The term "Micro Guides" was coined in early 2007 because of a need to describe something that was revolutionarily different from conventional rod guides. Shockwave Rods has been at the leading edge of this revolution from day one.
Shockwave Rods was the first to discover that good fishermen would buy and use micro rods and we have now built and sold hundreds. They are that good. All Shockwave Rods have Fuji Alconite guides with 4.0mm rings.
We have found multiple advantages to using Micro Guides:
FIRST: A set of micro guides only weigh 17% of what a set of standard sizes weigh. Any weight savings on the upper portion of a rod adds significantly to its sensitivity.
SECOND: Casting distance is increased because the line path is totally straight from butt guide to tip. The small diameter guides greatly decrease line slap which is a big cause of reduced distance.
THIRD: The low profile means that you get far fewer "wind knots" with braid because there is not as much protrusion to catch a loop.
FOURTH: There are fewer tangles with multiple rods lying on deck or rod locker.
FIFTH: Your rods go in and out of your rod locker with ease.
SIXTH: The durability of these guides is equal to or greater than conventional single foot guides because of their low profile. A shorter profile means a shorter lever with which to bend.
SEVENTH: Many of our customers say they get far fewer backlashes with the micros.