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February 26, 2016

Hodgman Aesis Sonic WadeLite Jacket

by Chris Grech

Anglers need to be comfortable while on or in the water in order to maintain focus. Introducing the new Hodgman Aesis Sonic WadeLite jacket. These lightweight 3 layer jackets are packed with features that will aid anglers in just about any situation. With weather patterns constantly changing like the wind, the spring lineup from Hodgman utilizes VTecH construction on the Aesis WadeLite jackets. The breathable hydrophilic Vapor Transfer Technology, VTecH, is waterproof, windproof and lightweight, allowing anglers the ability to withstand the heaviest of downpours without missing a cast. This hooded jacket also packs away quite nicely. The extreme lightweight designed WadeLite jacket has a durable three-layer mini rip-stop fabric construction with Sonic 2.0 seams. The Sonic 2.0 technology utilizes a double ultra-sonic weld, reinforced with waterproof seam tape for added strength without the use of thousands of stitch holes in the fabric. This will help keep water on the outside of your jacket, instead of coming in. Perforated laser cut arm vents allow for added ventilation, keeping anglers cool during those warmer than expected afternoons. Also the cuffs seal nicely preventing water from quickly flowing up an angler's sleeve when landing or releasing a fish. The Hodgman Aesis Sonic WadeLite jacket also includes two lower YKK zip hand pockets and a vertical water repellant YKK zip chest pocket.

Click here for video of Hodgman Aesis Sonic WadeLite jacket

$179.95 MSRP

February 11, 2016

Van Staal VR Series Spinning Reels

by Chris Grech

If you're looking for the most dependable, well-engineered spinning reels on the planet, then look no further than Van Staal. For 2016, the company introduced their new completely sealed and waterproof VR Series spinning reels. The most unique feature of the VR is that you can easily convert from a regular spinning reel to bail-less conversion with the included kit. Here is a manual pick-up installation video:

Van Staal VR Series Manual Pick Up Installation

Highlights of the Van Staal VR Series reels includes solid stainless steel center shaft with titanium nitride coating, microclick drag tuning accuracy and a spiral-bevel drive gear and pinion. Other features include a lightweight fully-machined 6061-T6 waterproof aluminum body and sealed waterproof drag system. These unique drag systems are designed with water-tight seals throughout the spool, body and handle assembly for consistent peak performance. So if you hose them down with water a bit too much or happen to submerge the reel while fishing, you won't have to worry about a slipping drag or that dreadful coffee-grinder gear sound! All in all it's a lighter version of other Van Staal reels designed for lighter braid at a lower price point yet is still fully sealed and dunkable. Van Staal VR Series spinning reels have a gear ratio of 4.8:1 and are available in four models:

VR125 - 340 yds./10 lb. mono - 400 yds./20 lb. braid - 15.8 oz. - 31.6" / Turn
VR150 - 360 yds./12 lb. mono - 440 yds./30 lb. braid - 16.0 oz. - 34.2" / Turn
VR175 - 360 yds./15 lb. mono - 530 yds./30 lb. braid - 16.5 oz. - 37.6" / Turn
VR200 - 400 yds./15 lb. mono - 500 yds./40 lb. braid - 17.0 oz. - 40.4" / Turn

$499 - $589

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