REVIEW: Free Spirit Hi-S rods

REVIEW: Free Spirit Hi-S rods

In our latest Object of Desire series, tackle editor Marc Coulson reviews Free Spirit's highly acclaimed Hi-S range of rods...

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I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had meetings with tackle companies and they’ve said “our new rods come from the same factory that makes Free Spirit's.”

As far as I can ascertain, on the vast majority of occasions this has been nonsense, but it shows just how highly regarded the Essex-based firm’s carp wands are.

So where does this adulation and reputation come from? Well, look no further than the build
quality and performance of the Hi-S.

They’ve been my rod of choice for over a decade and can confidently say that they’re the best rods I’ve ever used.

After all those years the action remains as crisp as the day the rods arrived. Herein lies the true virtue of owning a set of Hi-Ss - very few rods can truthfully make such a boast.

The fact that they’ve even remained available speaks volumes too, especially when most firms’ rods do not stay in their ranges for more than a year or two – think about that for a moment.

 The distinctive conical-shaped butt cap

The distinctive conical-shaped butt cap

The other attraction of the Hi-S range is the sheer number of build options, including various test curves, ringing patterns and handle lengths, allowing you to have your rods exactly how you want them.

 The Fuji reel seat is a class leader

The Fuji reel seat is a class leader

I have to add a footnote here. I was testing some ‘cork-handled’ rods from another company recently, and had a minor accident with one of the handles.

This revealed the ‘cork’ to actually be EVA with a wafer-thin and purely cosmetic cork strip coating – I was both horrified and extremely angry at the discovery.

No such problem if you choose the cork options in the Hi-S. Of course, all of the above comes at a price, but I can promise that if you do ever make the investment, you will not
be disappointed.

 An understated touch of class

An understated touch of class