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   ESP Sniper MK1 vs ESP Sniper MK2
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   Old Thread  #12 18 Feb 2014 at 9.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Personally I Don't think you can beat esp rods full stop,I agree with many regards the look of the mk2-although I will say they do look better in the flesh than in the ad pictures.all the esp's seem to have a real good playing action,although I wouldn't say there's any that are out and out casting tools.i think in your shoes I'd be hunting out a set of mk1's safe in the knowledge you'll be getting a superb rod and if you have to change for whatever reason in the future you'll probably get your back and more

Edit: I've now just noticed the date too,presuming you've got some by now
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   Old Thread  #11 18 Feb 2014 at 7.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I can't comment on mk2's but I have been using mk1's for the last couple of seasons and I think they are great rods for the money.

I have the 2.75lb rods and they really are sublime while playing fish, but they are not casting rods. With a 2.5oz I can do about 90 yards but struggle to get any further, the 3.25lb rods you can hit 120 yards easily I would agree with that as someone has said.

I have them paired with 5500 xtb sand the balance of the rod feels very nice.

Overall they are very good rods

Edit -why bring up old threads. I need to pay more attention
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   Old Thread  #10 18 Feb 2014 at 7.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have 3 esp sniper mk1s for sale in good condition, any idea what they would be worth?
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   Old Thread  #9 1 May 2012 at 7.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Agree with you mate, iv got a set of the mk1 3.25 tc rods and for the money really rate them. I can hit 120 yards with them and I'm not a big caster. There not 'casting tools' compared to the higher end rods like hi s, torrix ect ect but there much cheaper. They look really nice and slim and are fun to play fish on.

Saw the mk2 the other day and they look horrible IMO but with regards to performance I Havnt a clue. I'd defo recommend the mk1 and there's 3 on tackle trader for sale ATM
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   Old Thread  #8 29 Apr 2012 at 7.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Yes as said, 3.25 do. Those are the ones my mate got
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   Old Thread  #7 29 Apr 2012 at 7.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have the mk1s version and i can hit 120 yards no probs with 3oz lead these are 3.25 TC

why i choose these rods as there no writing on them on top of rods like most other rods,
its under the rods and esp writing on the butt cap

have had 3 esp tracers before that for 5 years is why i stuck with esp rods,
don't like the look of the new ones from the pictures but might change my mind once
i seen them in the flesh
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   Old Thread  #6 29 Apr 2012 at 7.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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do the mk2 come in 50mm butt rings

3.25 Do
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   Old Thread  #5 29 Apr 2012 at 5.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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ive thought about the mk2 recently i like the look of them but i dunno what there like i know the mk1 where ment to be really good but my question is would people buy these over fox horizons or longbows and do the mk2 come in 50mm butt rings, sorry if i stole thread i just thought to ask instead of starting another on the rods
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   Old Thread  #4 29 Apr 2012 at 5.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Friend of mine has bought 3 of the mk2's whilst waiting for his new Freespirit rods. Has been using them and said they are great playing rods but crap for any sort of distance. Far to floppy.
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   Old Thread  #3 29 Apr 2012 at 2.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ive had my heart set on 3 ESP Sniper MK1 rods for the last 18-24 months but I've never parted with my hard earned cash simply because the rods i have were doing me proud and the size of waters I was fishing simply didn't require 120yd casting weapons. However a change of targets for this year hasmade me take the plunge....


I dont think either Snipers could be classed as a "casting weapon" or have an ideal action for casts around 120yards
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   Old Thread  #2 29 Apr 2012 at 1.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have used Mk1's for a couple of seasons & I am not sure how ESP could have made them better, for the price! Is it a case of them just re-releasing the rods with new graphics to try & boost sales??
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   Old Thread  #1 29 Apr 2012 at 1.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Good afternoon everyone,

I was hoping for a little advice with regards to the ESP sniper rods.

Ive had my heart set on 3 ESP Sniper MK1 rods for the last 18-24 months but I've never parted with my hard earned cash simply because the rods i have were doing me proud and the size of waters I was fishing simply didn't require 120yd casting weapons. However a change of targets for this year hasmade me take the plunge....

A little late so it seems as the MK2 rod has been released and new MK1's seem to be like rocking horse excrement to source. So I was hoping to hear some feedback from anglers who have fished with both the MK1's and MK2's. I've searched the forums and there doesn't seem to be a direct functional comparison between the two rods.

I appreciate that the looks of the MK2's are not to everyone's tastes, it's all in the eye of the beholder, I'm looking for reviews with regards to the actual rod how it plays which people prefer etc rather than the appearance, functionality over form 95% of the time for me!

Ultimately do I search for 3 mk1's on eBay or just buy 3 new MK2's

Im Also looking to pair these rods with shimano ultegra ci4 5500 XTA's any thoughts on these reels?

Thanks in advance for any feedback.

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