Our review of the Sonik VaderX landing net finds it to be everything you need from a hard-working carp net...
RRP: £49.99 | www.soniksports.com
- We like: Great sturdiness, weight and mesh depth
- We dislike: Not a lot!
Considering the design principles are straightforward, it’s amazing that bad landing nets still exist – but they do, especially in this price bracket.
This sub-£50 Sonik offering, however, does exactly what you want from a landing net. Rigidity without excess weight is key, and the 42ins VaderX manages this perfectly.
The net arms are carbon composite and provide the stiffness you need to shuffle and slide the net into the water at those crucial moments. This is where lesser nets frustratingly fall down, but the Sonik performs admirably, giving you confidence that it won’t collapse in on itself when it really matters.
The same carbon composite material is used for the handle, which is sturdy but well balanced.
There are two handle options on offer – a single-piece 6ft version and a two-piece version at the same length.
We tested the one-piece offering, but can imagine the two-piece one is ideal for boat anglers and those who prefer their kit to have a more compact pack-down size.
The spreader block is made from reinforced carbon composite and is elegantly designed almost like a garden hoe. That open central section is perfect for stuffing the mesh of the net into to keep it out of harm’s way. When a fish hits the net, the mesh simply unfurls and drops down to its full size.
The easy-flow hex mesh itself is soft to the touch and boasts a decent depth. Some modern nets are too deep, but this one feels just right.
For under £50 you really can’t ask for more. It’s perfect for an improving angler or as a second net.