Tested by Duncan Charman
Measuring 100 x 70 cm, this mat is big enough to place the biggest carp on, but the thickness of the foam could be better. Spacious and olive green, it can be rolled up and secured by Velcro straps for easy transportation. It also features a full-size securable anti-flip cover that also doubles up as a kneepad. Strong carry handles, and a sealing inner compartment will house an anti-bacterial solution,
a nice touch.
Measuring 132 x 85 cm and made from 600-denier waterproof fabric this mat’s big enough for any carp. Polystyrene bean-filled inner increases fish support, but feels quite hard. However, the integrated system reduces fish movement. Supplied with small padded knee cushion within separate compartment, carry handle and complete fold over cover, which doesn’t fix down in any way. If the knee pad were built into the cover and the pocket left to hold some anti-bacterial solution, this mat would have scored higher.
Two products in one – a deep padded, olive green, king-size unhooking mat measuring 125 x 79 cm that also converts to a carryall. Large enough for any size of carp and fully zippable using high quality, heavy-duty zips throughout. Boasts an additional external zipped pocket measuring 51 x 48 cm to take other important items. Clip on/off luxury padded neoprene shoulder strap and padded neoprene carry handle for easy transportation, and pegging points to secure mat to ground. High quality product, ideal for the mobile angler.
Doubling as a weigh sling, this large, 40 mm foam-filled mat measures 122 x 94 cm when unfolded, and the complete zipped outer and heavy-duty webbing handles mean that it can also be used as a stalking bag. The smooth, soft, fully waterproof 310D PVC finish on the unhooking surface removes much less of the vital protective layer of mucus from fish. Finished in olive green, the mat has a handy side pocket for storing carp care products and sacks. Ideal for the mobile angler and as a base for a barrow.
The internal holding area measures 108 x 72 cm, suitable for the largest carp, and the thick padded, raised edges prevent water run off, fish movement and provide total protection. Best described as suitcase size, this extra thick padded mat includes an integrated fold-out kneel mat with two padded sections for extra comfort, which doubles up as a securable safety flap. The mat can be secured to the ground by four pegging points. Two carry handles and a padded shoulder strap are also included.
A specialist mat aimed at the serious carper and designed to provide complete protection for the biggest carp caught. The 26 cm high, reinforced rigid, double thickness deep foam walls are assembled easily and fold down flat for compact storage. The deep foam internal mat is removable for easy cleaning. Two securing, top anti-flip covers secure and protect, whilst the strong carry handles and zipped ends allow for safe return to the water. Complete with small, integrated kneeling pad, outer pocket for anti-bacterial solution and pegging points as well as a free carry case.
NOTE: All products tested June 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.