Re: New, Improved Orvis Helios 2
They have proportedly been testing near production samples since spring. Completely revised tapers hopefully will address the lack of lower taper reserve power in some models and a mysterious addative to the tip sections is intended to enhance impact resistance and reduce breakage. Like most of us, I am a fan of light weight rods and am optimistic about H2.
Keep in mind that "light" means small diameter, thin walled blanks; think sports car instead of 4X4 truck and, therefore, as one would not tow one's boat trailer down a rutted dirt track with one's sports car, rods like Helios, the ONE, etc. should be purchased and used as presentaion specialty rods. Banging around in a drift boat, throwing weighted streamsers, one might want a more robust, stouter all-round SUV-of-a-rod.