The Middy Reactacore XM10-3 Power Carp Pole comes 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.

Description: 10 m margin carp package.

Specifications: Quad carbon technology; Maximus Wrap; Spineline Aligners; S-Slide finish; Dome Top Protection system; Max16 Pro 3-Kit; Max25 Karp 2 Kit; Safe-Zone Karp 10/11.5 m reversible mini butt; MX-Series holdall; weighs 692 g at 10 m.

My verdict: designed for targeting carp in the margins, the latest XM-10 Power Carp is a little lighter and stronger than its two predecessors, and they sold in their thousands.

Middy have told me that they are really pleased with the overall rigidity of this pole. Extra strength comes from the addition of Maximus Wrap (reinforced carbon weave) on the joints.

Coming with a number 25 elastic rating, the pole is marked with Depth Line Markers, which you can use as a quick reference. Pole protectors (the Dome Top Protection system) on key sections will help protect your pole from getting chipped or damaged.

Adding an XM10-3 11.5 m Extension, which will cost you as little as £50, if you are prepared to shop around, will enable you to fish at 11.5 m, and there’s a 13 m Extension available, too. Mini butts are also available to buy separately, priced at around £42.50. A 13 m version is also available. I reckon this package has a lot going for it. I’m impressed.

Prices: 10 m £375, but many outlets are selling it for £249.99; 13 m can be purchased for £349.99.

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