The Sonik VaderX 5000 and 6000 FS Reels 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.

SONIK have a reputation for offering quality kit at a very attractive price and these Vader X 5000 and 6000 FS – freespool reels are a typical example.

Whether you are coupling them with one of their new ‘short’ Xtractor carp rods for a bit of stalking, or a barbel set-up on a straight lead or feeder they’re likely to perform equally well.

They come with two CNC-machined anodised aluminium spools and a micro adjustable front drag, plus a rear freespool drag for controlling any tearaway takes. The 5000 and 6000 sized spools take 230 m and 280 m of 0.35 mm line respectively.

Utilising 5+1 stainless ball bearings, and boasting a gear ratio of 5.5:1, a chunky hollow bail arm and an oversized line-friendly line clip – there are plenty of user friendly features – especially for a sub £50 reel.

Understated but built to deliver – big fish too, they come with a CNC machined solid aluminium handle, stainless steel main shaft and a strong, but lightweight graphite body and rotor.

They look like a useful choice for those two or three rod multiple rod set-ups too and they certainly won’t break the bank.

Price: £49.99.

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