Monday, May 04, 2009

Battle of the Tubes

Well not exactly a battle. Just thought I’d do a simple write-up of the rod cases/tubes that I have.

Here are the contenders…

From left to right-

1) Plano Airliner Telescoping Rod Case,

2) Nature Boys Rod Case,

3) Pioneer, &

4) Plano

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Lets start off with #4 Plano. Latest acquisition to replace #3 Pioneer. I use the Pioneer tube everytime I fly back to Brunei. I’d pack 2/3 light rods to go. But because it’s one of those cheap and happy for a while case, the zipper didn’t last after a few trips. The zippers are still there; it just doesn’t zip. So the last trip back to Brunei, I had to wrap the opening with duct tapes with a pad lock just so people think that it’s securely locked. So once I got back, I went to Sabre to pick #4 up.

At RM195 (prior discount) it definitely gives me much better piece of mind knowing my rods are safe. I think rod cases/tubes are something you don’t wanna stinge on. It’s a necessity. Anyway, here are some pictures…

This is the part that holds the extension of the case; which extends up to 9ft. Which I don’t think it’s advisable as it becomes flimsy like can break anytime like that.

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And this is the cap/cover. IMG_2793 

Twist and lock mechanism.
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And of course slot for your padlock.IMG_2796 IMG_2797

Comes with a leather strap to hold the cap/cover to the case.IMG_2798

Here’s the base. Stands upright nicely but definitely not firmly.IMG_2799 IMG_2801 

And here’s my gigantic rod case from Nature Boys.IMG_2804

This is the heart of the case; sturdy and solid support throughout. IMG_2805

And it opens and closes like a suitcase. Very functional compared to the normal ones where you insert from top. With this, you can line them up on the suitcase part first. Once done, just slide the top cover and close.

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Extends up to 8ft+. Weighing in at 5.7kg, (3kg more than Plano Airliner) it’s definitely a heavy weight. But heck… 3kg for additional piece of mind… ok wat…

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When I received this case, the first thing I did was stand on it. Something you won’t wanna try on the Planos Airliner. IMG_2810

And this is #1, my Plano Airliner. Been my faithful companion for many trips. Never had a problem with it. Good investment too. But of course, retirement is inevitable, to make room for Nature Boys!!

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7 comments:

zan said...

sounds like you want to offload the Plano Airliner. If yes, I'm interested Ken!

Anonymous said...

hey...KYFK...ur from brunei??
then when u come bk 2 brunei we could do some serious offshore fishing...add my email...Jonathan_angwf@hotmail.com

Ken FK Yong said...

Hey Zan,

No point i sell le... it's not in very good shape. Multiple scrathes and stickers everywhere. May as well you buy new one.

KY

Ken FK Yong said...

Hi Jonathan,

I'm kinda from Brunei la. Grew up there and my parents are still there. Offshore fishing? Really?!?!? Where?? What boat? I'm always dying to go with someone whenever I'm back in Brunei but don't know anyone.

But most of the time I go back only once a year... CNY. SOmetimes during parents bday la.

WE keep in touch!

KY

Yonkey said...

well, if you no longer use it then no point keep it right? hehe.. let me know if you change your mind :)

Anonymous said...

Nice site you have and good reviews on the tackle, most of which is on my list too.

However, mind telling on how much did you get the Nature boys rod case for? I'm from SG and might be heading down to KL so may just drop by Kepong to have a look.

Shel

Ken FK Yong said...

I got mine from Anglers Pro. You can get from Singapore. I help a fren got 1. I think it was Anglers Hut... the owner Richard. Msia no where can get. You can try Plat too.

KY