The spinning combo features a reel
specifically designed for the series
Featuring a double anodized aluminum spool with oversized bail wire,
the reels are also designed to be very durable. Each model has soft touch handle
knobs and two pinion bearings that helps reduce overall wear on the reels
internal parts. The spinning reel offers a glass filled nylon body and reel
sizes 20 - 35 feature a three ball bearings plus one-way clutch instant
anti-reverse bearing. The 40 and 50 combos are built around a two ball bearings
plus one-way clutch instant anti-reverse bearing. Each Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning
Combo has an MSRP of only $49.95.
The spincast reel pairs nicely
with the new rod as well
A microspin combo is designed for
lighter line applications
The spincast combos feature a Shakespeare® Synergy Steel 6 and 10 models as well
as a Synergy TI Micro option for anglers looking to target panfish. The micro
combos are pre-spooled with 4lb. Stren line while the 6 and 10 size combos are
spooled with 6 and 10lb Stren respectively.
The baitcast model will come
pre-spooled with 12lb. Stren line
The Ugly Stik GX2 low-profile model will come equipped with aluminum handle,
adjustable magnetic cast control and is pre-spooled with 12lb. Stren line.
The Lady Angler rods feature pink
highlights to differentiate the series
For the ladies, the Ugly Stik GX2 utilizes the same toughness and durability and
is available in both rods and combos. These rods are easily identifiable with
pink accents throughout the rod and reel. The Ugly Stik GX2 Ladies features two
casting rod models, four spinning rod models and three combos. Rods have an MSRP
of $39.95 while combos are available for $49.95.
A spincast combo is also available
in this series
Shakespeare wasn't done yet and also designed a new rod series specifically for
youth anglers. The GX2 youth combos are geared towards youth eight and up are
offered in a spincast and spinning combos with an MSRP of $39.95. These models
have bright green accents and split handle Ugly Grips™.
The Ugly Stik Youth Series
looks very attractive with split grips and striking green highlights throughout.
When was the last time you looked at an Ugly Stik and thought, that looks pretty
sharp. Ugly never looked so good!
Conclusion: In less than two
weeks Shakespeare's new Ugly Stik GX2 will be introduced at ICAST 2013. In
advance of the show the team at Shakespeare shipped the media combos for
evaluation and what we have seen so far is an impressive blend of improved
sensitivity and refinement all without compromising the durability and
dependability of the original iconic series. Over the course of this season we
have some brutal new field tests planned for these new rods but one thing we can
say with certainty is that when it comes to cosmetics the new series hits the
mark at a great price for value minded anglers. Ugly never looked so good!