Here is a picture of the new Levante. I will post up some more close ups of mine as soon as my hosting service lets me upload them.
As stated its a totally new blank which will be revealed very shortly. Not trying to withhold that info for any reason other than the official press release has not been completed as of today. There will be additional technical info coming shortly that will identify and describe the blank composition/performance upgrades more in depth and the reason why they were designed as such. So no worries there. It features the same MB reel seat that the XX and US Destroyers have. It has the gunsmoke finish Fuji Alconite/SS guides.
As you can tell by the pictures they look totally different than G1 models in all phases. They visually grab your attention in person. I wish I could get the paint finish to show up mpre in the pictures but they are VERY sharp. They also have a great hook keeper which many asked for. Pricing has stayed the same as previous models. The new Levante models will mimic the XX models in models. Note the same models that went away with the XX revamp are no longer in the new Levante lineup either.
As far as performance I have been using them since late spring/early summer and have been impressed. From the first cast it seemed to me that they were more responsive than previous models. I literally have not put down my Perfect Pitch model. Much like the XX version this is such a versatile model. It excels at so much. I tend to use it quite a bit for Tecas rig soft plastics and jigs under 1/2oz as well as all of my hollow body frog work. Loads up well, very strong backbone and balances well with the Daiwa Tatula SVs. Unlike many split grips I do not feel as if these are tip heavy as other split grips I have fished. Just a joy to fish with. I have stressed them and then some to see what they are capable of and so far not one single issue.
I know this is just a thumbnail description so please bear with me as I wait to get the OK to reveal more. You can expect the rods at dealers the end of February. You can preorder now at Megabass dealers. The initial shipment is large enough that all initial orders should be filled without issue from initial run.
Thanks and Happy New Year. Thank you all for the interest in Megabass. It is much appreciated.