Japanese Car Mate and Nature Boys rod cases are very popular among travelers.
Here are basic info of Nature Boys rod case compared with Carmate.
Car Mate : 6.5 oz
Nature Boys 'R': 11 1/4 oz
Car Mate is very light. Nature Boys has smaller, light size model, but I can not check it at this moment.
Nature Boys heavy-duty rod case as its weight is almost twice heavier than Car Mate's.
Carmate is pretty light and is favored by travelers who like to travel light.
However, my Carmate rod case was damaged in the middle and a few guides were broken on a recent trip when checked in the case.
Without extention, the length of Nature Boys 'R' is about 6'4" and Car Mate is about 5'7" without extension.
As you see in the picture, I put 6' Tuna Spinper top tection for comparison.
* There is ligher, smaller model of Nature Boys, but they are not available for review.
Both can be extended. The extension of Car Mate rod case is very similar to normal American rod cases while Nature Boys uses holes to fit in.
While the method of Car Mate use is very convenient, the method of Nature Boys is secure and strong.
I thought Nature Boys can hold more rods as it is bigger than Car Mate. But I was wrong. Car Mate has bigger size of rod container as you see in the picture.
Nature Boys Rod Case
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