The Sonik VaderX Tele-Spin Rods come 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: telescopic spinning rods.

Specifications: 9 ft (10-30 g-rated casting weight), 10 ft (15-40 g) and 11 ft (20-50 g) telescopic rods that collapse down to transport lengths of 66 cm, 69 cm and 72 cm respectively; lightweight carbon; progressive power; slim, ergonomic cork handles with rubberised cork reinforcement; DPS reel seat with a hook-keeper ring; low-friction, forward-sloping ‘sweep’ guides, to reduce tangles; low-profile tip guide for increased tip recovery; protective ring guard.

My verdict: keep one of these stowed away in the boot of your car, along with a reel and some terminal tackle, and you’ll be fishing in no time at all.

Designed for lure fishing, including spinners, soft plastics and crankbaits, they’ll cover other types of fishing methods, too, including float fishing for sea species and stalking for carp.

They are perfect for holidays, at home and abroad, as they are small enough to fit in a big suitcase.

Costing under £50, these rods are well-priced, just like all of the Sonik products.

Prices: £42.99-£46.99.

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