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Free Spirit 13ft Hi S 220 50mm Black Edition

RHS220-50BK

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Length - 13ft

Test Curve - 3-6oz Casting Weight

Ringing - 50mm

Handle - Standard Abbreviated

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The Hi-S range is often assumed to only be a long/extreme range of rods, this couldn’t really be further from the truth, there is a Hi-S rod to suit every anglers needs. Obviously some of the range are geared to extreme range and for this purpose you would be hard pushed to find rods that perform better than the likes of the Hi-S 200 and 220’s, however when you get down to the 12’ 2.5lb you wont find a better small water rod.

What sets the Hi-S’s apart from other makes/models of rod is the unique process used to make the blanks, Free Spirit have developed by using Low Resin 40t Carbon a method that can create a rod that has great casting potential, incredible accuracy and fast tip speed recovery but does not compromise the rod when feel and playability are needed. The Hi-S range are made from 1k carbon cloth and have around a 3% resin content (the glue that holds the carbon together) as opposed to other makes that can have anything upto and over 30%, the net result of this is that the rods have thinner wall thickness and faster tip speed recovery, it has the net effect of making a rod that can cast further than the rod feels it should, we often get comments from people that cannot believe the 3.5lb will cast as far and as accurately as it does yet plays fish like a 3lb tc rod.

The Hi-S blanks feature what Free Spirit call their “Perdurable” finish, in short it means the blanks are scratch resistant, again down to the 3% resin content, there is nothing to scratch, diamonds are derived from carbon and you will struggle to scratch those! The blank you touch is the “naked” carbon, there is no varnish/coating on the blank to get damaged, the net result being your rods wont age, the blanks will look the same in 10 years time as they do when you buy them.

The most unique feature of the Hi-S range is that due to the manufacturing process the blanks are “identical”, by this we mean that unlike other rods if you take say 10 Hi-S 3.5lb tc rods and mix all the tips and butts up they will all fit back together perfectly, other makes don’t necessarily do that as each tip is made to fit each butt, so if you mix them up they wont go back in exactly the same position, this means no two blanks are exactly the same.

All rods are finished with S-Lite rings in either 40 or 50mm, a Hi-S clone reel seat with a blue Isotope and a choice of handle options.

You would naturally think that the 220 is an even stiffer version of the 200 but this isn’t the case, again this is a newer addition to the range that came from Simeon (Free Spirits owner) listening to feedback, he wanted to create a rod that was capable of the 200yds of the 200 series but was more “user friendly”.

Simeon thought it wouldn’t be possible but after years of prototyping they got a rod that was a huge caster but much softer in the tip than the 200, a bit like a stepped up Hi-S ive. Now naturally you would assume that distance would be sacrificed to achieve this ease of casting, however when Hutch was testing he was averaging even bigger distances than with the 200’s!! As you can imagine this has resulted in the 220 stealing the thunder from the 200 a bit, the 200 still has its place as if you are lumping a big PVA bag 150yds then nothing compares to it, however for a rod to punch a 4 or 5oz lead 200yds plus then this is the easiest rod to do it with.

The Hi-S 200 and 220’s are certainly not a rod you would have as your only set of rods, but if you are on a water that needs extreme distances then these are the ones!!

Length - 13ft

Test Curve - 3-6oz Casting Weight

Ringing - 50mm

Handle - Standard Abbreviated

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Free Spirit 13ft Hi S 220 50mm Black Edition

Free Spirit 13ft Hi S 220 50mm Black Edition

Length - 13ft

Test Curve - 3-6oz Casting Weight

Ringing - 50mm

Handle - Standard Abbreviated