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ESP Cryo­gen Bar­b­less Hooks RRP: £4.25 per pack of 10 On­line: www.esp-carpgear.com

The mas­sively pop­u­lar range of Cryo­gen Hooks from ESP are now avail­able in a bar­b­less pat­tern. The new de-barbed ver­sions use the very same cryo­genic tech­niques when they are forged. Quite sim­ply, a very high tem­per­a­ture and cryo­genic tem­per­ing are com­bined to cre­ate these su­per­strong hooks, which have an even more durable point than be­fore. Cryo­genic tem­per­ing im­proves the molec­u­lar struc­ture of the steel used on the hooks, mak­ing them much stronger. In­tro­duc­ing these tech­nolo­gies to the man­u­fac­tur­ing process of the Cryo­gen Hooks pro­duces ex­tra strength without mak­ing them any thicker than pre­vi­ous mod­els. Each hook in the range also ben­e­fits from a su­per smooth PTFE coat­ing, known as Tu­flon, which not only helps pen­e­tra­tion but also re­duces re­flec­tion and the risk of corrosion.

There are three hook pat­terns in the range with some­thing to suit ev­ery style of rig.

The Curve Shanx are very sim­i­lar to the shape of the old ESP Rap­tor. They are now 25% stronger and suited to all man­ner of pre­sen­ta­tions, from bot­tom bait rigs, to the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar Ron­nie rig.

The Grip­per is Terry Hearn’s favourite; it fea­tures a 10-de­gree, in-turned eye and an in­clined beaked point. It lends it­self par­tic­u­larly well to blow­back rigs and other bot­tom bait pre­sen­ta­tions, where it pro­vides solid hook holds on ev­ery take.

Fi­nally, the Stiff Rig­ger is the go-to pat­tern for all man­ner of pop-up rigs and fea­tures a longer and finer point than the old MK2 model, as well as a slightly in­clined point for in­creased strength. The 13-de­gree, out-turned eye makes it ideal for use with stiff ma­te­ri­als such as Bris­tle Fil­a­ment.

Size-wise, the Curve Shanx are avail­able in 4-10, while the other two are avail­able in sizes 4-8. Each pack of bar­b­less Cryo­gen Hooks is priced at £4.25, and con­tains ten per­fectly sharp irons.

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