I own an Xi2 in 10 wt and an RPLXi in 8 wt, so my comparison won't be a perfect comparison but I think it is still valid. I would place both rods in the moderately fast cataegory, but they have much different feels. The RPLXi feels a little stiffer or even dead in the butt section. I know that sounds harsh, but it is not meant to be harsh -I am referring to . It is just that the rod doesn't transmit as much feel of the rod loading as the Xi2 does. When using heavy sinking lines (LC-13, etc), the Xi2 feels like it bends farther into the rod than the RPLXi, but it doesn't look like it bends any farther. I can just feel it loading up more than I can with the RPLXi. Since, my timing slowly gets worse as I get tired (after a day or two of solid casting) the Xi2 is easier for me to cast since I can feel it deteriorating and make the necessary adjustments. It may not make as much difference if you don't have this problem.