The rigidity difference becomes noticeable if you are doing silly things with your pole like slapping or wobbling it around. The air xls is a very nice pole if your doing normal fishingXLS Never really took off Daiwa went back to the original mandril length xls gave extra length but not the rigidity, mate of mine bought the Air xls when it first came out he got rid within a month not as good as the original Air, he bought the original Air.
That's odd, you get a longer pole for your money and you complain...now that's a firstI’ve got the Tourney Pro XLS and I don’t like it, but it’s not quite bad enough to get rid. When you’re set up and fishing it’s absolutely fine, the rest of the time it’s a ruddy pain because of the extra 4 inches on the butt sections.
If you buy it pole only you will need to get another bag.
The bag doesn’t fit long ways now in my Mondeo estate.
You need to be careful handling it when it’s packed away because the 4-8 sections rattle about inside more than a ‘normal’ pole. If they drop from one end of the butt to the other the 7 and 8 sections get stuck together. Also the PTFE nose cones on some of the other sections get knocked out.
If you can tolerate these annoying features and get offered a bargain then go for it. I personally would hold out for the standard version.