Review: Sonik Insurgent Carp Rods

The Sonik Insurgent Carp Rods come under the beady eye of the No.1 product inspector Richard Howard.

Sonik Insurgent Carp Rods
(Image: © Angler's Mail)

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Sonik Insurgent Carp Rods description: carp rods with a retractable butt section.

Specifications: 9 ft (2.75 lb and 3 lb) and 10 ft (3 lb, 3.25 lb and 3.5 lb) models; 9 ft rods pack down to 44 in., 10 ft to 50 in.; Toray high-modulus carbon blank; lite-ply, 1K-armoured carbon weave throughout; super-light M-Series DL black guides; anti-frap tip guide; 18 mm Fuji DPS reel seat; slim Japanese shrink handle; anodised, laser-etched butt cap.

My verdict: the Insurgent range is Sonik’s upgrade to their Xtractor carp rods, and I’m expecting them to be well received, considering the popularity for using short, retractable rods.

These are light and powerful, and they look the part, too, having ‘skeletal’ guides throughout.

With a 50 mm butt ring and a choice of test curves, I can see short rod fans being attracted to them.

The 9 and 10 ft designs will ‘thump’ a rig out when required, as well as placing rigs at short range.

They are an ideal choice on waters with lots of bankside cover, where 12 ft rods can prove a hindrance.

Prices: £139.99-£149.99.

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