THIS MONTH: Ba­nana Rods, New Di­rec­tion Tackle, Wy­ch­wood, Rod Hutchin­son, Fox, Korda, So­lar Tackle, Gard­ner Tackle, Cotswold Aquar­ius, Powa­pacs, For­tis and ESP

Carpworld - - CONTENTS - - Carp­world

This month’s Tack­le­world is a mon­ster, with news of new prod­ucts from New Di­rec­tion Tackle, For­tis, So­lar Tackle, Rod Hutchin­son, Cotswold Aquar­ius, Fox In­ter­na­tional,

ESP, Korda, Gard­ner Tackle, Powa­pacs, Wy­ch­wood, and Ba­nana Rods

Yet an­other all-new prod­uct, the 2¾lb TC T-48 is the lat­est of­fer­ing from the French man­u­fac­turer and one that com­pletes the line-up for this re­mark­able model range. The T-48’s slim blank is built us­ing a whole host of clever tech­nol­ogy, to pro­vide the ul­ti­mate player’s rod, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing any amount of dis­tance. The car­bon is rolled at a 45-de­gree an­gle, giv­ing a cer­tain stiff­ness that aids su­per-ac­cu­rate cast­ing, whilst the softer side of its ac­tion re­mains un­af­fected.

As ever, the build op­tions are vir­tu­ally lim­it­less, so your best bet is to go onto their web­site and have a look for your­self.

Whilst per­haps they’re not as well-known as brands such as Delkim, Fox or Neville, New Di­rec­tion have been pro­duc­ing alarms for a while now and these, the range-top­ping K9s, have as many fea­tures as you could pos­si­bly wish for in their clever heads.

First and fore­most, they op­er­ate via Blue­tooth tech­nol­ogy, mean­ing they are ad­justable from the con­fines of your bed chair, us­ing an app on your phone! They have an en­vi­able spec­i­fi­ca­tion too, with re­mov­able and il­lu­mi­nat­ing snag bars, au­to­matic night lights, a very handy mute func­tion, back­lit roller wheel, an il­lu­mi­nated halo around the speaker, 2.5mm jack socket for ex­ter­nal out­put and the ob­vi­ous vol­ume, tone and sen­si­tiv­ity con­trols.

Avail­able sep­a­rately, or in case as a 3-rod pre­sen­ta­tion set, com­plete with a re­ceiver. They are well worth a look for those op­er­at­ing on a bud­get.

With the same, sleek mod­ern fin­ish as the 9ft model we looked at last month, the 12ft Riot is ideal for those look­ing for a set of rods that won’t break the bank. Avail­able in both 3lb and 3¼lb test curves, they will cater with all but the most ex­treme dis­tances. As we stated in the pre­vi­ous is­sue, the matte-fin­ish, black DPS reel seat and dou­ble-legged guides re­ally help set them apart from other rods at this price point and with the buy two, get one free deal still in place, it’d be silly not to have a look if you’re in the mar­ket. What’s more, there is even a match­ing ‘util­ity’ rod that can dou­ble-up be­tween spod and mark­er­ing du­ties.

This new and im­proved dual-pur­pose weigh sling can also be used as a short term re­tainer. Fea­tur­ing a quick drain, fish-friendly ma­te­rial through­out and re­in­forced carry han­dles, it has four re­flec­tive floats to en­sure it is ul­tra-buoy­ant and a pocket con­tain­ing its 5M re­ten­tion cord.

The quick drain con­struc­tion makes for ac­cu­rate weigh­ing of fish, while a dou­ble zip sees that your prize is se­cure while it is in there.

It is sup­plied in an over­sized, roll-top stink bag, which will hide all but the worst smells when driv­ing home after a suc­cess­ful ses­sion.

This is a won­der­ful bit of kit. Al­though not as light and ma­noeu­vrable as some – due in part to its dou­ble thick­ness han­dle, con­tain­ing the built-in 1M ex­ten­sion, it bears all the hall­marks of qual­ity.

