Loop Cross SX 9'#6

 Loop Cross SX 9'#6

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George's Comments:

 

The newly designed Cross SX is another inspiring rod from Loop and perhaps their best to date.  We love their 5-weight Opti-Stream which has been a top performer in the past but this new Cross SX is even more impressive. 

                                                                                                                               
This new Cross SX as well as the new Evotec Cast series are all new designs and good ones.  Unfortunately we didn’t get the Evotec Cast in time to get it into our Shootout but when we got one it felt very good also.   The Cross SX has a nice fast action with a more flexible tip but very good power in the mid and butt sections.  This is billed as one of their top performance rods and it comes through as advertised.  This rod is built at the same factory in Korea that produces the Douglas Sky rods and you can see some similarities.  Like the Sky, the SX is a medium gray color with a non-glare flat finish.  The wraps are black and trimmed with red highlights on the butt section.  The full wells handle feels perfect to me and Loop is using top quality cork rings with some good looking contrasting corks on the top and bottom of the grip.  The reel seat is somewhat unusual as it is open and you can see the blank itself.  Three aluminum rods in a triangular pattern run back to support the uplocking seat with a short extension butt.  The lock up ring is large and very positive.  Guides are two SiC strippers and the rest black hard chrome snake guides.

 

I just loved casting this rod, especially at fifty feet, where I gave it a perfect score, matching the Sky.  But it is excellent at all distances.  This Loop Cross SX felt much like the Sky, even though the design is definitely Loop’s own.   This is another rod that gave us a very strong performance and one that anyone will find a pleasure to fish.   

 

 

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

 

Performance at 30 feet:  19 points out of 20

Nice tight loops and feels a lot like the Sky.  Good accuracy with the softer tip.

 

Performance at 50 feet:   20 points out of 20

Here is where this rod really shines.  I rated it a perfect 20 along with the Sky.  Beautiful tight loops and wonderful feel and accuracy.

 

Performance at 75 feet:   19.5 points out of 20

Still terrific at long range.  Only the Sky and Asquith felt slightly better.

 

 

 

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James' Comments:

 

The Loop Cross SX was the biggest surprise of the shootout for me.  I have always liked the Loop Opti-Stream in the past, but felt that the Loop Cross S1 was simply too tip heavy to be a great feeling rod.  The Loop Cross SX keeps the impressive power of the S1, but with a much lighter swing weight and less heavy tip – making it a phenomenal casting rod at all the distances. 

 

I love how comfortable the SX felt in my hand.  The full wells grip is the perfect size and shape and the cork quality is very good.  Another thing I like about the SX is that it utilizes larger yet thin titanium snake guides – meaning line tangles will escape more easily – and making the Loop Cross SX an excellent choice for light saltwater fly-fishing.  Also for anglers that are lucky enough to own more than one SX, the alignment dots say what model the rod is on one side, so you’ll never get different weight sections accidently confused.

 

The mini fighting butt is another nice touch that I like a lot. Like the NRX mini fighting butt, this one will never get in your way while casting but when you hook into a big fish and need backup it is right there waiting for you.  I also liked the classy red highlight trim at the bottom of each ferrule and above the cork, giving it that Audi SQ5 look where the red ventilated brakes shine through.  Giddy up, this rod is ready to go from 0-60 in 2.0 casts!

 

 

 

Performance at 30 feet:  19 points out of 20

 

Outstanding accuracy and feel.  This rod feels amazingly light in my hand unlike the old Cross S1.  Kudos to Loop for turning things around with a true game changer.   I like the grip a lot as well – only the Sage X grip felt better.

 

Performance at 50 feet:  20 points out of 20

 

Smoking Aces every cast.  This rod might be the most accurate 6-weight of all.  I really can’t decide which rod is more fun to cast, the Sky or the SX.  I guess it could really come down to what style grip you like better since they are both amazing.

 

Performance at 75 feet:  20 points out of 20

 

Great power with solid feel, this rod is a true distance contender.  The line tracks amazingly well and you can punch it without the risk of throwing a tailing loop.  Roll the cameras, this rod makes you look good!

 

 

 

Loop Cross SX 9'#6

 

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Logan's Comments:

 

The Loop Cross SX is the rod that most surprised me in the test.  In the five-weight I love the Loop OptiStream, but have not been overly impressed with the Cross S1.  This rod was different.  Super light in the hand, powerful as hell, and had the touch to get it done in close.  After casting the six-weight, I definitely need to check out the rest of the Cross SX lineup.

 

 

 

Logan’s Casting Notes:  56 points out of 60

 

Performance at 30 feet: 19 points out of 20

 

Wow!!  For how powerful this rod is, it is a champ in close.  The Cross SX can present delicately and with precision every time.  This rod just feels good in your hand. 

 

Performance at 50 feet: 19 points out of 20

 

What was good about this rod at 30 feet is still good at 50 feet.  The Cross SX had great timing and was tracking perfectly.  I was hitting the plate with ease.  The Cross SX is simply fun to cast.

 

Performance at 75 feet: 18 points out of 20

 

The Cross SX had the proper amount of power to launch my cast 75 feet.

 

 

 

 

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JG's Comments:

 

The first thing you’ll notice when you pick up the Loop Cross SX is that it feels light and responsive before you even make a cast.  It’s a good looking rod with a subdued gray finish and interesting reel seat.

 

 

 

30 Feet:   18 points out of 20

 

This rod was a little too fast at close range for top marks but was still good.  It was very accurate and I landed the fly on the target with no problem, it was a little harsh on the landing though and could benefit from being a little softer in the tip.

 

 

 

50 Feet:  20 points out of 20

 

The SX was really nice at fifty feet. It has good sensitivity, tracking, and accuracy. When I was casting this rod there were periods of no wind ranging to sustained gusts of over 15mph.  I was able to control the loop size in my cast really easily which helped adapt to the changing conditions.  If it’s gusting tighten that cast up if not open it up and relax a bit.  The Cross SX was really adaptable and responsive.

 

 

 

75 Feet:   18 points out of 20

 

I liked the SX pretty well at this distance.  When it was calm the rod did great, tracking straight and providing a good level of accuracy.  If the wind kicked up I found it to be a little more finicky than at 50 feet, requiring me to concentrate a little more on my form to deliver good casts.

 

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