£4350.00, SSP £3250.00
What better way could there be to kick off new year than to live test the jaw-droppingly exciting Maver Signature 1000 flagship pole?
This 16m marvel has more pulling power than Brad Pitt at a speed dating centre, and is quite simply the most beautiful pole ever to come from the Italian Reglass factory.
Not content with giving us the most technically sophisticated 16m pole of the modern era, Maver has topped it off with a strikingly elegant black Suncore finish that is likely to leave you drooling like a labrador eying up the leftovers from a Sunday roast.
For the technically minded, the Signature 1000 is built using a totally new mandrel that will though interchange with the top five sections of any Maver Elite pole. However, that is where similarities with its predecessors end.
The flagship 1000 and indeed all four new Signature poles are constructed from high tensile, super high-grade carbon fibre in a unique Retglass 4MAT pre-pregnated process. That, along with Nanolith technology, results in the ultimate fishing action in a long pole.
To the layman that means Maver has thought hard about what it’s doing, and brought out a pole that is a whole lot more than a bit good. It has a wonderful balance, is more rigid than a steel girder, and is blessed with an enviable lightness and ease of movement that would cause Darcey Bussell to flush with embarrassment. Response is crisp and there’s strength to burn, putting the Maver Signature 1000 among the top five poles available in the world today.
This flagship 16m pole is suited to extracting anything from small roach through to sizeable commercial carp from their watery homes. Maver has also rather cleverlyincluded two fighting fifth and sixth sections which are ideal for short-range UK commercial fishery tactics. These have rock-hard walls, are as tough as old boots and are built to withstand an awful lot of punishment. As they have the same joint sizes as the standard sections, they can be easily fitted on to to rest of the pole, should you ever need to ship up to follow a big fish out. They are also an incredibly handy back-up in the unlikely event of a breakage.
With the new Powerlite side puller kits in situ, it would be my call that the pole would be more than capable of handling anything but the very heaviest of hollow elastics. At the other end of the spectrum, with the Match kits top fitted, the pole takes on a slightly faster action and a lighter, more responsive tippy feel that is ideal for silverfish speed tactics.
There is no need to further extol the virtues of this breathtaking piece of kit. Anyone willing to hand over the wrong side of three grand for a pole should already have more than a fair idea of its capabilities.
I did contact Maver to ask if the Signature 1000 would be retained as its flagship model long enough to establish itself and hold a good residual value. Sure enough, the company assures me it will not be superseded for at least 12 months.