It's actually a type of color changing paint. Changes when sunlight etc hits it. Pretty nice aesthetics. Visually it gets your attention. The color changing feature runs up just under the first guide. Rest of blank has matte black, unfinished look. They also have added really nice hook keepers. I will post some up close pix of mine when I get time. Completely new rod from blank, components, looks etc as compared to the g1s.Aquaftm45 wrote:levante_leviathan.jpg
Any word on blank composition?
I know the similar cosmetics to the XXX sticks in some craws, but the new XX rods feel really nice, have better components and better blank design. Very nice update when performance is considered.
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.
Tokugawa wrote:Take this the right way...
I hate you.
In all seriousness these rods look and fish like more expensive models. The locking nut is AWESOME looking. Nothing about these rods I dislike other than the Spinnerbait Special went away....
Was the Spinnerbait Special unpopular, sales-wise? I guess it had to be or they wouldn't have killed it. It's one of my favorite in the XX lineupM Perry wrote: In all seriousness these rods look and fish like more expensive models. The locking nut is AWESOME looking. Nothing about these rods I dislike other than the Spinnerbait Special went away....
It was one of my favorites as well.lds922 wrote:Was the Spinnerbait Special unpopular, sales-wise? I guess it had to be or they wouldn't have killed it. It's one of my favorite in the XX lineupM Perry wrote: In all seriousness these rods look and fish like more expensive models. The locking nut is AWESOME looking. Nothing about these rods I dislike other than the Spinnerbait Special went away....
LowRange wrote:Cool. They sort of looks like green Hyugas. If they are anything like the Hyugas in weight and balance then they will be a hit.
These are not as green looking in person as its color changing effect.