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HT Relook

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:31 pm
by Paul Arden
Hi guys,

I'd be interested to know your thoughts. I think it's time to change the logos on the HT rods. I heard a comment from the USA that "Hot Torpedo" sounds "gay" :p Which I found quite funny - however it's common practise for companies to have different names for the same product around the world (look at cars for example). The name "Hot Torpedo" came from the Spinal Tap movie - my sense of humour and not taking life too seriously...

Anyway I'm looking to simplify the look a little bit. Maybe change the Hot Torpedo logo to a simple HT906. I'm also looking to change the Sexyloops logo to a more simplified Sexyloops logo, probably without the loop. Possibly keep that all on one side and the owner's name on the other for example "SEXYLOOPS HT906". Not sure really, which is why I started the topic :pirate: For customers who choose not to have their name on the rod maybe we have a small SL logo on the opposite side, not the full one (or a fish, or a skull and crossbones, or a flag... all of which have been done!). I'm looking for the understated however, not the overdressed!

The blank will be the same, the fittings will be the same. I might look at different colour whipping options. We also have a few build experiments which I can't tell you about at the moment! Maybe standardise orange whippings on the Instructor rod.

We are thinking of calling this the "200 series", since Lee has built to number 196 - excluding various builds which utilised different numbers and the HT10 series which started from 1. That doesn't include the Hungarian or Trevor's builds either - we're actually on about 400 but that's not the point :p

Naturally for those of you wanting that all your rods look the same we still have plenty of the current labels.

Thank you for any thoughts that you may have! :)

Cheers, Paul

Re: HT Relook

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 4:01 pm
by Lasse Karlsson
The loop is the sexyloops logo, without it, its not SL.. Sorry 🙂


Re: HT Relook

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:00 pm
by Viking Lars
I agree with Lasse on this one. You can do all of the above, but changing the logo would really be a shame.


Re: HT Relook

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:17 pm
by Paul Arden
Ok so maybe use a similar font for HT906. That’s going to be kinda interesting because I took an obscure font and then distorted it with image editing software. That makes it unique but difficult to redo because I did this 21 years ago and immediately forgot how I did it. :cool:

Re: HT Relook

Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:31 am
by Graeme H
I only bought mine for the logos! :D

Don't let the American change your sense of humour.


Re: HT Relook

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:29 am
by Willy Franzen
American here. Please keep the sexy loop in the Sexyloops logo. I also like the name. There is a very popular rod called the Asquith, so... if “ass queef” doesn’t scare off people who don’t want a rod with a “gay” name, then I don’t think hot torpedo will either.

I think a freshening of the design is a good idea—I never loved the bold SEXYLOOPS PRO. I don’t know if you need to go simpler/more understated though. I’d almost go the opposite direction. This is a rod that should stand out from the rest of the pack. Maybe open it up to the community as a contest?

I’d especially like to see the sexy loop played up in the design. It could be really unique!

Then again, I haven’t bought one so I’m not sure how much my opinion matters. My biggest obstacle was not being able to cast one, though Craig finally let me give his a whirl. So maybe a new look will push me over the edge.

Re: HT Relook

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:46 am
by Paul Arden
I originally made the Sexyloops logo 21 years ago and immediately forgot the font I used :pirate: However I managed to rediscover the font with some software, so we are playing around with some designs. There are actually quite a few "different" designs out there already picked by a few customers. Italian flags, Stu's skull and crossbones, Shermaine's cartoon fish...

Re: HT Relook

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:46 pm
by bartdezwaan
Personally, I would never change the Sexyloops logo.
The name Sexyloops Hot Torpedo does raise some eyebrows when people ask me what rod I am using.

I think you should add a second lineup which you call Arden HT rods. Just for the delicate souls.
Opel cars did the same with Vauxhall. Some other brands too.

Cheers, Bart

Re: HT Relook

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:03 am
by bobtheflounder
bartdezwaan wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:46 pm
Arden HT
What about the Sexyloops Ardent?

I also like the original name because it is quirky, and the rod will never be a mass market Sage, Loomis, Orvis or whatever so most of the people are purchasing it not because of market hype but because they know you through instruction or through the website.

The one issue could imagine with the Hot Torpedo name would be if you meet one of those people who decide think your worth as an angler is is solely dictated by the cost of your fly fishing rods and accouterments :D , but I would hazard that most of your buyers are probably good enough casters to quickly put to rest that notion.

Re: HT Relook

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:54 pm
by Viking Lars
The HT 9' - 6wt-part should be more of a graphic than just a font, in my opinion.
And just to be different the model could be called 069, which of course might play a little too well into the Hot Torpedo-problem :-).
049, 089 and 109 are less "funny" :blush: