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 MAP Z-36 Elite Carbon Seatbox…

TAPPING into the expertise used in the manufacturing of carbon bike frames MAP have raised the bar by announcing the launch of the first ever carbon frame seat box. And it’s a looker.

And if their Z-30 Elite box launched last year was as much as 20 percent lighter than some of its competitors, MAP’s new Z-36 Elite Carbon, on its way in May, is reckoned to be 10 per cent lighter still. It boasts the merits of the built-in strength that comes with a carbon construction.

Anglers will appreciate the 36 mm diameter legs; it’s super stable, with threaded screw inserts for accessories throughout.

The versatility of the stacking system under the frame is a big plus too allowing deep and shallow tray units to be stacked in any order without a runner on the bottom.

Boasting a flowing, seamless, rounded design like you might see on a top end Audi, each frame is built and finished almost exclusively by hand.

Appealing to the match angler who wants the best, MAP have created a solid box too without the ‘play and rattles’ that you might find on other systems.

Even the clips and catches have taken a long time to get perfect, so that they last.

It comes with a sliding footplate with twist locking pins, a padded pole seat with pole support, water resistant seals on all the draw and tray units, divided drawer units and large swivelling mud feet.

The standard MAP Z-36 package includes:

  • shallow and deep drawer unit
  • a shallow tray unit, which will accept MAP’s Pole Winder Trays so you can simply swap Pole Winder Trays at home to match to different venues
  • a stacker lid with carry handle
  • a padded carry strap and seat box cover

It does not come cheap, but then premium products with latest technology never do.

Price: £1,249.