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    Crazy how much cheaper Orvis blanks are than the other top brands (of which you can get blanks). Sage, NFC, Winston. Is the price of a warranty really worth so much?

    Comparing blanks of 9'0 5-weights (all prices from Mudhole to compare fairly)

    Orvis Helios2 - $325
    Sage One - #363
    Sage Method - $400
    Winston BiiX - $454

    Mind you, looking at that, I'd still get the Sage keeping the warranty and local service and support from Frontier in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smallstreams.co.za View Post
    Crazy how much cheaper Orvis blanks are than the other top brands (of which you can get blanks). Sage, NFC, Winston. Is the price of a warranty really worth so much?

    Comparing blanks of 9'0 5-weights (all prices from Mudhole to compare fairly)

    Orvis Helios2 - $325
    Sage One - #363
    Sage Method - $400
    Winston BiiX - $454

    Mind you, looking at that, I'd still get the Sage keeping the warranty and local service and support from Frontier in mind.
    I am actually really surprised compared to the factory cost. The Helios 2 is something like 750 dollars form the factory.
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    Orvis at $325? Expensive for what you get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JadeDsantos View Post
    I am actually really surprised compared to the factory cost. The Helios 2 is something like 750 dollars form the factory.
    Keep in mind there is ZERO warranty on them! Replacement fee only.
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    The "life time warranty" is costing the rod companies and end the end the fly fishers much more than what they originally bargained for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smallstreams.co.za View Post
    Keep in mind there is ZERO warranty on them! Replacement fee only.
    Hey Mario

    I didnt know that was true. I bought a second hand Orvis here in ZA - the ferrule broke and I wrote to them about fixing it as they said they had a 25year warranty - They replace it with a H2 - I bought the rod for 2k here.

    I was really amazed that they would do this.

    Niel, I love my Orvis, it doesnt have the backbone I thought it would, but its such a light rod its awesome to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JadeDsantos View Post
    Hey Mario

    I didnt know that was true. I bought a second hand Orvis here in ZA - the ferrule broke and I wrote to them about fixing it as they said they had a 25year warranty - They replace it with a H2 - I bought the rod for 2k here.

    I was really amazed that they would do this.

    Niel, I love my Orvis, it doesnt have the backbone I thought it would, but its such a light rod its awesome to use.
    On the blanks Jade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smallstreams.co.za View Post
    On the blanks Jade.
    Yeah, its a solid risk - I just thought that they would maybe be forthcoming with their consumers service if something went wrong. Warranty or not. Anyway - The warranty is a good reason to buy a Sage any day, never mind the fact they are great blanks.

    Are there any other brands that dont give a warranty that make blanks?
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    In SA it's hard to challenge the Sage warranty and excellent dealer support from Frontier and Upstream. I've read that the latest offerings from Hardy and Orvis are great and GL NRX needs no introduction. But, ownership is also about warranty and resale. In my book, anyway.

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    I agree....not worth their money. Most Orvis's aren't much good. There are one or two that are ok, but for most of them, very overrated flyrods.
    Quote Originally Posted by NeilRowe View Post
    Orvis at $325? Expensive for what you get.
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