The Sonik SKS bite alarm set provides a free bivvy light that pairs to the buzzers, but that's not all that's on offer in this well-priced bundle...
RRP: £149.99 | www.soniksports.com
The first thing you’ll notice about this bite-alarm kit is the free bivvy light that accompanies the bundle.
It not only offers standard illumination, it’s also paired with all of the alarms in the set, meaning it will turn on when you get a beep at your rods.
Cleverly, in addition to eight white LEDs used for illumination, a central bulb lights up in the same colour as the alarm head that’s beeping.
Not so cleverly, every bleep will trigger the bivvy light, meaning liners and wind-assisted bobbins could keep you floodlit all night.
That said, you can adjust the brightness and add a small delay between alarm bleep and bivvy-light illumination.
On venues where you’re fairly certain that a beep is worth investigating, it’s a nifty feature that will stop you scrambling for your headtorch as you dive into your shoes on your way to your rod.
Now to the alarms themselves. Straight away, they impress.
There are two super-bright LEDs in the ears – one illuminates for a run, while the other lights up when you get a drop-back bite. The direction of the line movement is also signalled with a different tone, so you know exactly what’s going on in an instant.
Two smaller bulbs under the roller wheel also light up when you get a bite, creating a lovely sight as the translucent diamond-shaped, two-magnet wheel illuminates. Those two bulbs can also be switched on permanently as a subtle ‘night light’.
There are six different volume settings, plus silent; four sensitivity levels; a low-battery warning and seven tone adjustments.
The alarms are coated in a soft-touch matte paint and are very compact, with a very narrow silhouette. The locking collar on the screw thread is a welcome addition as it makes lining up your buzzers on your bars very simple.
The battery compartment has a simple plastic slide-off door with no rubberised seal, but it all fits snugly and Sonik boasts of 100-per-cent waterproofing. Speaking of snug fits, the batteries (2xAAAs in the alarms and 3xAAs in the bivvy light) are a very tight fit, so take care when changing them.
The receiver (which takes a single 9v battery) is another neatly crafted item. The dull-green rubberised grips on either side add a touch of class and the whole unit is easy to program.
Unfortunately, we have yet to try these alarms in a fishing situation so we cannot comment on the receiver’s bankside range.
All in all, for under £150, this is an extremely capable package that appears well built and well thought-out. We’d probably grow tired of using the bivvy light as an auxiliary receiver, but it’s still a handy product in its basic form.