Bottom line is you get INCREDIBLE FUNCTION & QUALITY.I haven't read all 287 reviews but if I'm repeating someone, I apologize.About 5-years ago, I started my search for a collapsible, travel rod that was very close in quality/function to a 2-piece or 1-piece boat rod.Most travel rods at the time we like toys you would buy for your 7-year old.About 2-years ago I searched Amazon and settled on the Kastking.Now I noticed that my Kastking looks identical to the Sougayilang so I don't know if they're the same company or one makes the rod for another? These rods work so well, I'm now in the market for a spare.However, the Kastking is currently, out-of-stock.Enter the Sougayilang.By all accounts, the Kastking & Sougayilang appear to be the same rods - and now my review:
I've been an avid fisherman, spear fisherman and bottom fisherman in Hawaii for over 40-years.I own a boat and have used just about every expensive/inexpensive brand rod out there.But when I'm not fishing from my boat, I just love to throw a rod and reel in my truck, drive to the West shore and "whip" for papio or juvenile trevali.Add in the convenience of collapsibility and you have a winner of a fishing rod.Prior to the Kastking, my FAV papio pole was an 8' Shimano, one-piece so I made a holder on the roof of my truck out of ABS plastic pipe.No problems here except having to mount & remove it.Then about 2-years ago I started using my 9.84' Kastking for the same purpose and I can tell you, while not an equal to my $125 Shimano, it comes really close at about $90 cheaper! After 2 years of hard weekend use, here are my observations:
- Collapsible, collapsible, collapsible.....Nice!!! Super-convenient & easy to transport.I put mine in your typical laundry basket along with my other fishing gear, towels and throw it in the bed or cab of my truck.The rod has performed so well over the past 2-years with only a broken tip (my fault) and a loosened guide (again, my fault), that I am purchasing 2 more for spares.You can throw it in you duffle too! I store it collapsed in my house until the next outing.Gone are the days of banged rod tips as you move the pole through your house for storage!
- Heavy Duty.This is not a toy but a well-made, solid, functional fishing rod intended for the purpose of "serious" fishing.
- Reel seats do not come loose and feel just as solid as your typical $150 Shimano boat rod.In fact, the overall feel of the rod is solid.
- Reel Frame is also solid/robust and made of metal/aluminum.
- Sections are made of carbon fiber.
- Foam grip on the bottom of the handle is just as good as any expensive boat rod out there.
- Powder-coated aluminum, threaded cap at the bottom can be removed for internal rinsing or section removal/replacement.
- Guides are Ceramic
- Guide Frames seem a little bulky and about mid-range quality.AVOID tightly "locking" a section into its fully extended position! "Snug" is the key!
CONCLUSION: It is very hard to believe you can get this type of fit and function for under $50 bucks! I believe somebody like Bass Pro would easily sell this rod for over $100 (because it feels like a $100 rod).CAUTION: DO NOT twist the smaller guides to release/collapse a section.If you expanded a section too tightly, twisting the guide to collapse it will break the guide free from the extension.I speak from experience.However, if you make the same mistake as I, a little superglue fixes the issue promptly.
- Expanding each section before prior to fishing requires time to get each guide into straight alignment.I haven't tried it but hear some folks make small alignment marks w/ a permanent marker?
- Expanding each section too tightly will almost "lock" the section in place and your chance of breaking the section (especially the top 2 sections) is great as you try to collapse them.CAUTION: Ensure you expand each section just "snuggly", NOT "tightly".I found that even if the sections twist from the torque of a cast, it is very easy to reach up and get it back in alignment.
Well made, I expect to get thousands of reps out of this roller. I use this in the home office between calls and I take it on driving trips for a few morning reps. Using this for ab toning. The included pads are a great touch.
I understand that it was designed by a Navy Seal, doesn't get any better than that. This is an amazing piece of equipment. I owned one with a narrow wheel, but this ab carver is easy to control with the design of the handles. I had soreness in my abs for awhile, but its gone now and their getting tight.
If you have chubby thighs and a booty like me, these will fit like a glove. The top is so comfortable and makes my girls look bigger than they are ;) Highly recommend!. I absolutely LOVE this suit! I am superrrrr picky when it comes to swimsuits and HATE tight bottoms.
The size is smaller than normal size, XL is as large as normal M. The quality is good and comfortable to wear.