Con­structed from S-3K 40T car­bon through­out – in­clud­ing the net arms – and with a num­ber of use­ful fea­tures like carry han­dles in the base of the mesh, a ded­i­cated net-float with elas­ti­cated fit­tings, a net clip and ring and, of course, that han­dle.

It is 5ft 6in when closed and 8ft 9in when ex­tended, very handy when ei­ther in con­fined spa­ces, or if you’re a zig an­gler, or some­one fish­ing from any great height, or over bank­side ob­struc­tions.

The pole and arms are very stiff, ob­vi­ously, while the net it­self has an ul­tra-soft, durable mesh; and to round it all off, there is a shrink-wrapped han­dle, laser-etched butt cap and a unique, ma­chined car­bon spreader block. Cos­met­i­cally it matches the rods of the same name, with a nice matte fin­ish to the car­bon and green ac­cents around the col­lar and han­dle.

This brand-new in­flat­able un­hook­ing mat from Fox is de­signed to give the ul­ti­mate level of pro­tec­tion for fish. Fea­tur­ing two change­able heavy-duty air cham­bers and a re­mov­able 50mm thick high-den­sity foam base, it can be used like a con­ven­tional cra­dle, or turned up­side down for the largest of carp, so that they lie in it sim­i­larly to how you would in a ham­mock, al­low­ing you to slide your arms un­der them with ease.

Un­like other in­flat­able mats, the valves are si­t­u­ated on the end of the Fox mat, al­low­ing air to es­cape eas­ily when rolling the mat up after use.

It is man­u­fac­tured from 210D polyester fab­ric in the com­pany’s unique camo pat­tern and has a heavy duty PVC base and tube pro­tec­tion. There are a num­ber of peg­ging points to se­cure it to the floor, as well as carry han­dles and an elas­ti­cated and Vel­cro safety flap on the top.

It comes sup­plied in its own carry bag and with a foot pump. Avail­able in two sizes – Stan­dard at 100cm x 50cm and XL at 125cm x 70cm (these be­ing the in­ter­nal mea­sure­ments). An­other brand-new prod­uct from Fox, the R Se­ries Brolly has an at­trac­tive price point con­sid­er­ing its spec­i­fi­ca­tion. Packed full of fea­tures that are sim­i­lar to its more ex­pen­sive sta­ble­mate, the Ul­tra, it is sure to prove very pop­u­lar with any­one look­ing for some­thing with a fast set-up time.

The outer is con­structed from a con­ven­tional, olive ny­lon in­stead of the Ven-tec ma­te­rial found on the Ul­tra, al­beit with a very im­pres­sive 10,000mm hy­dro­static head, while it still utilises the same short-ribbed space sav­ing mech­a­nism for in­creased head­room in­side, with four of the ribs on the main frame in con­tact with the ground, for greater sta­bil­ity.

The de­sign of the outer re­tains a gut­ter at the front to pre­vent rain ingress through the door. There is a full-length zip run­ning right across the front, and it is sup­plied with a zip-in, full width in­fill panel that has three door op­tions: solid, clear, or mozzy. There are two op­tional ex­tras avail­able, in the shape of a full width mozzy panel, or a porch/ex­ten­sion.

Al­though the ex­ten­sion isn’t an in­dus­try first, it is with­out doubt the largest to have been fit­ted to a brolly-style shel­ter, giv­ing a whop­ping one me­tre of ad­di­tional cover at the front, per­fect for those who make an an­nual pil­grim­age across the chan­nel, do longer ses­sions, or who oc­ca­sion­ally take the wife or a child with them.

It al­ready has a large foot­print for a brolly, with di­men­sions of 262cm x 178cm x 128cm, so with the add-on, it will swal­low two bed­chairs with ease!

The brolly is sup­plied with a lightweight, full-sized ground­sheet and two 24-inch storm poles and two at

36-inches. The weight is 9kg.

