Loop Cross S1 Single Hand Fly Rods - Details

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Loop Cross S1 Single Hand Fly Rods
Over a period of two years we have developed these fly rods where we used the new 3M™ Powerlux™ Composites. The result is amazing, the strength associated with the 3M™ Powerlux™ Composites generates a lightness and controllable elasticity that just must be experienced.

We have carefully restricted the inherent elasticity of the Loop Cross S1 so that the rod is working evenly over a much wider range than other fly rods. We have managed to make super-strong featherweight fly rods, with an emphasis on fishing where the rod is working with minimum vibration through an entire load range – from close-in and out to even extreme distances. The design requires minimal input power where the rod does the job. It has never been so easy and taken so little effort to deliver precision loops at 10-meters or 30-meters while easily controlling the line or changing the pace of the cast.

Powerlux

3M Company’s Powerlux™ Composites feature a revolutionary technology that transforms how carbon fiber materials perform. This breakthrough is enabled by 3M’s unique ability to formulate resin systems with high concentrations of spherical nano-sized silica particles. Because the particles are so small, they are able to flow between individual filaments of carbon fiber, providing a dense matrix of strength throughout the entire composite. The resulting material enables designers to develop rods that are not only incredibly strong and durable, but also lighter in weight and more sensitive.

Standard composite materials have lower resin stiffness and are prone to cracking or buckling under the stresses a rod sees during a good day of fishing. The more nanoparticles the resin contains, the higher the crack resistance and overall rod toughness. The Powerlux™ composite material contains an astonishing 40 percent of nanoparticles uniformly dispersed and densely packed throughout the resin.

While other companies have reported adding nano technology to their composite materials, none have been successful at adding more than single-digit percentages. Carbon nano tubes, for example, have a high length-to-width ratio of 15:1, so they are not able to disperse uniformly throughout the carbon fibers.

3M™ Powerlux™ is truly a game changer that bends the rules of carbon fiber composites. The tiny, spherical nanoparticles create such a strong bond between the carbon fibers that rod stress is more evenly dissipated, leading to a significantly stronger, more durable and more flexible rod. By improving strength and sensitivity, 3M™ Powerlux™ gives you performance when it counts.

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