New and improved, the Shimano Crucial Flipping Rods offer top quality components and performance at a reasonable price. Now engineered with powerful and responsive IM-10 graphite blanks, they are lighter and more sensitive than ever before - with additional models now available. Premium Fuji Alconite Guides at Concept Spacing help provide greater cast control, and the Alconite ceramic inserts are strong enough to stand up to the serious demands of flipping, pitching, and punching. Offering 80% greater compression strength, Alconite is also 20% lighter than other ceramic. New custom, no thread Shimano Reel Seats also provide a sturdy base for your reel with direct access to the rod blank, and they fasten from below the reel for a sleek, new, threadless look. Split grip handles and lightweight EVA grips help reduce weight even further, and round out the premium features. Available in a range of lengths, tapers and actions, the Shimano Crucial Flipping Rods have all of your flipping, pitching and punching needs covered.

Additional Features:

- Multi-Purpose Hook Keeper
- Etched Technique Badge Butt Cap
- Limited Lifetime Over-the-Counter Replacement Warranty


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Customer Reviews

Comments: i just got the 7' 7" MH/XF and it is a beast! I should have gotten the fast model cuz mine is a bit to tip stiff. Balances well with my Gen 3 STX though. First fish on this rod was a 10 lb 8 oz hawg and it man handled it out of slop witj ease!

From: Luis: Hardee County, FL

Comments: Just bought the 7'5" Lighter then I thought it would be for a 7'5" It's alittle tip heavy even with a reel because in the video it said they moved the front hood up one inch. Unlike G-Loomis rods the reel seat is set further down toward the butt of the rod. Other than that it's not a bad rod for the price. Other flipping rod cost alot more. Can't wait to try it out in the spring.

From: Kayakman: CT

Comments: Just got the 7'11" Ex-H and it was a little tip heavy without a reel, but still fairly light. But if you buy a reel that is a little heavy and put it on there, there is no problem! Still will remain light! All I have to say is, THIS IS ONE BEEFY ROD AND YOU WILL LOVE IT!

From: Michael: WA

Comments: I had a Crucial 7'6" heavy flipping rod in the old style (with the cork handle) and broke it this past summer.  That thing was a true meat-stick.  I replaced it with the new model 7'5" heavy and while it is a nice rod, I don't think it has the power of the old version.  It feels closer to the old MH when you set hook.

From: Jimbo: Toronto

Comments: Well I had high hopes for this rod "but" the 7'7" med/hvy fast has some big goofy guides and does not balance with light reels at all. The rod is no were near as light as I thought it would be. I do love the grip but that's about it.

From: Brian: Pittsburgh

Comments:i have 2 crucials, the 7'7 mh x-fast & 7'11 extra heavy. The 7'7 mh x-fast is light and a all around good rod for light to moderate cover. The 7'11 extra heavy is a BEAST! Punching up to 2 oz. & throwing umbrella rigs. Both are serious heavy cover rods. The extra heavy 7'11 is tip heavy a bit, but balanced out with punching weights and a-rigs. GREAT RODS!

From: Toledo Bend, LA

Comments: i have 2 crucials, the 7'7 mh x-fast & 7'11 extra heavy. The 7'7 mh x-fast is light and a all around good rod for light to moderate cover. The 7'11 extra heavy is a BEAST! Punching up to 2 oz. & throwing umbrella rigs. Both are serious heavy cover rods. The extra heavy 7'11 is tip heavy a bit, but balanced out with punching weights and a-rigs. GREAT RODS!

From: Toledo Bend, LA

Comments: I have the 7'11" heavy it is a little tip heavy but for the most part is light. Originally I had bought the 7'11" extra heavy punching rod and that rod is extremely tip heavy and just is uncomfortable to fish with.  I put my heavy extra fast tip rod on my new chronarch with 65# braid and you Can flip hogs out of fairly heavy cover on to your boat with ease. I would not suggest getting the punching rod unless you want to put 3 pounds of weights on the bottom of the rod.

From: Clay: FL

Comments: Wasn't very impressed with the 7'11" punching model of this rod when i tried it. Found it to be very tip heavy, but sensitivity was okay.

From: Cole: Canada

Comments: I've had the rod since it first came out a few months ago.  It's my first higher end rod and I absolutely love it! The 7'7 MH feels more like a medium but the backbone is awesome! I have used this rod to launch larger swim baits as well and it works well

Comments: Got my hands on a 7'7 MH/Extra Fast last week.  Wow, this thing is a STICK!  Great sensitivity and super lightweight, it feels almost like a medium until you have to manhandle a grump off a barnacle covered piling or out from under a dock.  It's definitely not lacking any backbone and helped me put the steel to some hefty spotted bay bass over the weekend.  Plus the new up-locking reel seats are slick; paired with the new Chronarch this thing is a joy to hold.  All for under $200 shipped...  How could I say no?  Ps- I miss the cork handles too but these new foam grips are pretty sweet, they seem pretty quality but we'll see how they handle the salt over time.

From: BTC: SD, CA

Comments: Got this new rod, it's much lighter than the old one.  My forearm don't hurt after a day's pitching and flipping!  Basically this is your new Cumara!

From: Cher: WI

Comments: Absolutely awesome rod.  i've never owned a crucial but have used friend's rods and finally purchased a 7'7 mh for flipping.  the new reel seat feels good and the new design will not let you down.

From: Scott: Fresno, CA

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