Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard is the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Here's his lowdown on the Shakespeare Cypry XT Reels …

SHAKESPEARE offer some great value for money solid performing reels and this trio under the Cypry XT banner sound just that.

The 4+1 bearing, freespool reels come in a XT40 FS size, ideal for fishing the likes of the method for fish into ‘doubles’, there’s a 60 size for specimen carp work, stalking and floater fishing.

And for longer range work and spodding and heavier lines there’s an 80 size with a long cast spool. Spool capacities are 215 m of 8 lb, 220 m of 14 lb and 145 m of 20 lb line respectively.

They all come with an aluminium main spool, plus a graphite spare, a front drag, large diameter robust bail wire and a decent grip on the handle. They’re easy on the eye too with their browny bronze and black bodies.

You’re getting a lot of reel for the money here for under £40.

Price: £29.99-£39.99.