Over the last couple of seasons pole development has thrived, with many manufacturers producing some exceptionally good poles, especially in the popular and ever-buoyant sub-£1,000 price bracket.
Launched last February, the MAP TKS series of poles has provided the angler with a high-quality, affordable range of products that represent outstanding value for money matched with an optimum performance level.
TKS stands for Top Kit Solutions, a concept that not only means you get loads of spare top kits with each pole, but they’re colour-coded for simple elastication at home ¬ pick the elastic size you need to use and the kit tells you exactly how far you need to cut back.
Rated by MAP as the best series of poles it has launched, demand from anglers has been exceptional, with soaring sales figures exceeding all targets, and the top-of-the-range TKS40 pole is considered by many to be the best pole available within its £700 price point.
But that pole now has a bigger brother, thanks to the launch of the TKS50 this month.
“Due to the success of the entire range, we felt that the time was right to launch a flagship model at a slightly higher price point than the TKS40,” said MAP product development manager Mike Robinson.
“The new TKS50 is built on the same mandrel as used for the TKS40, but we have made the new pole lighter and stiffer without affecting the wall strength, to ensure that it’s up to the demands of commercial fishing.
“As with all the poles within the TKS range, we challenge the angler to put it up against any competitor’s pole at the same price to see just how good it really is, and I believe it will surprise quite a few people.” Priced with an SSP of £1,050, the TKS50 is a featherweight 630g at 11.5m and only 850g at 13m, producing a pole that imparts a feeling of finesse.
However, fitting the power kits on that can handle up to 20 elastic and gives the TKS50 the durability to tackle any commercial fishery situation.
Sections 5 through to 9 all have a silky smooth ‘diamond sanding finish’ that makes for easy shipping when fishing at longer lengths.
The pole’s overall rigidity is quite remarkable and, combined with exceptional lightness, balance and handling qualities, are as good at 14.5m as you would expect to find on a pole costing twice the price.