There is a whole host of fresh new cloth­ing avail­able from Korda at the mo­ment. Rang­ing from lightweight footwear to pro­tec­tive body wear – there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

Their bur­gundy hoody is a lightweight piece. It has a snug-fit­ting, flex­i­ble body which is made from a cot­ton/polyester/span­dex mix and fea­tures sub­tle Korda de­tail­ing.

There ia also the launch of the new Kool range, which in­cludes caps and long and short sleeved T shirts. This ul­tra-breath­able T shirt is so thin it can al­most be worn as an un­der­gar­ment. It has been de­signed to act as an al­most ‘in­vis­i­ble’ layer, pro­tect­ing your skin from harm­ful UV rays whilst out on the bank. It is avail­able in both long and short sleeve op­tions.

As with any item sold from the Kool range, Korda will be do­nat­ing all prof­its to the Len­nox Chil­dren’s Cancer Fund!

Billed as one of the com­fi­est bed­chairs around, the So­lar SP is avail­able just as a bed but we are tak­ing a look at the full sleep sys­tem. It comes com­plete with a 5-sea­son sleep­ing bag and a Rip-stop bed­chair cover.

It fea­tures the high­est qual­ity ma­te­ri­als through­out, in­clud­ing the ex­clu­sive 3D Dura-dore air-pock­eted mat­tress, high-ten­sile alu­minium frame, unique Spring-loc leg ad­just­ment and a twin-pivot hinge sys­tem.

In keep­ing with cur­rent trends, it has a taut can­vas panel un­der­neath that will pre­vent any sag­ging in the mid-sec­tion. The stan­dard frame is 205cm x 80cm, with the wide ver­sion gain­ing an ex­tra 15cm. The stan­dard bed weighs in at 12kg.

A gi­ant amongst (air-dry) bags, this of­fer­ing from So­lar is ca­pa­ble of hold­ing up to 10kg at once. Ben­e­fit­ting from a durable, rub­berised mesh, ex­tra-strength seams and strong carry han­dles, it should last a long time – pro­vid­ing it is kept out of reach of our furry friends...

On that note, So­lar have also thought to sup­ply it with a zipped, wa­ter­proof cover that can shield your boilies with once they are dry enough, to pre­vent them crack­ing and dry­ing out, as well as keep­ing the sur­round­ing area of your car or boat clean while trans­port­ing them. It does ob­vi­ously serve a third pur­pose, that be­ing as a rudi­men­tary sec­ond layer of pro­tec­tion from thiev­ing mag­pies and ro­dents while it’s hang­ing from the branches of a tree at the back of your swim!

Gard­ner re­cently rolled out an im­proved ver­sion of their in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar sleep­ing bag. There have been two key changes, no­tably the ad­just­ment to its di­men­sions. They have re­duced the over­all length by 30cm and widened it by 5cm. This means that the bag will now fit far bet­ter on most bed­chairs. They have also re­designed the sup­plied carry bag, so that if you choose not to leave the bag in place when pack­ing away, it will now go com­fort­ably in­side with­out the need for a wrestling match.

Aside from that, the Carp Du­vet Plus is still an awe­some piece of kit. The over­sized, multi-lay­ered bag is per­fect for year-round use – the breath­able outer is also wa­ter re­pel­lent. The re­mov­able cen­tre sec­tion means you can switch be­tween a comfy 4-sea­son rat­ing, to a 5-sea­son at the switch of some tog­gles.

All the in­ner sur­faces are lined us­ing su­per-smooth 190D Rip Stop Taffeta, giv­ing un­in­hib­ited move­ment. It also has full shoul­der and zip baf­fles, plus a draw cord which all help to elim­i­nate draughts and keep you warm whilst on the bank.

