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Preston Innovations Absolute XS

Preston’s best-ever pole? Joe Carass gives the Absolute XS the once over to see if it is any good!

The Preston Innovations Absolute XS is the latest in a long line of GiS poles. These have long been used by some of the biggest names in the sport and when Des Shipp tells you that is it the best pole he has ever used, you have to take notice!

For those of you who don’t know, the previous two flagship poles from Preston received rave reviews by our team. I use them and cannot rate them highly enough. However, technology advances, and the Absolute XS is the result of that.

Performance wise, this pole is up there with the very best. It is super-stiff, as you would expect from a pole in this price point. I would say that it is considerably stiffer than the One XS that I currently use and a fair bit lighter thanks to its improved balance.

The great thing about these poles is that they are great all-rounders. You could literally use them for everything and they won’t let you down.

Reinforcements: The key areas on the butt sections have received an extra-reinforced area to prevent breakages on the strike. These also help to reduce wear on the sections.

The Absolute XS has a stunning spares package consisting of:
Five Top Four kits
Five Power Top Twos
A Short 4th section
A Kup Kit and Kups
A GiS 10-tube holdall

GiS Compatible: For previous GiS pole owners, the Absolute XS will interchange with all of your old sections. There is also a vast array of top-kit options for the GiS poles, so there is something for everyone.


The Knowledge:

What is it?
The latest flagship pole from tackle giant Preston Innovations. A super high-performance pole for the serious angler.

Who’s it for?
Anybody looking for a versatile all-rounder that will outperform most poles on the market.

What’s it like?
A stunning pole with all the key attributes that you would expect on a top-end pole. Super-stiff and more than strong enough for carp hauling!

Tech Spec:
Stated length – 16m
Actual length – With No1 section removed – 15.36m

MF Verdict
We have been very impressed with the Absolute XS on our test sessions. It is extremely rigid, making it perfect for hitting those lightning-fast bites that can easily be missed. The package is a massive selling point and is the best on the market!


RRP: £2,999.99




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