It is a new rod series built over seas for St. Croix. The guys at Sportsmans said it is their way of introducing a modust priced series of rods built with the same quality components. I picked up a Medium action 61/2' spinnig rod last night for only $60.00 and it seems to be about the same quality as the three Premier's I have. Oh well, you can never have to many rods
It still comes with 5 year St. Croix warranty also!