Review: Akataka Journey Special Rod Casting 7'1" Tele MH Telescopic Fishing Rod

Published on May 14, 2023, 5:04 p.m.

The Akataka Journey Special Rod Casting 7‘1” Tele MH is an ultralight telescopic fishing rod designed for travel and portability. As a passionate angler always on the move, I was intrigued by the convenience offered by a full-sized rod that can compress down small enough to fit in your backpack. After testing this rod on multiple freshwater and saltwater fishing trips over the past few months, I’m thoroughly impressed by its performance, quality, and versatility.
Akataka Journey Special Rod


This Akataka rod features innovative X-Enhanced Technology for increased sensitivity, power, and strength. The stainless steel guides and hooded reel seat provide durability for fighting big fish. At 7’1” long with a fast action, this medium heavy power rod works well for bass, trout, and salmon. The full cork grip gives comfort for all-day fishing. Overall, it’s a thoughtfully designed telescopic rod built with premium materials.

Features and Benefits

  • Packs down to 27.5 inches - Fits in backpack or suitcase for travel
  • Lightweight at just 0.7 kg - Easy to carry and hold all day
  • X-Enhanced blank technology - Excellent sensitivity and power
  • Stainless steel guides with Zirconium rings - Prevents line fraying
  • Stainless steel hooded reel seat - Corrosion resistant
    -EVA foam handle - Provides comfort and grip


I found the rod performed incredibly well casting and retrieving lures, jigs, and flies. The fast action gives great tip speed for accurate casts up to 60+ feet. It’s well-balanced and easy to control. The rod flexes fluidly when fighting fish yet has the backbone to land 2-4 lb bass and trout. Overall sensitivity and bite detection are excellent thanks to the X-Enhanced blank. The guides and reel seat show no wear after many uses in fresh and saltwater.


This telescopic rod really shines for traveling anglers. It packs down to under 28 inches and easily fits in a backpack or suitcase. I’ve taken it on planes, motorcycles, and hiking trips without any problems. It extends to full length quickly with smooth locking sections. The total weight of 0.7 kg feels light in the hand for all day fishing. Paired with a compact reel, you can fish anywhere without sacrificing rod performance.

Suitable Uses

  • Freshwater bass, trout, panfish
  • Inshore saltwater fishing
  • Boat, shore, and pier fishing
  • Backpacking and hiking trips
  • Travel fishing

User Feedback

This rod has received positive feedback for its portability and performance. Customers mention it provides excellent sensitivity for detecting bites. Several users said it handles and casts like a high end rod. The main complaints were guide issues on a few rods, which the manufacturer addressed.


  • Great price for a high quality telescopic rod
  • Packs down small for travel
  • Sensitive and durable


  • A few guides needed re-secured on some rods

 Akataka Journey Special Rod


With an MSRP around $40, this rod delivers outstanding quality and fishability for the price. It outperforms most rods under $100 and matches more expensive telescoping models. The sensitivity, power, balance, and components rival rods costing twice as much. For a lightweight and portable rod, it’s built extremely well.


The Akataka Journey Special Rod exceeds expectations with its versatility for many species and fishing techniques. Travel anglers will love the packable size and lightweight. It’s ideal for backpack adventures yet performs like a premium rod. The quality and thoughtful design provide an excellent fishing experience. For a high-performance telescopic rod under $50, the Akataka Journey Special Rod stands out as a top choice.


  • Rod Power: Medium Heavy
  • Rod Action: Fast
  • Rod Length: 7‘1”
  • Closed Length: 27.5 in
  • Line Weight: 15-30 lb
  • Pieces: 5
  • Handle: Cork
  • Guides: 9+1 stainless steel with zirconium oxide
  • Reel Seat: Stainless steel hooded

What’s Included

  • Telescopic rod
  • Canvas rod tube
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Akataka Journey Special Rod

How To Use

  • Unlock each section and extend to full length
  • Tighten threaded locks to secure guides
  • Attach reel of choice
  • Select appropriate lure or bait
  • Make accurate casts and allow rod to flex and fight fish
  • Compress sections and store in rod tube after uses
Akataka Journey Special Rod Casting 7'1" Tele MH