fight with a brute, it will soften up similar to a cranking rod and not pull the bait out of the fish's mouth.


Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our MgMDXH710T Mad Dog against
the big stick averages from 2008 Swimbait Rod Wars.

Of course, that's the theory. Out on the water, I wasn't able to land anything over three pounds despite punching some really good looking cover on the CA Delta. Given the fish I was able to hook, the MgMDXH710T had more than enough power to both set hook and control my catch.

Performance Ratings for Kistler MgMDXH710T Mad Dog

Pitch (1-5)
Cast (1-5)
Sensitivity (1-5)
Hook Set (1-5)
Control (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
4
5
5
22
25
8.8

Features: The MgMDXH710T comes with a split rear grip made of cork. Kistler mixes in some compressed/rubberized cork trim pieces here and there on the exposed ends of the cork. The guides on this rod are from a new component company, Sea Guide. We don't know what material is used for the inserts, but the guides themselves performed fine and appear to be made well. There are no funny grooves or pits on the side of the guide where the line is coming into the reel to catch dirt and debris like we've seen with some other brands.


The non-exposed blank reel seat of our Mad Dog.

The reel seat on the Mad Dog is another off brand and is not an exposed blank design. There's a standard, Kistler open ended hook keeper on the top side of the rod just above the reel seat and the rod came with no rod sleeve.

Features Ratings for Kistler MgMDXH710T Mad Dog

Grip (1-5)
Guides (1-5)
Reel Seat (1-5)
Hook Keeper (1-5)
Rod Sleeve (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
3
3
4
1
15
25
6.0


The handle design features softly tapered cork grips with the absence of power humps and other unnecessary contours.

Design/Ergonomics: The Mad Dog's handle is a comfortable diameter to grasp. It does not come with any special contours or power humps and that's a good thing. The length of the handle is not excessive and right about the minimum length for two handed casting as a big bait stick, and still short enough to get out of the way when using the rod as a flipping/pitching stick.

Lab Results for Kistler MgMDXH710T Mad Dog

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Kistler MgMDXH710T Mad Dog
1.19
Fast
7
10
0.38
Finesse SB Rod Avg
1.46
--
6.45
7.8
--
All Purpose SB Rod Avg
1.18
--
8.49
6.68
0.26
Heavy Hitters SB Rod Avg
084
--
8.03
11.63
0.53
Flipping Rod Average
1.52
---
6.0
8.5
0.27


A closer look at the mix of cork and rubberized cork at the butt end of this rod.

All the graphics on this rod are located on the exposed blank portion of the split rear grip. They're a little large and obnoxious, but given their location, out of sight when you're fishing, so you actually never really notice them. Other than that, the translucent green thread wraps that hold the guides in place are very subtle and well executed. Balance and weight for this stick are about average to slightly less than average compared to the averages for an "all purpose" type big bait stick from our 2008 Swimbait Rod Wars.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Kistler MgMDXH710T Mad Dog

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
3
2
3
12
20
6.0


Kistler's MgMDXH710T is a good stick for general purpose big bait duties.

Application: Kistler's MgMDXH710T Mad Dog is a good candidate for general purpose big bait duties. It will handle single hook, jig style big baits, and it will handle hard bodied, treble hook baits both equally well. In a pinch you can use it as a flipping/pitching stick and its tip is even light enough to where you can throw large buzzbaits over the top of the nastiest of cover with the confidence to pull the bait and your catch out of whatever mess you get yourself into.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Kistler MgMDXH710T Mad Dog

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
2
4
4
4
4
18
25
7.2

Ratings:

Kistler MgMDXH710T Mad Dog Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A good clean build 9.21
Performance This rod has a lot of power 8.8
Price A good value 8
Features Pretty standard fare here 6.0
Design (Ergonomics) Big bait rods are generally going to feel heavy and unbalanced 6.0
Application A good general purpose big bait stick 7.2

Total Score

7.53
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ QC for this stick was good - Don't know much about the new component manufacturer, but the guides held up fine.
+ Good stick for a variety of big bait presentations  
+ Can double as a flipping/pitching stick  

  


Of course, leave it to me to use a big bait stick like the Mad Dog as a buzzbait rod!

 

Conclusion: Kistler's MgMDXH710T Mad Dog is an interesting stick. That telescopic blank threw me off at the beginning causing me to classify it as a flipping/pitching stick in my mind. Once I started fishing with it and paid attention to its ratings, I discovered this stick is so much more. Big and somewhat cumbersome, it's built to support fishing with a wide variety of big baits - Hudds, Triple Trouts, the list goes on - and support them well. Yet you can change things up and still flip and pitch with it and even throw something like a half ounce buzzbait right over the top of barely submerged grass. If you're looking for a versatile, easy to stow (thanks to its telescopic blank) stick for big baits, Kistler's Magnesium TS Mad Dog is definitely worth a close look.

 

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