SPIN­NING

Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

At $80, the Colt is an in­sane bar­gain. The test team found it to be sen­si­tive and bal­anced while main­tain­ing plenty of back­bone, all in an at­trac­tive con­fig­u­ra­tion; we thought the or­ange-and-black color com­bi­na­tion was pretty sweet. We re­al­ized af­ter the price re­veal that it was meant for bud­get-minded an­glers, but we felt the rod was one of the best we tested, and that its per­for­mance would eas­ily fool those who pre­fer top-shelf, high-priced rods.

The blank on the Colt had a great feel, and we were par­tic­u­larly im­pressed by the ar­range­ment of the split-grip and soft foam han­dles. The rod’s guides and reel seat are cer­tainly noth­ing fancy com­pared to rods that cost a lot more, but for over­all de­sign at its price point, the Colt had out­stand­ing value. The test team mem­bers were all shocked to learn that it came in un­der $100.

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