All hands agreed that this rod is remarkably light. Its distance and close-up casting characteristics were deemed excellent. An "agile," rod, said one tester. "This one surprised me with its lightness, fast tip and quality," praised another. It has an extra-fast tip, a powerful middle and a stiff butt section. However, most agreed the price was higher than needed, and one evaluator felt the average fisherman would likely not perceive its subtle qualities. That point taken, this rod scored higher than any other casting rod.