The Shimano Expride Fishing Rods combine quality components with the latest cutting-edge rod innovations to deliver the tournament-caliber performance sought by top fishermen. Shimano's famous Hi-Power X blank technology tightly coils the blank diagonally in opposing directions on its outer layer for increased torsional stiffness and responsiveness. Hi-Power X blanks are renowned for their capacity to deliver significantly more accurate casts by minimising blank twist and ovalization as well as precise power transfer and control while battling a fish. The Expride's Carbon Monocoque handle mechanism is brand-new. This ground-breaking, featherweight hollow carbon rear-grip improves vibration transmission through the rod and into an angler's palm for up to 30% more sensitivity for enhanced bite transmission.