CARPology 3 Month Subscription (Worldwide) From £14.25
Subscribe
Share
Share
Pin
Reviews
29 Jun 2016
by CARPology
Spin doctor
A rare blend of smarts, power and price makes ESP’s first offering to the reel market a real good ‘un…

1. Two years in the making...

Although big carp brand, ESP, has only just launched their first ever reel, the Onyx, they’ve been perfecting it for years. Two years to be precise. On the surface this slick-looking, matt black reel might not look radically different, but there’s plenty of new tech and fresh thinking inside its lightweight frame.

2. It’s all about the spool…

A good spool will aid you in every area of reel/line management. Better line lay means longer, more accurate casts. And great clutch results in less ‘snatching’ which equals less hook pulls. Line longevity and performance is also improved when backing isn’t required as it prevents ‘bedding in’, so it’s for good reason why ESP spent so much time, effort and money in getting it right. The two supplied, bespoke machined alloy spools require no backing – so three reels can be filled from a 1,000m bulk spool.

3. Clever drag system

The Onyx is the first reel to provide two different drag adjusters: FD (which stands for ‘Fine Drag’) and is for micro adjustment and RL (‘Rapid Lockdown’) which takes the spool from free running to locked down in around half a turn.

4. Great line lay

Combining these ultra shallow spools, machined long-life gearing and a fast retrieve ratio (approximately 1m per rotation of the reel handle) with a slow oscillation further improves line lay so they really do cast like a dream.

5. Classic looks

Sure, the Onyx has one of the most complete spool/clutch combos we’ve ever tested. But the other real allure is its looks. The quick fold handle isn’t just great for rapid deployment and pack down, but for those who like to use super snug bars. And ESP clearly knows the route to all carp anglers’ hearts: muted classic black cosmetics and wooden handle – incredible indeed.

6. Quality control

Every single reel which docks in ESP’s warehouse is meticulously checked by their own expert staff right here in the UK – something CARPology.net saw for its own eyes during our tour of their offices in Oxford earlier this month. “GIMME”: £139.00; esp-carpgear.com

Buy now

If Terry Hearn has taught us anything (well, apart from he catches millions of forty-pound carp), it’s that Syncro Loaded XT is the main line to use if you’re not a fan of fluorocarbon ones. Developed to be the perfect all-round carp line, it combines limpness, memory and abrasion, along with superb casting and enough stretch to provide you with a safety buffer to prevent breakages. Available in 10, 12, 15 and 18lb. “GIMME”: 1,000m, £19.99

Buy now

Also Recommended
The Big Pit timeline
23 Nov 2016
Features
The Big Pit timeline
From the start in 1978 to the present day...
23 Nov 2016  /  11:32 am  /  by CARPology
Features
13 things we loved about the nineties
10 Feb 2016
Other Stuff
13 things we loved about the nineties
"The decade where it seemed everything you could possibly need, from rig bits to metal ware were manufactured and ready there for you," says CARPology’s historian, Shaun Harrison
10 Feb 2016  /  00:00 am  /  by Shaun Harrison
Other Stuff
A proper big pit reel at a super sensible price
16 Dec 2015
Reviews
A proper big pit reel at a super sensible price
It looks great, it holds a mile of line and it’s yours for under £100.00. Say hi to Daiwa’s new big pit Emcast
16 Dec 2015  /  00:00 am  /  by CARPology
Reviews
Size 9 stunner
11 Dec 2015
Reviews
Size 9 stunner
Dropping this month is Fox’s new baby big pit reel: the FX9 – a reel strong in looks and performance plus a load of other new gadgets and gizmos
11 Dec 2015  /  00:00 am  /  by CARPology
Reviews
A well priced big pit reel
03 Mar 2015
Reviews
A well priced big pit reel
It’s sexy (if you can call a reel that), it casts like shit off a supersonic shovel and three of them are yours for under £400.00. Say hello to SONIK’s new Tournos 10000
03 Mar 2015  /  00:00 am  /  by CARPology
Reviews
Gravity X
31 Dec 2014
Reviews
Gravity X
We get to have an exclusive play with SONIK’s new rods: a rod which looks set to reset the benchmark for a top-end rod at a realistic price point
31 Dec 2014  /  00:00 am  /  by CARPology
Reviews
The greatest reel on Earth?
21 Oct 2014
Reviews
The greatest reel on Earth?
Daiwa’s new superlight, Basiair Z45QD, costs £999.00. Can three reels costing more than a second-hand Fiesta ever be worth it? Find out here…
21 Oct 2014  /  00:00 am  /  by CARPology
Reviews
Daiwa Tournament Basiair 45 reel
18 Oct 2014
Reviews
Daiwa Tournament Basiair 45 reel
Less big pit reel for more money? Where do we sign?
18 Oct 2014  /  00:00 am  /  by CARPology
Reviews
Raising the Bar
02 Oct 2013
Reviews
Raising the Bar
Weston Developments Smart Spools: stunning with a high performance to match.
02 Oct 2013  /  00:00 am  /  by CARPology
Reviews
Brands To Watch
13 May 2013
Reviews
Brands To Watch
Revealing all the independent labels you need to know about. This month: Custom Reels
13 May 2013  /  00:00 am  /  by CARPology
Reviews
Big pit dreams
11 Jan 2017
Features
Big pit dreams
Mitch Hammond explains why he enjoys fishing big pits so much...
11 Jan 2017  /  15:13 pm  /  by CARPology
Features
10 tools you need when fishing a big pit
27 Dec 2016
Features
10 tools you need when fishing a big pit
Inland sea expert Dave Lane reveals the pieces of kit he wouldn't be without when fishing a big pit
27 Dec 2016  /  09:51 am  /  by Dave Lane
Features