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Free Spirit S LIte 12ft SL ive 50mm Full Cork

RSL577FCF-50

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Length - 12ft

Test Curve - 3-5oz Casting Weight

Ringing - 50mm

Handle - Full Cork

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Periodically new materials become available and Free Spirit are always keen to test these to understand their properties and potential benefits. Their philosophy is to thoroughly push these but they have to offer something special that will stand the test of time. A new material enabled them to build a very strong slim blank, yet with very efficient recovery, reminiscent of the Hi-S range.

Just because they arent Hi-S prices don't be fooled that these aren't capable of extreme ranges as in testing they were casting huge distances, testament to the loading response and fast recovery this material lends to the blanks. The slimness of the blank helps with this but the carbon has to be high quality not to feel tip heavy.

As with all Free Spirit rods the finish has to be cosmetically attractive and different and the weave is quite stunning and as usual features the 'Perdurable' finish. To compliment the 40t low resin ultra slim blank is a new Fuji reel seat - VSS17, which features open sides and a carbon sleeve of the same material as the blank is fitted to help transmission through the seat to the hand. Guides feature black frames since the blank has a dark finish and all fittings are stainless steel for durability.

On the Full Cork versions they feature a matching Clone reel seat with an isotope slot.

A word about casting versions of the S Lite range - they have used the 'ive name for both the 12' and 13' rods which they don't do lightly! This was since the performance and feel was so close to that of the Hi-S'ives, which have become top sellers and offers great casting but with exceptional fish playing - S Lite'ives offer very similar performance at a significantly reduced price.

As Free Spirit say they don’t use the Ive name lightly, so to call these S-Lites Ives means they are very proud of what they can do. If you don’t want to spend Hi-S money but need a rod capable of 150yds plus yet still retaining a decent tip for playing fish then look no further. The carbon used in the S-lItes means that they have created a light, well balanced rod with incredibly fast tip speed recovery, it results in big distances being achieved but without the compromise in playability, again we at the shop favour the 13’ as if you are after distance it certainly gives you that, but we aren’t taking anything away for the 12’. These rods also make great long range PVA bag rods, the power through the middle and butt of the rod means you can push a loaded bag out without “collapsing” the rod therefore reducing the arc of the lead on the cast.

Length - 12ft

Test Curve - 3-5oz Casting Weight

Ringing - 50mm

Handle - Full Cork

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Free Spirit S LIte 12ft SL ive 50mm Full Cork

Free Spirit S LIte 12ft SL ive 50mm Full Cork

Length - 12ft

Test Curve - 3-5oz Casting Weight

Ringing - 50mm

Handle - Full Cork