PRICE £79.99

A 14ft three-piece carbon beachcaster (57in sections) rated to cast 4-8oz. Ringed for a fixed-spool reel with six lined rings whipped in black on a grey blank. Screw-up reel seat at 31in centre from screw-in metal butt cap, but no handgrips. Unmarked tip section, banded spigots.

Alan Yates says: A powerful but light three-piece economy Continental-style beachcaster. Daiwa offers several more rods for four times the price, but it has not dropped below the carbon quality threshold required to give the blank a good action. Fittings and fixtures may be cheaper, but the overall casting action and balance is excellent.