The Sonik Xtractor Carp Rods 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.

IF THE cost of going down the compact carping route has been a stretch too far for you, I’d urge you to check out these affordable Sonik Xtractor rods, which are priced at £59.99 to £69.99.

The 9 ft version is available in 2.75 lb and 3 lb test curves, and the 10 ft model in 3.25 lb and 3.5 lb. Thanks to collapsible butt sections, they have a transport length of just 44 in. and 50 in. respectively.

The rods certainly look the part, having super-light guides; slim, carbon fibre blanks; Japanese shrink rubber handles; anti-frap ceramic tip rings; 40 mm to 12 mm ringing patterns; and 17 mm DPS reel seats, complete with line-friendly, contoured clips.

Boasting a progressive, powerful action, there’s no doubt they’ll tame big carp, whether you’re setting a trap in the edge or launching a PVA bag to showing fish.

You could buy two or three rods for a small outlay, and then team them up with the new VaderX FS reels.

Prices: £59.99-£69.99.

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