St. Croix reputation as a top rod maker leaves me with little to say about their Avid series. Great blanks, quality guides, solid real seats, and good cork. These rods are strong, sensitive, and cast like a dream.
Lighter is better when it comes to baitcasting rods, so long as that comes with no sacrifice in strength. Sensitivity is enhanced, which usually puts more fish in the boat. This principle may have found its ultimate expression in the new Deep-Flex baitcasting rods.