Non grinded blanks:
Blanks are just lightly buffed to soften the spiral pattern from baking tape. This is kept to a minimum and any excessive waste is collected in separate tank before water is passed on to community cleaning facility. The blanks have a soft spiral pattern and thin, matte, low VOC-coating.
Low resin graphite: A denser weave compound of carbon fibers than normal prepreg. This reduces the amount of resin needed to fill and reinforce the gaps between each fiber. As the resin has a high weight, these low resin content rods are lighter, more condensed and feature a faster and more powerful recovery.
No chrome = No lead. Rods are mounted with light wire single leg guides. We use an eco-friendly powder coat finish (PVD = Physical Vapor Deposition) on a stainless frame, very hard but with no chrome plating (which contains lead).
No epoxy glue in cork grips: The cork rings in the grips are glued with Titebond III, non-toxic, water-based and waterproof one component glue. The same glue is used by professional custom rod builders across the globe.
No rubber cork: We use only natural cork where possible, as it contains less amount of resins and glues than rubber cork or other mixed compounds do.
Low toxin/low VOC coating/no paint:
By applying a minimum amount of coating without any color pigments added, the blank surface is sealed and protected from salt and dirt, while minimizing weight and volume of resins on the surface of the rod. The coating we use has almost no odor and is a great choice for the workers environment, while providing a more than sufficient bond and protection to the blank.
Clear anodized aluminum: Metal parts on the reel seats are “clear anodized” which is the least time- and power-consuming process when anodizing aluminum reel seats. We use no added colors, which further reduces environmental impact.
ECO-friendly Epoxy: Epoxy adhesives and coatings used during the production of Elevation rods have been tested and approved according to both US and European health standards in regard to lead, phthalates, VOC and heavy metals.
No plastic sleeves on rod grips: We reduce use of plastic to a minimum by delivering the rods without plastic on the grips.
Eco-friendly tubes and rod bags:
Our new tubes are made with Recyclable Polypropylene material which is PVC-free.
Both tube cover and rod bags are made of Recycled polyester by Repreve™.
In addition the tubes are redesigned and decreased by 15-20% (depending on model) to reduce transportation volume.