Had a look at them in the GAC, the casting instructer there has been using a prototype one for a year and rates them very highly, he says they should be a Hardy rod he puts them above the Demon in performance. I'm very tempted by the 12' for a 7# it will take a 7/8 AFS line but I will need to try one first. They look very well made.
I have the scandi 12' #7 and im well impressed, delivers all expectations, if I had to replace my equipment for reasons beyond my control ie theft etc then id seriously think twice about the need to spend the 700 - 800 pounds each that my lts x1's cost - especially with rods of this value around.
just a heads up fellas, I tried a 450 grain airflo skagit compact 23ft with an ultra fast sinking tip today on my 12' #7 scandi xf2 today, theresult was fantastic, delivered all tips and a decent size fly with ease.
both appear to work very well, its maybe all down to personal preference.... after trying the skagit on mine today my eyes were certainly opened as to just how many different uses a rod as light as this has.
Couldn't decide on wheather to buy a greys xf2 scandi or a guideline lpxe, i fancied both rods for a while but it was 1 or the other, after a trip to glasgow angling centre my mind was made up after talking to a international instructor that was in the store at the time, he more or less advised me that the xf2 is a far better rod (in his opinion obviously), seamingly the xf2 should've been a hardy rod, it has a stunning finish and is very light, he also said these rods are not easy broken unlike the lpxe and are capable of casting heavy lines at great distances, if the rod ever did break it can be fixed within the week form greys of Alnwick instead of having to send rod sections abroad. After using this rod i can't tell you how good it is and an absolute bargain at £300, I am very happy and hope this helps anybody else who is thinking about buying one.