- May 20, 2013
- Reaction score
- North Yorkshire
Not sure how long I've been using this one; several years, at least. I remember reading a review for the multi-length feeder rod from the same stable (out of my price range, but tempting) and I cast my eyes across the float rods, too, as you do.
The blanks are an autoclaved "high tonne" radial carbon design, according to the blurb. What was most interesting, though, was the claim that the Match 1 could deadlift a 1kg weight straight off the floor (2kg for the Match 2!) Think about it - that's the sort of power generated by a light carp rod, yet it's only a fraction thicker than your average pencil.
At the time, the prices were more than my pocket could stand. Several years after launch, however, they could be bought pretty cheaply from Ebay, which is how I finally ended up getting a minter for just £50. The model is still current, by the way, and a new example will set you back around £160.
A standard 3-piece rod, it weighs in at 197g, or just a tad over 6.5oz. Balance, with 3000 size reel fitted (2500 if Daiwa) is almost perfect. Tip recovery is speedy and it's quick on the strike, with the top section cushioning light hooklengths pretty well, so it makes a good silverfish tool. That, though is just a small sample of its abilities. The manufacturing process makes it an extremely strong rod when the chips are down; I've used 10lb line straight through in snaggy spots and when you have to dig your heels in the non-locking blank just keeps on bending, daring you to give it some more. The claims, then, are borne out by the incredible amount of leverage on offer. The progressive action really is as sweet as a nut. Goodness knows what the Match 2 is capable of, it must really be something to see.
Fixtures and fittings are top class. Rings are Silicon carbide, 14 in all, and seem to stand off quite far, doing a good job of keeping line and blank apart in the wet. The graphite Fuji reel seat (downlocking) is a good fit with most suitable reels, including centrepins. The piano black finish is flawless, as are the matching whippings with discreet gold edging. Male joints are sealed to keep out dirt and the slim handle, at 23", is just about right.
Maver got it right with this one - a genuine all-rounder; little wonder that it's still in the range so long after its launch. It was a good rod for the launch price, in my view, but a used example - for the price of a night out - must be one of the best bargains around. I've given it 9 for appearance, but really the finish is as good as it gets, I'd have preferred a less shiny varnish, is all.