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   Old Thread  #9 21 Nov 2023 at 2.49pm  0  Login    Register
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Also using a pair of Bow-Lites - can’t go wrong for that price.
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   Old Thread  #8 20 Nov 2023 at 9.46am  0  Login    Register
Worth considering
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   Old Thread  #7 20 Nov 2023 at 9.08am  0  Login    Register
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I've 'had a go' with the much more expensive Bow-Lock and am struggling to understand what advantage the mechanism actually provides? Its not a press and release one handed operation to collapse the net (unlike the excellent but long discontinued Hutchy Spring Lock) - you still need to use the elbow method so what's the point?

Bow-Lite has very similar arms/mesh/handle and is a lot lighter . . .and is under half the price!
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   Old Thread  #6 20 Nov 2023 at 8.59am  0  Login    Register
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The Chris Brown carbon is the best net ive used.
Its not the sleekest thats for sure, but goes thru the water great.
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   Old Thread  #5 20 Nov 2023 at 8.54am  0  Login    Register
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I bought a pair of Solar Bow-Lite nets in the summer for £150 on a Go Outdoors deal - really nice nets with solid but easily removable arms and a stiff enough (although vaguely annoying as 2 piece) handles. Mesh is a good length (neither too deep or shallow) and the stink bags are also solid . . .
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   Old Thread  #4 20 Nov 2023 at 8.41am  0  Login    Register
Hi Know a few guys that have these and hate them due to their weight. Apparently they feel ok when dry and out of the water but in the water they are quite heavy. Each of the 3 guys I know that bought these went back to using the syndicate supplied nets which were NGT.

I have used the more expensive stainless bow-lok for a week in France after my own busted with a grassie and I found it quite good. The mechanism take a bit getting use to but it is quite good once you get the hang of it.

There a lot in our club that us the cheap fox warrior nets and as long as you don't stand on the handle their cheap and cheerful.
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   Old Thread  #3 19 Nov 2023 at 11.29am  1  Login    Register
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You can do a “pick and mix” on the tackle box site, their 2 piece handle is great. - light and really stiff. They do spreader/ arm/ net but you can get the ESP spreader and net for £50, total under £100
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   Old Thread  #2 19 Nov 2023 at 11.13am  0  Login    Register
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Chris Brown - absolutely the best net I ever used, and he can make the pole to your exact spec.

You'll find a few threads mentioning his kit and no one has a bad word to say about it.

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   Old Thread  #1 17 Nov 2023 at 11.30am  0  Login    Register
Hey guys. Time has come to get myself a new net as after many years of service my trusty Advanta discovery rover is starting to get a bit knackered.

The two things I’m looking to upgrade would be for it to come with a really good stink bag, as I store the net indoors, and for it to be easier to take apart when there’s a fish in the net. It has to be a two part handle packing down to 3ft.

Thinking of the Solar A1 bow-loc, which seems to tick those boxes and is about £130. Can’t see much discussion of it on here tho.

Anyone got one who’d recommend it, or who’d suggest something else that fits the above brief/price point?

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