Hardy Zane Pro Fly RodBe prepared for the Saltwater Game changer 2.0. WHY NOT redesign possibly the greatest saltwater fly rod ever built? Hardy reduced the shaft diameter on selected sizes for better wind penetration and reduced weight. They redesigned the mandrels and pattern layups to squeeze every last drop of performance out of the aerospace grade carbon fibre and advanced Sintrix 440 resin system. They upgraded the guides to the latest generation in ceramic lined titanium recoils. And if that wasn't enough, Hardy ugraded to a single start scratch resistant hard anodised reel seat. Hardy rods are built it in a Rod factory with 147 years of rod building heritage. You won't be disappointed.
All carbon rods utilise carbon fibres that are bonded together by an adhesive resin. The resin material used in SINTRIX® is produced by 3M, it is a unique and patented material incorporating silica nano spheres which provides two distinct benefits. Firstly the microscopic silica spheres are able to evenly surround every individual carbon fibre filament providing a matrix of strength throughout the rod. Secondly, being spherical, the silica particles are able to resist pressure and compression from any angle. This is particularly important because it is under compression forces, on the underside of a bent rod, rather than tension forces, on the outside of the curve, that carbon fibre is most likely to weaken and potentially break. So by resisting compression better SINTRIX® rods are stronger.
In developing SINTRIX® Hardy's specialist composite engineers and rod designers spent over two years experimenting with different types, and mixes, of carbon fibres combined with varying levels of 3M nanosilica resin. They also discovered that the normal manufacturing processes associated with carbon fibre rods had to be significantly changed in order to get the best from the new 3M resin material. The final results were astonishing with upto 60% increases in strength and up to 30% savings in weight. During the course of years of development with fibres, resin levels and manufacturing processes, we have so far produced three separate versions of SINTRIX® material. Each version offers significant benefits in strength and lightness over traditional carbon fibre. However SINTRIX® is available in ascending levels of power, performance and refinement.