The Shimano Expride has been a best seller for years now and with the technology that is loaded into this rod, it isn't going anywhere. The Expride A rods are equipped with Shimano’s High Power X, a wrapping system and strengthens the rod and increases the sensitivity. This “X” shaped pattern prevents the blank from twisting and distorting. Additionally, the Expride A rods feature semi-micro guides to decrease weight and keep the action of the rod. All of these features are focused on the overall goal of making the most balanced rod available.