Monday, August 18, 2014

Savage Gear 3D Frog Review - "Imitation Legs"

3D Frog Imitation Legs  : Colors: 4  Length: 2 1/4"  inch Weight: N/A  Pack Count: 1
3D Frog Imitation Legs  : Colors: 4  Length:  3/4"  inch Weight: 3/4oz  Pack Count: 1


The long awaited 3D series of frogs from Savage Gear have arrived. Available in two leg styles, 2 body sizes and 4 colours this frog had the chance to be a good one.. but although they were often backordered and quickly sold my hope were dashed the minute I took this frog out of the package, and further crushed once I fished with it.

Note: this review is strictly on the "imitation leg" version of the 3D frog

Overall Rating: 6.8/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality & Durability: 4.5/5

Quality and durability is the strongest attribute to the 3D frog, the body and legs are both made of a tough durable material that should really stand the test of time. The body of this frog almost feels like it is foam filled, its hard to explain without actually handling the frog itself.

Unlike the other companies that have jumped on the "life-like leg" band wagon, the team at Savage Gear actually made some legs that will last for more then one fish.. Im not all that impressed with how them move, but hey, one thing at a time I guess.

Castability: 4.0/5

The 3D frog is large and fairly heavy. The dense body and thick legs give this frog some heft and it can be cast a mile. For its large frame it lands impressively well, quickly getting into that ass-down head-up position that drives fish nuts

Presentation: 3.0/5

To be brutally honest there was nothing about how this frog fishes that made me all that excited about it. It is heavy and awkward and the legs don't really present that well no matter if you are steady retrieving or short hopping it back to the boat. The legs are so heavy that the almost force the frog to sit vertical (meaning 90 degrees and not 45).

While on the move or d ruing the first few seconds of the pause the 3D frog does give off a nice profile. The wide stance and large body would make a nice meal for any hungry largemouth

Hook-up Ratio: 2.5/5

To say I was not happy with this baits hook-up ratio would be a pretty big understatement. Above I have already touched on some of the features that make bait a fail when it comes to hooking-up.

First lets talk about the body. This frog is pretty near as air tight as I have seen, so much so that it is hard to depress the body and then once depressed it actually takes some time for it to fill back up with air.. even longer when in the water.. strike 1

Although I am a fan of frogs with single hooks, this is usually reserves for smaller frogs where access to the hook is clean. This is not the case with the 3D frog, it is a big body frog with huge thick legs.. both of these will make it harder for the fish to find this single hook.. strike 2

The Imitation legs are big and bulky and can easily act as a barricade to the hook finding purchase when the fish strikes. These legs would have been an  issue on a frog with a standard double hook, and are even more of an issue here.. strike 3

Availability: 3.0/5

Savage Gear is becoming more and more available on-line and in smaller retailers across North America. Most of my local shops carry some of the SG line, but not yet the 3D frog.

I got pretty impatient with them this past off season as they were consistently back-ordered on Tackle Warehouse. The expected ETA would come and when I went to purchase a new date weeks later would now be in place. I can't comment on if this was a Tackle Warehouse issue of an SG issue.. but it was an issue.

Options & Price: 3.5/5

Available in two different leg styles, and two sizes, it is nice to see Savage Gear offering the angler some choices. As for colours they kind of fall down here only offering 4 of the most standard colours options.. Leopard Green, Dark Leopard, Black and White.. if you were going to only make 4 colours these would be the place to start.

Priced at about $10, the 3D frog is in the upper end of the North American frog price range. For that kind of money you can get 2x Booyah Pad Crashers, 2 x Evolve Nervous Walkers and one and change Live Target frogs.. where would you spend your money?

Where to Find:
In case you are having a hard time finding these locally, here are some reliable options for you.

Cabela's ($9.99)

Outdoor Pro Shop ($9.99)


All  testing was done on a  Dobyns DX746 this is a new rod in their line-up that handles both hollow and soft plastic baits alike. As for reels, the Daiwa Lexa pairs well with this rod and gives you a nice over sized spool for that added distance and power. Line choice was SunLIne FX2

Field Test Report Card:

Open Water (Sparse Pads): C+
Pads (Medium Cover): B+
Slop & Grass (Heavy Cover): C

Walk the Dog: C
Popping Action: N/A
Sit/Pause: C

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