Re: Need a good powerful rod...
If you like the Sage XP's for their price point, I'd also look into the Sage RPLXi, which was the predecessor to the Xi2. Its very similar to the Xi2's, though in a 3 pc configuration.
A Scott STS is of the same vintage, and is also a great and very powerful saltwater rod.
From where you are, you might find more dealers that would let you try rods made by Loop, Hardy, and Daiwa. They all make some great stuff and should have some like what you're after. While there's great deals to be had on the interweb, its always best to cast a rod before buying it.