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What blank would you consider to be similar in action to the XRA1083 only with a touch more power in the butt and midsection?

 

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Batson Rainshadow SW 1087.

 

Plus it's less than half the price of the 1083, and about $25 cheaper than the All Star or Batson SU 1087 wink.gif

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It's funny, because I wrapped and own an Allstar 1087 and IMHO it's a telephone pole when compared to the 1083XRA. I love the backbone of the 1087 when fishing the rocks....it allows me to lift small to mid-sized bass up to me so I don't have to go down to them. But I fish a lot of smaller swimmers, bombers, mambos, megabaits, etc, stuff in the 5/8 to 1 1/2 ounce range, and I don't like the fact that I cannot feel these smaller plugs, especially in a running surf.

 

I guess I am looking for something with a soft tip kinda like the 1083 (maybe a bit firmer) but also for something that has more power in the butt like the 1087. Does that make sense redface.gif ???

 

DJ - is the batson much different than the allstar?

Alan

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Gilbey, Have you tried the XSRA 1084-2 9' ? ...I am confident that you may really like this rod by the way your explaining your needs and has a lifetime warranty. Good Luck

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The Batson SU is basically identical to the All Star.

 

The SW is similar to the older Sabres. More of a "medium" action, more parabolic like the 1083, except that it can go to about 2-1/2 oz on the top end.

 

It's really a question of how much you can, or want to, spend. MSRP on the SW is $70, the SU is $95, the 1083 is $180 and the 1084 is $198. Of course, you'll find them lower (for example, a shop here on LI has the 1083 for $150).

 

One big difference is that the Batson SW and SU blanks only have a 3 year warranty, whereas the Lamiglas warranty is a lifetime one. Of course, most breakage due to a manufacturing defect will usually happen within 3 years, but it is a difference that you have to consider when comparing similar performing products.

 

Another difference is that Batson only makes blanks, so the warranty is limited to replacement of the blank. If you don't roll your own, it won't cover the cost of a shop building the replacement. Whereas Lami offers factory rods and will replace one for just the cost of shipping.

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