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St. Croix Avid Vs Premier

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So I am in the market for a new 6 foot casting rod. I think its down to the either the Avid or Premier rods. Is there anything that really makes the Avid worth 70$ more?

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Yes their is, The blank and the components used in the construction of the rod. Both rods are excellently made rods in the USA plus also with the Avid you do get a life time warranty instead of a 5 year warranty with the Premiere. But both rods are available for St Croix's trade up program.

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It depends on what you want the rod for, if you are going to cast spinnerbaits and such you could get a premier, it is a good rod, it isn't quite as crisp as the Avid and it weighs a little more but nothing too drastic. If you want to use worms and jigs well the Avid would be the best bet as it is lighter and is more sensitive.

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I am going to be casting a little of everything from small spinners to swim baits. I have bigger rods for larger baits but I am looking for a compact rod that will do a mixture of things well. I am going to pair it up with my Smoke 150 if that changes anything.

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If money is no object go Avid, but Premiers are fine rods too. I wish St Croix would make the Avid with the Premier rear grip, not a fan of the "hump".

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I own both Premier and Avid rods and am well pleased with both. I'm willing to pay the extra $$ for the Avid, though, because they're lighter and this no-longer-young bassmaster appreciates that over the course of a 10 hour day.

The AS70MLF teamed with a Stradic 2500 does for me what Gandalf's wand does for him (I say modestly).

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Thanks for the input guy. I was looking at G.Loomis but I think my money will buy me more with St. Croix. I wish money were no object but it is. I think I am going with the Premier. Unless you guys know where I can pick up an Avid for under 170.

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On 6/24/2012 at 3:55 PM, fo-mo-co said:

Unless you guys know where I can pick up an Avid for under 170.

Used, they pop up all the time on here, ebay, etc..... I wouldn't hesitate to buy a nice used one. They are warranteed for life by St Croix, you can use the Gold Star service program they have, which is a no questions asked, original owner or not, $50 replacement fee for a broken rod. Avid and up are eligable for life, Mojo's Rage's, Premiers, and Triumphs for five years.

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I am coming from a Berkley Lightning rod. I just don't think it has a fast enough action. It feels nice and doesn't weigh to much but I feel it looks the hook setting power I hope the St. Croix will give me.

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For $10 more they can be found anywhere with free shipping to boot. Do a search, you will find plenty!

Jeff

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http://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/103715-you-like-stcroix-and-daiwa-do-you/page__hl__%2Bavid

7 footer in good condition shipped for $30 less than you wanted to spend right here on our forum!

Jeff

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oh....sorry! If I didn't already have 2 of those, I would have snatched it up already. Just bought another avid today myself, AVC70mhm

Jeff

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I use to love my premiers, then I get a hold of the avid and the hand hump alone just made them feel better in my hands. You can't go wrong with the lower priced premiers, they are stout and can take the abuse.

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I use to love my premiers, then I get a hold of the avid and the hand hump alone just made them feel better in my hands. You can't go wrong with the lower priced premiers, they are stout and can take the abuse.

Ha Ha. Attemts at turning you so that the avid is still in the flea market! Nice!

Jeff

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oh....sorry! If I didn't already have 2 of those, I would have snatched it up already. Just bought another avid today myself, AVC70mhm

Jeff

Me too, never have enough though :D

Enjoy that new rod, love mine and has been my favorite since

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I had a couple Premiers, and they were better than lightning rods, I bought one Avid and never bought another premier, I know have 4 Legend Elites and 7 Avids!!

I would go with the Avid, it is a much better rod, and will hold it's resale value very good. Buy the a Premier, and before fall you will wish you had bought the Avid, GUARANTEED!

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I love my cranking premier, but i love my avid better, it took me a bit to like the avid, but now my next croix will be another avid. I dont have a boat or fish tournies, so avid is the cut off in price for me, but id own a few legends if i could

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Well I bought the premier. I went to Anglers World today. He had G.Loomis GL2 GL3 and IMX 6 foot casting rods along with the Avid and Premier in 6 foot. He spent quite a bit of time going through the rods and showing me different ways to check out the action. Talked about what I was going to use the rod for. The end of the day the Premier felt the best. I like the weight of the Avid but didn't care for the grip. I didn't care much for the G.Loomis rods. For what they cost they sure felt cheap. Thanks for the advise.

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