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Hunter Rod Rack vs Thule Castaway ONE DAY POLL



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eisey


Joined: 11/21/2004
Posts: 2282
Location: Moses to MTK
 posted 05/06/2009 11:54 AM  

I have to make a decision today. Both are available to me.
I am looking for any experiences, opinions, faults. Not comparing prices.


Bob Eisey,  LIBBA 1002,  MSA 295
 
charlietuna


Joined: 10/26/2002
Posts: 378
Location: North Shore
 posted 05/06/2009 12:02 PM  

Thule CastAway gets triple thumbs up from me. Very durable and easy to mount. Don't let size of the "pod" fool you. Once you get the knack of positioning the handles on your reels properly you can fit 3 medioum to large size spinning reels inside simultaneously. Have had mine for 3 years and seems like new. Not familiar with the alternate so can't comment.


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toyotaoffroad91


Joined: 06/29/2006
Posts: 1982
 posted 05/06/2009 03:22 PM  

thule is a garbage piece of plastic.. you can break it open with a screwdriver and i would never trust any of my gear in it...the hunter rack is great but give anyone time they can get what ever they want... also lacks the function of hiding the reels but like i said i dont rely on eather to keep my stuff safe. but i would say go hunter....
 
rpsurf5


Joined: 07/12/2001
Posts: 2369
Location: Port Washington
 posted 05/06/2009 04:23 PM  

I have the Thule and dont like it at all. Hard to fit the reels in and it is very flimsy. One of the worst purchases of fishing equipment I have ever made. I have their roof rack for my kayak and like that much better.


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srfrat

Joined: 04/13/2008
Posts: 1073
 posted 05/06/2009 07:14 PM  

Rod vault all the wayup


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janus


Joined: 10/12/2006
Posts: 361
Location: Staten Island
 posted 05/07/2009 08:55 AM  

Eisey,


I have the Hunter and I think it's great even-though I had a hell of a time getting it mounted directly to the Jeep racks. Also now, in retrospect, I would go for the 4 rod holder and not the two.

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ag3
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Location: Astoria, NY
 posted 05/07/2009 09:26 AM  

rpsurf5 wrote:

I have the Thule and dont like it at all. Hard to fit the reels in and it is very flimsy. One of the worst purchases of fishing equipment I have ever made. I have their roof rack for my kayak and like that much better.


I agree. My good friend has the Thule Castaway and its flimsy and VERY annoying to place surf reels and also hard to close. I cant stand them at all, and I think my friend will admit he cant stand them either.

I prefer the standard Thule ski racks. Much easier to place rods, easy to lock and fits lots of rods/reels. If someone wants to steal your reels, they will do it no matter what. The castaway system definetely wont stop them. I can break it with a punch, if I wanted to, and I aint strong Toungue

Here are the ones I use:




This post edited by algreek3 09:27 AM 05/07/2009
 
eisey


Joined: 11/21/2004
Posts: 2282
Location: Moses to MTK
 posted 05/07/2009 08:28 PM  

Thanks all

I got the Hunter. Now to hunt the Stripers.


Bob Eisey,  LIBBA 1002,  MSA 295
 
mikeyreef

Joined: 07/31/2005
Posts: 1028
Location: yonkers,n.y.
 posted 05/08/2009 09:08 AM  

GOOD MOVE EISEY
I GOT THE THYULE AND IT OFFERS NO PROTECTION FROM THEFT
WHICH WAS MY MAIN REASON FOR IT
MIKE


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MatthewPaul
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Surf Fishing Forum

Joined: 08/31/2007
Posts: 999
Location: Sneaking around Jones Beach!
 posted 05/08/2009 02:29 PM  

eisey wrote:

I got the Hunter. Now to hunt the Stripers.


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ben1907

Joined: 11/28/2010
Posts: 1
 posted 09/18/2012 10:58 PM  

cast away

im looking for Thule Cast Away Fishing Rod Holder
 
spiegs71

Joined: 12/29/2007
Posts: 147
 posted 09/19/2012 08:52 AM  

Ben:

If you find one check out the top partof the box - there are two little plastic pieces that hel[p it lock into place

I've got one that's completely gone on mine and the second is on it's way

I was going to buy one from someobne off another site but i asked him to check the little plastic pieces first - and glad i did

They were broken on that one as well

Do yourself a favor get a hunter rod vault - you'll be happier int he long run


 
chunkster


Joined: 05/06/2009
Posts: 4597
Location: Password
 posted 09/19/2012 08:53 AM  

I have the large Thule ski rack that I use to
transport my rods. With the reels on I can fit
four out-fits with no problem. If I take the
reels off and store them in the back then I can
probably fit ten rods. My .2c Smile


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cuda 1

Joined: 09/06/2001
Posts: 6
Location: QUEENS
 posted 09/23/2012 08:36 PM  

the surf pole racks

I have always made my own, on the Pathfinder and now the new project for the oval shaped Exterra roof bars. Listen if they want to get your gear they will. You are the sole person to protect your gear. TAKE IT INSIDE !! Then there's no worry. Good fishing guys. Cuda


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