anyone have any thoughts/opinions on these? They seem almost identical to a wulff ambush head, but they are in the 23' range and are more of a scandit head.
I really wish these line companies didn't keep moving the goalposts!
When I was 'growing up' with lines, starting off with LEVEL lines in the '60's, then single & double taper in the 70's & '80's, and shooting heads with mono running lines, and then weight-forward "Spey" lines into the '90's & beyond, people knew where you were with the descriptors. Then 'Skagit' hit the commercial road in the late '90's and these Skagit heads were 28 to 30'; around the same timeframe, Scandinavian shooting heads appeared outside of Scandinavia (although in the UK we had been using shooting heads of a similar length since the early '80's), and these Scandi heads were 40-44': "Spey" lines were designated short-head (up to 60'), medium head (60 to 74'), & long heads (including competition heads) (75' and up). Everyone still knew where we were.
However, I've noticed a 'creep' of lower & lower length heads for these "Skagit" heads, although they have stated 'short Skagit' etc.; the latest offerings include the OPST commando heads as short as 12'! [I said, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, many years ago that Skagit heads would eventually get down to about 2' (yes, 24 inches!) - we seem to be going that way.
After the above rant, to answer your question, a 23' head is a short Skagit, and NOT a Scandi head, unless, of course, Rio
is moving the same naming goalposts yet again. You simply can't trust the labelling.
The term 'Scandit' as you have used it was originally designed to be used to describe a head that was between a Skagit length head and a Scandi length head, BUT, it depends on what baseline terms the coiner of the term 'Scandit' used for what was currently called a Skagit head and what was currently called a Scandi head AT THE TIME the 'Scandit' term was invented! - confused - you should be, as is 99% of the fly casting fraternity!