Choose Your Pole Elastics

The right elastic will improve your fishing no end!

Choose Your Pole Elastics

by Angling Times |

Dozens of different types of pole elastic are available – latex, solid, hollow, hybrid, and all in a rainbow of colours. But which is right for you?

DAIWA HYDROLASTIC

Daiwa Hydrolastic is still widely regarded as the best hollow elastic around. The full colour-coded range of 10 goes from the lightest (yellow, 1.3mm diameter, rated 3-5) to the powerful brown power, at 3.5mm diameter with a beefy rating of 20-plus. The internal core is filled with a fluid that allows it to stretch evenly, but under stress the walls remain apart, to exert consistent all-round pressure on hooked fish.

+ Consistency of pressure allows the angler to ship back quickly with minimum risk. With a side puller, even more power can be exerted

+ Several elastic sizes (for example White, 10-12 rating) can be deployed with just a single top kit

+ You should get at least a season’s use out of it

- Not cheap at £14.99 per 3m pack – enough for one top kit

  • The lighter sizes can prove a little heavy when fishing 16m poles and need to be set quite tight

Price: £14.99

DAIWA HYDROLASTIC
DAIWA HYDROLASTIC

DAIWA HYBRIDLASTIC

Strong, with a high stretch factor, this elastic is ideal for use with puller kits and low-diameter PTFE-bushed top kits. Its six size ratings and colours match those of Hydrolastic, and it comes in 3m lengths.

The fact that Daiwa’s latest Hybridlastic mirrors its Hydrolastic in respect of its colours and twin sizes (3-5 yellow, 4-6 pink and so on) will endear it to many pole anglers.

+ Can be used with smaller PTFE bushes

+ Certainly a lot cheaper than Daiwa Hydrolastic

+ Dual sizing for versatility

- Likely to be begrudgingly powerful in highest ratings

-****__ 5m/6m twin fill packs would have offered far better value for money

Price: £6.50

DAIWA HYBRIDLASTIC
DAIWA HYBRIDLASTIC

MIDDY REACTACORE HOLLOW ELASTIC

REACTACORE Hollow has a micro-bore that gives it a very slight tension increase when put under pressure. A grey compound mixed with black Nano-carbon particles makes it easier and quicker to land big fish. It has a high-viz finish and is pre-coated with lubricant. Sold in 5m lengths, it will elasticate two top kits on most poles. Sizes 4-6 to 25-30.

+ The 5m spools allow for the elastication of two top kits

+ Long lifespan

+ Proven elastic used by many top match anglers

- Not the best spread of size ratings

- Selling it in 6m packs would ensure it easily fitted all top kits

Price: £14.99

MIDDY REACTACORE HOLLOW ELASTIC
MIDDY REACTACORE HOLLOW ELASTIC

NU-FISH ZIPP HYBRID ELASTIC

ZIPP Hybrid is a cross between a hollow and a solid elastic, offering the benefits of both. It has the maximum stretch factor of a hollow teamed with the low diameter and smooth surface of a solid. Importantly, it doesn’t flatten out as it passes over the lip of a PTFE bush, or is put under pressure from a big fish. Zipp is said to have a 700 per cent stretch factor and will withstand the extra friction of using side puller kits. In seven sizes, from 4-6 up to 16-18, in 3m lengths.

+ Smooth finish produces silky-smooth travel through your top kit

+ Outstanding value for money

+ Huge stretch factor makes it ideal for use when the odd big fish is encountered in open water

- Fluoro-coloured elastics are notorious for fading

- Zipp’s awesome stretch factor could work against you in snags

Price: £4.99

NU-FISH ZIPP HYBRID ELASTIC
NU-FISH ZIPP HYBRID ELASTIC

MATRIX SLIK

Slik is a solid elastic with a 600 per cent stretch factor. Even in cold water, once set up correctly, it doesn’t flatten out or fail to retract. Easy to knot, hard-wearing and with an exceptionally smooth and slick finish, it comes in 3m packs in sizes 4-6 to 20-22.

+ Lightweight, so good for fishing with longer poles

+ Great stretch factor

+ Works under all conditions

- Consistent stretch may cause problems in snags

- Would be a good idea if Slik was sold in 5m or 6m packs

Price: £7.99

MATRIX SLIK
MATRIX SLIK

PRESTON INNOVATIONS DURA HOLLOW

A GREAT elastic, especially in warm weather when big fish are on the cards or it’s a bit snaggy and you need to get the fish away from snags. Dura Hollo now has an upgraded core material, is tough as old boots, and powers up really quickly. The more stress it comes under, the more pressure it exerts. Big fish find it increasingly difficult to run against. In six sizes from 8 to 16, in 3m packs.

+ Strong and reliable, it powers up very quickly

+ Long-lasting and durable

+Great for heavy-duty margin work

- Can be difficult to knot down tightly

- Due to its construction it’s at its best in warmer conditions

Price: £13.99

PRESTON INNOVATIONS DURA HOLLOW
PRESTON INNOVATIONS DURA HOLLOW

PRESTON HOLLO

LOTS of research went into the development of Preston Innovations’ Hollo, in six single-strength ratings from 7 to 19. A 7 Hollo is equivalent to a 6-8 rating, and so on. A good spread of sizes and ease of use makes Hollo one of the most popular elastics available. In 3m lengths.

+ Easy to use, with an overall good retraction rate

+ Great spread of size ratings makes Hollo suitable for most situations and fish species

+ Great value for money

- Fluoro colours are prone to fade quickly

- Lighter sizes lack a bit in responsiveness, and tip retraction can be on the slow side

Price: £11.99

PRESTON’s HOLLO
PRESTON’s HOLLO
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