The EGO S2 Slider
nets fish with Innovation
Total Score: 8.75 -
introduced the EGO S2 Slider at last year’s ICAST. This innovative net features
an advanced handle design that is designed be deployed with a simple pull or
push of the handle. Featuring a range of options this modular net can be
configured with varying hoops, mesh material and other practical fishing tools.
Net (medium) Specifications
Aluminum + Plastic
29" extends to 60"
17" x 19"
Rubber or Nylon Mesh
2lbs 5oz. (Rubber)
Innovative extending design, EVA grip, anodized handle and hoop, floats
The Adventure Products EGO S2
Slider looks like a pretty slick net, but it is the features that really set
this net apart not the styling
It has been six
years since I last
reviewed an offering from Adventure Products, the manufacturer of EGO
nets. Back then I reviewed the predecessor to the S2 Slider, it featured similar
styling but was more of a conventional net with the ability to float. At the
time I found the net to function very well and my only issue with the net was
that the hoop was not removable and the handle was not collapsible, and because
of this the net was somewhat hard to store in rod lockers.
Like previous EGO nets the S2
Slider features a large functional plastic grip in place of a metal yoke this
eliminates damage from abrasion to mono lines
Fast forward to ICAST 2010
when I met up with the Owner of Adventure Products, Grant Corbett, who showed me
his latest net… the S2 Slider. This net featured all of what I was asking for
and more. The S2 Slider features an extending handle and the ability to remove
the net hoop and change it out with other components. So impressed were the
media and buying attendees at the event that it was voted the best product of
the show in the accessory category.
The sliding handle is positioned
above the grip
The S2 Slider is available
in a number of different configurations with different handle lengths and net
styles ranging from nylon and PVC to black and clear rubber. All versions of the
S2 Slider are designed to float and feature a scoop hoop design that aids in the
fish landing process. After examining the construction of the net in the lab it
was time to see just how much the S2 Slider was an improvement over the original
Press the trigger and push...
Real World Test:
To test the S2 Slider I head to some of my favorite local lakes and targeted
largemouth bass. This test simply included fishing normally and employing the
net when necessary but we also simulated a number of applications including what
would happen if the net were to go overboard. Let the “sliding” begin!
...and the handle extends above
and below the sliding handle
Before the S2 Slider is deployed it already looks like a pretty fancy net. The
entire length of the handle is covered with a comfortable EVA foam grip. This
gives anglers a positive gripping surface even when the net is wet. At the end
of the net is a loop in which to attach and secure the net, this is especially
good for Kayak anglers or fishermen that are wading in the river.
The net can lock in a number of
So just how does the S2
Slider work? To extend the handle all anglers need to do is press down on the
trigger on the slider handle. This releases the handle and the net will extend
above and below the grip making the deployment extremely quick. This is not an
all or nothing extension and anglers have a number of different locations to
lock the handle in place. I found the entire system to be both easy to use and
extremely intuitive. There is absolutely no learning curve with this product.
Our test net featured the clear
The signature EGO grip
right below the hoop aids in net control when the S2 Slider is not fully
extended but unlike other EGO nets most anglers will be holding on to the slider
handle as it is positioned in the right place once the net is extended. The EGO
grip on the front of the net does serve another purpose however, and the plastic
housing eliminates the metal yoke found on so many other nets. The metal yoke on
many competing nets have sharp edges that can nick or fray line when in just the
right, or wrong, angle.
The mesh may look compact but
extends up to 1.5X under load
Interestingly we found it
was possible to actually extend the net halfway with one hand. Simply tuck the
handle underneath your arm and press it against the side of your body and use
the slider handle to extend outwards. This is surprisingly easy and it was
possible to extend the handle myself when preparing to land fish.
Fully deployed the medium sized S2
Slider extends from 29" to 60"