Sonik Xtractor Spod Rod Review

Last Updated on 4 June 2024 by James Bevan

How It Scores

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Build Quality7.5
Casting Ability7.0
Weight & Balance7.5
Value For Money8.5
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Quick Summary:

In this Sonik Xtractor spod rod review, the rod scored an overall rating of 7.6 which makes it a very good budget option that is featured in our guide on top-notch spod rods.

The rod is best suited for carp anglers looking for a shorter, good-value spod rod that won’t break the bank. It is also a great option for beginners as their first spod rod and for those that need a good space-saving option.

The rod’s biggest strength is its space-saving properties and its excellent value for money.

The rod’s biggest weakness is that it struggles to cast the same distances as its 12-foot counterparts.

Read on to find out more information on all you need to know


Features & Specifications Summary:

Available in 9 and 10 foot lengths
4.5lb test curve
9ft transport length 113cm (44“)
10ft transport length 127cm (50”)
Large ID 40mm to 12mm ringing pattern
17mm black DPS reel seat to house all reels
Super-light M-SERIES DL black guides
Hard wearing Anti-frap ceramic tip ring
Slim, silk matt black carbon fibre blank with progressive power action
Line friendly custom contoured Sonik clip
Slim Japanese shrink rubber handle
Black anodised butt cap laser etched with ‘S’ logo

Video Showing The Sonik Xtractor Range In Action:


How The Sonik Xtractor Spod Rod Compares Against Its Competition:

NameOverall RatingPrice
Shimano TX A Spod Rod8.8from £79.99
Nash Dot Spod Rod8.6from £169.99
Harrison Torrix Spod Rod9.1from £369.00
Daiwa Infinity X45 Spod Rod9.3from £324.99
Daiwa Black Widow XT Spod Rod8from £54.99
Sonik Xtractor Spod Rod7.6from £53.00
Trakker Propel Spod Rod8.9from £167.99
Onyx Quickdraw Spod Rod7.3from £49.99
Fox EOS Pro Spod Rod7.4from £69.99
Fox Horizon X3 Spod & Marker Rod8.1from £89.99
Daiwa Emcast Spod Rod8.3from £59.00
Century Stealth Graphene Spod Rod9from £498.99

How The Rod Compares To The Averages:

Sonik Xtractor Spod Rod7.6
All Spod Rods8.4
All Budget Spod Rods7.8

A Sonik Xtractor Spod Rod Review By Other Anglers:

“Wkd rods just what I need” (1)


“Very good for the money” (2)


Review Source:

  1. Total Fishing Tackle
  2. Amazon

The Sonik Xtractor Spod Rods Features Up Close:

The handle

Sonik Xtractor Spod Rod  Review - Handle

The handle of the Xtractor spod is made of Japanese shrink rubber, which I found to be comfortable in the hand and easy to hold even when wet.

Its ionised butt cap, with Sonik’s logo etched onto it, rounds the handle off with a neat finish.

The reel seat

Sonik Xtractor Spod Rod  Review - Reel Seat

The 17mm black DPS reel seat comes standard throughout the whole Xtractor range, including the spod rod.

It feels very reliable and does a great job of keeping the reel solidly in place even throughout the most intense of spodding sessions.

The eyes/guides

Sonik Xtractor Spod Rod  Review - Guides

Similar to the main Xtractor carp rod the spod rod features a set of black 40mm M-series DL guides, which I think look great and are exceptionally light, keeping the overall weight of the rod down.

The anti-frap tip is always a nice addition to a rod and the Xtractor spod rod doesn’t let you down featuring one at 12mm.

The blank

Sonik Xtractor Spod Rod Review - Blank

The Xtractor features a slimline carbon fibre blank with progressive action. It feels remarkably light and supple and alongside the 4.5lb test curve, it packs a punch as well.


The Pros & Cons Of The Sonik Xtractor Spod Rod

Pros

  • The rod packs down into a nice small unit making it ideal for a roaming approach or traveling
  • The blank is lightweight yet quite powerful for a 9 or 10-foot length rod
  • The rod Boasts some great hardware, like its M-series DL guides and Japanese shrink rubber handle
  • It has a good build quality at a very reasonable price, representing great value for money

Cons

  • I would have liked to have seen a 50mm butt ring for the spod rod version of the range
  • It lacks a little bit of overall distance potential compared to a 12 or 13-foot spod rod but this is to be expected

ETackle’s Thoughts & Opinions:

After testing a fair few rods out recently, I have to say the Sonik Xtractor Spod Rod has made a pretty good impression on me, considering its modest price tag. Its compact design caught my eye straight off the bat and my initial reaction was that it’s perfect for us anglers who are always moving spots or working with smaller areas.

The rod’s handle, fashioned from Japanese shrink rubber, stays grippy even when wet, giving me a secure hold for those long casting sessions.

Now, I wouldn’t want to just blow smoke about this rod, so let’s talk about where it comes up a bit short. It’s a great option when you’re working with smaller water bodies, but when it comes to longer casts, the Xtractor begins to falter.

Its 4.5lb test curve is solid and can handle fairly heavy spod loads of bait at close to mid range (up to 60 yards). However, I did struggle a bit when casting heavy spods over the 60-70 yard mark.

I was also left a little disappointed with the 40mm butt ring. Maybe a few extra yards could have been achieved if a 50mm was featured. But hey, this rod’s more of a budget buddy and it’s only fair to stack it up against similar rods, not those top-tier carp rods.

Looking at the construction of the rod, I’ve got to tip my hat to Sonik. The balance on the Xtractor is top-notch. Its carbon fibre blank is slim and light, yet brings quite a bit of oomph to the party. The M-series DL guides add a sleek touch without weighing the rod down, and the 12mm anti-frap tip is always a nice feature I appreciate.

The DPS reel seat, finished in black, is sturdy as a rock, and held my reel perfectly in place even during the most animated of spodding sessions.

All in all, for the money you’re paying, the Sonik Xtractor Spod Rod is a solid bet and it is certainly up there with the likes of the Daiwa Black Widow XT spod rod which scored highly in this category.

It’s got the right stuff for anglers who want a compact, good quality rod without burning through their wallet. Sure, it could do with a bit more muscle for those long-distance casts, but overall, it’s a reliable choice in the budget segment. For beginners or those in need of a space-saver, the Xtractor’s a quality choice.
James Bevan

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