OBJECT OF DESIRE: Solar P1 Bow-Loc landing net

OBJECT OF DESIRE: Solar P1 Bow-Loc landing net

RRP: £249.99 | www.solartackle.com

A pleasure to look at and a pleasure to use!

A pleasure to look at and a pleasure to use!

Let's deal with the elephant in the room first… yes, it’s a landing net that costs more than my parents paid for my first car.

However, before the haters start hating, this is no ordinary landing net. As with so many of Martin Locke’s previous market-leading incarnations, this is a piece of engineering excellence which not only looks superb but is of the highest quality throughout.

So, where does all this quality manifest itself, you might ask? I’ll start with Solar’s specialist area, stainless steel, the very best version of which is used in the fully machined block complete with the signature Bow-Loc quick-release mechanism.

The release of the net is both fast and simple, and the same stainless steel is used on all the other fittings on the Bow-Loc.

The machined stainless-steel block and quick-release arms

The machined stainless-steel block and quick-release arms

The second most prominent feature is the ‘Twist-Loc’ extendable handle, which can be set from 3ft to 6ft, and any length in between.

The beautiful carbon handle quickly adjusts from 3ft to 6ft long

The beautiful carbon handle quickly adjusts from 3ft to 6ft long

This makes it ideal for bank and boat anglers alike. The 42ins, deep-mesh net is ample to cope with the biggest carp and the net’s arms, as with the handle, are of carbon construction.

The laser-etched butt cap completes the detailed and superbly constructed Bow-Loc, which also comes with a storage/stink bag and weighs just 750 grams.

It's details like this that make the P1 Bow-Loc a purchase of a lifetime

It's details like this that make the P1 Bow-Loc a purchase of a lifetime

You’ll have to make your own minds up as to whether this fabulous piece of kit warrants the price tag.

My view? If you have this kind of disposable income, then why not splash out on what must surely be the best landing net on the market?

The 42ins mesh is deep enough to briefly retain fish in the margins

The 42ins mesh is deep enough to briefly retain fish in the margins