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The Search For One with the Legends… St Croix’s Legend Elite and Xtreme (continued)

Ergonomics: Both of these rods are very comfortable to hold and fish all day long though they do have different balancing points. The Elite balances at 9.5 inches above the midline of the reel seat while the Xtreme balances at 10 inches. The Xtreme is lighter in weight (4.2 oz vs 4.5 for the Elite) and when I mounted the Revo Premier on there, it made for a total combo weight of only 10.9 oz overall (6.7 oz + 4.2 oz).


A hook keeper style used on both Elite and Xtreme rods


Price & Applications: Remember, this IS the Legend. The Elite and Xtreme blank are the best of the crop from St. Croix and have been for so many years with little change because it’s just that good. At $340 for the Legend Elite and $380 for the Xtreme, 70MHF models, these are actually great prices for something of their performance and make up. The Xtreme, at $40 more than the Elite, offers anglers a more aggressive design and slightly lighter weight product. Is it worth it? Only you can decide.


A look at the recoil guides on the Xtreme


Same view as about but of the Elite with SiC guides


For the prices mentioned, these rods aren’t only great in quality and performance, they are also backed by St. Croix’s lifetime limited warranty. I’ve yet to hear any horror stories from anglers in dealing with St. Croix’s warranty department.


The St Croix 7 ft MHF Elite and Xtreme rods are great bass rods


Legend Elite or Xtreme, both of the 70MHF rods are great all-purpose rods and can handle multiple applications for bass fishing and other species. The rod is capable of handling weights outside of its range though it will perform better when staying within its limits.



St Croix Legend Elite & Xtreme Rod Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Excellent construction and quality. The Legend is St. Croix’s top dog and nothing is left out of this series 9
Performance Great overall performance in an all-purpose rod. The only thing is the recoil guides are noisy when running braided lines 9
Price It’s a Legend with high grade components and construction, plus both rods have a limited lifetime warranty 8.5
Features You get the best from St Croix in this series having SCV and SCVI graphite, ART, IPC, and top quality components. Both rods also come with a rod sleeve to protect their beauty 9
Design (Ergonomics) Take the Legend Elite for the more traditional appearance and the Xtreme for the lighter weight rod. Both are good in ergonomics and weight at less than 4.5 ounces 8.5
Application A multi-purpose rod that can handle everything 8.5

Total Score

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

+ Excellent craftsmanship - Recoil guides can be noisy with braided line
+ Superb blank  
+ Sensitive high-modulus blank  
+ Traditional or Extreme options  

Conclusion: The Legend once again lives up to its name, that includes both the St. Croix Legend Elite and Xtreme. An incredible St. Croix blank creates a top notch rod that delivers exceptional performance, premium craftsmanship and top end components. The differences between the two are that the Elite has a more traditional look and feel while the Xtreme is well... simply more extreme with an aggressive, lightweight split grip styling and recoil guides. While the review of these rods is officially over my journey with these Legends is not quite complete. We have something even more "extreme" planned for these rods so stay tuned for a follow up report. For now, out of the rods I’ve tested so far in our Search for One campaign, the Legend series from St. Croix is “the one” rod of I'd choose that truly has the capabilities to deal with multiple applications.


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