Over the past 6 years, several members of the team at UKMA have been using numerous luggage and accessories products from the COTSWOLD AQUARIUS range and being totally honest, I personally thought I would never change it as it has performed exceptionally well over the years. However, being a self proclaimed tackle tart and lover of all things new, when the midlands based company sent over some samples of the new WOODLAND CAMO luggage range, I was instantly considering a change. Over the past 4 months I have been using the FIVE ROD DELUXE QUIVER and COTSWOLD ROAMER from the range for all my carp, specialist and predator angling and this gave me a real chance to see how it would perform compared to the product that had served me so well, here’s how they got on.
WOODLAND CAMO – FIVE ROD DELUXE QUIVER
This very well designed quiver system, feature high quality zips, clip locks, fastening and high quality stitching that are found as standard on all COTSWOLD AQUARIUS luggage items.
The FIVE ROD DELUXE QUIVER offers you the user a more than ample rod and accessory storage solution, to cover all mobile and session angler’s requirements.
The FIVE ROD DELUXE QUIVER has been specifically designed to comfortably accommodate five made up rods with big pit reels attached. Each rod is securely held in place by a very strong Velcro tie that once fastened stays put, even when being carried around. To hold the butt section of each rod securely in place, you have five double stitched, base pockets that keep your rods separate and securely attached to the quiver.
To guarantee that your rods stay in place, Cotswold Aquarius have added an additional adjustable padded retaining strap for total piece of mind.
For all those extras we all need to carry you also have a main pocket, that accommodate a brolly system including the storm poles, an internal spine pocket for landing net pole, plus a zipped landing net pocket and last but not least a reinforced, zipped bank stick pocket on the outer face.
To transport the quiver around you have the choice of using the fully adjustable shoulder strap which features a fully padded shoulder rest for comfort when fully loaded, or you can carry it with the fully padded carry handle that is fitted on the outer spine of the quiver.
WOODLAND CAMO – ROAMER CARRYALL
The COTSWOLD ROAMER has been manufactured from the tried and test 1000 Denier Woodland Camouflage Cordura material and is the perfect compact carryall for the mobile angler who likes to arrive on the bank fully equipped for all eventualities. It measures in at 14.5” x 10” x 13.5” (368mm x 254mm x 340mm). The main compartment is accessible via a two way durable zip and features a large internal pocket that will comfortably store a 350mm x 240mm x 60mm tackle box. On the back internal wall you have two sleeve pockets that are ideal for small loose accessories including forceps, weigh bars etc. one handy storage feature found inside is the elasticated loop for keeping PVA tubes, bottles and cylinder stored upright and securely whilst in transit. The main compartment will also house several small storage bags, a buzz bar pouch with room to spare.
To increase the storage potentials of the COTSWOLD ROAMER even further you have a further five external storage options. Starting at the front face, you have a fully padded pocket that measures 320mm wide x 220mm high x 90mm deep and this has a two way zip for ease of access and to maximise the internal storage. On the left end panel you have two fully padded 210mm wide x 120mm high x 90mm deep fully zipped pockets that are ideal for small tackle pouches and all those ‘quick to hand’ accessories that need to be accessible at all times. On the right hand end panel there is a 210mm wide x 235mm high x 70mm deep pocket that is fully padded, with a zip for access. This pocket is perfectly suited to storing a set of Reuben Heaton’s or scales of a similar size securely without the need for a padded scales pouch. On the back face is a large Velcro flapped pocket that is the ideal place for storing your documents, wallet and things like magazines.
To carry the Roamer around you have an adjustable padded shoulder strap and two webbed carry handles with Velcro fastening and a fully padded hand grip for comfort.
After taking the WOODLAND CAMO FIVE ROD DELUXE QUIVER and COTSWOLD ROAMER out on the bank fully loaded on several on several occasions over the past 5 months, all can really say about these very well manufactured luggage items is ‘WOW!!’ All the materials and attachments used in the manufacturing of these products have performed their designated duties to the highest standards but that what you get when you buy luggage from COTSWOLD AQUARIUS. Even when fully loaded with heady gear, both the Quiver and Roamer were incredibly well balanced and very easy to carry around. All stitching has passed with flying colours with no loose or pulled threads appearing, even after being thrown around in the back of a van.
The WOODLAND CAMO 1000 Denier Cordura material, offers great all round durability and performance, showing no signs of wear or tare after some major usage. In my personal opinion, this is the best luggage made for carp and specimen anglers currently available in the United Kingdom and I can’t recommend enough.
The FIVE ROD DELUXE QUIVER sells for £89.99 and the COTSWOLD ROAMER sells for £79.99 and both of these products are now available from all leading COTSWOLD AQUARIUS stockist.