The Octbox Mk20 Topkit and Rod Roost Set 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: a quality top kit and rod support system.
Specifications: lightweight; ultra-strong; alloy construction; disc pin locking system allows the roost to be positioned at a multitude of angles; removable red inserts for top kits; square fittings ensures that nothing can slip or twist; supplied with a 25 or 36 mm leg adaptor that fits most seatbox systems.
My verdict: reworked so that it’s solid and stable when set up at any angle, the new Octbox Mk20 roost will happily take rods and pole top kits (up to a top 6).
The fact that you don’t need to add any additional support shows the quality of Octbox engineering and the choice of materials.
The removable red inserts ensure top kits can’t blow off the roost in a gusty wind – clever.
Thanks to the disc pin system, you can lock the roost so that it supports your rods and pole top kits from a horizontal position to almost vertical, report the Octbox team.
The vertical position is particularly useful when setting up around obstructions, in tricky pegs or when you need to store your kit out of the way of pedestrians on towpaths.
The clever use of square posts and adaptors are a simple solution to eliminate the chance of any slippage when poles or rods are placed on the roost.
Price: £97. (octbox.co.uk)
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