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REVIEW: NRX 803 JWR and the Newly Redesigned 2016 GLX 842, 843, and 844 MBRs

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Hey guys, as some of you know, I recently went on a splurge and purchased an NRX 803 JWR and three GLX MBR rods: the 842, 843, and 844. You can refer to that thread here:

I have been able to handle all of them, and tested them for their sensitivity, and analyzed the balance, weight, and build quality.

 

First of all, I have to say that I am downright unimpressed with the NRX. I couldn’t believe how horrible this rod is for the price. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad rod, of course, but for $500, it’s terrible, and it’s certainly not worth your money. 

 

For starters, the build quality is unacceptable especially for one of the most expensive rods on the market. I took a look at the cork and was flabbergasted by how many fillers and holes it already had. See pics below:

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In addition to that, the wraps were crooked (not pictured). 

 

Furthermore, I was also astonished by how heavy the blank was. This was an 803 JWR which is a MediumXF 6’ 8” rod. I couldn’t believe that such a short rod was tip heavy and felt unbalanced! My GLX MBRs 842, 843, and even my 844 which are longer rods felt feather light and had superior balance over the NRX! 

 

Aesthetically, the blue wraps on the NRX are either a like it or hate it kind of thing. It’s subjective to the user’s personal preferences. I personally find them ugly, but I also like them because the whole point of the blue wraps is so that it could be seen from afar, so whenever someone sees that you have a rod with blue wraps, they know you have a high end NRX. Because really, everyone knows that to an extent you get the NRX to show off a little. It’s nice that a fellow elite angler can recognize you from a distance away or to stunt and floss on lower class fisherman – just kidding. 

 

Lastly, the most important thing of all on a high-end bass rod is sensitivity. The NRX 803 JWR was touchy with which reel made it more sensitive. I tested it with a light reel (Core 50mg at 5.5oz), a medium light reel (Metanium MGL at 6.2oz) and an average weight reel (Curado 200e7 at 7.6oz). I noticed that the heavier Curado 200e7 made the rod come alive the most while it felt a bit dull with lighter reels. One thing I will have to say is that while the NRX doesn’t vibrate as hard as the GLX, it has a very high pitched, high frequency vibrations. It’s a very clean, crisp vibration. It’s very subtle, and you have to be a keen angler to notice this. It’s arguably better, but in all honesty, it’s debatable. The GLX might not emanate super high frequency vibrations, but it’s no slouch and it’s only a touch below. The GLX has the upper hand in that you will noticeably feel the vibrations more, but it’s just not as high-pitched and crisp as the NRX. 

 

I still kept trying to rationalize about how the NRX is still a cool rod because of all the raving reviews that it gets from everyone, but in the end, I came to my senses. It’s not worth keeping just out of prestige and just because everyone says it’s cool and will think you’re cool if you have one because at the end of the day, I care about performance more than anything. 

 

As for the GLX 842, 843, 844 MBRs, I was blown away. The build quality is excellent, sensitivity is better than almost any rod out there, and it feels feather light in hand because of its superb balance. 


The cork on the GLX is high quality unlike on the NRX. The reel seat is also superior to the NRX’s uncomfortable skeletal reel seat. I also like the aesthetics on the GLX. It’s plain and simple yet elegant and has that classic look which I like. I also love the full handle cork grip on my MBRs. There’s really nothing bad I can say about the GLX. It’s a perfect rod. I think the G. Loomis team put considerable effort in the new GLX rods because the GLX series is their cornerstone. I don’t think even the new Shimano-G. Loomis Conquest rods will be much better than the GLX series especially for an outrageous $2-300 more. Besides, I’d rather have a fully G. Loomis produced rod. I own a Cumara and have never been impressed with Shimano’s blanks. They feel heavy and dull. Since the Conquest blanks are made in Shimano’s facility, I’m going to pass. In my opinion, the new 2016 GLX is the best rod to get out of all of the rods in G. Loomis’ bass fishing line up including the NRX and Conquest.

