#9-tie Loop Cross S1 9 foot #8 $765.00
Here is a rod that has a big following in Europe and I’m surprised that it finished this far back in the pack. It is a nice looking rod in a subtle flat black finish with jet-black wraps. Excellent craftsmanship throughout. The thing that kills it for me is the lack of short distance feel or accuracy. The tip of this rod is just way too stiff. At mid to long range it was much better. This is another rod that utilizes the 3M nano silica resin, so it is going to be strong.
This rod has a very comfortable, good looking full wells cork handle. The reel seat is a little odd looking, but it gets the job done with good large size double locking rings and a big extension butt that will be comfortable fighting big fish. For guides, they use the unbreakable wire recoil stripping guides followed up with top of the line nickel/titanium snake guides like you’ll find on the Meridian or NRX.
George’s casting notes:
Performance at 35 feet: 18.5 points out of 20
Little feel compared to the Helios 2 or Meridian. And noticeably heavier in swing weight. The stiff tip hurts short range accuracy.
Performance at 60 feet: 19 points out of 20
A good performance, just not great. Several rods were much better and the top rods were far better.
Performance at 80 feet: 19 points out of 20
It was more difficult for me to get the same kind of tight loops or the accuracy I was getting with the NRX
Performance at 100 feet: 19 points out of 20
This rod definitely has the power to hit it long, but the swing weight is going to wear you down if you are casting it long all day.
#8 Loop Cross S1 9’#8 $765 73.5/80
This rod has a lot of reserve power but its stiff tip and a heavy swing weight hold it back from placing higher, which is unfortunate since it is a sharp looking rod with excellent craftsmanship.
Performance at 35 feet: 17 points out of 20 Another rod that was extremely accurate, just little to know feel. Not to mention this rod felt heavy in hand.
Performance at 60 feet: 19 points out of 20 Now things are starting to feel a lot better. The S1 may not be quite as forgiving as some rods but good casters will be able to throw tight loops with it.
Performance at 80 feet: 19 points out of 20 Tailing loops are not an issue with this rod, and it’s nice to have a rod you can rely on when the moment matters most. I just wish it were a little lighter.
Hit the Hun? 18.5 points out of 20 Yes, but this rod takes a lot of effort to get going. I think it’s safe to say this rod will wear most people out after casting it all day.
Capt. Jamie Allen:
#8 (tie) Loop Cross S1
All of these rods (Loop Cross S1, Sage Motive, and Beulah Opal) are cosmetically pleasing, with the edge going to Beulah. They all seem more like mid flex rods with the Loop being the stiffest. None struggle with distance. The Motive and Opal might have some trouble with casting on the windiest days while the Loop Cross S1 is a little too stiff in close.