Tested by STEVE LOCKETT
This box makes a brilliant combined gear storage/working area with extendable legs allowing a working height of up to 34 cm. The 22 x
33 cm lid has measuring marks and a deep recess giving the best working area of all the boxes on test. Upper storage area has four larger 8 x 11 cm sections, plus customisable 5.5 cm wide sides, which can run the full width of the box to take longer bits like floats. Two deep drawers below the top section will take spools and other items.
At this price, the Middy Lake box is hard to beat for a no-nonsense way to carry small bits to your peg. Adjustable dividers allow some customisation and the box has room for smaller accessories like hooks and swivels, or longer items like floats. A larger 11 x 20 cm space will take scissors and forceps, but floats over 20 cm will need to be carried separately. The plastic case is quite flexible, which makes it durable, but likely to spill smaller items if the lid flexes. The top catches are quite positive, but the lower catches are not so heavy-duty. Needs to be used with smaller boxes for most rig bits. Separate storage needed for tied traces, so not the complete system.
Coming at a whopping price point, the F Box has room to carry enough gear to cover any commercial fishing situation, from leads, swivels and tubing through to several types of line, braids and hook lengths. The double sided design allows different gear to be carried to suit different applications as long as it is all stored in boxes for when the F Box has to be upended. Locking catches work well. Recessed lids with measuring marks give good working areas. Rig boards take traces from 2 cm to 26 cm using neat slide and lock pin systems.
The sturdiest system on test, but this comes at a price – its weight. Fully loaded with a tough rig board, Greys’ sealed accessory boxes and various dividers, the spacious lid unit and two side drawers will take plenty of kit. The rig board also has a couple of drawers, as well as the extendable trace pins, making it the best way to store tied rigs. The lid hinges back to give a flat area for working on, and can be used the same way when closed. A recess stops smaller bits rolling too far, and a measure runs along the lid.
Fully loaded with two rig boards, six four-compartment accessory boxes and two magnetic hook boxes, the Maxi Rig Manager looks good for those who like to carry plenty of trace options ready-tied. There are a couple of spaces for extra spools of line and tools as well. Seems quite tough, but not sure you would want to try standing on it! Part of the Intelligent Tackle Management system, so will fit into the same space as any of the other boxes in the range allowing neat stacking and ease of transport. The lid has measuring marks and recesses to stop smaller items rolling around. Catches are very positive and the stainless hinges look built to last.
NOTE: All products tested July 2011. 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.
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