The Sakura Iconic rods are a new favourite of mine. We run a predominantly saltwater lure shop so this is where I tend to base our bias. What this means for us is that the Iconic rods have become the pinnacle for anybody wanting a lightweight inshore boat rod. That said, the rest of the range covers all other freshwater applications too.
The rods are incredibly well balanced and as a result feel incredibly light, even if the specs make them look a little heavier. This is intentional.
Cosmetically they're sublime rods to look at. The combination of cork and EVA grip, along with the various bits of bling and lovely reel seat make them a joy to behold, and inevitably fish with.