After much research and wobbling a few in the shop,I finally plumped for a pair of these as they came on a cracking deal with Salt FDX reels (which I have reviewed seperately) for the princely sum of £80 per combo.
Now I've not ever really been a fan of Shakepeare stuff,so it was a leap of faith on my part.However,I am very pleasantly surprised.The blanks and fittings are finished to a very high standard,and for a 12ft fixed spool beachcaster it is VERY light.It has quality Fuji rings and reel seat which is a major bonus for not only performance,but also reliability.
Even with my limited overhead thump style,the blank compresses nicely even with a 4oz lead and I can easily hit 100yds with little effort,a vast improvement on my previous efforts.Bite indication is very good and the tips are very stable in the wind.
A nice extra is that they come with a pair of neoprene rod wraps each,which keep everything neat and tidy in your holdall.The rod bags are high quality too.
All in all, a big thumbs up for these rods - if you're in the market,I recommend you check them out as you could pay a lot more for nothing better.