When developing high standard bass rod, most focusing thing is light weight. High- end products use high cost material for maintain strength and lighter weight for blank, to result in high product price, so angler can’t afford it. In addition, to lighter the rod weight is the most easy way to influence angler’s perception (hold in hand then feel it), therefore, light weight is very focusing from sales as well as development perspective.
WILD SIDE – Take a walk on the wild side
WILD SIDE is the first product of LEGIT DESIGN, a product of bass tournament oriented. Our founder Iitaka Hirofumi and Onikata Takeshi who were designed many famous product series for international brands in their past career life. For pursuing their dream to make ideal brand and products, therefore they established LEGIT DESIGN.
When developing high standard bass rod, most focusing thing is light weight. High-end products use high cost material for maintain strength and lighter weight for blank, to result in high product price, so angler can’t afford it. In addition, to lighter the rod weight is the most easy way to influence angler’s perception (hold in hand then feel it), therefore, light weight is very focusing from sales as well as development perspective. However, what LEGIT DESIGN focusing is how to enhance fishing rod’s total performance, because the ideal rod is not only about weight and thin. So when we developed the WILD SIDE, we tried and tested all the possible combinations to come out the optimized result, therefore created a high quality and performance blank.
The key to enhance rod performance is about blank design to let the rod perform well, like cast easy, high sensitivity, present the bait well, enough blank power for hook set and fish lift up, etc. Each design has its own function, each feature has its advantage and disadvantage, so make it optimal to become our ideal rod.
Blank From Our Dedication
Blank is the spirit of the fishing rod. We studied all graphite materials when developing WILD SIDE, 30T and 40T graphite are our fundamental material, use 46T high modulus graphite for certain models, also use different resin contents 24T graphite for making specific features.
▲ Aramid Fiber offsets the brittleness from high modulus graphite, increases the tenacity and life time.
We raises 46T graphite ratio for certain models which suite for soft bait applications, the purpose is for enhance sensitivity and blank power. We use 30T + 40T graphite for general application models. Spinning solid tip models use 30T graphite stick as tip section, for mid and butt section use 40T graphite, the main purposes are enhance total performance and sensitivity.
All models are using Aramid Reinforcement technology, offsets the brittleness given by high modulus graphite, enhances the action as well as the tenacity and rod life time. We also depend on the different rod action designs to use different mandrels, graphite materials and blank taper designs. We put all our efforts and dedications to build our rod.
WILD SIDE series uses Aramid fiber to enhance performance and tenacity, we call it “ Aramid Reinforcement”.
Regarding to the Aramid fiber, it has outstanding features about strength and tenacity, being used wildly in bullet-proof and anti-cutting applications, such as bullet-proof vest, vehicle brake pad, aerospace industry and anti-seismic ability for bridge construction.
▲ Aramid, which is used in the friction material, such as body armor and automotive brake pads
LEGIT DESIGN Original Guide Settings
LEGIT DESIGN designed the guide setting for each model, we are not only pursuing to have the smaller size guide,
but also considering the applications and features of the rod when we doing the guide setting design
(Guide setting includes guide size, guide features).
» Reel Seat
Casting model use Fuji ECS type reel seat. The reason we didn’t choice the latest or other type reel seat were considering – no matter how many fingers you put in front of the trigger or what casting style you use, this ECS type is the best choice for fulfill every user’s behavior. Holding reel seat with easy and comfort is also the key requirement of high end rod. Spinning model uses Fuji VSS reel seat, the hood is a little bit longer than casting type, the purpose is to enhance the stability of handling, and can fulfill most people’s casting style.
▲ Spinning reel seat
▲ Bait Casting Type
» End Cap
Fine EVA grip and comfort rubber end cap for protect hands when casting and fishing and also lower the loading to elbows. We also put our brand logo on the end cap with simplicity design, this is LEGIT DESIGN style.
» Grip ( for 7’2” Casting Models)
Fishing with heavy class rigs in heavy cover spot for big bass, it’s a totally different fun and joy from finesse style. We consider the rod balance and handling comfort to decide the position of reel seat and the shape of fore grip. For the rear grip, for better contact feeling when fighting fish and also the balancing so we use round shape rubbercork as butt end.
» Guide Settings ( for WSC72H+)
WSC72H+, considering to use PE line and fishing condition (heavy cover, big fish, etc), we use double-foot guides for whole rod. For minimize the influences from environment such as wind and grass, so we use smaller size guides for making the line as closer to blank as possible. Top Guide use MNST.
» Sinker & Hook Keeper ( Spinning Model)
All spinning models have Sinker & Hook Keeper, it’s very convenient device when you moving especially for drop shop sinker, reduce the chance of tangling.
» Reel Seat Hood ( Spinning Model)
Spinning model uses Fuji VSS reel seat, our hood design is 10mm longer than standard size, the purpose is to enhance the stability of handling, and can fulfill most people’s casting style.
» Solid Tip ( Spinning Model)
Solid tip has many advantages, not only for searching inactive bass, but also can reflecting any biting signal from bass. We use 30T carbon graphite solid stick to make our tip section, it makes the high sensitivity and operability, we paint hi-vis green color in the tip end for enhance visibility, all above mentioned are for enhancing catch rate.
Length: 7’0″ / Weight: 101g / Action: MS / Grip Length: — mm / Tip Dia: 1.6mm / Butt Dia: 9.7mm / Pcs: 1pc / Lure Wt.: 3-11 g / Line Wt.: 3-6lb / Carbon Graphite: 85% / Aramid: 10% / Glass Fiber : 5%