I own some travel rods:
Shimano Exage AX STC - Spin - 300/330
Shimano Exage AX STC - Trolling - 20/30 LB
Shimano Exage AX STC - Boat - 240MH (i guess this is 8/12 LB, it is not written on the rod)
DAM - Boat 30 Lb
Shakespeare Travel Beach (dont remember the exact model)
Already purchased and delivered at my friends house, just need to collect
Shimano Exage AX STC - Spin - 210/240
Shimano Beastmaster AX STC - Beach - 4.25
Shakespeare Salt Travel Beach
Until 2 years ago i was always buying and using telescopic rods, for the travelling convenience. But when i purchased my first Shimano Boat Rod 240MH, i liked it so much that i have already purchased many of their STC rods in different categories. The construction / quality / finish of these rods is so beautiful and they are so convenient for travel purpose, especially because of their hard travel case. I had no possibility to test my spin/beach rods but i am using the boat 240 since last 2 years and it is working like a samurai sword. Mostly doing boat/jigging in Norway using heavy jigs of 200-400 grams, without any problem. Catching fish of 9 / 10 kilo is not a problem and today was the biggest fish i caught with the same rod, around 20 kilo Sea Wolf, in Greenland and the rod performed very well.
The other rods, DAM and Shakespeare are ok but not the same quality as Shimano.
So i would say, if you are thinking of buying any travel rod, yes, definitely you can go for Shimano STC range.
Hi, I've just recently (a week ago) bought the Shimano Exage 240 MH boat rod. I found it rather annoying that it didn't have a line rating on it.
It does have a casting rating on it 75-250grms, because of this I kind of assumed it would be similar to a short light uptide rod and the line rating would be something like 15-30lb line.
I've not fished with it yet, I will this weekend when I go to Wales. I thought the rod would obviously be good from a boat but might also be useful from piers and close in fishing with big baits from deepwater rocks.
I've teamed it up with an Okuma Magnetix 30cs.
If I catch anything with it I'll let you know.