Of the BEST PRODUCTS FOR 2018
ANOTHER big release for JRC – X-Lite Rod-Bloxx are adjustable rod grips that are capable of ON campsites, the new breed of inflatable tents are often the last to be left standing nowadays in particularly bad weather. They might distort when the worst of the weather hits, but then they return to their normal shape when it’s blown through.
The Chub Airbrid is the first inflatable bivvy I have looked at that comes complete with an inflatable porch rib. It has two main beams and the porch, and the beauty of these is how easy they are to inflate and erect. BERKLEY’S Whiplash braid has been the go-to braid for carpers for spod and marker work for many seasons… and it’s just got better.
Whiplash 8 is a new eight-carrier braid, and thanks to that eightcarrier construction, it’s smoother and rounder, so it casts better, and is supple and more holding your rods ‘solid’ for snag fishing, yet allow you to lift the rod out easily to strike or wind in. They’re being billed as probably the most powerful rod rest ever designed!
Adjustable hinging ‘jaws’ control the grip level via an allen key, which comes supplied with the Rod-Bloxx.
The medium Rod-Bloxx will suit those slimmer, Japanese shrink wrap and carbon handles, whilst the large size is better for cork and Duplon. They
Available as a one- or two-man, the larger one is likely to sell best, as they’re so user-friendly and easy to pump up, without all that stretching and reaching required to erect a normal two-man system.
A serious shelter, it comes with a 10,000 mm Hydrostatic Head waterproof rating, Chub’s unique rear vent Back Daft Ventilation System, a two-way door system with green, clear and mozzi window panels,
THERE’s an extensive range of new Shakespeare Omni Rods that are set to fly out of the shops.
Set to retail for around £30, they look as if they’re punching well above their entry-level price point.
You won’t miss them in the shops, either – they all come with a striking white-and-red ‘banding’ just above the handle.
The Omni range includes 10 and 11 ft pellet waggler rods, 10, abrasion resistant, too. And it's a decent green colour.
Strains run from 24 lb to 260 lb. Whether you’re thumping out with 24 lb braid coupled with a shock leader, or your spooled with the 42 lb or 45 lb straight through with a Spomb or marker kit, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
It retails at £39.99 for
300 m, with 2,000 m spools also available. come with a slot for an isotope, too.
JRC even offer sets of multi colour inlays for customizing your Rod-Bloxx, so that you can match the colour of the inlay to your alarm LED and bobbin head.
A set of three X-Lite RodBloxx is priced at between £13.99-£16.99, depending on the size. Sets of the changeable inlays, in three sizes and seven colours, are priced £5.99-£6.99.
Chub’s rigid inflatable bivvy
rod straps, HD groundsheet, extra tension bar, air pump and repair kit. A full set of clear window panels is included, and the air poles are replaceable. RRPs are £649.99 (one-man) and £799.99.
Shakespeare Omni rods
11, and 12 ft waggler designs, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 ft Omni feeder rods, each with two quivertips, and 10 ft and 11 ft specialist rods, for heavier work.
Whether you’re getting off the mark with your fishing, trying a new method such as pellet waggler, or thinking of introducing a family member to the sport without wanting to break the bank, the Shakespeare Omni range is certainly worth a look.
Built on carbon blanks, they come with DPS reel seats, Aluminium Oxide guides throughout and cork/EVA handles.
Berkley Whiplash just got better
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