REVIEW: ATTs iW bite alarms and receiver

REVIEW: ATTs iW bite alarms and receiver

Among the smallest bite alarms on the market, and definitely some of the most rugged, the classic ATTs have been given a makeover for 2018. Tackle editor Marc Coulson reviews them...

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  • ATTs iW alarms: £79.99 each
  • ATTx Deluxe Receiver: £125
  • Receiver case: £9.99

A bite alarm head that doesn’t make a noise? When first launched, that was the apparent madness which the ATTs represented, but they've since gained a big cult following… and for very good reason, too.

Initially produced by the guys at Specialist Tackle, these days the ATTs brand comes under the Gardner Tackle umbrella and they’ve gone from strength to strength ever since.

With simplicity of design at the core of the ATTs ethos, the tiny alarms boast no buttons or jack plugs, meaning there’s no chance of water ingress in these traditional weak spots.

And, without the presence of a speaker, the heads are ultra compact and work on a roller-wheel system which is both reliable and hardy.

 An underlit roller wheel and no speaker or jack socket for water to get into

An underlit roller wheel and no speaker or jack socket for water to get into

A recent upgrade to the ATTs means they are now available with an under-lit roller wheel, which lights up when you get any action, making them both uber-cool to look at and less likely to blind you in the middle of the night when you get a run – which can happen with some other bite alarms with standard lights.

So, you might be wondering what I meant earlier when I said they make no sound? Herein lies the unique nature of the ATTs, as they only work with the receiver, which the sound comes from and which can also be set to vibrate mode.

 The shape of the ATTs, shown with the cover on, is distinctive and feature integral snag ears

The shape of the ATTs, shown with the cover on, is distinctive and feature integral snag ears

The ‘secret squirrels’ among the big-carp fraternity love the ATTs for this reason, as it allows them to happily catch carp without the anglers around the rest of the lake becoming aware.

The ATTx Deluxe receiver uses just two AA batteries and offers an improved range over previous models, as well as excellent signal penetration through surrounding foliage and superb water resistance.

Back in the early days, the criticism was that if the battery in the receiver died then, effectively, you would be none the wiser in the event of a bite. The low-battery warning sensor in the receiver dealt with that in an instant.

 There's a very case for the Deluxe Receiver

There's a very case for the Deluxe Receiver

I’ve long admired these alarms and, although I haven’t ever owned a set myself, several of my angling mates have and they rave about them.

The combination of compact head, reliable technology and extremely reasonable price makes them truly befitting of the ‘objects of desire’ title.