Frabill Hiber-Net Stowable Nets
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The Frabill® Hiber-Net™ Stowable Net is the most easily stowable net you'll ever use! When not in use, the net and net frame collapse and store inside the handle. Once you have a fish on the hook, just slide the handle back and the net pops right out with the ease of an umbrella. Plus, it's lightweight and nimble for fast scoops, with corrosion-resitant construction and knotless Catch & Release netting that protects fish from harm. Rinse and dry before storing.
- Net and net frame collapse and store inside handle
- Slide the handle back, net pops right out
- Lightweight and nimble for fast scoops
- Corrosion-resitant construction
- Knotless Catch & Release netting
Frabill® Hiber-Net™ Stowable Nets
Great Concept, Poor Design
When I first saw this net I thought it was a great way to store it, and it is a really good concept. However....
The way this thing is designed is terrible. First of all, you have to be a bodybuilder to open and lock the net in place. I am 6'3" and muscular, and I still have trouble opening it with two hands. You have to hold the net facing downward and ram the grip forward to lock it in place.
Then closing it is another issue. If the net mesh is not perfectly seated around the soft frame, it won't collapse. You have to stop, adjust the mesh, and then guide it back in to close. Often the mesh gets stuck in the hinge and that also impedes opening and closing.
Because of the sticking issue the mesh is starting to tear and I'll likely have a hole in my net soon. Also, there is metal-on-metal wear at the head of the net where metal parts are scraping against the inside of the tube. I fish both fresh and saltwater, and I'm already seeing some corrosion issues because of this.
Another thing to keep in mind- because opening the net requires two hands and a lot of effort, you have to remember to open it before you start fishing. If you are trying to land a fish and forgot to open it- you're out of luck.
Next time I will get a folding net.
March 8, 2010
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