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I keep hearing that the GLX is the benchmark for which all other rods should aspire to be. However, I also hear time and time again that they break too easily. Is the trade-off worth it? Is it that much better than the Mossyback series? What are the pros and cons of the recoil guides?

I'm specifically choosing between the BSR852 or BSR802, but now I need to know if it's even worth it to step up to the GLX. I know there is a lifetime warranty, but is there still a fee to use the warranty?

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Same fee for replacement.

Theoretically, thinner walls in the GLX blank

might break more easily, but I have never

know anyone that has had an issue. I have

broken two: rolled the window up on one;

tried to lift the boat by a cleat with the other.

Is the GLX worth the extra cost? I think so,

especially for bottom contact techniques. I

don't know anyone that's sorry they chose

to go with the GLX series.

8-)

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If the GLX series rods had a reputation for breaking they wouldn't be the benchmark.  I treat all of my rods the same whether a $150 rod, or a GLX and the only rods I've broken over the years were a result of my own negligence.

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$50 fee if you break it. you call them, they ship you same model. you return broken rod in the tube your new one came in. if its faulty (they decide that) they replace it free.

ive only had my glx rods for a since last season but ive never broken one. and im pretty good at hitting the ceiling with the tip and having them snag bushes while kayaking.

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I have own/owned about 12-15 glx rods over the years.  The IMX is one of the best rods out.  I would say that is a rod every manufacture wants to be.  GLX is just a little lighter.

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The 'they break easily thing' used to keep me from buying GLX's...after my first one I realised that was wasted time.  The BCR and BSR in the GLX line are like surgical tools; buy one and you'll smile every time you pick it up.

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I do have to warn you.  Once you fish one you will not be fishing lesser rods for long.

Buy that BSR852  Great rod.  It is my all time favorite spinning rod for pretty much everything.  The up and coming one is the SMR 7'7" I just bought.

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here's the reason why the GLX rods are so expensive.  The graphite used in the GLX rods are high density graphite and therefore takes less material to make the rod while lower rod models use a lower density graphite in the rod's construction.  There is a tradeoff for sensitivity versus durability between high modulus rods versus low modulus rods.  That's why the GLX series is so expensive. 

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the first line of glx rods introduced on the market may have had some breakage issues...there was certainly a good bit of buzz about it on several boards at the time.

that was many years ago...yet the perception of them being brittle still exists.

personally, have been using them for years and have yet to break one.

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I do have to warn you. Once you fish one you will not be fishing lesser rods for long.

Ain't that the truth! Once you start upgrading to the high end Loomis and Dobyns rods, all your other rods that you were once very happy with will start feeling pretty lousy. It's frustrating.

I only broke one GLX, and it was my fault. I caught it on a boat cleat very lightly, and thought I got away with one. But with the next hookset, it snapped like a dry twig. I had a replacement in 3 business days with the Expeditor program, which is unmatched in the industry.

http://www.gloomis.com/publish/content/gloomis_2010/us/en/conventional/support.html

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Once you have one GLX it's pretty much over. Sounds like hype, but it just isn't. When you are the only one around you, all fishing the same lure and techniques, catching fish and you are the only one with a GLX, you realize at that moment, it really is the benchmark. The sensitivity is astounding.

You will not break one on a fish.

I have the BCR803GLX and the Bronzeback GLX. Two more versatile and useful rods for my needs(shore fishing) I couldn't have asked for more.

I have a full season on that smallie rod and anyone would be hard pressed to tell me it isn't the finest all around smb spinning rod ever made. It also is great for many many species.

The BCR is fantastic, large or smallmouth. Accurate, sensitive and really quite powerful. I have used it with cranks, spinnerbaits, jerks, soft plastics and topwater lures. I have striper fished with it as well. It's just killer. Can you get more technique specfic? Yeah, but I'm hiking. I need lots of versatility out of 2-3 rods max.

Buy a GLX, you will be SO happy. :)

Oh yeah, the REC guides, they work great. They are noisy with braid but I rarely use it so no issue with me. VERY durable and sensitive IMHO.

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The 'they break easily thing' used to keep me from buying GLX's...after my first one I realised that was wasted time. The BCR and BSR in the GLX line are like surgical tools; buy one and you'll smile every time you pick it up.

I smile every time I pick up my falcon bucoo and caras.  I really smile knowing that they're 100 to 179 bucks

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I'd have to agree - the GLX lineup has proven itself to me time and time again over the years.  The BSR 852 GLX is one special rod for sure.  It's definitely one of the best spinning rods I've ever used.  You'll be very happy you chose the GLX.

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After you make that first cast with a GLX, you will ask yourself, why did it wait to buy this rod.

