REVIEW: Solar P1 Stage Stands

Solar's new stage stands are probably the lowest on the market, allowing your rods to sit low to the ground on platform swims.

 P1 Stage Stands. Buzzer bars not included

P1 Stage Stands. Buzzer bars not included

RRP: £69.99 | www.solartackle.co.uk

  • WE LIKE: Last-a-lifetime construction and looks
  • WE DISLIKE: Supplied screwdriver is fiddly to use

As with most things produced by Solar Tackle, the new P1 Stage Stands are beautiful to look at it.

The whole kit comes packaged in a neat carry case holding both stage stands, their inserts and a Solar T-bar screwdriver with screws and a removable bit.

 The rear stand and its adjustable-height insert 

The rear stand and its adjustable-height insert 

These are, we believe, the ‘lowest’ stage stands on the market in that they hold your rods close to the ground for a great-looking setup. The front stage stand is much smaller than the rear to compensate for the height of bite alarms.

The high-grade stainless steel used in the construction of these items looks and feels great. There’s a reassuring weightiness to this kit that anglers have come to expect from Solar. The knurled collars and screw fittings are also fine details.

When set up and on the bank, the P1 Stage Stands (which, in case you aren’t aware, are effectively screw-in banksticks to allow you to fish wooden platforms) look beautiful.

However, getting to that stage is not without problems. The supplied T-bar screwdriver and bit looks great, but a power screwdriver or a standard manual one with a traditional handle works much better when exerting pressure on harder woods.

The bit also doesn’t fit the supplied screws particularly snuggly, which can lead to slipping. On softer woods like well-established railway-sleeper swims it’s not a big problem, but on newer or tougher woods it can be a chore.

That said, if you already have a decent power screwdriver or a traditional one with a longer reach then there are no problems.

 Buzzer bars are locked very tightly in place

Buzzer bars are locked very tightly in place

Once set up, the stage stands are rock solid. The machined inserts are almost D shaped, so they can’t twist inside the stands. Buzzer bars aren’t including, but £69.99 is a decent price for some British-made bankware that’ll last a lifetime.