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Kistler collaborates to launch KLX 2013 series

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Rod blank legend, Gary Loomis, was behind the development of the 2013 series of KLX casting and spinning rods.

US company, Kistler, has collaborated with North Fork Composites and its rod blank legend, Gary Loomis, to launch a 2013 series of KLX (Kistler Loomis Xperience) casting and spinning rods.

The handcrafted KLX is anchored by a T800 hybrid high-modulus blank produced by Loomis specifically for the KLX project.

The objective of Loomis was a light and nimble handling blank which retained sensitivity and which brought something new to a crowded and competitive market.

“The KLX has an uncanny ability to transmit ‘feel’, as if it’s an extension of your fingertips,” said KLX Project Director, Trey Kistler. “This sensitivity is achieved by combining Gary’s revolutionary blank, the most advanced components and Kistler’s build configurations.

“We have a rod that brings much of the experience of our $500 custom Z-Bones at a price anyone can afford – and it’s made in America. It’s hard to describe just how much sensitivity Gary has baked into this blank.”

Top shelf components include Fuji’s K-style tangle-free micro guides, with stainless steel frames and and Alconite inserts. “Our Fuji guide train provides perfect flex along the entire blank. This means the blank works as designed, not just at the tip, mid-section or butt-section,’ added Kistler.

A modified Fuji ECSM 16 blank-exposed reel seat affords user access to the blank for monitoring baits. An EVA foam screw-down hood covers the forward reel seat threads, rendering it seamless and comfortable.

The ergonomically-shaped handle is Portuguese grade-A natural cork, which transmits vibration from the blank to the user. An EVA butt cap will be welcomed by those who anchor the butt in their midsection when hauling big fish or during extended cranking sessions.

“The KLX isn’t an over-priced, mass-produced, cookie-cutter rod brought together in some crowded overseas factory by just anyone off the streets,” emphasised Kistler. “Our KLX’s are hand-built, each with old world craftsmanship, by rodsmiths with tons of experience of fashioning the best rods in the world. ”

The KLX line-up includes rods for anyone who’s passion runs from flipping to cranking, and coming in the Spring of 2013 are Professional Signature Series models by Alton Jones, Mark Rose and Jay Yelas. Pricing ranges from $149 to $179.

KLX rods are a factory-to-customer direct only line at this time.


Tel: +1 281 259-8033.





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