G. Loomis Pro4x 9'#6

 

G. Loomis Pro4x 9'#6

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George's Comments:

 

We debated not including the Pro-4X into this Shootout as there are already two other Loomis rods, but this one gets in since it is another very good mid-priced rod to consider.   This rod has a nice fast action and the only real drawback is its heavier swing weight.   The Douglas DXF and even the inexpensive Fenwick Aetos were better.  One thing we know about the Pro 4X rods is that they are tough as nails and very tough to break, much like their NRX rods.   The action is similar to the NRX too, with good butt and mid-section power but a softer tip.

 

The color is a medium olive green with lighter olive wraps.   I must say that I’m not crazy about the cosmetics but many people like it.  To me there are much more handsome rods.  The handle is a western style grip with a black anodized single uplock seat that has a cutout with cork inside and the Loomis skeleton fish logo.  You can get a good grip on the big single locking ring to tighten down your reel. Loomis uses a single SiC guide and then all the rest are hard chrome single foot guides, that are heavier and not nearly as nice as the nickel/titanium version used on the NRX.

 

George’s casting notes:    The perfect line-  S.A. MPX in WF-6-F

 

Performance at 30 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

I can cast off the tip easily with decent accuracy but the heavy swing weight kills any feel.   About equal to the Recon.

 

Performance at 50 feet:   19 points out of 20

Now I’m getting some nice loops and good accuracy but the DXF was definitely better.

 

Performance at 75 feet:   19 points out of 20

Feels very strong at long range with nice loops and good control.  Feels better than the Recon to me out long.   

 

 

 

G.Loomis Pro4x 9'#6

  

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James' Comments:

 

The G. Loomis Pro 4X is a great value rod.  For $360 you are getting a great rod that will do it all at a very reasonable price.  The line tracks remarkably well and the Pro 4X’s accuracy is certainly one of the best for a less expensive rod.  The only thing holding it back from placing higher is the extra weight.  

 

The Pro 4X doesn’t use the same titanium single foot guides as do on the NRX and Asquith.  That alone would carve off a little weight.  They also don’t use the same graphite construction, which means in order for the Pro 4X to pass G. Loomis’ own strength criteria the rod graphite must be a little thicker (and heavier). 

 

The Pro 4X is a very good casting rod and fishing tool.  If you want the best, you’ll have to pay for the upgrades. 

 

I would like to see G. Loomis come up with a 6-weight NRX LP and Pro 4X LP. 

 

 

 

Performance at 30 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

 

Not quite as light in hand and not as much feel as the Douglas DXF.  Feels better than the Meridan, Recon, and BVK however.  It was also very accurate. 

 

Performance at 50 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

 

Again, deadly accurate!  The line tracks exceptionally well.  A double haul really unlock’s this rods reserve power as the tip isn’t nearly as fast as others.  A very solid rod, like the Aetos the only thing holding it back is the extra weight.

 

Performance at 75 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

 

Good power and certainly satisfactory.  The other rods were just better and easier to cast.

 

 

G. Loomis Pro4x 9'#6

 

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Logan's Comments:

 

The G. Loomis Pro4x is my pick for the best mid-priced rod.  I really enjoyed the action and feel in the hand.  If you can’t see yourself dropping $800 plus on a rod, the Pro4x is the rod for you.  Made in the USA too!!  This rod did perform a lot like the NRX, which is a good thing if you’re looking for a high-end rod that doesn’t cost a lot.

 

Logan’s Casting Notes: 

Performance at 30 feet: 18.5 points out of 20

The G. Loomis Pro4x had enough feel to accurately hit the plate at 30 feet.  It matched the NRX and the Recon.

Performance at 50 feet: 19 points out of 20

Just like the Loomis NRX, the Pro4x really shone at 50 feet.  The Pro4x has the right amount of power and it was easy to find a good rhythm to accurately cast it to the 50-foot mark every time.

Performance at 75 feet: 17 points out of 20

It was harder for me to cast the Pro 4x well at 75 feet.  This is where the NRX really separates itself from the Pro4x.

 

 

 

G. Loomis Pro4x

 

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JG's Comments:

 

This is a heavy rod.  I felt like the tip was a little heavy feeling throwing the balance of the rod off a bit.  Because I felt like I could never get it balanced properly I felt the rod was uncomfortable and odd feeling.

  

 

30 Feet:  18 points out of 20

 

The Pro 4X was actually really good at our thirty foot target.  I was surprised by how much feel and sensitivity it had, because of it’s initial clunkyness I expected the rod to perform poorly at a short distance but found that it was accurate and nice to cast.

 

 

50 Feet:   18 points out of 20

 

I like this mid priced Loomis pretty well at our mid range target.  It still gave me surprisingly good accuracy but was just too heavy to enjoyably cast all day.  It’s a great rod with a great action but it needs to go on a diet.

 

 

75 Feet:  18 points out of 20

 

The Pro4X had good accuracy and tracking at the longest shot of the shootout, 80 feet.  Despite being a capable casting machine I found myself losing interest in this rod quickly because of its heavy weight.

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