The Wrap to Get. Swimbait
Underground's Union 9"
Total Score: 8.66 -
EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD
Introduction: As your swimbait arsenal
grows the need to be able to safely store, organize, and transport them also
increases. I've been searching for a quality wrap solution for years, and
most of the ones that I have tried have required a number of sacrifices. This
year Swimbait Underground released their own branded wrap, the Union 9", designed
for protecting swimbaits, and easy access to them in the field.
Union 9" Bait
Heavy duty nylon,
Four 7" W x 11.25"
W x 11.25" W
folded. 14" x
27" open and
on dimensions of
load, two front
load). Able to
load 4 large
swimbaits or up
to ten medium or
Made in the USA
Are you a fan of high-end JDM and
custom made swimbaits? Swimbait Underground has a wrap designed to store these
Impressions: If you are into the big bait
scene, and especially garage baits, then the Swimbait Underground forum is
likely already one of your favorited bookmarks. The Underground is a strong community
of anglers that have a wealth of knowledge about big baits, and are eager to
share their passion among those that both collect and fish swimbaits. Over the
years Swimbait Underground has also introduced their own branded products and
collaborations, and what I've sampled personally has always exhibited high-quality
construction and designs that showcase the team's in-depth understanding of swimbaits, and
how big bait anglers approach them. Whether its is apparel, bags, or accessories
these SU products cater to the style, and features, that appeal to custom swimbait enthusiasts.
My search for a quality wrap
solution brought me to the Swimbait Underground Union offerings
When it comes to swimbait storage I typically put
my swimbaits into two categories, those in the "archive" and the smaller key
baits currently in "rotation." There are simply
too many good baits to carry on each trip, and especially if the mission
requires a hike, or slinging baits from shore. My archive typically includes
the practice of putting hook protectors on the baits, then wrapping them up in plastic zip
cases, and dividing them up into boxes and storage bins. This way I know
they are protected and still organized enough that I can find them depending on
seasonal or target species changes.
The Union Wrap is made right here
in the United States
For those swimbaits in rotation, the lures that I plan on using
during any coming up trip, I want to have my baits organized in a way that I can
transport them safely and easily when traveling. I've tried boxes,
plastic envelopes, Lure Lock cases, and wraps.
The thing that I really like
about wraps is the flexibility, and option to store baits of many different
sizes in a relatively compact footprint that can be quickly transported from home
to a backpack, car, or boat.
Wraps also do a better job than most boxes when it comes to protecting individual baits, and
yet still offer quick and easy stow and deployment of large baits.
Traditional wraps also have
downsides including maximum capacity, durability, and
the dreaded "hook escape," when sharp treble hooks penetrate the material
and stick into gear, or even worse, the angler. It is for these
reasons that many anglers, myself included, have a somewhat love and hate
relationship with many wraps.
The center of the Union features
two clear pockets that are accessible via the top
Section: Putting the Union wrap to the test...