The Sonik Gizmo Alarm and Receiver 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: alarm, receiver and bivvy lamp.
Alarm specifications: illuminated snag ears and line roller; Red, Yellow, Green and Blue colours available; eight Volume, Tone and Sensitivity settings; one-touch Mute function; forward and drop-back bite differentiation; LED Nightflow function; low-battery warning; 150 m range; requires 2 AAA batteries; clip-on protective cover.
Receiver specifications: Red, Yellow, Green and Blue channels; LED drop-back indication; Light and Sound, Light and Vibration or Light, Sound and Vibration alerts; auto alarm; head tone; silent start-up; silent low-battery warning; anti-theft alarm; 150 m range; built-in torch; requires 2 AAA batteries; landyard attachment point.
Bivvy light specifications: manual On/Off mode; Automatic Illumination mode when alarm is triggered; six colour, seven Volume, six Brightness and six Delay adjustments; low-battery warning; requires 3 AAA batteries; magnetic or hook bivvy attachment.
My verdict: Sonik has packed a lot into this top-of-the-range package, which is compact and bursting with features.
With the bivvy light set on Automatic Illumination and the receiver on Light, Sound and Vibration, there’s little chance of missing a take or picking up the wrong rod. The bivvy light also has a stereo speaker.
The left snag ear and roller illuminates Red, Yellow, Green or Blue when you receive a forward take, and the right snag ear and roller will illuminate White when you get a drop-back bite.
Anglers will appreciate the range of adjustments, as you can tweak the system to exactly how bright and loud you want it to be.
I like the fact that the alarm, receiver and bivvy lamp all take AAA batteries.
The one-touch Mute option is a good idea, as is the 30-second ‘rearm’, should you get distracted and forget to turn the system back on.
The clip-on hardcase, anti-theft alarm and torch are also extremely welcome additions to what looks like being a very competitively priced alarm package.
Prices: 2+1 Alarm and Bivvy Lamp £199.99; 3+1 Alarm and Bivvy Lamp £249.99; 4+1 Alarm and Bivvy Lamp £299.99.
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