St. Croix is known for building rods with exceptional quality and value and this Bass X series of rods are no exception. Priced below the Mojo rods, these sticks are very easy to recommend.
The St. Croix Bass X is a value driven bass rod that is packed full of features and functionality. While you can’t expect the same level of craftsmanship as one of their top of the line rods, you can expect a finely built rod with the same exacting quality and attention to detail.
If you are in the market for a high value stick that can do it all, the Bass X is a great place to start.
Let’s take a look at the features of the Bass X.
Durable Blank Design:
The Bass X utilizes a reengineered SCII blank material. This mid-modulus graphite fiber delivers exceptional strength, light rod weight, and a step up above the sensitivity you’d expect from a rod in this price range.
The Bass X feels well balanced in your hand, with a slight top heaviness, that’s pretty easy to forget once you’re fishing with it. The rod is designed with a strong backbone that allows it to be used with a wide range of lures and presentations.
The Bass X is a strong and well built rod that should stand up to the rigors of intense bass fishing.
SeaGuide Hybrid Guide Platform:
The guides on the Bass X are a hybrid design with a combination of black framed SeaGuide Aluminum Oxide guides and PVD coated SeaGuid Atlas Performance stainless steel guides. This guide combination allows the overall reduced price of this rod, without compromising on functionality and performance.
Over the last few years, SeaGuide has set itself apart for it’s high quality components offered at a discount rate. While other brands, like Fuji, are better known, they are also much more expensive.
By utilizing this combination of SeaGuides’ guides, the Bass X combines the materials needed to provide an aggressive platform for modern braided fishing line, while maintaining line sensitivity, and without increasing the price.
Extra Strong Rods Through FRS
By utilizing St. Croix’s proprietary FRS (Fortified Resin System) technology, the Bass X’s blank design is tested to be over 30% stronger than competing rods. To accomplish this increase, the Fortified Resin System utilizes a newly developed super resin which is applied to the blank material. Then, through the use of highly precise computer-controlled ovens, the blank is then cured at the exact temperature and time needed for the resin to perfectly bond. This removes the guess work out of the curing step and prevents micro-buckling, which is one of the leading causes of rod failure.
So, while the Bass X may not have the same look or feel of a high end St. Croix rod, it is built with the same technology and care that goes into each and every one of their rods.
SeaGuide Atlas Performance Reel Seat:
The Bass X now utilizes a SeaGuide Atlas Performance reel seat that is finished with a black hood. The reel seat is a standard locking seat design that will fit most reels on the market. The previous model of the Bass X came with a Fuji DPS reel seat. While to some this may seem like a downgrade, however, SeaGuide has continued to prove themselves with their high quality components season after season.
Built with reinforced nylon, the Atlas Performance is a durable, no nonsense kind of reel seat that provides the no slip, hold on forever kind of solid foundation you need for worry free fishing.
Split-Grip Cork Handle:
The Bass X features a split-grip cork handle that is both comfortable and functional. The cork provides a solid grip and feel in your hand, while the split-grip design helps to distribute weight for better balance and control over the rod.
The cork is nicely contoured to the shape of your hand and the length of the grip allows you to place your hand comfortably above the reel, balancing the rod out nicely.
Closed Loop Hook Keeper:
The closed loop hook keeper provides you with a safe place to store your hooks and keep them organized. This closed loop keeper is located just above the handle area on the underside of the rod blank.
Won’t Weigh You Down Lightweight Performance:
The Bass X is designed with a lightweight construction to make it easy to use all day long. The rod feels light in the hands, and balances well when combined with a reel. It’s perfect for long days on the water when you don’t want any extra weight slowing you down.
Long Lasting Good Looks With Flex-Coat:
The Bass X is finished with a multi-lacquered finish, utilizing two coats of the industry standard, Flex-Coat. The double slow curing finish is designed to preserve its quality and durability. This coating also makes the Bass X a more low-maintenance rod that’s easier to clean and care for.
St. Croix backs their new Bass X series of rods with a 5-year warranty. This level of assurance is reassuring, but not surprising given the quality of their products. As a manufacturer, they produce rods 100% in-house and this helps them to ensure quality and consistency in their production.