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Ever step into the 21st century with their rod design?  Will we ever see a nice sleek looking rod from them?

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I was just thinking about that... looking at their glx rods, 450bucks for an everyday looking rod  :-? shouldn't they at least make it look like the newer much cheaper carrot sticks,dobyns,etc. etc. :-/

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No.  I think they feel 'if it ain't broke...don't fix it'.  I also want to see a contemporary GLX, but I think their customer base is mainly old school folks whom like a full cork grip.  

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But then again, when will the OTHER rod manufacturers stop trying to impress the consumer with pretty colors and wraps and concentrate on building a GREAT rod like the Loomis.

Better yet, I'll build you a Loomis with a custom Diamond or chevron wrap.  I'll even weave the American flag or fish for ya but you're gonna pay more than 400 for it.

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But then again, when will the OTHER rod manufacturers stop trying to impress the consumer with pretty colors and wraps and concentrate on building a GREAT rod like the Loomis.

For my money, it if has a foregrip, it isn't a great rod.   :-/

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No. I think they feel 'if it ain't broke...don't fix it'. I also want to see a contemporary GLX, but I think their customer base is mainly old school folks whom like a full cork grip.

I completely agree, but I am still surprised that they don't have an option for that market segment.

8-)

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Burley, just step up and have a rod built on a Loomis blank.  It's not that much more expensive and you'll have a rod that even you can't complain about!   ;D

Rewind things 12-18 months and there were like 4 rods made with split grips and 2 of them were JDM rods.  Loomis was cutting edge for years... now there is a big corporate parent to reign in the spontaneity.  I'm sure you will see it, just not on the front end of this craze.

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i like full grips.i think these new designs are just a fad.not having cork behind the reel makes it slightly more tip heavy which is a negative in my book.

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I like em just the way they are.

I personally do not like the split grip for my casting rods, but I think I might like a spinning rod with the split grip.

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I've heard from a guy that is sponsored by them that they feel split, zero foregrip rods are a fad, and that their sales aren't hurting so they aren't going to pursue it.

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Ever step into the 21st century with their rod design? Will we ever see a nice sleek looking rod from them?

They haven 't hired me to design the rods.  ;)

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Ever step into the 21st century with their rod design? Will we ever see a nice sleek looking rod from them?

If they do, I will be one of the first in line for them.  On second thought, I think I would rather have one custom built on a GLX blank.

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I'm not a big fan of the split rear grip on casting rods either but I do have a few. Loomis should at least lose the foregrip cork on some rods.

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I doubt it because they offer their blanks for custom built rods.  However, I think we might see something different down the road.  But I don't think it will be on the GLX lineup.  They will probably do a split grip or something on the mossyback, crankbait or spinnerbait rods.

Personally, I think they should do one of two things.. Either A, offer all their blanks to the custom rod builder.  Or B, allow the buyer to select the type of grip, guides, etc of the rod.  

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What is wrong with their rods now? I like the full grips better than the split grips. Cork does seem to get beat up over time so maybe offer a foam grip???

Still the best worm/jig rods I have ever used.

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GLX blanks with Megabass finishes, I'd be all over that!

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I've heard from a guy that is sponsored by them that they feel split, zero foregrip rods are a fad, and that their sales aren't hurting so they aren't going to pursue it.

I think this pretty much says it all.  They make a great rod, loved by millions.  So why change?  There is something to be said for a "company philosophy"  that is consistent throughout their designs.  It makes it easy for repeat customers to assume the feel and action of the rod without having to buy it first or try one out before purchasing.

Of course if sales drop......well then all bets are off.

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Loomis became great by addressing the market proactively not reactively. Fiberglass and low modulous graphite rods were catching fish just fine from the early 1900's until the 1980's. I don't think current ownership will allow much risk taking with the brand name.

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GLX blanks with Megabass finishes, I'd be all over that!

Has Dennis shown you one of his custom builts ? next time you meet with him ask him to bring that rod Matt had built for him.  ;)

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