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Thankfully, St. Croix has their Triumph line of rods, which is their entry level rod. I have owned 4 of these rods and I can attest that they are well worth the money.
You can find info on their rods here.
St. Croix lists the Specs as:
- Premium-quality SCII graphite.
- Outstanding strength, sensitivity and hook-setting power.
- Finely tuned actions and tapers for superior performance.
- Hard aluminum-oxide guides with black frames.
- Fuji® DPS reel seat/frosted silver hoods on spinning models.
- Fuji® ECS or TCS reel seat/frosted silver hood on casting models.
- Premium-grade cork handle.
- Two coats of Flex Coat slow-cure finish.
- 5-year warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service.
- Designed in Park Falls and handcrafted in Fresnillo, Mexico.
I have owned the 6'6'' MH, the 7' M and the 7' MH. The 6'6'' makes a terrific topwater rod, the 7'M makes a fantastic T-and C-rig rod while the 7'MH mkaes a great flipping rod.
- Price Point of $75-100 is tough to beat
- Quality construction
- Great Warranty
- Widely carried by all kinds of outdoors shops
- They are commonly put on special. For example, Dick's is offering $20 off any St. Croix if you trade in a rod. They will also offer a free hoody with purchase, many times.
- I don't care for the full cork grip. After a few years, the cork will deteriorate
- The rod tips are simply glued instead of glued and wrapped. I have had to reglue several rods
- Not much selection in casting rods. you have 5 to choose from. They do not make a heavy rod.
- They do not have any fiberglass rods for crank baits
- Not very "flashy". I personally don't mind that.
However, for the money, I would go with the H2O XPRESS Ethos rods, which you can read my review of here.
Overall, a great quality rod. If you dont' want to spend a lot of money and you want good quality with a great warranty, look no further. These are especially attractive for people who are either on a budget, just starting out, or rely extra heavy on spinning gear and don't need many specific casting rods.