However in the last 10 years or so I think many of the rod makers have closed the gap on Loomis. The choices we have now in the $100 - $200 range are incredible. They're great rods, but I just can't justify paying 2-4 times as much for, in my opinion, such a narrow gap of performance. Now if I had unlimited funds...see Ken A for such a bankroll... (Sorry Ken, couldn't help take a little jab at ya! LOL!)...well that dream has come and gone!
I agree completely. There are several rods on the market now under $200 that are equivalent to the IMX rods from Loomis. As a matter of fact I like the new Shimano Expride as well or better than the Loomis IMX. It is very close to the GLX for less money.
Most of you probably know Shimano bought Loomis in 1995.
As far as the unlimited funds you speak of, my FIVE KIDS & new grandson make sure they are now LIMITED!!