I've got both the 6126 and 8126, and quite enjoy them (though I'm sure my frame of reference is far more limited than most here). Quite fast, soft-ish tip. The 8126 is a lot of rod. If I did it again, I'd probably would split the difference and just get the 7126 for my waters and the fish I target (avg sized steelhead, coho, chum, bull trout). By way of example, I started fishing the 6126 with a 500 grain Skagit Max, as it was what I had on hand, and it hucked that no problem (and I'm an intermediate caster at best). They're quite light; I think the 6126 is 6oz, and the 8126 is 6.6.oz. I can't really speak to the durability, as I don't get out as often as I'd like and have only had them a couple years, but from what I've read that is their potential negative - that they can be fragile. And yes, I do like the polymer grips!
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