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Tackle Storage Review


Sticky Storage - Lure Lock Keeps Tackle Secure and Protected

 

Despite the anomalies with some soft bodied swimbaits I was impressed with the gelís holding ability of most lures, even when baits were still wet, and it really didnít matter how hot or cold it was outside. Lure Lock claims that the gel has been tested up to 225 degrees and as low as 15 degrees below zero, without adverse effects to the gelís properties and performance.

 

What does affect the gelís general holding ability is dirt, sand, or grime. As the surface of the gel gets dirty it will start to lose holding power, and heavier baits will start falling off the gel as the boxes are rotated or shaken. To address this, simply unload the box and wash it with some dish soap and water and the box will return to the original tackiness. The gel is so durable that it can even be washed in your dishwasher.

 


I noticed that if the gel got dirty baits would start falling off the gel. The good news is that the tack can be restored by simply washing the box and gel


The gel is so dense that it does add some weight, and while the boxes are noticeably heavier than traditional Plano boxes they will still float, unless they are loaded with heavy terminal tackle. I would categorize these boxes as water resistant versus waterproof, as they do not have gaskets to completely seal out the elements.

 


Even loaded the boxes still float


Price and Applications: Lure Lock boxes definitely offer anglers something unique when it comes to storage options, and with a wide array of box sizes and configurations that match up with existing common bag and locker slots it is easy to simply replace or supplement your existing boxes.

 


With standard large box dimensions the Lure Lock boxes easily integrate into existing bags or lockers


While some anglers may want to convert all their boxes to Lure Lock solutions these gel equipped boxes are not ideal for maxxing out capacity, and overloading negates some of the benefits of the gel in the first place. Lure Lock recently recognized that some anglers really liked their outer box construction, latches, and snap-apart dividers but didnít necessarily need, or want, all of their boxes equipped with ElasTak gel, so they have introduced boxes with similar configurations without any ElasTak gel.

 


There are many different cavity configurations, and some that will hold large swimbaits


On the other end of the spectrum anglers that have already invested in a wide array of competing boxes can also add a TakLogic technology to their traditional boxes by purchasing Lure Lock ďRetro KitĒ strips, which are peel and stick pieces of ElasTak gel that will fit into 3500, 3600, and 3700 size boxes. The Retro Kits retail for $7.99 to $9.99 for two strips, depending on the size.

 


Better organization means quick tackle identification and more time fishing. Terminal tackle like hooks and weights turned out to be some of the best things to utilize the Lure Lock boxes for


There is no doubt that each Lure Lock box is built with high quality materials and feels more robust than your average traditional box, and we love the fact that each and every box is made right here in America. A large sized Lure Lock box retails for $19.99 while a medium sized box retails for $14.99. Compare this to the competing boxes of similar 3700 ($7.59) and 3600 ($5.99) sizes and we are talking a little more than double the investment per box. A fairer apples to apples comparison are the new non-gel Lure Lock boxes, which retail for $11.99 the Large Box, and $10.99 for the medium box, and we are now looking at a 50-60% premium. How much is that TakLogic worth to you? It depends on your own unique applications, but having a box or two are a nice addition to your existing storage arsenal.

 

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Lure Lock Tackle Box (Large) Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality The Lure Lock boxes are well built and feel robust. The latches are simple yet durable and hold up well over time and the Snap-Apart dividers provide clean edges without a knife or scissors for quick and seamless installation and reconfiguration 8.5
Performance The ElasTak gel offers some interesting properties including the ability to hold a wide array of tackle. The gel is easily cleaned and does a good job holding everything except the most heavy and certain soft bodied plastics. The boxes are best used with a limited amount of baits so that they make enough contact with the gel 8
Price While these boxes offer a unique storage solution they are definitely on the expensive side when compared to traditional boxes of the same size 6.5
Features Certainly more feature rich than your average box. The Lure Lock box is well built and the top features include the ElasTak gel and easy to use divider system 8.5
Design (Ergonomics) While these boxes are easy to configure and offer anglers a unique solution for securing a protecting tackle they are heavier than your average boxes 7
Application Good for anglers that prioritize tackle organization and are looking to organize and protect their tackle versus max out sheer capacity 8

Total Score

7.75

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Innovative idea that is well executed. The propriety TakLogic Technology offers a unique approach to tackle storage - More expensive than traditional boxes
+ Good for terminal tackle organization and protecting more valuable baits - Heavier than other boxes of the same size and capacity
+ Available in a wide array of configurations - Works with most baits, but not all, like certain soft bodied swimbaits
+ Fits with existing tackle solutions including bags and boat lockers that make use of 3700 size boxes - Not ideal for anglers that put a priority on maximum capacity per box
+ The snap apart dividers make for quick and easy installation  
+ Designed and made in America  
+ Solid construction and the outer boxes are also now available without ElasTak gel  

  

Conclusion: Lure Lock boxes deliver the exact features and performance that they are advertised to do. At first the lock down gel feature may seem like somewhat of a novelty, but there are real applications where securing your tackle not only can improve organization, but also protect expensive baits and even make it easier to identify and draw the right tackle quickly. For example in the case of treble hooks, weights, and expensive jerkbaits and swimbaits.

 


While the Lure Lock boxes are not ideal for every situation there are applications where the unique features offer anglers a new and effective way to store and protect your tackle


While the original gel equipped Lure Lock boxes are not ideal for every situation they do provide anglers with a clever solution for managing small terminal tackle and protecting your prized baits. In some ways these unique boxes force anglers to organize their tackle differently, and certainly more neatly, which can be a very good thing for quickly accessing your confidence baits or simply protecting your investment.
It is also great to see Lure Lock expanding to offer traditional boxes with the same excellent build quality as the original, as well as those Retro Kit gel strips, and by offering these options Lure Lock has transformed from a company with a single product offering into a complete tackle storage provider. In a sea of sameness Lure Lock really has created an innovative solution, and one that when utilized properly, can really change the way anglers organize, store, and deploy their tackle.

 

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