Shimano has been accused in the past of producing quality rods but with looks that suit the Continental market more than anglers in the UK. Not any more.

The super-slim CT200 carbon blank, full shrink-wrap handle, stainless butt cap and reel seat combine to produce one slick-looking piece of kit. The new rods in Shimano’s range have looks to kill and performance to match, and the XS1 is a classic example.

The standard XS1 models are built with all-round performance in mind and there are four Intensity versions with the big casters in mind. This means that there is something in the XS1 range for every carp angler.

Price: £239.99 to £269.99

Contact: Your local Shimano stockist

Website: www.shimano-eu.com