 

Some argue that the diminishing law of returns comes into play for high end rods, and while this is true, I disagree when it comes to the GLX. I think the GLX is significantly better than mid-grade rods, and blows them out of the water. The GLX brings a lot of pleasure and value, so the GLX is well worth the investment. I don’t think this rod will be outdated even 20 years from now. It will be a good rod to use for life!

 

Conclusion:

NRX = Overhyped, way overrated, and most of all, OVERPRICED!

 

GLX = A+ rod that is worth every penny and you get a great value for a rod that is head and shoulders above pretty much all rods on the market. It’s everything I imagined a high-end rod to be and more! I highly recommend those who want to buy a mid-tier rod to save your money for a GLX instead. You will be much happier and save more money in the long run.

 

This review took time and effort to write, but I hope that it helps someone in making a decision on what rod to choose whether you’re a person that’s looking to purchase their very first Loomis or a tackle addict enthusiast. 

 

P.S. Shout out to American Legacy Fishing! This is where I bought my G. Loomis rods. I have no affiliation with them. I just think they are one of the best fishing stores around with unmatched customer service, and when it comes to buying G. Loomis rods, I don’t think there’s a better place to buy them.

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There’s quite a few threads on the web that mention the same negative things you noticed with the nrx. 

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Thanks for taking the time.

i have 1 GLX and 2 GLXMBR’s on the way.

No NRXin my future

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I posted this at the other location you posted your review and thought i would add it here.  
Interesting review. I aggree with you about the NRX being tip heavy. I also agree with you with how the NRX is balanced makes a big difference. I add weight to the butt section of all my NRX's and they seem to just float in my hand and as you mentioned, when balanced well, the NRX has a subtle crispness over the GLX. With that being said, I agree with you that if someone is not willing to alter their NRX in such a way to get the most out of it, then the new GLX's would be the way to go.
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2 hours ago, rippin-lips said:

There’s quite a few threads on the web that mention the same negative things you noticed with the nrx. 

Yes, I'm well aware, but I had to see for myself first hand. Otherwise, I would've never got the monkey off my back. I'm glad I did. 

 

1 hour ago, NHBull said:

Thanks for taking the time.

i have 1 GLX and 2 GLXMBR’s on the way.

No NRXin my future

 

NHBull, don't feel like you ever have to get an NRX because you might think it's a step below the NRX. I don't think it is. It's mainly personal preference. 

1 hour ago, Lucky Craft Man said:
I posted this at the other location you posted your review and thought i would add it here.  
Interesting review. I aggree with you about the NRX being tip heavy. I also agree with you with how the NRX is balanced makes a big difference. I add weight to the butt section of all my NRX's and they seem to just float in my hand and as you mentioned, when balanced well, the NRX has a subtle crispness over the GLX. With that being said, I agree with you that if someone is not willing to alter their NRX in such a way to get the most out of it, then the new GLX's would be the way to go.

Lucky Craft Man, I have seen your post...

...on what you did to modify your NRX to make it into a balanced rod with a full handle. Man, you went to great lengths to modify your NRX rod. For me, personally, I wouldn't go through that. I also think that adding a balancer to the end of the rod dampens the sensitivity. I also feel that if you pay top dollar for a rod, it should already be balanced. I don't know if you have the new GLX, but if you don't, you should get one!

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18 minutes ago, The Pond King said:

...on what you did to modify your NRX to make it into a balanced rod with a full handle. Man, you went to great lengths to modify your NRX rod. For me, personally, I wouldn't go through that. I also think that adding a balancer to the end of the rod dampens the sensitivity. I also feel that if you pay top dollar for a rod, it should already be balanced. I don't know if you have the new GLX, but if you don't, you should get one!

 

I forgot all about that thread.  I took a beating there...haha.  To me modifying my NRX like that isn't a big deal.  20 minutes with it while sitting in front of a TV watching a fishing show is about all it takes.  The end result is a slice of fishing Heaven.

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