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NRX or Kistler? #12786831
06/10/18 06:11 PM
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For those that Have used them, what's your opinion? Pretty much for bottom contact baits. Looking at the Helium 3 and KLX line from Kistler. Thanks for any help.

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Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12786854
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I prefer the NRX, most sensitive rod out there in my opinion.

Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12786855
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I like my NRX, I have the Carolina model and the JWR (for TX rig) model. No issues at all with either one.

Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12786873
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I love the Helium 3ís, my son and I both use one for Carolina rigs. We like them so much weíve bought several others. I donít have an NRX though, Iím sure they are great also. Helium 3ís are hard to beat in my opinion for the money. I live close to Kistler and itís nice to be able to drive over to their factory and pick out what I want.

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Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12786888
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Either. I have a few klx's and h3's. I'm happy with them. Different rod companies offer slightly different actions/powers/lengths. I pretty much look at falcon caras, alx or kistler and pick what I need. They're all in that $ range and made in america


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Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12786926
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I love my Helium 3s more then my Klx Rods. Iíve fished NRX and sold them. Prefer the ZBone if Iím spending that much


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Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12787027
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Kistler makes a fine rod, that's for sure. But the Helium and KLX really don't compare to an NRX. The Z-Bone is close to the NRX, but the NRX edges it slightly. That being said, I really do like Kistler rods.


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Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: bigbass94] #12787112
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Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12787113
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I'll take Kistler Z-bones for bottom contact fishing. Helium3 & KLX are also fine rods and just a small step down from the Z-bones.
I have all three Kistler rods and some Feel n Reel rods.

And all these Kistler rods are feathery light.

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Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12787198
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Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12787351
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I have some of both. I like the Kisler rods pretty good but the NRX is in a class all by itself IMO. For football jigs, c rigs, deep T rigs, etc. there is no rod better that I have found and I have tried a lot of them. They are proud of them though. But you can find a good deal on them from time to time and they are worth the money if you are structure Fishing.


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Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12787359
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Whoops I was thinking of the imx. I've only fished a handful of nrx's and agree they're in a different league. Out of my price range.


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Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12787567
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Kistler, even when comparing the nrx. I have one and am always babying it.

Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12787878
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Never fished an NRX. The Kistler KLX, H3 and ZBones are awesome rods. No need to baby them. Have a couple dozen of them and have for years.

Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12789887
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The price of admission is mighty steep but there's NRX and then there's everything else.


Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: Cmack] #12789895
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I haven't seen one yet but Loomis has a step up from the NRX with a $675 kinda price tag. Not sure how much better it could be but heard it's about 70% of the NRX weight(that's pretty freaking light).

Just looked one up and it is some kind of collaboration between Shimano and Loomis.

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Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: Chet] #12790064
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Originally Posted By: Chet
I haven't seen one yet but Loomis has a step up from the NRX with a $675 kinda price tag. Not sure how much better it could be but heard it's about 70% of the NRX weight(that's pretty freaking light).

Just looked one up and it is some kind of collaboration between Shimano and Loomis.


There really is no collaboration since G.Loomis is Shimano. The rod series is Conquest and from the reviews I've read the Conquest is a bit different than the NRX but not really an improvement. $675 is a $125 premium over the NRX which is mighty pricey in it's own right.


Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12790412
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You may want to consider rod warranty when buying a rod as expensive as the NRX or Helium. I have a Helium 2, and I've had it for 8 year or so with no issues, but I think Kistler warranty isn't lifetime.

Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: DEFMP] #12790773
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Originally Posted By: DEFMP
You may want to consider rod warranty when buying a rod as expensive as the NRX or Helium. I have a Helium 2, and I've had it for 8 year or so with no issues, but I think Kistler warranty isn't lifetime.


the NRX rods have a great warranty. I actually broke one of mine at the handle by stepping on it and they replaced the entire rod, even though it was my fault, for like $100.

Re: NRX or Kistler? [Re: ZX-250] #12791233
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I havenít used the NRX, but I throw Heliumís and ZBones and theyíre by far the most sensitive rod Iíve used.

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