| The new high-end family was named XO, which, according to Vision product manager Antti Guttorm (FFFs CI, MCI and THCI), emphasises the uniqueness of the range. Executive officer, eXtra Ordinary and Extra Old ( as in cognacs) are all worthy acronym definitions for these unique products, he explains. These meticulously designed and extensively tested Vision flagships are developed for traditional freshwater fly fishing.|
HANDLES: In fly fishing, many anglers think that the rod blank does all the work, but cork grips play a much bigger role than you might believe. Cork grips are an important mechanism for improving the ability to control the rod. In addition to that, having a suitable cork grip in your rod can mean the difference between a enjoyable day of fly fishing, or a day after which your arm hurts really bad. Different cork grip styles fit your hand differently and provide a different feel. Many anglers have never even tried the most common styles of cork grips to find out which one suits them best. Vision have done it extensively and they decided upon using traditional Reverse Half Wells for the lighter models and Full Wells for the two heavier ones. Vision have been using those same models for years in their earlier rod series.
REEL SEAT: Visions premium XO rods are finished with a light but sturdy precision machined aluminum up-locking reel seat with a Finnish Curly Birch wooden insert, which brings out Visions heritage from the forests of Finland. The decorative and extremely hard wood of curly birch has been used for centuries by local craftsmen. It is both a valued and valuable timber. Production of top quality curly birch timber requires expertise, and great attention to tree care and thinning.
TUBE&CLOTH: A black aluminum rod tube with machined bar-stock aluminum collar and caps. Black with a golden XO-VISION logo. Inside the cap there is a cork layer working as a cushion with the Fishing Lion logo. Visions premium aluminium XO rod tube is finished with a light elegant rod cloth with individual sections for each rod part. Easy to use and vital for the protection of your premium XO fly rod.
SERVICE & WARRANTY: This tackle is covered by XO service & warranty from the date of purchase and registration. It does not affect or reduce the owners statutory rights which cover against manufacturing and material faults during the statutory period. In the event of a breakage, your XO rods broken part will be replaced with a new one at fixed rate of 79.00 (per piece). Contact www.xoflyfishing.com/customercare and simply tell where to ship the needed part. If they need to ship outside the EU an additional cost of 30.00 will be added. Vision Group is not responsible for possible duties and custom costs when shipping outside EU. The above works for up to three rod parts only. If you need a complete rod please contact Visions service centre.
GUIDES: The two most useful properties of titanium are corrosion resistance and the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metallic element. In its unalloyed condition, titanium is as strong as some steels, but less dense. Titanium can be alloyed with iron, aluminium, among other elements, to produce strong, lightweight alloys for many applications, also including the rod guides of fly fishing rods. Vision tried many products and got the best action and feeling from the patented single leg REC nickel titanium alloy snake guides and American Tackle Company solid titanium stripping guides. Both made in the USA. Solid Titanium alloy material is feather-light (Up to 64% lighter than like guides in stainless steel), 100% corrosion proof and rod-action flexibility translates into high performance that cannot be matched by any stainless material. Patented single leg REC nickel titanium alloy snake guides give minimal friction, higher line speed and longer casting. REC RECOIL guides are made from a special nickel titanium alloy with unique physical properties. RECOIL guides are made from an extremely hard but flexible Shape Memory alloy, which does not require plating, cannot corrode in any environment, and returns to its original shape after repeated deformations.
BLANKS: First Vision started with action samples from the best materials available. They found an action that they liked quite quickly but it wasnt enough. They knew they could make it better. They started experimenting with different combinations of materials, components and manufacturing methods. All carbon rods utilise carbon fibres that are bonded together by an adhesive resin. A resin material incorporating silica nano spheres provides several benefits. They spent a lot of time and money to get their hands on the latest silica nano resin, which they then combined with different carbon fibre mixes. The final secret sauce that makes their new XO rods more durable and responsive than any other rod theyve made so far was completed. It strenghtens the rod significantly by making it more resistant to compression. Youll notice its advantages in the responsiveness and weight to strength ratio of the rod as well as in durability. They also tried a lot of different combinations of components from the rod guides to the reel seat. They tried sanded, un-sanded, painted and unpainted blanks. There was a hell of a lot of prototypes going through their hands and their hands were rough from casting them. They found the perfect combination. In the end they were left with a rod with a natural un-sanded and unpainted blank enforced with their new sauce of nano silica resin.