A 13ft carbon beachcaster rated to cast 4-8oz. Includes a screw-up reel seat at 34in centre from rubber butt cap. Ringed for fixed-spool with six three-legged lined shock rings whipped in black edged silver, level spigot joint, Duplon-style hand grips, unmarked tip. Cloth bag.

Alan Yates says: Economy rods feel different from the better quality ones because they are made from cheaper, heavier carbon, which results in a softer, floppy action. The Alivio breaks the mould, offering one of the best tip actions of any rod under £50 that I have tested. If I had to recommend a cheap rod for the beginner this could be it.