The Shimano Expride Fishing Rods combine premium materials with the newest rod advancements to provide the tournament-caliber performance coveted by professional anglers. For greater torsional rigidity and responsiveness, Shimano's renowned Hi-Power X blank technology tightly coils the blank diagonally in opposing directions on its outer layer. By minimising blank twist and ovalization as well as providing precise power transfer and control while battling a fish, Hi-Power X blanks are famous for their ability to provide noticeably more accurate casts. The Carbon Monocoque handle mechanism of the Expride is brand-new. This revolutionary, ultra-thin hollow carbon rear-grip increases vibration transmission through the rod and into the angler's hand for up to 30% more sensitivity for improved bite transmission.