CARPology Reviews

Pod Almighty!

Prologic have just proved that pods don’t have to be bulky and unsightly


Rod pods can be oddly divisive things. Some anglers have an irrational dislike of them, which, given their versatility and ease of use, will always baffle us. Sure, some of them aren’t the most elegant collections of tubing, but when you gaze up something like this from Prologic it’s hard not to fall in love.

This looks like a proper bit of kit, tell me more…
It’s a looker, that’s for sure. The K3 has a largely carbon construction, with anodised aluminium fittings that really set it off. Everything stems from a central pivoting block - also machine cut from solid aluminium - which keeps it compact and stable with plenty of scope to be extended.

So, it doesn’t have to be configured in a single position?
No. If you use the K3 as a pod, you can take advantage of the buzzer bars’ variable width to keep your rods snug together or splayed further apart. The same goes for the distance between the front and rear buzzer bars thanks to the ability to adjust the length of all four sticks coming from the central block.

Is it a complete kit?
Yes, you get everything you need bar alarms and rests - and it all comes in a well-designed and well-padded carry bag. The pair of buzzer bars and the 10 carbon upright in the kit, all with a 16mm diameter, are fully adjustable with sturdy thumbscrews and the packdown size is impressively small. 

I like it, but I’m not sure I always need a pod… 
Then you don’t have to always use it as one. This kit can be fished goalpost style without the supporting pod framework, or you can unscrew the cap in the centre of the buzzer bars and attach a single bankstick in the middle of each one for a more traditional setup that’s pushed into softer ground.

That’s ace! Carbon sounds good, but is it all for show?
This pod is made from proper stuff. The 3K high-grade carbon is tough and strong while remaining super light. The adjustable collars and thumbscrews are machine cut from aluminium in keeping with the strong-yet-light theme.

Ah, okay, so it’s going to cost me a fortune, right?
You might well be surprised. Carbon pods, particularly ones with so much versatility, are often accompanied by pretty hefty price tags, but this one represents good value. With a recommended retail price of £159.99 and no other bits to buy - just fit your own bobbins, alarms and rear butt rests - it strikes us as an incredibly competitive package. This is the type of purchase that will end up giving you a good cost-per-year return over the course of your ownership. 

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