You might want to check out the XP Sage rods. Sweet rods without the stiffness. According to Sage rep. Xi2 has more lifting power than the XP. So if you not going to do a lot of boat fishing with sounding fish take a look at this rod. The T&T Helix rod is also in the class . Sweet rod without the stiffness of the Horizion.
Just my .02 from test casting these rods.