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ESP's latest hooks were a long time in development but they have been worth the wait.
We had an early look at these hooks without even knowing it. In 2015, ESP consultant and Martin Bowler wrote about his use of the hinged stiff rig and sent a rig into the office to be photographed.
The initial three patterns
That rig ended up on our editor’s desk and was stuffed into his rig wallet before a between-work overnighter. On the rig was one of these new ESP Cryogen Stiff Rigger hooks and that night it ended up in the mouth of a scaly 20lb-plus mirror.
None of us knew at the time that this hook would be ESP’s next release, but during the recounting of this somewhat cheeky capture we all looked at the rig and noted how sharp the hook still was. And that’s the key feature with these new designs – the cryogenic tempering process allows an increase in strength and durability without the need for thicker wire.
The range was initially launched with three patterns (Classic, Gripper and Stiff Rigger), but new for 2017 are the Curve Shanx, Gripp Rigger and Para Point.
There's now a hook for every preference and, believe us, they really do stay pin sharp.