I’ve seen hundreds of sets of remote alarms, though, so was only so impressed by what at first seemed yet another, albeit made by Fox, obvious bonus. However, when I learnt their prospective prices I was gobsmacked. A fully wireless remote system, made by Fox, and boasting reliable electronics for between £199 and £299 for three-rod presentation sets was nothing short of spectacular.
The finished versions duly arrived and I managed a closer look. The MXr+ and Mr+ each boast Fox’s I-Com technology, D-Tec sensing system and full waterproof sealing, features more usually associated with their far more expensive models. Both were extremely easy to sync to the receiver and I also liked the fact that they run off AA batteries, which are far more readily available than 9V or the little camera-style batteries that some alarms run off.
Early tests suggest that Fox’s claim of over 200 metres of range are not exaggerated and the Dual-Step Sensitivity Control on the more expensive MXr+ also works extremely well. Each alarm has been made available in two, three and four-rod presentation sets, which as well as the alarms and receiver also include hard cases. That’s exceptional value for what first appear excellent alarms. We’ll be testing them a lot further on the bank over the coming months and will report back, but for now I reckon they are going to prove extremely popular with the angler who wants the best possible performance but within reach of the more modest budget. The Essex-based tackle giant has once again produced a showstopper – 2013 has definitely been the year of the Fox so far!
Price: £159.99 to £374.99