Sonik's SK-TEK luggage is as comprehensive a launch as we’ve seen in a long time. Tackle editor Marc Coulson cherry picks a few key items for a closer look…
3-ROD COMPACT ROD SLEEVE
The ‘two-up-one-down’ configuration of this compact sleeve is as clever as it is space saving.
If your rods have the larger 50mm butt rings then fear not as the sleeve’s slightly flared design easily accommodates both them and the biggest of big-pit reels, plus each rod is protected by full-length padded divider.
On the exterior of the sleeve there’s an innovative three-quarter-length pocket which can be used to house a rolled landing net mesh and pole, plus storm poles, or which can be expanded to house a brolly or shelter.
This is a great addition and displays some genuine thought in the design process, as do the twin handles that assist when lifting the sleeve in and out of a car.
Finally, there is capacity on the outside to add up to two extra rods, and there’s also a handy pocket for leads, often the last thing left when you pack away. Full marks for this one.
RRP: £49.99 - £59.99
Two sizes of carryall – medium and large - both of which boast an innovative free-standing design to prevent it from collapsing when not fully filled.
The rigid bases are waterproof, so the holdalls can be left on the floor when not using a groundsheet. This is particularly useful when brolly fishing with just a minimal amount of gear.
The material is hardwearing and all the zips very sturdy, while twin carry handles and shoulder straps make for easy transportation.
All of the pockets are designed to be used with the Sonik SK-Tek Accessory Bags and there’s ample room in each, without them being oversized and cumbersome and almost there for the sake of it – as can be the case with some luggage designs these days.
£39.99 - £49.99
Fully insulated and with a moveable internal divider, both short and long session anglers are accommodated for by this feature-packed cool bag, which comes in both medium and XL sizes.
The underside of the lids boast a clever set of retaining elastics, designed to safely house one of the popular sandwich makers that every carper seems to now own, and the external pocket and webbing sections take all of your other cooking essentials.
Internal elastics will retain bottles or a freezer block and extra insulation has been added to the base area. Twin zips allow for easy access while twin handles and a shoulder strap complete the impressive package.
FLOATING WEIGH SLING
The standard size of this retention sling will suffice for most anglers reading this but if you’re really lucky, or maybe if you fish abroad, then the large version will cope with much bigger carp.
The full mesh design allows for fast draining when lifting the carp out for weighing, although I’d like to see some support for the twin webbing straps which can potentially create a pinch point. Supporting the carp from underneath will solve that, which is worth bearing in mind.
Full-length floats boast ‘night-sight’ reflective patches and a five-metre retention cord includes a bank stick attachment for easy staking out.
£22.99 - £26.99
These individual rod sleeves have versatility at the heart of their design and, thanks to their extendable top sections, can be used with rods of any size.
The shorter version houses 9ft-10ft made-up rods whereas the longer sleeve takes wands from 12ft to 13ft, all of which are protected via internal padding.
An elasticated strap holds a landing net and sleeve, and there’s also an external lead pocket as well as webbing straps for a pair of bank sticks. All of these features make the sleeves ideal for additional fishing rods as well as for use with a spod or marker rod.