Putty choice can be a very personal one, but here at UKCarp this stuff from Nash really is our favourite. It is stickier than the floor of a market-town nightclub and heavier than Cradle of Filth.
It tenaciously adheres to all sorts of hooklinks and mainlines, and its tungsten construction makes it sink brilliantly too.
There are plenty of sub-standard putties around, and it’s tempting to think they are all the same, but this stuff just works. Available in gravel, weed and clay colours, we can’t fault it. Hauling multiple rods around calls for a certain degree of protection, but there’s always a pay off between bulk and security when it comes to holdalls.
Lightweight quivers sometimes come up short when it comes to protecting your precious rods. If you generally go for a fully zipped-up holdall for that reason, this Gardner offering might just turn your head.
First off, this well-constructed quiver keeps your rods in place brilliantly. It takes five made-up rods, and a mix of Velcro straps and chunky buckles keep them from sliding, rotating and generally bashing together.
Another boon is the design of the rod sleeves. Nicely shaped and boasting a sturdy zip, these sheaths cover all the rod rings and the reel, but not the butt section. This means they can be used with 12ft or 13ft rods and any length in between – a real bonus.
The shoulder strap and carry handles are ambidextrous, a neat touch and – don’t pretend it doesn’t matter – the fabric colour is ‘just right’ for that carpy look.
We have used and abused one of these systems since the start of the year and it has stood up to everything we can throw at it.
The central space in the quiver itself is surprisingly cavernous and there’s a neat partition to keep your stinking net away from the rest of your gear. The sleeves, which are waterproof and rot-resistant, seem durable and well made, but the space for your reel is a little tight if you are using an extra-large big pit.
Apart from that minor niggle, this hugely versatile system has casually shrugged off all the abuse we have thrown at it.