sample_conent_imageALPS components are the finest available in the industry today. Our staff of component design engineers knows exactly what it takes to build superior products, and it shows throughout our entire lineup. From cutting edge reel seat designs, to the guide frame material that is setting new corrosion resistance standards, the design team at ALPS with aid from Jaguar Design, are always striving for fishing rod component perfection. Innovative new products like the Insight machined aluminum reel seat, the Heavy “HXN” guide, and the Titanium series of guides, continue to prove that the innovation never ceases from ALPS. Make sure to stay tuned for many more exciting new products in the years to come.

ALPS

  • All ALPS Guides Feature either titanium or SS316 substrate.
  • All ALPS Guides feature feet that are pre-grounded before plating for easier wrapping and better corrosion resistance.
  • Many ALPS models feature the exclusive recessed ring design (RRD) frame/ring design.
  • ALPS guide frames go through a proprietary tumbling process to assure a smooth, flawless finish. This proprietary process also enchances the plating quality by improving the bond between the plating and the frame surface.
  • All frames have passed the ASTM-B117 salt spray corrosion test.
  • All ALPS guide rings are carefully ground on the outside edge for perfect concentricity which enchances ceramic ring to guide frame fit. This tighter fit between the ring and the frame makes the guides more durable, and provides a more even gluing surface that helps prevent rings popping out from the frame.
  • All ALPS guide rings are carefully fused on each side of the frame with a proprietary bonding agent for superb adhesion of the guide ring to guide frame.

 

CORROSION RESISTANCE TESTING

ASTM-B117 CORROSION TESTING:
ASTM-B117 worldwide standard for corrosion testing. Parts are placed in a chamber and subjected to a fog spray of salt, until corrosion appears. This creates an extremely harsh environment to mimic the real world.

ALPS SS316 (S-6) RESULTS:
With an average of 50 continous days, which equates to 150-hour fishing trips without washing guides. ALPS guides outperformed in every way and showed zero corrosion.

 

ALPS Rings

Vickers Hardness Standard

The Vickers hardness testing method was developed in 1920 to test material hardness. A diamond pyramid is pressed into an object until it makes an impression. The force required to do so is the hardness rating. How does this apply to fishing? It is a way to compare the hardness of different ring materials commonly used in guides today. The harder the ring, the less chance there is for wear to develop.

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU

There are a lot of variables while fishing:

  • What type of body of water?
  • Is it clear, or is it murky?
  • Are there sediments in the water?
  • What type of line will you be using, mono or braid?

All these questions play into what type of guide ring you will need to put on your rod based on the hardness of the ring. If there is too much sediment in the water, it will build up on your line, making the line abrasive, and grooving will develop in a guide ring that is too soft for the conditions. It is always best to plan ahead and select the hardest ring available, like the zirconium ring, to prevent any grooving from taking place.

The ForeCast brand has undergone a facelift. We have removed the blanks from this label and are now focusing solely on components. ForeCast has a long history of dependable products, ranging from our full lineups of cork and EVA foam grips, to our highly popular fly seats such as the BUL5SKC-K, to the rugged design of the high framed VS3 spinning guide series. Jaguar Design team has developed the brand ForeCast solely for our own distribution. These components are rapidly becoming a favorite amongst rod builders and major rod manufacturers alike, due to the remarkable craftsmanship and unbeatable value. With this change comes new innovative and exciting products, be on the lookout for what’s ahead in the ForeCast lineup.

 

FORECAST

  • All ForeCast guide frames feature either SS316 or SS304 stainless steel frames.
  • All ForeCast guides feature feet that are pre-grounded and then plated for easier wrapping and better corrosion resistance.
  • All ForeCast Guide rings are carefully ground on the outside edge for perfect concentricity which enhances ceramic ring to guide frame fit. This tighter fit between the ring and the frame makes the guides more durable, and provides a more even gluing surface that helps prevent rings popping out from the frame.
  • All frames have passed the ASTM-B117 salt spray corrosion test.
  • ForeCast guide frames go through a proprietary tumbling process to assure a smooth, flawless finish. This proprietary process also enhances the plating quality by improving the bond between the plating and the frame surface.
  • All ForeCast guide rings are carefully fused on each side of the frame with a proprietary bonding agent for superb adhesion of the guide ring to guide frame.

 

CORROSION RESISTANCE TESTING

ASTM-B117 CORROSION TESTING:
ASTM-B117 worldwide standard for corrosion testing. Parts are placed in a chamber and subjected to a fog spray of salt, until corrosion appears. This creates an extremely harsh environment to mimic the real world.

FORECAST SS304 RESULTS:
With an average of 20 continuous days, this equates to 60-hour fishing trips without washing guides. Our guides perform top notch and showed zero corrosion.

 

FORECAST Rings

Vickers Hardness Standard

The Vickers hardness testing method was developed in 1920 to test material hardness. A diamond pyramid is pressed into an object until it makes an impression. The force required to do so is the hardness rating. How does this apply to fishing? It is a way to compare the hardness of different ring materials commonly used in guides today. The harder the ring, the less chance there is for wear to develop.

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU

There are a lot of variables while fishing:

  • What type of body of water?
  • Is it clear, or is it murky?
  • Are there sediments in the water?
  • What type of line will you be using, mono or braid?

All these questions play into what type of guide ring you will need to put on your rod based on the hardness of the ring. If there is too much sediment in the water, it will build up on your line, making the line abrasive, and grooving will develop in a guide ring that is too soft for the conditions. It is always best to plan ahead and select the hardest ring available, like the zirconium ring, to prevent any grooving from taking place.