We received a question a few weeks ago from a gentleman who had heard the the old GLX rods were actually better than the new GLX series of rods. Here is the response outlining the improvements that were made to the newest model of GLX Rods.
Personally I would have to disagree with him. The new GLX rods have revised blank designs with better engineered tapers, better guide trains and guide placement, and far better reel seats and handles. Compared to the older GLX rods they are better engineered with better, more consistent quality.
Change Is Good
That said, the older GLX rods all had/have traditional full cork handles with Fuji reel seats vs. the new GLX rod’s split grips. Many older fishermen like this more traditional arrangement which I understand as I am 65 and, until I fished with the new GLX rods, was a skeptic. But now I’m an advocate for the newer rods.
Overall GLX Rod Improvements
GLX rods, whether the older models or the newest all have fantastic sensitivity – that hasn’t changed as the blank material is proprietary to G. Loomis. But the new models have better guides and improved guide spacing, far better reel seats, split grip handles, and are slightly lighter in overall weight with a far better power curve that gives the angler a bigger advantage.
GLX’s Are Like Coverttes….
Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but the older G. Loomis GLX rods vs. the newest G. Loomis GLX rods is sorta like comparing a 1964 Corvette to a 2013 Corvette – the ’64 is classic and as such desirable, but the 2013 will outperform it many times over. If you collect Corvettes that 64′ surely is what you want in your garage. But if you’re after performance, efficiency, and the latest technology you definitely would want to chose the 2013 model. Same with the GLX rods.
- American Legacy carries all GLX rods./li>
Vi Wickam says
Thanks for the great info guys! It’s nice to see the old and new GLX rods compared in clear terms.