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Tested by Dave Coster

 

MIDDY COMMERCIAL ROD SLEEVE

£12.99

This unpadded sleeve can take one two-piece rod up to 12 ft in length. It has webbing carry handles and is made from flexible waterproof material. There’s a
full-length two-way zip, so that the protective covering can be opened out completely, while the enlarged lower storage section is big enough to take a chunky-sized reel. A nice bonus feature allows the top of the sleeve to be folded back and secured with Velcro at three different points, useful when storing shorter rods inside. Only offers basic protection.

SCORE: 25/30


DRENNAN TEAM ENGLANDMATCHPRO DOUBLE

£21.95

Made from tough, waterproof fabric and designed to house a duo of tackled-up two-piece rods up to 12 ft long. This flexible, padded sleeve has a cushioned divider inside, along with two internal quivertip pockets, plus two terminal tackle pockets in the enlarged reel storage areas. Supplied with three Velcro bands for each rod, and identification labels that can be slotted into clear outer pockets. A
two-way full-length zip allows this holdall to be opened out completely, and it has a standard carry handle.

SCORE: 27/30


USED TACKLE AVANTI TWO ROD

£29.99

Hardback holdall that can house two tackled-up three-piece rods up to 15 ft in length. It has internal padding and a cushioned divider, along with a full-length two-way zip opening. Also features a padded shoulder strap and carry handle, a full-length external pocket (big enough to take an umbrella) and a shorter external bank stick pocket. Both pockets have clip locking flaps and side zips for easy access. Made from tough blue woven material, also featuring a hard plastic moulded base. Offers great protection!

SCORE: 27/30

MAVER READY ROD HOLDALL

£49.99

Finished in Maver’s distinctive black, green and red livery, and made from a combination of hardwearing 900 and 600 denier fabrics. This double holdall can take two 12 ft two-piece rods with good-sized reels, segregating both with a padded central divider. It offers a two-way full-length zip opening on both compartments, along with a padded shoulder strap and reinforced carry handle. This rigid, hardback design is very stylish, combined with a durable nature, also boasting a plastic scuff-proof moulded base.

SCORE: 27/30


PRESTON INNOVATIONS DOUBLE ROD HOLDER

£44.99

Part of Preston Innovation’s Hardcase luggage range, which tells you this is a rigid, durable holdall. It’s well padded and takes two ready-tackled two-piece rods up to 12 ft in length. Each compartment has two-way zips to gain full-length opening for easy access, and there’s a well-padded central divider. Made from a tough, woven material, this quality product also features a padded shoulder strap and padded carry handle, along with a moulded plastic base to prevent premature wear. Top quality.

SCORE: 28/30


BEST BUY

GARBOLINO SUPER G RIGID DOUBLE ROD POUCH

£39.99

Made from 1,200-denier material with a rigid, toughened inner case and a hard moulded base, this double compartment holdall can take a pair of 12 ft two-piece rods comfortably. It has slightly more streamlined reel storage areas, being aimed at match fishing and smaller reels. Its centre divider is well cushioned, and both compartments have a two-way, full-length zip opening. Finished with a padded shoulder strap and carry handle. Less bulky, but still protects tackled-up rods superbly.

SCORE: 29/30

NOTE: All products tested September 2009. 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.