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Tested by Duncan Charman

 

JRC PVA MESH

£15.99. 5 m refill £5.99
Another dual system containing 5 m of no-ladder 37.5 mm standard mesh and 23.5 mm micromesh PVA that allows a multitude of uses from pellets to stick mixes. The inner tubes containing the PVA have the odd sharp spot that needs to be removed to avoid bag splitting. The precise twin ended plunger fits both tubes and everything is contained within a rigid, clear tube. The PVA took quite a time to start dissolving compared to others at 42 seconds and was expensive at £1.59 per metre.
SCORE: 23/30


GARDNER EASI-LOADA

£14.99. 5 m refills £4.99
A dual system containing 5 m of 24 mm boilie PVA and 5 m of standard 37 mm all-season micromesh PVA. When measuring the length of PVA on each tube, it was revealed that both contained just over 6 m! Supplied within a double-capped green container the PVA showed no signs of splitting on bag making, even though the ends of each tube were slightly ragged. The plunger is multi-functioning to suit both sizes of mesh. Bags in test water started to dissolve at 29 seconds. Dual systems of Fishnet PVA also available.
SCORE: 27/30


ESP PVA MESH

£6.99. 6 m refills £3.65.
6 m length systems available in both 20 mm and 25 mm sizes with plunger all contained within a compact, press top tube. The inner tubes are tapered for easy filling and there are no sharp edges to be found, so no wastage. Branded plungers are sturdy, precise and have divisions on allowing the creation of uniformed bags. Bags placed in water started breaking down in just 18 seconds, the second quickest tested. A 32 mm PVA mesh system is available incorporating an easy-fill funnel.
SCORE: 27/30


NASH WEBCAST

£4.99-£5.99. 5 m refills £3.99-£4.99.
Webcast comes on 5 m tubes in either 28 mm or 44 mm sizes. Supplied within no-frill tubes the system comes without a plunger but does show visual instructions on the label how to create bags. The PVA has a close weave and a controlled, low distortion breakdown. When the bags were tested they were the quickest to start dissolving in just 10 seconds and more to the point left very little residue. The best PVA without a doubt but the packaging, especially the sharp inner tube lets it down.
SCORE: 27/30


FOX PVA MESH

£8.99. 10 m refills £6.99, 25 m refills £16.99.
10 m systems are available in 25 mm narrow and 35 mm wide, fine or heavy PVA. The no frills inner tubes have a simple o-ring that stops the PVA spilling, The end did have the odd sharp points that need removing to avoid any bag splitting. Supplied with plunger that does have some movement within the tube. Everything is supplied in the usual double capped tube. Bags started dissolving in 35 seconds. Bag tying instructions are visibly shown on the outside label.
SCORE: 28/30


BEST BUY

KORDA ORIGINAL FUNNEL WEB

£9.99. 5 m refill £5.99. 20 m refill £19.99.
As soon as you pick the olive green, screw top container, the system oozes quality. The inner tube contains 7 m of 27 mm, 4–Season Hexmesh and care has been taken to avoid wastage by removing every sharp edge. The tapered top avoids spillage when loading and the sturdy, comfortable grip precise plunger eliminates any wastage. With 7 m of PVA on the tube it does tend to spill off but this is a minor technicality. Bags started to dissolve in 32 seconds. Also available in Micromesh.
SCORE: 29/30

NOTE: All products tested May 2010. All prices correct at the time of going to Press. Angler’s Mail do not take responsibility for price or product changes or current availability.