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hi guys, Im speding a bit of money on 3 beach rods. Here are my options if you can I wna tyou to rate each rod out of 10 honest opinions please and any extra notes good or bad on each rod. thanks


1.) Daiwa Sandstorm 13ft 4-8oz = £94
2.) Greys Orion M2 13ft 6oz = £128
3.) Imax Beachcaster 13ft 2' 6-7oz = £137
4.) Mustad Viking Xtreme Velocity 129 Rod 12ft 9' 5-6oz = £103
5.) Abu Garcia Suveran XP 13ft 4-8oz = £117
6.) Abu Garcia Conolon Xodus Beach 13ft 4-8oz = £100
7.) Greys GRX Surf Rod 13ft 3-6oz = £100


Theres the list any notes or anything about them will be gratefully appreciated. thanks matt
 

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The suveran XP is a good mixed / heavy ground rod for £117 9/10 for the money

Diawa sandstorm, waste of space, avoid like the plague 0/10

Can't comment on the rest as have no experience of them

My best advice is spend another £100 and get a pair of century C3 LD's rather than three mixed run of the mill rods.
 

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Greys GRX-s would do nicely for general beachwork. Penn Ruffstuff for heavier ground and seas. Shakespeare Odessa Bass for bass, surf and flatties. Those are three good priced rods that you could just about go anywhere and do anything with. as for reels buy an Abu 6500C3CT and a Penn 525Mag extra. Check out the G.A.C or Tonys tackle or another mail order. All i have listed should not cost you over£425 if you shop around.
 

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Or as others say buy a Century tip Tornado, Zziplex 50/50 or Conoflex Vampire and own one of the best general beach rods on the market.
 

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why pay loads for a beach rod?

i use abu sigmas, great rods and a good price on them too.

you can pick them up new for £70 or second hand for £30
 

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I doubt you'll find anybody that has used a number of these rods and can give an objective opinion of them side by side, unfortuately people can't justify the cost of trying lots of rods. However, from what I've read the Greys GRX do seem to take a bit of beating. I've used a Sandstorm and at first thought it OK. I then used a Zippy and realised what a difference a few hundred quid makes.

Being honest I'd suggest holding on for a decent second hand buy for a Zippy or other 'top end' rod that will last a bit. It's not as nice as having a brand spanking new rod, but it'll serve you better and you will notice the difference!
 

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Being honest I'd suggest holding on for a decent second hand buy for a Zippy or other 'top end' rod that will last a bit. It's not as nice as having a brand spanking new rod, but it'll serve you better and you will notice the difference!
I have got to agree with this. I have had a few new rods and I bought a Daiwa ss12ofa for £125, I wish I saved the money and got another second hand Zziplex now, I managed to get a second hand Zziplex Primo from Ebay for £124 with post and that is ten time better than the Daiwa that cost about the same. I also got a Century Kompressor sport from my local tackle shop for £150 second and only used once! (mint condition). My advice is to be patient and try to find a good second hand rod.
 

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5/10 old moonraker if im not mistaken 1.) Daiwa Sandstorm 13ft 4-8oz = £94
?2.) Greys Orion M2 13ft 6oz = £128
?3.) Imax Beachcaster 13ft 2' 6-7oz = £137
got it 8/10 minor gripes regarding looks cope with anything4.) Mustad Viking Xtreme Velocity 129 Rod 12ft 9' 5-6oz = £103
had a swing with one a few times felt great i liked it 8/105.) Abu Garcia Suveran XP 13ft 4-8oz = £117
conolon name spells quality never tried or used 6.) Abu Garcia Conolon Xodus Beach 13ft 4-8oz = £100
?7.) Greys GRX Surf Rod 13ft 3-6oz = £100

dont think id not recomend one from that bunch but theres a couple that if i were choosing would knock the socks of others
 

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The GRX is good, i own one as a second pier rod. Fact is it is nowhere near close to my Century TT or Carbon Metal. For that kind of money you can not expect the best. Those three rods i have stateed earlier though are all great rods taking into consideration, price, value and performance. They will see you right, and help you tackle a very wide variety of marks and species. Hope that may help you.
 

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if you're still considering an Xodus, there's a couple on ebay right now, BIN for £80 or another still bidding around £48 at the mo, great rods !
 

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No-one has mentioned the Reelsport VFM which retails at just over the ton & is built on a century blank. Got a fantastic write-up in tsf when they reviewed it a couple of years ago.
 
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