I grew up on the RPL series of rods and it seems like whenever I pick up one of sages faster rods, it just fits. Lots of great other rods out there. I was impressed on how I could throw into the wind with the xi2. But I will say that I really needed to dbl haul with quit a jerk on the line to to get a 12" loop out there. When I hauled it hard it shoot that line so fast that I am going to have to learn my aiming skills all over again. I am thinking of replacing my 8wt with an 8wt sage xp for my small flats rod and sticking with the xi2 in the 10-11wt, descisions descisions.