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Rod Review


Just plain slick, the new XMG 50 Bass Rod from Lamiglas

 

Date: 5/06/07
Tackle Type: Reels
Manufacturer: Lamiglas
Reviewer: Zander






Total Score: 9.00 + ULTIMATE ENTHUSIAST AWARD!

Introduction: A few companies are breaking the mold of a traditional cork and graphite rod and attempting to introduce something truly unique in a effort to both improve and differentiate their offering. Lamiglas is one such company, and has a very robust offering covering everything from ultralight freshwater rods to heavy saltwater sticks, and is now targeting enthusiast bass anglers head on with the introduction of their radically styled XMG 50 Bass rod series. 

 

Lamiglas EXC722 Specifications

Material Lamiglas XMG50 Graphite
Length 7'-2"
Length from Back of Reel Seat to Base 8.5"
Line Wt. 8 - 15 lb
Lure Rating 1/4 - 5/8oz
Pieces one
Guides 10 guides + tip (Fuji Alconite)
Power Rating Medium
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 5.2 ounces
Manufacturing Country USA
MSRP $264.00

Impressions: The first XMG 50 we had an opportunity to test is the EXC 722, a 7’2” casting model which features a fast action coupled with a relatively low power rating. The XMG 50 rods immediately separate themselves from the common bass stick with their woven carbon fiber grip.


The Lamiglas XMG50 series features a carbon fiber handle

The grip was originally designed for boat rods in Lamiglas’s Certified Pro lineup for their ease of use in rod holders, but the company realized that there were other benefits to the handle, including improved sensitivity, enhanced durability, and easier maintenance. These benefits all made sense for steelhead fishermen as well as bass anglers.


The rod features an American Tackle soft reel seat

The carbon fiber grip screams “pick me up,” and is probably the boldest implementation of this material on a fishing rod we have seen to date. Other manufacturers have implemented carbon fiber designs in the past, but Lamiglas does so with a very custom rod feel on the new XMG 50 series.


No foregrip here, instead anglers will find a tapered edge that intersects the reel seat

 Gone is the foregrip, instead the blank features a conically shaped treatment that brings the blank up to the front of the reel seat. The angled transition is quite different than traditional rods which rely on a check to cap off the reel seat.


Only the base of this rod is coated with gloss

The incorporation of an American Tackle Soft Touch reel seat further increases comfort on the rod, and blends in well with the look of the handle.


The rod features a stealthy foam butt

While the base of the blank is coated with gloss the remaining part of the entire blank is unfinished, and liberally shows off the raw graphite construction. This is a plus in my book, as gloss typically increases weight and can even reduce sensitivity. While gloss does improve durability I haven’t personally had problems with unfinished blanks throughout all the years that I have been fishing or field testing tackle.

 

Rate of Deflection (RoD): When we tested the Lamiglas EXC722 it fell right in the middle of other similar rods we tested. While the Lamiglas deflects similarly to the Kistler He69APC it is a bit more stout throughout the entire blank.
 

Lab Tests:

Lab Results for Lamiglas XMG 50 EXC722

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Rated Action
Spine
Measured Weight
Balance Point
EXC722
2.55
M
Top
5.2 oz
6"
Loomis CBR783
2.93*
M
Bottom
3.8 oz
5.5"
Loomis CB843 (custom)
2.76*
M
Bottom
5.3 oz
3.5"
Kistler He69APC
2.27
MH
Top
3.4 oz
9.5"
* Data points for last two load levels (28 & 32 ounces) are extrapolated data, not measured.

Spine, Weight, and Balance Point: The spine of the Lamiglas EXC722 came out on the top, and the rod weighed in at exactly 5oz. Even with the carbon fiber handle the rod balances out reasonably well and the balance point was 6 inches, measured from the center of the reel seat. When loaded up with 8.1oz the line comes in contact with the blank.


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