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Rapala Canada's Spin 72 Concept Ti (continued)

Features: All Rapala Canada Concept Ti rods feature a nano-tech resin that serves to increase the strength of each blank without an increase in weight. In short this technology is about enhancing a blank's durability. Used in conjunction with a high grade of graphite, and you have a really fun rod to fish. The Spin 72 features a minimal grip design with a split rear grip and very small foregrip. The rod's reel seat locks up from the bottom, so if you, like most, hold your spinning combos up towards the top of the handle, the reel has a better chance of staying locked in and not working its way loose.


Guides are name brand, Fuji Ti/SiC.

Rapala Canada goes on to use top tier guides on this stick with Fuji's K-Series, titanium framed, SiCs. The rod features an open ended hook keeper great for stowing Texas rigged plastics and also serviceable for hanging a drop shot weight though the weight can still swing loose if you don't tighten the line. Concept Ti rods also come with a very light nylon rod sleeve that aren't too bulky for use in your rod locker.

Features Ratings for Rapala Canada Concept Ti Spin 72

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


The reel seat is also Fuji.

Design/Ergonomics: The Spin 72 compares very favorably to our baseline sticks in terms of weight and balance. In fact, with its minimalist build, its weight is excellent for a medium light powered stick which is why, again, it feels as though it should be lighter in power than it is.

Lab Results for Rapala Canada Concept Ti Spin 72

Model
Avg RoD
(2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Rapala Canada Concept Ti Spin 72
2.61
X-Fast
3.4
8
0.16
DSR820S GLX
3.02
Fast
3.9
8
0.15
SMR822-SP GLX
2.75
Fast
3.7
7.5
0.15

Rapala smartly integrated the top portion of the rear grip with the locking mechanism for the reel seat. It's a design we've seen often with spinning rods and it makes a lot of sense for these types of sticks because most hold their spinning combos above the reel anyway. This helps to ensure the reel stays locked in and doesn't accidentally come loose like they can on spinning rods with the locking mechanism above the reel.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Rapala Canada Concept Ti Spin 72

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
9.0


Checking out the Rod's taper.

Application: If looking for a spinning rod to handle general purpose applications, the Spin 72 is a decent choice though maybe just a hair underpowered to be an all purpose type spinning rod. Just the same it will handle a variety of applications like drop shot, shakey head and tube baits. In fact, it's probably a better tube bait stick than drop shot rod as it's a bit overpowered for the latter.

Bass Rod Application Ratings for Rapala Canada Concept Ti Spin 72

Rip/Jerk (1-5)
Steady (1-5)
Lift & Drop (1-5)
Drag (1-5)
Twitch (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
3
4
4
4
20
25
8.0

 

Ratings:

Rapala Canada Concept Ti Spin 72 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A very clean build 9.47
Performance A very fun stick to fish 8.8
Price If you can find it, a good price for a rod with this list of components 7.5
Features Name brand Ti SiC guides 8.4
Design (Ergonomics) Very light and comfortable 9.0
Application A good general purpose candidates for finesse type applications 8.0

Total Score

8.53
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
+ Light yet powerful - Only available in Canada
+ Good sensitivity  
+ Minimalist build works  

  


If this stick is any indication, Rapala Canada's Concept Ti rods are the real deal!

 

Conclusion: If this stick is any indication, Rapala Canada's Concept Ti rods are the real deal. The only downfall is that these sticks are only available in Canada and from what we can surmise via chatter on the Internet, they aren't that easy to find in Canada either! It's strange to think we can source rods from Japan a lot more easily than we can right over our Northern border, but that is the case. The Spin 72 has been my go to rod of late when reviewing spinning reels and I don't expect that to change in the near future. Keep up the good work Rapala Canada!

 

 

 

 

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