Get more than what you pay for

Kodex’s lat­est of­fer­ing de­liv­ers top-end fea­tures with­out a flag­ship price tag

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KODEX CX-i 3lb & 3.25lb TEST CURVE CARP RODS RRP: £139.99

IT’S said that you only ever get what you pay for, and 99 per cent of the time this is true – es­pe­cially when buy­ing equip­ment for carp fish­ing. But oc­ca­sion­ally some­thing crops up that goes against that old adage by of­fer­ing true value for money, matched by a per­for­mance that’s worth writ­ing home about. The fo­cus of my en­thu­si­asm this month are Kodex’s ex­cel­lent and af­ford­able new CX-i carp rods. If you shop around you will be able to pick them up for less than the RRP at around £120. And for a top-end carp rod, that makes them some­thing of a steal. What you ac­tu­ally get for your money are very slim and light­weight high mod­u­lus car­bon blanks that have been taste­fully dressed with anti-frap tip rings, qual­ity Min­ima guides through­out and fin­ished off with im­pec­ca­ble high-gloss black whip­pings draped over car­bon fin­ished in very classy gun­metal grey. De­mure un­der­stated de­cals pro­vide the rods with a cus­tom built aes­thetic, while an ever de­pend­able 17mm black DPS reel seat will se­curely hold the largest of big­pit reels in place, even when wind­ing up for a big chuck. Other no­table fea­tures are ab­bre­vi­ated han­dles with shrink-wrapped butt grips and alu­minium butt caps laser etched with the Kodex logo. Be­lieve me, a pair of these beau­ties sit­ting on a buzz bar wouldn’t look out of place on carp venues of the ut­most cultish­ness! The two-piece 12ft, 3lb test curve mod­els on live test duty can be used for ev­ery­thing from Method feeder, to mid-range solid PVA bag work. But if you need a longer cast, or want a dis­tance bag-rod then the slightly beefier 3.25lb CX-i would be a bet­ter op­tion. The CX-i 3lb rod is per­fectly pitched by Kodex as an all-round medium to long cast rod that will com­fort­ably tackle most sit­u­a­tions, some­thing I dis­cov­ered at the ever re­li­able Clat­ter­cote Reser­voir nes­tled in a small val­ley on the Northamp­ton­shire/ Ox­ford­shire border. Dur­ing the ses­sion, the rod’s all-round flex­i­bil­ity shone through. The 3lb model com­fort­ably chucked leads up to 3.5oz to 75 yards with ease. The 3.25lb siz­zled out a fully loaded 50g Method feeder more than three quar­ters of the way across the reser­voir, which is quite some go­ing even for a spe­cial­ist long cast­ing rod, never mind a mid­dle-of-theroad 3.25lb model such as the new CX-i. Un­like many of to­day’s mod­ern so-called ‘all-rounders’ both CX-i mod­els re­tain enough tip-end cush­ion­ing within their pro­gres­sive play­ing ac­tions to safely ab­sorb the lunges from a big carp with­out risk­ing hook-pulls, and both rods can be en­joy­ably used with Method feed­ers, PVA sticks, solid PVA bags, or straight leads up to 4oz.

A crack­ing mir­ror com­fort­ably tamed on a Kodex CX-i carp rod

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