In terms of fea­tures, it has two ‘stash pock­ets’ for the stor­age of wal­lets, phones, etc., a re­tain­ing flap at ei­ther end and an ad­justable strap in the mid­dle to en­sure it stays in place on your bed. There is also a high qual­ity ¾ length crash zip that al­lows for an easy exit, while mak­ing dou­bly sure that there isn’t a chill around the oc­cu­pant’s feet. The com­pact ver­sion does what it says on the tin! Essen­tially iden­ti­cal to its big­ger brother in all but di­men­sions. It has been sized specif­i­cally to fit on stan­dard-sized bed­chairs.

Fea­tur­ing the same lay­er­ing sys­tem within the bag, in­cor­po­rat­ing a dou­ble layer of ‘hol­low fill’ fi­bre, it of­fers ex­cel­lent ther­mal in­su­la­tion and com­fort all year-round. From one ex­treme to the other – the Crash Bag is per­fect for those that like to travel light, as it only weighs 2kg. It is fin­ished in the same DPM ma­te­rial as their other of­fer­ings and also has the same 190D Taffeta in­te­rior but with a 3-sea­son rat­ing. It is bet­ter suited to spring and sum­mer, un­less you cou­ple it with Gard­ner’s bed chair cover when the tem­per­a­tures start to drop.

The util­ity sys­tem is quite some­thing. It is an amal­ga­ma­tion of ideas that have re­sulted in a mul­ti­func­tional, bivvy-tidy, small car­ryall, lap­top bag/ work­top, or even a gen­eral shoul­der bag rolled into one. It fea­tures a rigid, hinged and zipped lid. There is also a fully padded and lined in­te­rior, with a re­in­forced ex­ter­nal base, in ad­di­tion to var­i­ous pock­ets – suit­able for mag­a­zines, mo­bile phones and charg­ers, etc. – as well as a fold-out net­ting flap with zipped pock­ets. On the out­side there is a han­dle and two D-rings for the ad­justable shoul­der strap.

As with all the Cotswold prod­ucts, it is avail­able in olive green or their dis­tinc­tive ‘wood­land cam­ou­flage’.

The largest of a three-bag range from Cotswold, this one will ac­cept ei­ther, three mini cool­bags, or a medium plus one small one, in­side the cav­ernous main com­part­ment.

It is fully in­su­lated, with a wipe-clean lin­ing and has suf­fi­cient space to hold food for all but the long­est of long-stay an­glers.

There is a flap pocket in­side the lid to hold ice packs or other sundry items, a padded carry han­dle and shoul­der strap, and fi­nally, an easy clean base panel for the jour­ney home.

Equipped with Sun­power so­lar cells, which are amongst the most ef­fi­cient on the mar­ket, this is the sec­ond most pow­er­ful fold­able so­lar unit that Powa­pacs sup­ply. Rated at 40W, it is ca­pa­ble of gen­er­at­ing 100-200Wh daily via the out­put in­ter­face.

This can then be used to charge smart­phones (ap­prox. 10 times), tablets, ipads, USB cam­eras, USB lamps, or any other de­vice with USB con­nec­tiv­ity via a 5V out­put.

In ad­di­tion to the USB out­puts, there is also an 18V DC out­put, es­pe­cially handy for charg­ing ad­di­tional power banks, or any item with a 3-pin plug.

It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that the power pro­duced by a so­lar panel is DC, or di­rect cur­rent, so if the item you are in­tend­ing to charge would nor­mally run off a 3-pin power sup­ply at home, it will now need to be run through a Voltz in­verter/or your Powa­pac base unit.

To that end, we rec­om­mend that you don’t just buy the Powa­pac it­self, nor the so­lar panel, but choose to have both. In do­ing so, you can al­low the en­ergy gained from the panel to ‘soak’ into the Powa­pac through the course of a day, keep­ing that charged and negat­ing the need to use the panel for any­thing else.

The so­lar panel is large (4ft) when fully ex­tended but folds away into a nice com­pact pack­age of ap­prox­i­mately

1ft. It is fin­ished in a heavy duty, wa­ter­proof PVC600D fab­ric sleeve and comes sup­plied with a 2.1mm DC cable to al­low re­mote charg­ing.

