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Rod Review


Rapala Canada's Concept of The Search For One (continued)

Features: Aside from the afore mentioned two-piece design and blank composition, the Trigger 70 is outfitted with Fuji's K-Series, titanium framed, SiCs. It also comes with an open ended hook keeper that's great for stowing Texas rigged plastics. This rod comes with a very light nylon rod sleeve that works well in a rod locker but with its two-piece design, the sleeve isn't always necessary.

Features Ratings for Rapala Canada Concept Ti Trigger 70

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
5
4
4
4
21
25
8.4


I call this a split real seat, but Fuji calls it their skeletal seat.

Design/Ergonomics: The Concept Ti Trigger 70 lines up fairly well with the averages from our 2010 our Search for One campaign. At 4 ounces, it is lighter than the overall average, but of course with that light weight comes the challenge of balance. Yet the Trigger 70 balances almost the same as the average.

Lab Results for Rapala Canada Concept Ti Trigger 70

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Rapala Canada Concept Ti Trigger 70
1.93
X-Fast
4
8
0.19
MBR783C GLX2000
1.72
Fast
4.8
5
0.11
TSFO 26 Rod Avg
1.69
--
4.92
7.65
0.19

The rod's grip is minimal, but comfortable to hold, and the rod features tasteful red highlights in its threadwraps. Graphics are also very tasteful and subdued. The Trigger 70 is minimalist build done right.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Rapala Canada Concept Ti Trigger 70

Grip (1-5)
Colors / Graphics (1-5)
Balance (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
5
4
5
18
20
9

Application: The Concept Ti Trigger 70 is a wonderful Search for One candidate. Just about the only thing this stick is not well suited for is fishing deep diving cranks. It's soft enough for square bills and maybe medium divers in a pinch, but a bit too stiff for deep divers.


An open ended hook hangar excellent for Texas rigged plastics.

Soft plastics and other vertical presentation techniques are easily fished on this stick as are topwater and rip bait techniques. In fact, I really enjoyed fishing neko rigged Senkos on this stick.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Rapala Canada Concept Ti Trigger 70

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
3
5
5
4
21
25
8.4


Only available in Canada but worth fishing anywhere.

Ratings:

Rapala Canada Concept Ti Trigger 70 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A simple, but clean build 9.47
Performance Surpassed my expectations 9.2
Price Excellent price for a rod with Fuji Ti/SiC guides 7.5
Features High grade graphite fused with super resin 8.4
Design (Ergonomics) The minimalist build is light and lively 9.0
Application Two-Piece Search for One candidate 8.4

Total Score

8.66
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
+ Two-Piece stick that fishes like a one piece - Not available outside of Canada?
+ Top end components  
+ Really light and lively  

  

This rod fishes so well, I'd love to see Rapala Canada create a travel series within the Concept Ti.

 

Conclusion: Rapala Canada continues to surprise us. The Concept Ti Trigger 70 is a two piece stick, but it fishes like a one-piece. I've taken it out a handful of times and each time, at the end of the day, I have to remind myself the rod comes apart in the middle when it's time to break everything down. This rod fishes so well, I'd love to see Rapala Canada create a travel series within the Concept Ti and bring us some three and four piece sticks with nice cases for airline travel. This is really a fun stick to fish and a very worthy Search for One candidate!


 

 

 

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