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Rod Review


To Infinity and... Lamiglas, the INF703FS (continued)

Power: As mentioned previously, the INF703FS is rated from the manufacturer as a "medium" powered rod. Realizing not all manufacturers rate their products in the same manner, we take every stick back to the lab and run our own comparisons by strapping each review specimen up to a device we've nicknamed "The Wrack". By subjecting each stick to a predetermined range of loads, and comparing its data up against similarly specified rods, we can get a sense of how it stacks up against industry averages.


Fig 1 : The chart above illustrates the deflection characteristics of our Lamiglas Infinity Bass INF703S
against our 2011 WTF baseline rods.

Our baseline spinning rods were from our 2011 What the Finesse campaign and are two GLoomis rods that were popular and easily accessible at the time. As you can see from the chart above, the INF703FS has a much more shallow curve than that of our baseline rods meaning it's more powerful. This is in line with the rod's ratings and with what we experienced out on the water. The INF703FS has good power for fishing deep water and shallow cover in pursuit of those green fish with big mouths we all like to catch.

Performance Ratings for Lamiglas Infinity Bass INF703S

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
4
4
20
25
8.0

Features: I mentioned at the beginning of this review, the dilemma Lamiglas ran into when 3M entered into an exclusive arrangement with Pure Fishing regarding their nano-resin material. Naturally, Lamiglas was not the only manufacturer faced with the need for a replacement resin and thankfully, other chemical companies were attentive and stepped up to the plate. For Lamiglas this meant partnering with a company that had their own non-nano formula that provide similar results - a more durable overall blank - without sacrificing weight.


Rear handles on spinning rods are not as critical to me because I mostly hold the rod above the reel.

Also mentioned earlier was Lamiglas's use of a carbon tube at the rear portion of the INF703FS's grip and titanium framed Zirconia insert guides by PacBay. The rod also comes with a standard hook keeper, Fuji's split reel seat, and the rod does not come with a rod sleeve.

Features Ratings for Lamiglas Infinity Bass INF703S

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


The way in which Lamiglas chose to cap off the reel seat is rather inelegant.

Design/Ergonomics: The INF703FS is not a light rod though its weight is not to the point of being burdensome. It's just a little surprising given the overall weight of most rods out there these days. It is, however, very well balanced, so we can see Lamiglas sacrificed weight for balance. Thing is, with a spinning rod, balance has never been too much of a concern because I usually hold my spinning combos up above the reel anyway, so the reel acts as a natural counterweight.

Lab Results for Lamiglas Infinity Bass INF703S

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Lamiglas Infinity Bass INF703S
2.60
Fast
4.8
5.5
0.15
DSR820S GLX
3.02
Fast
3.9
8
0.15
SMR822-SP GLX
2.75
Fast
3.7
7.5
0.15

Speaking of handles, that large carbon tube on the back of the INF703FS feels out of place. It is comfortable to hold, but again, my hand is rarely back that far on a spinning rod when I'm fishing. Lamiglas did choose to put all of the rod's graphics on this part of the stick which is nice from one perspective because there's nothing above the reel seat to distract you when you're fishing. On the other hand, the graphics that are on this stick at that location are very loud and very garish.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Lamiglas Infinity Bass INF703S

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
2
5
3
13
20
6.5


The rod's reel seat is on the left of the frame. That foam portion at the top of the handle feels like a very thin veneer lifted over the carbon tube that serves as the rear handle.

Application: I've yet to meet a spinning rod that is not versatile. By their very nature, spinning rod seem to be able and handle a wider variety of applications than their casting counterparts. Perhaps it's just because spinning rods are easier with which to make a cast. The INF703FS is a bit more versatile than the spinning rods we normally review because it's heavier in power. It is every bit more of a Search For One candidate than it is a What the Finesse style stick.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Lamiglas Infinity Bass INF703S

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
4
5
4
21
25
8.4

Ratings:

Lamiglas Infinity Bass INF703S Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Just a little more care in application of the epoxy is needed 7.89
Performance Solid performer 8
Price Given its Made in the USA pedigree, the INF703FS compares somewhat favorably to the competition 7
Features Basic set of features 6
Design (Ergonomics) The graphics don't agree with us 6.5
Application Medium powered spinning is similar to medium heavy in casting - all purpose 8.4

Total Score

7.30
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
+ Made in USA - Handle design takes some getting used to
+ Ti Framed Guides - Workmanship could be improved just a bit
+ Nice, crisp blank  

  


The 703SF's blank performed well. Craftsmanship of the rod as well as detailing/design could use a little more work.

 

Conclusion: After losing yet another BASS Elite Series Pro in Justin Lucas, to a bigger paycheck, it's good to see that Lamiglas has not lost all of its drive to build sticks for the large population of bass fishermen throughout the world. Their Infinity Bass series is still somewhat limited, but the INF703FS performed well in our tests. If you're looking to step out of the mainstream and try a rod that's still built here in the USA out of Woodland, Washington, check out Lamiglas's Infinity Bass series.

 

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