The award-winning Zenith continues to be one of the most talked about rods in the world, and with 19 models in the range there's a Zenith for every fishing situation. Of course you don't need another fly rod, but this is not just another fly rod...
Hardy SINTRIX® is a carbon fibre nano technology material, used in some Hardy fly rods.
SINTRIX® is unique to Hardy. No other rod manufacturer is using the same mixture of fibres, 3M resin and specialised manufacturing processes, or achieving the same results.
SINTRIX® offers significant benefits in strength and lightness over traditional carbon fibre; and is available in ascending levels of power, performance and refinement.
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® our 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 nano silica 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 upto 30% savings in weight. During the course of our 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.
Features & Technology:
SINTRIX® 440 technology
• Incredible strength to weight ratio.
• High performance, fast action design.
• Top of the line Titanium guides from REC and Fuji.
• Deep anodised reel fitting
• Maple burlwood spacer on RHW models; carbon spacer on FW+EH models
I purchased 4wt Zenith 8.6 back in Dec 2012 because of high marks in reviews and a recommendation from a friendly Stillwater staff.
It was one of those decisions with no regret. I have been using it with Hardy Damon reel and Sharkskin in smaller rivers. All I read were true. In addition, the product presentation gives me the pleasure of ownership. Highly recommended.