I have a lot of high end gear from Megabass Destroyers, Kistler Zbones, Gloomis NRX, Gloomis GLX, Dobyns Champion Xtremes, St Croix Legend Elites. For the price, I think you are better off getting the NRX. The NRX is more sensitive in my opinion and has a better warranty. In my opinion, the Kistler taper seems to be on the slower side, more suited for moving baits. Let me know if I can help you with your rod choice. I know when you are spending a lot of money the decision process can be crazy.