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Has anybody used Shimano's Crucial rod's?

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These look like higher grade Rods that are a cheaper than a G.Looms.Anybody have them, or used one?

I have not used that model - but have been a Shimano fan for years.

I have several versions of the Clarus both spinning and casting - they are a very good quality blank with decent components. Comparing them to a G Loomis is debatable and might not be fair. I have a couple of G Loomis salt water surfcasting rods they are very nice and sort of in another catagory. For those who have the $$$ for a G Loomis the Clarus and the Crucial might not even be a consideration. But for the $$$ and what you get, they should be.

The spinning rods are on sale at the link below for a very decent price - with the extra $$$$ you could get 2 rods ? Of course, then you'd need reels as well :)

http://www.***.com/descpageRDSSHIMANO-SHCLSR.html

A-Jay

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I have 3 Crucial and I think they represent an excellent performance level for their price.  They are light, very sensitive and use good components.  Great rods!!

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In 2007 my Shimano Crucial CRC-X610MH accounted for over 700 bass with 8 of those going over 10 pounds so yea I kinda like it; oh yea I can afford G. Loomis but chose the Crucial.

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I bought a 7' MH/F and love it, i will now be buying a 7'6 H version for flipping and pitching jigs and plastics and a 6'6'' MH for all of my T-rigging needs. I got my first Crucial off of Ebay for 130$ shipped. I saved the extra 15$ off the original price and the gas i would of used to go to buy it, give Ebay a try they may have some brand spankin new.

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Shimano makes great rods for the price. They have, arguably, a better warranty than G. Loomis does, since you can exchange it right at the store and you're back fishing in a matter of minutes or hours, rather than days.

On a bit of a side note, I wonder lately how much technology Shimano and G. Loomis swap with each other, since both make such nice rods lately. ;D

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I have the crucial crankbait model.  It is a very good rod.  you will be happy with it if you buy it.

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I have the 7' medium cranking model and the 7' medium X-fast.  I love them both.  I also have a Clarus 6' 10" MHF that I had before the Crucials and it is a good rod as well, but the Crucials are noticeably better.  You will not be disappointed with Crucial rods.

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Well, that should about settle it huh?  Have we seen such a positive Shimano thread here in awhile?  ;D

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The Crucials are a top contender in their price range.  I prefer St. Croix Avids but I would be very happy with a Crucial in my hands at any time.

And, like the other guys, I also own Loomis and Kistler rods that cost more than twice as much.  You won't be disappointed with the Crucial but check out the Avids, too.

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The Crucials are a top contender in their price range.  I prefer St. Croix Avids but I would be very happy with a Crucial in my hands at any time.

And, like the other guys, I also own Loomis and Kistler rods that cost more than twice as much.  You won't be disappointed with the Crucial but check out the Avids, too.

I prefer the crucials over the avids the best thing to do is try them both ;D

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They're a pretty basic, good rod. I still think there's better rods in the price range, especially if you're willing to shell out another $30ish.

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They're a pretty basic, good rod.

Can you elaborate on that a little bit?  What are they, a glass blank with 5 guides on them and a cork handle?  Is an Avid "pretty basic"?  

I still think there's better rods in the price range, especially if you're willing to shell out another $30ish.  

Do you own one?  List out your better options and their price.  One could probably do better if willing to shell out another $100 too?

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In 2007 my Shimano Crucial CRC-X610MH accounted for over 700 bass with 8 of those going over 10 pounds so yea I kinda like it; oh yea I can afford G. Loomis but chose the Crucial.

I have that exact rod and I love it! I also have a CRS-66MH (Crucial - spinning) and it is great too.

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I still think there's better rods in the price range, especially if you're willing to shell out another $30ish.  

Do you own one?  List out your better options and their price.  One could probably do better if willing to shell out another $100 too?

I do not own one, although I have fished with them on several occasions.  I wasn't saying it in a negative way what so ever, simply that there are other rods and choices out there.

Daiwa Light and Tough rods are a few dollars cheaper, which I have fished and like better.

Gblanks custom rods - $125 , incredibly light, very sensitive, great guides, tons of options to have it built to your liking.

Carrot Stix are $150, which I have held, but not fished.

Dobyns rods $170 , which are my rods of choice.

I also meant nothing negative by "basic" no need to get all hurt over that. Simply that they're relatively standard, nothing "special" nothing "stand out/fancy" about them.

 

Not sure what you meant by your $100 remark, but that should be quite obvious.

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I do not own one, although I have fished with them on several occasions. I wasn't saying it in a negative way what so ever, simply that there are other rods and choices out there.

Daiwa Light and Tough rods are a few dollars cheaper, which I have fished and like better.

Gblanks custom rods - $125 , incredibly light, very sensitive, great guides, tons of options to have it built to your liking.

Carrot Stix are $150, which I have held, but not fished.

Dobyns rods $170 , which are my rods of choice.

I also meant nothing negative by "basic" no need to get all hurt over that. Simply that they're relatively standard, nothing "special" nothing "stand out/fancy" about them.

Not sure what you meant by your $100 remark, but that should be quite obvious.

 Read the original post.  His question was very simple and to the point.

If the Crucial is a basic rod, so are 95% of the rods on the market.... being that it is comprised of a graphite blank, 10 guides, a reel seat and cork handle, either split grip or full.  So right on, it IS a basic rod.  I just thought it was a dumb "blanket" statement.

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The Crucials are the best and lightest rods at their price point.  They also sport the best warranty.

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The Crucials are the best and lightest rods at their price point.  They also sport the best warranty.

Best warranty for a sub $150 rod yes. Lightest, I don't think so. My 6'10 MH Gblanks weighed in at 3.1oz also felt more sensitive, and looked better  ;D

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The Crucials are the best and lightest rods at their price point. They also sport the best warranty.

Best warranty for a sub $150 rod yes. Lightest, I don't think so. My 6'10 MH Gblanks weighed in at 3.1oz also felt more sensitive, and looked better ;D

::)

Off the rack...custom

:-X

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The Crucials are the best and lightest rods at their price point.  They also sport the best warranty.

Best warranty for a sub $150 rod yes. Lightest, I don't think so. My 6'10 MH Gblanks weighed in at 3.1oz also felt more sensitive, and looked better  ;D

::)

Off the rack...custom

:-X

I know, I know! Just thought I'd put some options out there, that guys don't always think about.

I just know that when I first started asking questions about rods, I ended up 2 weeks later finding something else I wish I had gotten instead  ;D

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In 2007 my Shimano Crucial CRC-X610MH accounted for over 700 bass with 8 of those going over 10 pounds so yea I kinda like it; oh yea I can afford G. Loomis but chose the Crucial.

Catt,

I have thought about picking up this rod for a spare reel I have laying around. What applications do you use it for? Is it heavy enough for a jig rod?

FD

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I have a 7' MH/F i use for jigging, it works perfect for me.Its available in all different powers, actions and lengths for all different types of applications.

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I have the Crucial Graphite CRC-70MH 7 foot fast action medium heavy rod and it excellent.

Put your favorite baitcaster on it and have lots of fun.

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