Rhino UK specialises in customised boot liners and seat covers for anglers, cyclists and dog walkers so when I purchased a new estate car for fishing recently, there was only one place to turn.
I've made a complete mess of the boot and back seat area of previous cars by using a large sheet of tarpaulin as a cover to my fishing gear on. Cheap but only partly effective, as mud and even bait always found its way down the sides and ends of the sheet and onto the interior.
Determined not to let that happen this time, after a little research I went for Rhino's Extended Liner, which is one complete piece for the whole boot and back seat area (with the seats dropped). My first concern was would this fit my car? No worries on that front as you can choose your exact model on Rhino's website and an exact fit is custom made.
You get a choice of 13 different colours and a number of different optional add ons, many of which are tailored for anglers. For example I chose a rod/ski flap, to enable my holdalls to fit through the gap between the front seat, as they are slightly longer than the distance from here back to the boot.
I also went for a side opening to access via the drivers side back seat door. This is because I put tackle such as groundbait buckets in via this door. All these customised flaps and openings are secured up with quality velcro.
Fitting the liner was easily done with velcro strips running alongside the entire length of the outside of the liner. If you have areas of fabric interior then these will stick on to that, or if you have plastic then you get a number of separate velcro strips to exactly match those on the liner.
The strips have an adhesive backing to stick to the plastic interior. My bootliner held itself up fine as it was on the fabric interior in the boot liner so I chose not to make use of the adhesives.
Another useful feature is the elasticated loops at the back of the liner which fit over the headrests of the front seats. These hold the liner up at the driver's end. At the front of the liner as you open the boot, a large flap extends out to protect the body and paintwork here.
The first proper test for the Rhino UK Bootliner was a week's stay at White Acres holiday complex during an autumn festival. Save for my rod holdalls, most of my tackle stayed in the car all week, getting caked in mud and soaked with rain a few times. With the liner in place I was happy to throw it in the boot and not worry about it.
My lovely red liner soon turned brown with mud and spilt pellets and I'd hate to have thought what state the interior would have looked like without it in place. Held up by the velcro and elasticated loops, it retained its shape all week.
When I eventually arrived home, put my kit away and removed the liner, the extent of its effectiveness began to become clear. No mud or damp had managed to get through to the seats or interior below.
The following day I decided to give the liner a good once over with a pressure washer. It wouldn't let any water through so I had to lift the liner and pour the excess surface water onto the garden. Impressive.
If, like me, you're out with a full set of fishing gear in all elements, something like this is invaluable. A wide variety of versions are available, including boot-only liners, two part versions for both the boot or boot and back seat area. I say this is money well spent for anybody who uses a car for fishing!
£95 for the standard extending liner, with add ons available
For more information visit www.rhinouk.co.uk