Really the title should be “Why did I buy a Tristar De-Luxe?” but there you go and the answer to that question is that I needed something to protect my new custom built Torrix rods (there will be a review of these soon). I have used a rod holdall before but found it very bulky and unwieldy with too much padding. For the past few years I have been using a quiver which I felt did not offer the amount of protection I was after even with tip protectors!
What I wanted was something in between and the Tristar De-Luxe fits the bill. It is basically a full length rod sleeve that has been expanded to accommodate 3 assembled rods. The rods are separated by a zipped centre section which holds the centre rod securely in place
All three rods are secured in place by individual rod bands. My 3 Torrix with 50mm butt rings and Shimano Long casts fitted with ease yet felt they were held securely and very well protected. There is no bulky padding around the reel area but this is fully lined which means the Tristar retains the ease of use as well as the protection offered by individual sleeves. Something that I have struggled with in the past is having to pull hard on the zips to close and this is not an issue with the Tristar due to the amount of material used in its construction
Apart from the 3 internal rods it is possible to increase the capacity by adding two more rods externally via bottom section pockets and straps. At the moment I use these for my marker and spod rods and to give them some extra protection I have used the Aqua Endura 3/4 rod sleeves. There is also a bank stick pocket on one side and on the spine there is a slim pocket which holds my landing net handle perfectly. The carry handle feels comfortable in the hand and the shoulder strap is generously padded and for me the placement gives me an optimum balanced set up!
The Endura Tristar De-Luxe provides me with everything I wanted which basically boiled down to ease of use, protection of the blanks and to be tough and reliable. On the negative side at £99 it is more expensive than some other holdalls/quivers and there is nowhere to store a bivvy/shelter ( I may try a brolly with the pocket and straps and will update you if this works). So as I had paid quite a lot for the rods I was not going to quibble over £99 to protect them and bivvy storage was not part of my criteria the Endura Tristar De-Luxe was the perfect choice
All the best