TKVD664M is good for shallow
crankbaits while the TKVD745M is good for medium divers
The weights of these two models aren’t all that bad even though we have heard
reports from readers complaining about the weight. The 6’6” model weighs 4.3 ounces and while the
7’4” model comes in at 5.3 ounces. Compared against our Crankbait Rod Wars
lineup, you will see that the KVD rods actually aren’t all that heavy. Check out
the table from our overview article. It displays the weights and you can decide
from there, but for the shallow cranking sticks the range for the rods we
measured is 4.2 to 5.8 ounces (TKVD664M weighs 4.3). For medium cranking sticks
the range is 3.4 to 6.6 ounces (TKVD745M weighs 5.3).
One of many El
Novillo Mexico bass that was hauled in with the Tour KVD
Now with the overall weights ironed
out, the rods do feel a bit tip heavy without a reel mounted. When a reel like the Energy PT or Revo SX is mounted on the rod, the
balance point is right at the EVA foregrip.
Though not the
best guides the entire rod has great durability
The rods have held up well, especially through the beating they took traveling in a rod
tube on the way to Mexico with several connecting flights. No issues with the
rod and it’s components except for the EVA grip material. With
this EVA material there is some potential of the material being damaged if not well
cared for, and this is not uncommon among many rods that make use of this
material versus cork. Most of the damage I’ve seen thus far are from other objects being pressed
against the EVA which create an impression that persists. On the plus side the
EVA doesn't look dirty like cork after just a few uses.
The new 2010
Revo SX has nice matching colors for the Tour KVD
Kevin VanDam designed these rods for one purpose, to fish crankbaits, and they
do that quite well though there is some room for improvement in the sensitivity
department. Unlike some crankbait rods I’ve used which are only good for one thing, these rods can also
double for lures such as spinnerbaits. The 6’6” Tour KVD casting rod is
good for shallow running baits while the 7’4” is good for medium diving cranks.