Jon Snow­don tries out the new Viper Flex Jour­ney quad sticks, but how does it com­pare to the Elite model?

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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 ham­mond­sport­ 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

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