|20mm Low Rider|
|20mm Low Rider and 30mm BSVOG from above|
|40mm K Series|
Available in double and single leg frames they still suffer from the Low Rider's heavy frame and widely spaced feet problem. Maybe not quite so rigid a frame, but still unnecessarily heavy in my opinion. The big selling point is demonstrated in the video below. Any line tangles round the ring frame will unravel themselves. When did you last suffer from endless line tangles round your rod rings? Smoother casting should alleviate the problem if you get it.
For my money the nicest (as in aesthetically pleasing) frames are those of the MNSG style, which are also used on the Alconites. While they stand off as far as BSVOG frames they look lower profiled. There's also a little-known lightweight version in smaller sizes - intended for use on fly rods they are great on light specialist rods. I have them on my 1.75lb Torrixes.
|20mm MNSG (L), 20mm BSVOG (R)|
Something else that's new-but-not-new are stainless collars for 18mm reel seats. The rods with the K guides are fitted with 18mm DNPS seats and have the stainless collar at the front. It's worth noting that not all reels will fit in one of these reel seats, although most will fit in a DPS seat of the same size.