The Warrior range of carp tackle from Fox has long been associated with combining great features with exceptional value for money. Warrior rods and other hardware have been immensely popular and successful for Fox, over the years. So when I was offered the chance to use & review a selection of the limited edition Warrior+ (that’s Warrior PLUS) range, I was eager to see if these could live up to their legendary status.
In this review I’ll look at the 42 inch Warrior+ landing net, designed landing carp and specimen fish. My first impression when I put the net together was that it’s extremely light. This is thanks to its all-carbon handle and arms.
The one-piece handle is a good thickness and, although lightweight, seems very strong. At the butt end it features a subtle matt grip and a handy Duplon butt cap, which not only helps the handle bounce when dragged along the ground (as opposed to making the hideous scraping noise of handles with metal butt caps when they’re dragged) but it also helps stop the net slip from between your legs when resting it in the water whilst playing a fish. At the head end you’ll find a stout metal ferrule to take the spreader block.
The spreader block itself appears to be a cast & machined alloy. Very light but very obviously strong, with a strengthening rib running along the top edge and a few machined grooves to remove unnecessary bulk and weight.
Many cheaper landing nets have fibreglass arms, which are comparatively heavy and, unless protected at the ends, can be prone to splitting. The Fox Warrior+ net head has rigid carbon arms with brass ferrules to protect them when going in and out of the spreader block. At the other end of the arms you’ll find enlarged, rounded metal cord connectors, which glide through the mesh with ease and seem admirably strong.
At 95cm deep, the landing net mesh is deeper than most landing nets of this size. It’s deep enough to envelop and rest large fish, whilst the 42” tip-to-tip width of the net makes it manoeuvrable able to be snuck into all but the tightest swim. The mesh itself is very soft and quite small, whilst superfine micromesh surrounds each arm, which allows the arms to slide effortlessly through the mesh when putting the net together and taking it apart. Generally, for carp fishing, very small landing net mesh is safest for the fish because with larger mesh there’s a possibility of grabbing the edges of scales and ripping them out. This can happen to common carp, but it’s even more of a risk on mirrors due to the exposed nature of their large scales.
Besides specimen carp, the depth of this net would also handle decent-sized pike if you needed it to, although for pike safety I would always advocate a larger mesh size; with latex mesh if at all possible.
A little extra feature I wasn’t expecting to see on this net is a loop to allow the attachment of a net float. This is a small, but thoughtful detail, which shows Fox’s carping pedigree because the use of net floats is pretty much universal these days. Lastly, the net comes with a basic pouch for storage when rolled up.
You can watch my first impressions of the net & handle in the following video, which I shot when testing out the net for this review, here:
I was surprised to find out this complete net & handle costs less than £40! When you consider the weight, features and build quality there can’t be many better value cap landing nets on the market. Just like the Warrior+ “S&M” spod & marker rod and Warrior+ cork handle carp rods I reviewed recently, I think the Warrior Plus landing net seems to offer superb value-for-money. Something I’ve discovered since testing this net is that it comes in at £9-10 cheaper than the equivalent Warrior S landing net, which has only a 70cm deep mesh rather than 95cm!
The Warrior Plus range is available exclusively from Tackle Fanatics and you can purchase this Fox Warrior+ carp landing net, for £39.99, here:: http://www.tacklefanatics.co.uk/product/15590/fox-warrior–new-version-landing-net.html