- Aug 21, 2009
- Not So Greater Manchester.
Bought the vest a few years back (5 years maybe), the slingpack a bit earlier. I bought the vest to replace a Greys GRXi which I had donkey's. Did look at a new Greys but not the quality and seen some bad reviews. I now have a Simms vest (bought with a discount ) and can't fault it.How long ago did you buy them? My waistcoat and line are both from around 2008 so perhaps quality control has slipped in more recent years? The line has been regularly cleaned and treated (when used - it spent about 10 years unused in a cupboard too) with the line preserver that came with it though, so maybe that's helped.
The only thing I've bought from them recently (this year) was a folding telescopic landing net. I wasn't happy with the fairly wide mesh of the net bag (which seemed to snag on everything including a door handle in the house when I walked past it!) and also thought it was too deep, so I swapped the net bag for one with small mesh. Other than that, it seems well-made, with a metal net locking and hinge system (most are plastic in that price range) and the flip up action works nicely after a bit of a tweak to adjust the tension on the arm bolts (a common issue with the flip-up type nets I tried, which tend be a bit stiff when new). So no real complaints there, considering no one else made anything I liked in terms of size (particularly when folded), design and build-quality in that price range. Anyway, I hope your BiL's waders are OK.
As to the slingpack, I got an Orvis Gale Force.
Landing nets: Haven't looked at Snowbee (for obvious reasons) but recently got a Wychwood bankman, not ideal as a bit difficult to operate one handed. I haven't used it yet in anger as not been out since getting it.