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You are missing out not having a few GLX rods in your arsenal, for all the stated reasons.

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I have own/owned about 12-15 glx rods over the years. The IMX is one of the best rods out. I would say that is a rod every manufacture wants to be. GLX is just a little lighter.

This is coming from a fly-rodder's experience and from what I'm reading maybe this is where the ""GLX breaks easily stories come from. I've had two break on the guide below the tip. The only reason I had the GLX was because my dog broke my IMX jumping in the drift boat- if that dog wasn't the rooster killer he is, I would have sent him to Loomis. I loved the IMX but they were discontinued so I had to "upgrade" to the GLX. As far as casting rods go though, I'm not good enough to drop Loomis dollars on a rod so I can't comment.

Keep your lines tight-

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i have a friend who breaks about 5 a year.i know another guy whose buddy fishes them and breaks a bunch every year.they think it's great to pay $50 to replace a $380 rod.they are so exspensive because the cost of the second rod is figured in.no company is in bussiness to lose money.some guys may never break them because they are extra carefull with them.recoil guides are awesome but you can pay far less and get them.i would go with a st.croix legend extreme before a glx.i've never heard of a lot of guys breaking st croix rods but i have with loomis.st.croixs warranty is every bit as good if not better.we had one guy on this forum who was denied warranty by loomis and was then told he could not pay the $50 to use the expiditor service.

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Its quite true on their replacement. I broke my Loomis almost exactly 30 days ago... and I broke the second one I got to replace it on Friday.

I sent them an email and asked if I could still send it in and their response was go for the expediator and send it back. Hell of a deal if you ask me for being a idiot and breaking your rod twice in a month.  :-/

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i think this thread jinxed me. i broke my first loomis rod on sunday. it wasnt a glx, it was a bronzeback model. but i did break it with a glx rod.

i was doing a side arm cast from the shore with a bsr852glx and struck the bronzeback rod that was leaning against my canoe. broke the second and third guides. the glx was fine!

called shimano/loomis, gave them 50 bucks, new rod on the way! i'll ship the broken rod in the tube the new rod comes in, pre-paid postage.

i'll never buy a rod without a similar warranty.

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I honestly doubt I'd ever spend that much, thats a ton of cash for something with a reputation of snapping quite often, theres great rods out there for a lot less...I have a hard time believing the weekender could even tell the difference,

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i have a friend who breaks about 5 a year.i know another guy whose buddy fishes them and breaks a bunch every year.they think it's great to pay $50 to replace a $380 rod.they are so exspensive because the cost of the second rod is figured in.no company is in bussiness to lose money.some guys may never break them because they are extra carefull with them.recoil guides are awesome but you can pay far less and get them.i would go with a st.croix legend extreme before a glx.i've never heard of a lot of guys breaking st croix rods but i have with loomis.st.croixs warranty is every bit as good if not better.we had one guy on this forum who was denied warranty by loomis and was then told he could not pay the $50 to use the expiditor service.

What on earth do these guys do to their rods?

I have a lot of G Loomis rods (40% of them are GLX) and have never broken one yet. I assume if you take proper care in using them and transporting them you will not have many problems with them breaking (no more than any other rod).

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we had one guy on this forum who was denied warranty by loomis and was then told he could not pay the $50 to use the expiditor service.

Your buddies must treat those rods like garage sale Ugly Stiks!

Why was that fella denied?

I witnessed the aftermath when local guy who I chat with at the landing drove over the entire length of his older GLX rod with his trailer. He packed the entire splintered rod into a 1 gallon ziplock bag and had a new one two weeks later with the Expeditor program. He was happier with the new one because it had Recoil Guides.

If they'll accept a crushed rod in a ziplock bag full of graphite dust, I don't see them turning many people down.

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i have a friend who breaks about 5 a year.i know another guy whose buddy fishes them and breaks a bunch every year.they think it's great to pay $50 to replace a $380 rod.they are so exspensive because the cost of the second rod is figured in.no company is in bussiness to lose money.some guys may never break them because they are extra carefull with them.recoil guides are awesome but you can pay far less and get them.i would go with a st.croix legend extreme before a glx.i've never heard of a lot of guys breaking st croix rods but i have with loomis.st.croixs warranty is every bit as good if not better.we had one guy on this forum who was denied warranty by loomis and was then told he could not pay the $50 to use the expiditor service.

What on earth do these guys do to their rods?

I have a lot of G Loomis rods (40% of them are GLX) and have never broken one yet. I assume if you take proper care in using them and transporting them you will not have many problems with them breaking (no more than any other rod).

When it comes to Loomis there is always someone who knows someone, who knows someone ,who knows someone....Well you get the picture...And they do not own one, nor will they ever buy one....

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