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

 

Price & Applications Cont'd: The EXC 722 we tested is well suited to finesse casting applications due to the lower power and very nimble tip. It worked well for casting everything from jigs to jerkbaits, and is a great rod for both largemouth and smallmouth bass, as well as stripers, reds, and even some light inshore jigging.


The EXC722 can handle wide range of lures from light plastics to even smaller jerkbaits

Aside from the issues we saw with the reel seat damage the rod will look newer after one year than just about any other rod out there. While traditional cork rods will discolor, and foam handled rods may also dent, the carbon fiber handle on the EXC 722 will still look as good as new. 

 
Zander tries ripping with the rod

Unlike other materials the carbon fiber can be washed and even thoroughly scrubbed to remove every bit of oil residue from our hands.


The soft butt provides some comfort against your arm

 
Unfortunately the soft touch seat does scratch after time. This was mainly cosmetic as the entire seat continued to perform as intended


The carbon handle can be washed quite unlike any other handle

Ratings:

Lamiglas EXC722 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality The Lamiglas XMG50 line is built with quality components, and the carbon fiber handle is just as functional as it is attractive 9
Performance The carbon fiber handle helps aid sensitivity and overall the EXC722 performed well in all tests 9
Price A Very reasonable price for a rod that looks and performs like a true enthusiast offering 9
Features This rod has more features than most traditional rods, including the carbon fiber handle, soft touch reel seat, and tapered edge above the seat 9
Design (Ergonomics) The only area that we would like to see improved on this rod is the durability of the reel seat. Even though the reel seat started to scratch after use we found the damage to be only cosmetic. Overall the reel seat continued to feel good and helped us maintain a quality grip on the rod 9
Application This rod is best for plastics, shakey head and Carolina rigs. It can be used with hardbaits, but one of the heavier rods is preferable for fishing full size lures. The handle is very good for trolling applications as it slips in and out of rod holders quickly 9

Total Score

9.00


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Superb details and design, enthusiast look and feel L The reel seat no slip surface can scratch
J Very sensitive  
J Easy to clean, grip always looks new  
J Handles a wide range of lures, fantastic response  
J Reasonable price


No matter what reel you pair up with this stick, it remains a very slick looking rod

Conclusion: The EXC 722 rod we tested out of Lamiglasís new XMG 50 Bass Series is one of the most exciting rods we have tested this year. Both visually and functionally stirring the EXC 722 makes use of carbon fiber to make a handle that looks as refined as a shifter in an exotic car. But exotic looks is not what the EXC 722 is all about, and performance tests show that this rod isnít just all show and no go. Instead the EXC 722 proves to be a capable performer, one that makes use of its sophisticated materials and construction  to create something new. As fishing techniques evolve its good to see a rod giant like Lamiglas continue to find ways to improve not only their offerings, but create products that cause anglers to pause and do a double take. The EXC 722 isnít perfect, but it is an absolutely fantastic rod offering, and one that actually makes it fun just to cast. So good is the experience that we are willing to forgive the cosmetic issues with the reel seat and appreciate the rod's fantastic enthusiast look and feel. To cap it all off Lamiglas slaps a price tag on the XMG 50 rods that is completely reasonable for such a quality offering, and if you are a fan of collecting quality rods, this is certainly one for the rack. Trust me it just looks plainÖ.slick.  

                                   

 

 

   

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