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Rod Review


Kevin VanDam's Own Performance Tuned Fishing Rod by Quantum (continued)

Features: The TKVD6106FB features a split EVA rear grip, a very small EVA foregrip to cap the handle assembly, a Fuji ACS reel seat, and a hook keeper that allows you to stow Texas rigged plastics without unrigging. The reel seat, of course, is a point of contention with a lot of consumers. Either you hate the ACS or you love it. There doesn't seem to be an in between. I happen to enjoy this reel seat and like the way the contours fit my hand.


It comes equipped with a Fuji ACS reel seat.

Guides on the TKVD6106FB are ALPS LXN featuring hardened aluminum oxide guides with stainless steel frames. Looking at the guides, they certainly appear to be an upgrade over standard aluminum oxide inserts - in fact, the design of these inserts are reminiscent of Fuji Alconites. Which made me wonder, just what material are Fuji's Alconite inserts made from? Unfortunately my research, which included tracking down the trademark information for the word, was inconclusive. Regardless, out on the water, these hardened aluminum oxide guides with stainless steel frames held up just fine when fished with a very abrasive braided line.

Features Ratings for Quantum TourKVD PT TKVD6106FB

Grip (1-5)
Guides (1-5)
Reel Seat (1-5)
Hook Keeper (1-5)
Rod Sleeve (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
3
4
4
1
17
25
6.8


The standard hook keeper.

Design/Ergonomics: From an ergonomic standpoint, the TKVD6106FB feels very comfortable to grip. If you make the majority of your casts one handed, this rod will suit you well. Otherwise, the eight and a half inch (8.5") rear handle is serviceable for two handed casts but I really prefer something just a tad longer.

Lab Results for Quantum TourKVD PT TKVD6106FB

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Quantum TourKVD PT TKVD6106FB
1.73
Fast
4.1
10.5
0.23
MBR783C GLX2000
1.72
Fast
4.8
5
0.11
TSFO 26 Rod Avg
1.69
--
4.92
7.65
0.19

Colors and graphics on this stick are very well executed and more subdued and reserved than loud and in your face. Balance is typical of a stick made with the short rear handle, split grip design meaning it's tip heavy, but the overall weight of the rod is good and in fishing situations, the tip of the 6106FB is not cumbersome.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Quantum TourKVD PT TKVD6106FB

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
4
3
5
15
20
7.5


A look at the split rear trip.

Application: The KVD6106FB is a very worthy Search For One candidate and able to support a wide variety of techniques. It is what you'd expect of a rod labeled "medium heavy". The one area I'd tend to reach for a different stick is with crankbaits, but spinnerbaits and lipless cranks are fine with this rod. Also the one peculiarity I found with this stick was in its low end range for lure rating - three eights of an ounce instead of one quarter, but I'm not going to squabble over one eighth of an ounce rating for an all purpose type stick.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Quantum TourKVD PT TKVD6106FB

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
4
5
5
5
24
25
9.6

 

Ratings:

Quantum TourKVD PT TKVD6106FB Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Surprisingly clean build 9.47
Performance The blank is crisp and sensitive 8.0
Price A really good value given performance 8.0
Features A fairly standard array of features 6.8
Design (Ergonomics) A bit tip heavy but not cumbersome given the rod's overall weight 7.5
Application A true "medium heavy" Search For One candidate 9.6

Total Score

8.23
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
+ Nice level of refinement for the price - A bit tip heavy
+ A true "medium heavy"  
+ A nice, crisp blank  

  


The TKVD6106FB is a good, budget Search for One candidate.

 

Conclusion: If you're search continues and your budget is under $200 for that one stick to "do it all," Quantum's TourKVD PT TKVD6106FB is one to consider. It's light, crisp, sensitive, and able to handle a wide range of applications. My only real question with this rod going into field testing was how were the guides going to hold up. Well after several trips out on the water, I'm happy to report, they did just fine. I was very pleasantly surprised by the performance of this stick.

 

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