The Sonik SK-TEK Compact Rod Sleeves come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

Description: a space-saving rod holdall that’ll take your rods, accessories and shelter.

Specifications: up-and-down sleeves for holding three (10, 12 or 13 ft) rods along with two additional rods on the outside; a five-rod version for 12 ft rods is also available, and will hold an additional two rods; compatible with big pit reels and 50 mm rod rings; expansion side pocket for a shelter; landing net, weigh sling and bankstick side pockets; reinforced tip and butt sections; HD 600D PVC-backed SK-TEK camo material; fully lined and padded with reinforced tip and butt sections; two external lead pockets; car-loading handles; padded shoulder strap.

My verdict: I love the idea of these sleeves, as anything that allows you to carry your gear more compactly gets my vote.

The fact that you can carry three rods, a shelter, net, sticks and a sling in a unit as compact as this is a big plus point.

Great for grab-and-go sessions as well as longer trips. The car-loading handles are a nice addition, too.

Price: from £74.99.

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