RRP £89.99 with three sleeves supplied | www.gardnertackle.co.uk
Hauling multiple rods around calls for a certain degree of protection, but there’s always a pay off between bulk and security when it comes to holdalls.
Quivers generally offer a more lightweight solution for the mobile angler but sometimes come up short when it comes to protecting your precious rods. If you generally go for a fully zipped-up holdall for that reason, this offering Gardner might just turn your head.
First off, this well-constructed quiver keeps your rods in place brilliantly. Five made-up rods can be accommodated and a mix of Velcro straps and chunky buckles keep all of them from sliding, rotating and generally bashing together.
Another boon is the design of the rod sleeves. Nicely shaped and boasting a sturdy zip, these sheathes cover all the rod rings and the reel, but not the butt section. This means they can be used with 12ft or 13ft rods – and any length in between – which is a massive bonus if you like to carry a variety of tools.
The shoulder strap and carry handles are ambidextrous, which is a neat touch and – don’t pretend it doesn’t matter – the fabric colour is ‘just right’ for that carpy look.
We have used and abused one of these systems since the start of 2016 and it has stood up to everything we can throw at it. The central space in the quiver itself is surprisingly cavernous and there’s a neat partition to keep your stinking net away from the rest of your gear. The sleeves, which are waterproof and rot resistant, seem durable and well made, but the space for your reel is a little tight if you are using an extra-large big pit. Apart from that minor niggle, this a hugely versatile system that has casually shrugged off all the abuse we have been able to throw at it.