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   Old Thread  #6 28 Apr 2022 at 1.13pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Did you buy yours close to release? They may have sorted the issues.
I have spooled a fair few reels and the xtractor reels the line would always manage its way behind the spool, this was especially annoying if I fished the margins on a slack line as I'd have to be extra wary this didn't happen. This was the case on all 3 reels I had. I also had problems with the clutch binding onto the spool, this has only happened on wychwood riots which I find also a bit crap.
Shortly after losing a rod in my local lake due to this issue, I sold them and bought a set of okuma inceptions, same money but leaps and bounds ahead of the sonik reels.
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   Old Thread  #5 28 Apr 2022 at 9.57am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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never had any issues with mine i used them for at least 2 years with no maintenance done either supper little reels at a fantastic price ive upgraded but ive stored them away incase my new ones go wrong
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   Old Thread  #4 27 Apr 2022 at 6.02pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The xtractor reels I had a nightmare with and when I came to sell mine alot were already on marketplace. Many people bought and resold instantly, honestly surprised of a good review on them.
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   Old Thread  #3 27 Apr 2022 at 3.15pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have dwarfs for the canal as I travel via foot or public transport great little rods(6í) coupled with 2 diawa ninja feeder reels had a few fish in them nothing massive but great little rods for what I need.
But agree for some big brands itís the price you pay which is not always justified
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   Old Thread  #2 27 Apr 2022 at 1.05pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I have two xtractors (not the newer recon or whatever) in Cork and 3lb test curve. I bought them for canal fishing so they would easily fit into my TT, I have a van now so I don't use them as much but they are spot on, I've chucked a 2.5oz lead 90 yards with them and I'm no caster.

I don't think that Sonik reels are great though tbh however I don't rate anything by nash either.
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   Old Thread  #1 27 Apr 2022 at 12.59pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
The sensible-money Scope alternatives?

Influenced by my son's fashion-conscious approach to carping, I jumped wholeheartedly onto the extendable-rod bandwagon a few months ago. Being shallow, I needed a plausible justification beyond 'they look cool'. Given that I keep my overnighter kit permanently in the car boot, the security aspect makes sense for me; I can now keep the full kit including two made-up rods under the boot cover and out of sight. And they look cool.

I was never going to go down the Scope route. As nice as the kit probably is, I wanted to avoid 'premium brand' carp-tax inflation. Also, while I don't know with certainty, I'm sure that there are fewer blank manufacturers than there are brands.

I've never handled a Scope, but after a few months with these rods I'd bet my left testicle that Scopes aren't twice as good, despite being more than twice the price. I have the 8ft 2.5lb TC and the 10ft 3.25lb TC models, and they're both really, really good. I've had UK 30s on the 8-footers and French fish to just under 40 on the 10-footers, and their action is very good indeed. The 8-footers can easily throw PVA bags accurately (clipped up) to a margin 50 yards away, despite packing away into ridiculously small bespoke rod sleeves. They do require a bit more patience than a longer / heavier rod when levering big fish up from the bottom when under the rod tip, but they have never felt under-gunned. The 10-footers will throw a 2.5oz lead plus rig and a VERY small PVA stick over 100 yards. the test curve feels a bit lighter than 3.25lb but it's plenty beefy enough for anything other than extreme range fishing. As a fish playing tool, they have plenty of backbone without feeling overly stiff. The extendable section makes no discernible difference to the action. The standard of the fittings is spot on; nice (if unbranded) rings and reel-fittings, good whipping, subtle graphics. With hindsight, I'd have gone for cork rather than EVA, but that's just cosmetics. The bespoke Sonik rod sleeves are robust, well-made and come in a nice subtle camo pattern...so they look cool. There's a really nice case for a three-rod set up that includes all kinds of pouches, but it seems really expensive compared to all the other kit - I don't get that, it's so at odds with the great value of the rest of the range.

Likewise with the reels. They're 5000-sized so not big pits, but loaded with 15lb Sensor they are fine for long chucks when strapped to the 10-footers. The QC drag is really good; about four clicks from 'baitrunner' to fighting fish. Two sprung line clips, nice trendy gold spools, robust bail arm, one-touch folding handle for the tarts out there. They don't have the precision-machined feeling of a top-end Shimmy or Daiwa - but as with the rods, I'm sure that two or three times the price does not equal two or three times as good. For all my UK and French fishing in the last few months, they have performed perfectly.

So, a question for all the Nash devotees out there. Other than the cachet of using the 'trendy' brand, what else justifies the pretty steep prices attached to Scope kit???
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