As we en­ter the back end of the year, it will soon be time to start think­ing about dig­ging out a few ex­tra lay­ers to pack on the barrow just in case... Un­less that is, you have some­thing like this. For­tis’ El­e­ments out­fit is a lightweight, tech­ni­cal piece, de­signed to in­su­late you, reg­u­lat­ing your tem­per­a­ture dur­ing pe­ri­ods of high/low ac­tiv­ity. They are de­signed to be worn di­rectly against the skin and fea­ture high-wick­ing mois­ture con­trol to draw sweat away from the body.

Nei­ther item has any seams for ad­di­tional com­fort when worn tight to the body, with the top fea­tur­ing thumb­holes at the end of the sleeves and the bot­toms, a tight, elas­ti­cated cuff at the an­kle to pre­vent them rid­ing up as un­der­gar­ments.

These po­larised sun­glasses from ESP have a stylish new wrap-around frame to help re­duce light get­ting be­hind the lenses, thereby im­prov­ing your fish-spot­ting abil­ity. They are only avail­able with an CE cat­e­gory 3 am­ber lens but in our opin­ion that’s the best all-round colour for any con­di­tions around a lake any­way. They come com­plete with a wo­ven lan­yard so you can keep them safely on you at all times and a clean­ing cloth/bag.

more than skin deep!

Ba­nana Rods T-48, 12ft, 2¾lb TC Rod RRP: £TBCOn­line: www.ba­na­nar­ods.com

New Di­rec­tion Tackle Blue­tooth Bite Alarm Set RRP: £66.20 each or £256.79 3-rod pre­sen­ta­tion set On­line: www.newdi­rec­tion­tackle.co.uk

blue­tooth that bites

Wy­ch­wood Riot Cork 12ft 3lb TC Rods RRP: £64.99 eachOn­line: www.wych­wood­carp.co.uk

Wy­ch­wood Float­ing Weigh Sling RRP: £44.99On­line: www.wych­wood­carp.co.uk

Rod Hutchin­son Dream Maker 42-inch Ad­justable Land­ing Net RRP: £129.99On­line: New web­site cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion

Fox Carp­mas­ter Air MatsRRP: £139.99 Stan­dard – £169.99 XL On­line: www.fox­int.com

Fox R Se­ries Brolly Sys­tem RRP: £220.00On­line: www.fox­int.com

Korda Cloth­ingRRP: £Var­i­ousOn­line: www.korda.co.uk

So­lar Tackle SP Air-dry Bag RRP: £14.99On­line: www.so­lar­tackle.co.uk

So­lar Tackle SP C-tech Sleep Sys­tem RRP: £399.99 Stan­dard – £449.99 Wide On­line: www.so­lar­tackle.co.uk

Gard­ner Tackle Carp Du­vet Com­pact RRP: £115.00On­line: www.gard­ner­tackle.co.uk

Gard­ner Tackle Carp Du­vet Plus RRP: £125.00On­line: www.gard­ner­tackle.co.uk

Gard­ner Tackle Crash BagRRP: £59.99On­line: www.gard­ner­tackle.co.uk

Powa­pacs So­lar PanelRRP: £150 – SP £114.99 while stocks last On­line: www.powa­pacs.co.uk

Cotswold Aquar­ius Util­ity Sys­tem RRP: £104.99On­line: www.cotswoldaquar­ius.co.uk

Cotswold Aquar­ius Maxi Cool Bag RRP: £62.50On­line: www.cotswoldaquar­ius.co.uk

ESP In­sight Po­larised Sun­glasses RRP: £14.95On­line: www.esp-carpgear.com

For­tis El­e­ments Base Lay­ersRRP: £36.99 Bot­toms – RRP £49.99 Top On­line: www.for­tiseyewear.co.uk

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