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.