The first car I bought cost less than the asking price of this – but the car turned out to be rubbish held together by rust, and this pole has proved itself to be one classy bit of kit.
Two 16m poles make up the new Maver Enigma range – this Series 1 with a probable ticket price of £799.99 in the shops, and the high specification Series 2 for £999.99.
The Enigmas replace the well-regarded Maver Armageddon range but, in my opinion, this new carbon feels a cut above.
The Enigma 1 seems a great buy for the discerning pleasure or club angler looking for professional quality and feel at a price point still well under the psychological £1,000 barrier.
It’s tough enough to fish size 20 elastics through Power kits for big bags of match carp week-in, week-out, yet will finesse lighter silver fish rigs on Match kits on rivers, canals and lakes.
The Enigma 1 package consists of the 16m pole with an integral Match kit, three spare Easy Flow Power kits, a mini extension, cupping kit and a top quality holdall including protective clear tubes.
All top kits come with factory-fitted internal PTFE bushes already in place, so they don’t need cutting back at all. They’re also all the exact same length for cupping accuracy, and the quality of the work can’t be faulted.
Another top feature in my book is that all the long, strong Power 2 kits come with professional, factory-fitted ‘Easy Flow’ slots so you can use a pulla kit.
If, like me, you feel uneasy at drilling top kits yourself to fit pulla systems, this is a pure Godsend.
The lads at Maver sum up both Enigma 1 and Enigma 2 poles as having: “Carp pole power with match pole feel.”
At up to 13m the Enigma 1 is light (just 838g), balanced and nicely rigid – but then you’d fully expect it to be. You’re paying for how this pole feels with the last two sections in place.
At 14.5m it’s sweet! Over three hours, despite a tricky breeze, I managed to land a string of F1 carp and, at the end, had a smile on my face, rather than a grimace of pain.
Going to full 16m length I then picked up another three, chunky, bonus F1s weighing 3lb apiece that had backed well of the feed.
On a tough winter’s day that extra 9lb, made possible by being able to hold a good pole still at full length may have made the difference between framing or failing in a match, and the winnings could have paid back a nice chunk of the initial asking price for the Enigma 1.