Redington casts to a new class of anglers

Redington casts to a new class of anglers

The latest fly rod from Redington has the performance to please the most seasoned fly fisher with a look that will appeal to the youngest generation of anglers. The Vapen’s new graphite construction, a propriety technology dubbed XWrap, alternates the wrapping direction of two layers of graphite to create a rod with an impressive degree of casting power with minimal tip vibration. The Vapen – Swedish for weapon – is a powerful rod with Redington Vapen fly rod incredible casting accuracy. Truly, a weapon that fires flies exactly where you want them. The new construction method also trims weight by reducing the amount of carbon fiber needed to create a strong, supple rod. We found the lighter weight helps reduce arm fatigue during a long day on the water, ensuring our last cast was as accurate as our first. Redington offers the Vapen with a traditional cork grip, but to really experience the technology in this rod, you should get the “Vapen Red.” This version incorporates a new grip designed by Winn Grips: a company that specializes in golf club grip design. The Vapen Red uses a polymer grip that feels remarkable soft in hand, but it proved incredibly grippy even after being totally immersed in the river or held by a sweat-soaked hand. Redington Vapen fly rodDuring several long days of fishing – on the drifts through the Yakima’s lower canyon and along the freestone South Fork Snoqualmie – the 9-foot 5-weight Vapen Red we tested earned the respect of myself and a half-dozen fly fishers on our test team. Every one of the testers expressed initial leeriness about the synthetic grip, but after use we all universally praised it. “Once it got wet, it was even grippier than dry! Cork – especially after having been used by a bunch of other sweaty anglers – would have been slippery as hell. This stuck in hand better than the sweatiest golf club I’ve ever swung,” said one 60-year-old angler with 30-years of fly fishing experience.  “I’m sold. I’d prefer it in black or tan, but I’d be happy to have this grip – even in red – my any of my favorite rods. ” For those who refuse to accept the red synthetic grip regardless of its performance characteristics, Redington will offer the Vapen in cork grips. But to get the best performance from this rod’s new graphite technology, we recommend grabbing the “red” configuration with the new synthetic grip. The cork grip version of the Vapen runs $299 while the Vapen Red sells for $349. www.redington.com          
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