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HIDROGEN SKYRACER SURF-R 420 250g new 2018 available now intoductory offer
A very, very special rod, characterized by the incredible coexistence of a super slim blank and an explosive power.
Development of Hidrogen surf , still available at lower cost ( see rod review)
Review here from Graham Butler
First off do not be drawn to comparing this to the Tronix Viper - whilst the colours are the same these are very different sticks altogether. (Both nice - just very different)
This is a 425, 250g rated Trabucco CX2 Nano blank - so its pokey - as with all Trabucco blanks however I always find them slightly more parabolic than many other brands (through action and easier to compress through the blank,to use words to explain what I mean, rather than 'parabolic'). This is a thin blank - 19mm and its light, I strapped on an Ultegra XSD - it felt OK - but balanced better for me with a Surfleader Ci4.
Its very well finished with K-Guide titanium fittings, some clever alignment stuff - a butt grip and reinforced spigots. Also liked the grips at each section - made taking it apart very easy.
So how does it fish ?
I fished it in 2 ways I was looking for cod and bass so fished an oversize dropper through the night 40lb 6ft rig body, 20 fluro snoods into 2/0 mantas - fishing 3/4/5oz.
Single large blacklug & squid strip (not Hippo feeding bait size; think throwing a small herring to a seal, If hippo bait is 3 whole black lug and an ammo squid whipped together...
It casts the former with ease - its bloody user friendly is this... compresses well and snaps back easy. 25 whiplash into 40 braid leader
Fished it in the morning much lighter - 15 whiplash, 30lb leader 3/4 oz - fishing long light clipped downs and long loops.
Bite detection on this rod is great - its a tippy hybrid after all - a 1lb bream rattle was shark esque on the braid - you wont miss many bites with this !
What do I think overall ???
I was fishing my Nuvolos at the same time - its very different - just feels like a tight, light 'little nimble stick; that you can throw around - the Nuvolos always feel a bit more robust and cumbersome, bit like like a big brother dropping you off at the cinema with your girlfriend aged 17.... just a bit clumsy...
Its not dissimilar to my Raycasts - but they are less through action and do smash the lightest of worm baits.... (they are more like your cool mate dropping you off, after his parents bought him a car)
I have a confessed love for hybrids anyhow as you know - if Veret made a Nuvolo blank (power wise), with a hybrid tip, I'd buy it - I haven't fished the Eclissio yet but this might be closer to what I'm describing - but sometimes I need to strap 5/6oz on a hybrid and belt it... and do that with total confidence.... I can 'cast it' on all my rods - but the nuvolo always feels like it has much more to give past that.... My other hybrids are starting to shout at me a little....
'GB, please take the transit off the lead clip'.
Back to the Trabucco - what do I think....
This would go in my bag - probably at the expense of the Raycasts - quite a statement as they are some stick - but I'm thinking value and usability - the Cinnetics go £600 - this Trabucco you can pick up for £350 and the K's help in the UK - Ok its a little more through action - but this helps..... the power is through the blank (if you bend more than the top section).... Some wont like this and will say 'its soft'..... go buy a T1000 would be my response - I don't need to haul a transit full of heavy cats through a scarey forest of kelp on this - I wanna enjoy my fishing thank you Mr Winch.