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Rod Review


Cranking It Up with Quantum and KVD! (continued)

Features: The TKVD7106MB comes with contoured a contoured, split EVA grip, the controversial Fuji ACS reel seat, and Batson XR Guides with hardened Aluminum Oxide inserts. They are micro-sized or if more minima, appear micro when contrast against the huge diameter blank of this rod. There is a good sized hook keeper on the underside of the rod just above the reel seat and the rod does not come with a rod sleeve.

Features Ratings for Quantum Tour KVD TKVD7106MB Cranking Rod

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
4
4
1
16
25
6.4


A look at the rod's hook keeper.

Design/Ergonomics: There's not much getting around the fact this rod is hardly built for comfort. At six ounces (6 oz) it is heavy, and with a balancing torque of 0.48ftlbs, it is very tip heavy. Its unusually short rear handle for a rod of this length makes it a bit awkward to handle especially when attempting to make a two handed cast for distance.

Lab Results for Quantum Tour KVD TKVD7106MB Cranking Rod

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Quantum Tour KVD TKVD7106MB Cranking Rod
2.40
Moderate
6
14
0.48
Shallow Crank Avg
3.00
--
4.8
5
0.17
Medium Crank Avg
2.30
--
5.2
8.5
0.21
Deep Crank Avg
1.90
--
4.9
8.75
0.23

Otherwise, the colors and graphics of this stick are fine. The satin, burgundy color of the blank is very KVD, and the white graphics on top of the blank are subdued and properly sized.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Quantum Tour KVD TKVD7106MB Cranking Rod

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
4
2
2
11
20
5.5


The TKVD7106MB makes a wonderful general cranking stick.

Application: Glass cranking rods are very specialized tools, so they are rarely going to score well in this section according to our standard list of metrics. Therefore, instead of putting this stick up against our standard Applications scoring matrix we'll give it a flat score reflective of its versatility as an all purpose cranking stick - a role in which it serves very well. If you can get over the ergonomic issues, this rod will throw and fish everything from shallow running cranks to deep divers and do so very well.

Ratings:

Quantum Tour KVD TKVD7106MB Cranking Rod Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Some QC issues with the epoxy, otherwise a nice build 7.37
Performance As a crankbait stick it does very well, but as a general casting rod, you need to be aware it's not a great stick with which to pitch nor is it very sensitive 6.8
Price This stick is priced right for a cranking rod 8
Features The Micro-ish guides seem like an odd fit for this rod 6.4
Design (Ergonomics) Ergonomically, not a great build 5.5
Application Really good as a general cranking stick 9

Total Score

7.18
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
+ The rod's blank makes for a very good general purpose cranking rod - Too heavy and unbalanced
+ Really good casting performance  

  


A few tweaks and adjustments here and there and this stick could be even better.

 

Conclusion: Unfortunately, the TKVD7106MB didn't perform so well in a couple of our categories namely ergonomics. The problem is the reel seat is placed too far back on this blank. By moving it one or two inches further up along the blank, balance would be greatly improved as would the ability to make a strong, two handed cast with a deep diving crank. The micro-sized guides while popular with a lot of rod series don't seem to make a lot of sense on a cranking stick especially if using a reel spooled with heavy mono. Just a couple of little tweaks to the design could really make a difference on what otherwise feels like a really nice blank for cranking.

 

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