Vi­sion travel tubes from £49.99

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IF you reg­u­larly travel with more than one rod you’ve no doubt dis­cov­ered that the mul­ti­ple tubes can take up a lot of space and are un­wieldy to carry around. The solution lies in a tube that can house sev­eral rods – and Vi­sion’s travel tube does just this. It com­prises of a large plas­tic tube mea­sur­ing 10.5cm in di­am­e­ter and with a ny­lon lin­ing and a heavy-duty yel­low cor­dura outer fabric. Dense foam pads on the in­side of the lid and in the base of the tube af­ford the rods some ex­tra cush­ion­ing. The tube has a dou­ble zip open­ing and when the two zips are pulled to­gether they form a lock­ing ring to which you can se­cure a small pad­lock to lock them down tight. It has a sin­gle web­bing carry han­dle with a re­in­forced rub­ber grip and an ad­justable and de­tach­able shoul­der strap with shoul­der pad. There’s also a lug­gage ID pocket. I would al­ways rec­om­mend stor­ing the rods in their cloth bags, and if you top and tail the rods in the tube (so han­dle down on some, up on oth­ers) the tube will eas­ily ac­com­mo­date four, even five, rods this way. If you dis­pense with the cloth bags, the tube will take even more rods and although this is shown in the pho­to­graph (be­low), I wouldn’t rec­om­mend this way of stor­ing them. The tube does af­ford re­ally good pro­tec­tion but it’s not one of those su­per rigid tubes that you can stand on, it does have some lim­its.

The tube comes in four lengths:

82cm will take four-piece rods up to 10ft, £49.99 110cm three-piece rods up to 11ft, £54.99 140cm four-piece dou­ble handed rods up to 17ft, £59.99 160cm three-piece rods up to 15ft, £64.99

VER­DICT:

Many reser­voir boat an­glers take more than one rod out at a time, and this tube is a great stor­age solution, keep­ing all the rods to­gether and well pro­tected. Although the cor­dura fabric isn’t wa­ter­proof it can be treated with a wa­ter­proof­ing spray.

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