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Ergonomics cont'd: The foam butt at the end of the rod is comfortable when casting, and the soft tough reel seat feels good when palming reels. Unfortunately we did encounter some problems with the reel seatís long term durability. After a few days of use we noticed that some of the rubberized coating was starting to come off the seat. This raised an immediate red flag about the longevity of the seat.

Upside down

Now after two months of use the reel seat remains in reasonably good condition, though it is obvious that some of the coating has indeed come off, especially on the trigger. Though this certainly isnít good, we found that this was purely cosmetic, and the seat continued to function well.

Pitching and skipping plastics under docks was easy with this rod

Price & Applications: Carbon fiber always reminds me of race cars, the carbon weave found on hoods of cars, spoilers, and interior trimmings. True carbon fiber weaves showcase interwoven fibers, usually beneath a protective coating.

Zander pulls a fish out from under the docks

Consumers that donít know much about carbon fiber sometimes get fooled by plastic which is painted with a faux fiber pattern. We have seen this faux pattern used to ďdress upĒ fishing rod components ranging from reel seats to reels themselves.

A close-up of the Fuji Alconite guide

Rest assured that the XMG 50 uses the real thing, and because the carbon weave is not sanded you can actually feel the fiber strips.  

The main blank is not covered in gloss

With such exotic materials we expected the rod to retail for at least 299.99, as this is still priced below the premium offerings of many rod manufacturers, including Loomis. We were pleasantly surprised that Lamiglas decided to price the rod aggressively at only 264.00. This is a very reasonable price for such a high quality rod, and really elevates the value of the overall package.

The rod features a traditional style hook hanger on the left side

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