I purchased a US Daiwa Saltiga XXH conv. rod about a year ago and because of the recent interest I decided to post a review. The rod is 5'9" and retails for $150. The 270g-330g rating is waaay underated. This rod is rated the same as their 5'11" H rod tested previously in this forum. I think it should have a 500-600g rating. Using OTI 300g jigs would barely load the tip. The tip is fast, not as parabolic as alot of other jigging rods. For comparison, i did the exact same tests with an OTI 600g conv rod. The rods feel completely different and this test does not reveal a couple of things. First, the Saltiga seems to have more backbone, but transfers more weight to the angler. Second, the stiffer tip of the Saltiga would be less forgiving with lighter jigs. The first two pics with the 5lb weight are to demonstrate the difference in the tip action. The top is Saltiga, then OTI. The Third pic is Saltiga with 20lb followed by OTI with 20lb. With the heavier lift, the Saltiga was starting to turn but i wouldnt feel comfortable pushing either rod much harder. I have no doubts that the Saltiga could handle some large fish and is in my opinion the best in its price range. Thus far, the only fish i have caught with it were two 25-30lb AJs and a 20lb Snapper. The Saltiga wooped them pretty quickly. this is my first review of a product and i am open to suggestions for the future. No there were nt any camera tricks. the Saltiga is 5'9", the OTI is 5'6" and i'm 5'2". Hope this helps.