2019 Shimano Catalog, Page 154

2019 Shimano Catalog, Page 154


Multi-Taper Design

Since 1982, we’ve pushed the boundaries of manufacturing technology, materials innovation, and product design. That’s why G. Loomis rods deliver superior performance, heightening angler experience and effectiveness on the water. While there are countless examples of this philosophy in action, one technology in particular encapsulates our drive to build the most advanced rods in the world: Multi-Taper Design.

Multi-Taper Design is best described as a series of “micro-tapers” within the overall taper of the rod. This unique, proprietary process allows us to use more material on potential break points and less material everywhere else. To accomplish this, we manufactured a custom rolling table...and it’s the only one in existence today. The result is a catalog of precisely defined actions that strike a perfect balance between durability and performance.


Simply put, action can be described as How and Where a blank bends when casting or fighting a fish. An action is the product of many factors. Taper design, materials, and manufacturing process all combine to achieve the right “feel” and power levels for a particular application.

For example, a dropshot bass rod must have a lightweight, fine diameter tip to create ultimate sensitivity when dropping your bait to a fish in 40 feet of water. Additionally, you need backbone (power) to penetrate your hook into the fish’s mouth and start your battle. This profile maintains a slim diameter throughout the blank for faster action, increasing enjoyment when fighting fish and absorbing shock to protect your fine diameter leaders.

Conversely, actions designed for heavy cover environments have faster actions, combined with increased blank diameter and wall thickness through the bottom three sections of the rod. These actions resists flex under load, creating a powerful backbone capable of lifting and turning large freshwater or saltwater species.

We’ve provided the following descriptions to assist in identifying the correct actions for specific applications. Creating innovative, purposefully designed actions is the cornerstone of our product development process. Having the right tool for the job makes your time on the water much more enjoyable.

Steve Rajeff – Chief Designer

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