Sonik Insurgent Review

Last Updated on 29 February 2024 by James Bevan

How It Scores



Casting & Feel7.0
Playing Fish7.5
Value For Money8.0
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Who Is The Rod Most Suitable For:

The Insurgent is best suited for carp anglers looking for a rod that takes up limited storage space. In its 9 and 10-foot lengths, it’s ideal for stalking or those looking for a rod to take on their travels.

The Recon version comes in a 12-foot length which is great for anglers who prefer the conventional 12-foot carp rod but need the compact storage advantages this rod brings.

Features & Specifications Summary:

  • Available in 9 and 10 foot lengths
  • Test curves include 2.75lb, 3lb and 3.25lb
  • Super-light M-SERIES DL black guides with anti-frap tip
  • 50mm guide pattern on 3.25lb models and above (40mm below)
  • Black 18mm DPS reel seat
  • High Modulus Toray carbon blank
  • Lite-ply 1K armoured carbon weave throughout
  • Multi-directional tip section carbon lay-up
  • Slim Japanese shrink rubber handle
  • Black anodised butt cap laser etched with ‘S’ logo

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    How This Rod Compares Against Its Competition:

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    Nash Scope Black Ops Carp Rod9.2from £345.99
    Sonik Xtractor Recon7.3from £54.99
    Daiwa Crosscast EXT7.6from £67.99
    Sonik Insurgent7.8from £79.99
    ESP Onyx Quickdraw Carp Rod7.7from £84.95
    Fox EOS Pro Tele Fishing Rod7.3from £49.99

    What The Experts Had To Say About The Sonik Insurgent:

    "If you seek a compact rod with impressive capabilities, the Sonik Insurgent rods are a must-consider choice"
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    "The Sonik Insurgent rods are a perfect blend of performance, aesthetics, and affordability. With their quick and responsive design, high modulus carbon blank, and 1k armored carbon weave finish, these rods deliver power, sensitivity, and a sleek appearance"
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    Here’s How Other Anglers Have Reviewed The Insurgent:

    “These rods are lovely, slim, compact and look good, they pack into the sonik holdall nicely” (1)

    “Brilliant rod absolute bargain for the price I paid….looks 3 times the price. Performs very well can’t fault it in any way” (2)

    “Very good quality rods, this 3lb test curve is a bit too soft for my type of fishing, I have replaced them with the 3.25 lb ones” (2)

    Review Source:

    1. Total Fishing Tackle
    2. Angling Direct

    The Different Variations Of The Sonik Insurgent & How They Are Best Applied:

    Length Test Curve Ideal For Max Cast Distance
    9 ft 2.75lb Small venues and stalking 60 yds
    9 ft 3lb Smaller venues, close range fishing and stalking 80 yds
    9 ft 3.25lb Small to medium sized venues, close range fishing and stalking 90 yds
    10 ft 3lb Small to medium venues. Good all-round rod 90 yds
    12 ft (Recon version) 3lb Medium to Larger venue where distance casting is required 120 yds

    The Rods Features Up Close:

    The handle

    Greys Aircurve Carp Rod Handle

    The Insurgent features a full-length, Japanese shrink-style handle that I really liked. I found it to be really comfortable in the hand which I feel is really important when adopting a roaming approach to carp fishing.

    The handle also cleans down really nicely with a damp sponge.

    The reel seat

    Greys Aircurve Carp Rod Reel Seat

    My immediate thoughts when I first saw the reel seat on the Insurgent was that it really does complement the overall aesthetics of the rod nicely. It has a sleek, matte black finish that looks modern and stylish.

    It is a fairly standard DPS-style reel seat that can house large reels with its 18mm size.

    I found that it held my reel solidly in place throughout the whole session even with constant handling and frequent casting.

    The eyes/guides

    Greys Aircurve Carp Rod Guides

    I found that the guides on the Sonik Insurgent are pretty standard with the M-Series eyes in black being used.

    It does feature an anti-frap tip which is handy alongside a decent butt ring at 50mm for the models with a test curve of 3.25lb and above (40mm below).

    They may not set the world alight but they certainly do a decent job.

    The blank

    Greys Aircurve Carp Rod Blank

    The Sonik Insurgent is a good-looking rod with its 1k armoured carbon weave throughout the whole length of the blank.

    Its core makeup is one of a High Modulus Toray carbon. High Modulus is basically a specific type of carbon fibre with a high stiffness-to-weight ratio. This helps to make the rod strong and powerful, yet lightweight in nature.

    Toray refers to the Japanese company that typically provides carbon raw materials.

    The Pros & Cons Of The Sonik Insurgent


    • The rod is a great space-saving option
    • It has a progressive action and I found no flat spots when using it
    • I found it offers a nice feel when playing fish which, in my experience, is rare in a retractable rod
    • It really is a great stalking rod
    • I really like the nice, sleek design and finish to the rod


    • While the Insurgent range of rods excels in space-saving and convenience, I believe anglers who prioritise other aspects such as specialised casting performance or specific, more advanced rod materials may prefer alternative options

    ETackle’s Summary:

    The Sonilk Insurgent is a popular carp rod thanks to its portable, retractable nature and its affordable price point.

    The original 2020 model comes in lengths of 9 and 10 foot with the more recent recon model being available in a 12 foot length. This model has a unique design with its double retracting butt section.

    For stalking purposes the shorter lengths are perfect but if you need a bit more back bone and casting ability, then the 12 foot ‘recon’ option is for you.

    All in all the Insurgent is another really good offering from Sonik with great versatilty that doesnt compromise quality.
    James Bevan

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