Jon Snowdon tries out the new Viper Flex Journey quad sticks, but how does it compare to the Elite model?
Jon Snowdon reviews the new range of Viper Flex quad sticks.
ihave been using the Viper-Flex Elite quad sticks for some time and have found them by far the best shooting sticks on the market today. they give the shooter a rock steady shooting position, in fact it is almost the equivalent of shooting from a bench. Viper-Flex has now introduced the “Journey”.
These sticks work on exactly the same principle as the Elite with the added benefit of lighter carbon-fibre material. The real benefit is for those who travel to their shooting at home or abroad, the Journey breaks down to a manageable 65cm length that will easily fit in suitcases or travelling rifle cases.
On hearing of the new sticks from John Hammond of hammondsporting.co.uk I thought that lighter would mean less stable, but this is not the case.
The Journey, like the Elite, is a top product that is very well produced using premium materials.
The locking mechanism is secure and robust unlike many of the twist grips used on most shooting sticks.
The only minor criticism I have is that the holes that were placed to be able to adjust the sticks to a suitable height would always whistle in the wind. I have simply covered them with shrink-wrap tubing. Viper-Flex has tackled this by producing carbon fibre tubes that are split down their length to easily slide over the adjustment holes. This does stop the occasional whistling, but they are noisy when in use and a little cumbersome if you decide to use them.
Viper-Flex Elite RRP £169.00 Viper-Flex Journey RRP £250.00
the new Journey sticks benefit from carbonfibre material – meaning they are lighter
the shooting sticks are almost the equivalent of shooting from a bench