Saturday night, I traveled 1.5 hours North to Academy Store 0089 in Rogers, Arkansas after calling my local Academy several times without any result, or information. It was fate! I wasn’t happy, but soon realized why I “had” to go North. Upon arrival, I was looking for a specific Precip rod, and noticed this “Blue Rod”, clearly not a Quantum Energy PT. Academy has stepped up from the Precip Series to a split-grip offering that seems to be a touch lighter, very balanced, and named the ETHOS. *This product is completely different than the Precip rods.
With the current sale, and needing to replace (2) rods, I ended up buying (1) ETHOS70H & (1) ETHOS70CC. I was really happy to find something I needed, at a good price, and a product that offers good components. Once I got home, I had to Google “Ethos” to understand what it meant, and if there was any recent reviews, forum talk or product information. Oddly, the only info I can find is on Texas Fishing Forum .
Here’s a rundown of the models and product specs:
MSRP: $59.99 (Rod Riot Sale Price = $39.99)
ETHOS76XH: 7’6” Flipping / Pitching, Heavy, Extra Fast Tip (Casting)
ETHOS70H: 7’ Heavy, Extra Fast Tip (Casting)
ETHOS70MH: 7’ Medium-Heavy, Fast Tip (Casting)
ETHOS70CC: 7’ Composite Crankbait rod, Medium Action, Moderate Tip (Casting)
ETHOS66MH: Medium-Heavy, Fast Tip (Casting)
ETHOS68MS: 6’8” Medium, Moderate Tip (Spinning)
Blank: IM8 graphite (40 Million Modulus)
Guides: FUJI “N” frame with Alconite inserts
Reel Seat: FUJI ACS with Blank-Thru
Bottom Line: I’m happy to see a Flippin’ & Deep Crankin’ models that needed to be added to the Precip line. I’d still like to see models covering techniques such as spinnerbait (6’8”-6’10”), topwater (6’4”-6’8”), jerkbait (6’8”-6’10”) in Casting, and possibly a drop-shot / wacky rig (6’-8”-7’), jerkbait (6’8”-6’10”), and a Med-Hvy (6’9”) in Spinning. All in all, I’m ready to get these rods tested, and see how they stand up. The one question I can’t wait to answer, is that how do they compare to other models in the same class, at a much higher price?
I have to agree with my son, that blue is AWESOME!
More info and fish pix soon!