ACF editor Tim Hodges asks, given its amazing price of £99.99, does the Solace Compact Big Pit 65FS offer performance and value?

If you are in the market for a big-pit reel, you should take a close look at the Solace Compact Big Pit 65FS. Not only does it look the part, with a nice black finish, but it also comes with a host of features usually found on reels that cost considerably more.

Seeing as how the carp don’t care what our equipment costs or how it looks, we should base our decisions on its effectiveness and how it performs when you are fishing with it.

Let’s face it, the only reason to have good-looking tackle is for our own vanity and to look the part for other anglers.

The Solace 65FS achieves both roles, looking good and performing brilliantly as well.

Two of the most important aspects of a big-pit reel are the size of the spool and, even more importantly, the line lay. These can make the difference between hitting those extreme distances consistently and falling short all the time.

The Solace delivers both. I would guess that combined with a decent casting rod and standard-thickness line of approximately 0.35mm, you should be able to hit distances well in excess of 130 yards.

There are a host of superb features, including 11+1 stainless-steel bearings, 4.8 to 1 retrieve ratio, Anti-Twist line roller, high-strength drive gear, Worm Shaft system, two aluminium spools with a worldwide-patented-design ACS Clip System that does not damage the line, unique folding handle with a soft-touch grip, power bail arm and a line capacity of approximately 465 yards of 15lb.


At just £99.99 for a big pit with a free-spool system, two aluminium spools and a host of other features, it is not difficult to determine that this reel is going to be very popular.


PRICE: £99.99