G. Loomis NRX Bass Rod Details
NRX Bass Rods are the culmination of what G. Loomis has been doing since day one. G. Loomis haa been continually striving to build the best bass fishing rod on the planet. Laminates, resin, mandrels, components and the know how you expect from G. Loomis Rods. These NRX bass rods look like nothing they have built before. They feel better than anything they have built before. We aren't talking about a little better here or a little lighter there...
What G. Loomis is saying so there is no confusion...
"This is the Best Bass Rod Ever Built!" Period!
Every fisherman knows that the G. Loomis name represents high quality fishing rods. Ever since there introduction of IM6 several decades ago G. Loomis has lead the way in fishing rods technology. Over the past few years G. Loomis has only modified existing technology in its rods. 2010 was different, after 17 years of work G. Loomis launched the NRX line of rods on August 13, 2010.
What are G. Loomis NRX Rods?
G. Loomis NRX rods are currently 13 casting and spinning rods designed for bass fishing and 16 four piece fly rods designed for many freshwater and saltwater species. These rods are at least 15% lighter and 20% stronger than their GLX predecessors.
What is new about the G. Loomis NRX line of fishing rods?
The G. Loomis NRX rod blank is created from a new graphite sheet material which is higher in density, has greater stiffness and is lighter than any other graphite sheet material G. Loomis has ever used. Utilizing the nano tubes G. Loomis is able to make a rod blank with Nano Silica resin that is thinner, more viscous and has more surface area. This allows the G. Loomis NRX rod blank to be stronger, lighter, harder, more sensitive and more impact resistant than ever before.
The G. Loomis NRX rod's reel seat is custom molded directly to the rod blank. TackleTour.com refers to it as a “Skeletonized reel seat” that allows the angler's fingers to truly be on the rod blank The do this by having each G. Loomis NRX rod its own unique reel seat designed specifically for that rod and requiring no spacers that other manufacturers need to get a reel seat to work for every rod in a lineup. The lack of a spacer or spacing material increases the level of feel an angler has.
The G. Loomis NRX rod's guides are Fuji SIC Titanium Frame guides for the first three guides (starting at the reel) and single footed REC black ion coated titanium Recoil guides developed for the G. Loomis NRX rods line the rest of the rods. The reason for the shift in guide type is to eliminate over three quarters of the noise created by the Recoil guides and give the rod better balance by shifting the fulcrum point of the weight towards the butt end of the rod.
The G. Loomis NRX rod's handles are all high density cork which has never been used by G. Loomis before. The denser rod handles improve the overall sensitivity of the rod.
The G. Loomis NRX rod's cosmetics include unpainted black blanks with light blue wrappings. The G. Loomis NRX series of rods are all business meaning G. Loomis put their time and effort into performance instead of style. By no means are they ugly rods, instead they are simple beautiful rods with incredibly performance characteristics.
Every G. Loomis NRX rod is made at the G. Loomis factory in Woodland Washington. All G. Loomis NRX bass rods include a G. Loomis rod sleeve and every rod falls under G. Loomis Limited Lifetime Warranty. More information can be found here.
G. Loomis Rods NRX Best of Show Award
ICAST Show 2010 – Las Vegas, USA – ‘Best of Show’ New Product Showcase Winner
Anglers around the globe realize G.Loomis is a long-time leader in graphite rod blank technology. It started with IM6 and GL2, then to GL3 and IMX, and then GLX more than 16 years ago, the only graphite made strictly for use in the construction of fishing rods. The next breakthrough is now here with G.Loomis‟ new NRX bass rods, offered in 13 casting and spinning models designed for jig and worm situations, Carolina rigs, drop-shot and Shaky Head techniques.
Along with the NRX bass rods, G.Loomis is also introducing 16 NRX four-piece fly rods in weights and designs for trout, salmon/steelhead, saltwater and two-hand/spey techniques.
The rods have already received recognition worldwide, with the fly rods being honored with the ‘Best New Fly Rod’ award at the 2010 European Fishing Tackle Trade Expo (EFTTEX), held this past June in Valencia, Spain, while at the 2010 ICAST Show’s New Product Showcase competition, produced by the American Sportfishing Association, the NRX rods were honored with both the ‘Best New Freshwater Rod’ and overall ‘Best of Show’ awards.
Calling on the talents of chief rod designer Steve Rajeff and the support of the entire G.Loomis team worldwide, anglers “will uncover a series of rods that are at least 15-percent lighter than similar GLX rods, plus we're able to offer a durability feature to make them up to 20-percent stronger and more impact resistant,” said Rajeff. “And as anglers would expect from G.Loomis, we bring the best in components – from reel seats, grips and guides – specific for the bass rods and fly rods. At G.Loomis, we have never settled for just good enough. These NRX rods are the best at every level in terms of graphite, resins and components to provide anglers with the most dynamic, lightweight and sensitive rods we've ever made.”
According to Justin Poe, brand manager for G.Loomis, the NRX construction method is completely unique to rod manufacturing. “By utilizing a stiffer, lighter and higher density carbon married with Nano Silica resin systems, we can provide Steve and his design team with a material that provides all kinds of positive benefits to anglers. The rods are lighter, yet more durable, extremely sensitive, and yet stiffer. Obviously we simply think they are the best rods out there.”
Bass anglers can choose between eight casting and five spinning rods. Jig and Worm casting rods include the 6-foot-8-inch NRX 802C JWR medium power, 803C JWR medium-heavy power and 804C JWR heavy power; the 7-foot-1-inch NRX 852C JWR medium power, 853C JWR medium-heavy power and 854C JWR heavy power; and the medium-heavy power 7-foot-5-inch NRX 893C JWR. In spinning models, the NRX jig and worm rods include the 6-foot-8-inch 802S JWR medium power and 803S JWR medium-heavy power, and the 7-foot-1-inch medium power 852S JWR.
For Carolina rig action, the NRX series offers the medium-heavy power 7-foot-3-inch 873C CRR. For drop shot techniques, anglers are offered the NRX 822S DSR, and for ShakyHead use, there's the 822S SYR. Both these rods are 6-foot-10-inch spinning models.
All rods feature G.Loomis unique Hybrid Guide System that combines the strategic placement of both Fuji titanium-framed SIC and REC Recoil black ion coated nickel-titanium guides from the stripper to the tip. “We use stiffer Fuji guides closest to the reel to offer more sensitivity transfer to the angler along with moving weight back to rods' butt section – plus also on the tip,” said Rajeff, “and then REC black Ion-coated single foot guides that are extremely small and light so as not to impede casting and retrieve performance. Looking down the rod, it looks like the guides disappear off the blank.”
G.Loomis provides its own skeletonized reel seat designs on all the NRX bass rods, where an angler‟s finger is truly on the rod blank.
“Never before have I felt a rod with this much life,” said Poe. “Life is something we talk about as a premiere rod company, and in these NRX rods, anglers will feel the difference when their lure drags across silt, gravel, and ridges – even at 60-feet. With the life in these rods, even a light tick turns into a thump. Set the hook.”