Preston Superium Pole Range (Comparison and Full Details)

There have been a lot of discussions lately about the Superium Poles and there’s the old age saying “new poles catch more anglers than fish”. I have to admit, I have been really interested in this range and that’s why I have put this article together for you.

I could not find somewhere that seemed to do a great side-by-side comparison that showed what you got with each pole. How many top kits? How heavy is it?

In this article, we will go through the range and talk about the price, what things they all have in common, and what makes each pole different from the rest. Whether you are looking for a margin pole, a 13m, 14m, or 16m there is one for you in this range of lightweight flagship poles.

The cost next to them is just a rough RRP at the time of writing (February 2022) from what I could find on some of the fishing sites.

LengthRough priceMatch kitsF1 kitsCarp Kits
Preston Superium Margin8.5m£350002
Preston Superium X1013m£550102
Preston Superium X2014.5m£750112
Preston Superium X3016m£1,000122
Preston Superium X5016m£1,350224
Preston Superium Carp16m£1,500008
Preston Superium X7016m£1,859324
Preston Superium X9016m£2,999524

Preston Superium Margin

This is a good pole for anyone whos new to fishing or wants a specific margin pole to land big carp that live in the margins. My first ever pole was a margin pole and I used to fish it in front of me sometimes. It’s only 8.5m long but that’s all it needs to be when you are fishing in the margins. It only comes with 2 carp top kits, but for margin fishing, it’s all you will need.

Package includes

  • 8.5m Pole
  • Carp Kit Supplied in Pole
  • 2 x Carp Kits (2.4m)
  • 1 x Superium Margin Holdall

Preston Superium X10 – 13m(£550)

This is an entry-level pole for those that are perhaps new to pole fishing, or for those that don’t want to spend a lot on a 13m pole. Don’t be fooled by the low price tag, you still get a very stiff pole with plenty in the package for the price.

This one does not come with any F1 kits but comes with 3 top kits in total (1 match and 2 carp kits).

My advice would be to have about if the top kits in this package are enough for you? If you decide you need 2 more then these are about £65 each which would take the cost to £680. That’s not much more below the X20 price which comes with 1 extra top kit as standard but you do get the extra length of 14.5m. It’s something to think about. There are cheaper poles for 13m on the market but for £550 it’s a great piece of kit.

Package includes

  • 13m Pole Inc Mini Extension
  • Match Kit Supplied in Pole
  • 2 x Carp Kit (2.4m)
  • 1 x Kup Kit
  • 1 x Superium Holdall

Preston Superium X20 – 14.5m(£750)

If you are not sure if a 13m pole is going to be short, but not sure if you need the full 16m then the X20 might be the happy medium that you need. It will allow you to reach the edge of most modern-day commercial snake lakes and is suited to catch carp as well as silverfish.

In total, you get 4 top kits with this pole as well as a cupping kit.

Package includes

  • 14.5m Pole Inc Mini Extension
  • Match Kit Supplied in Pole
  • 1 x F1 Kit (2.4m)
  • 2 x Carp Kit (2.4m)
  • 1 x Kup Kit
  • 1 x Superium Holdall

Preston Superium X30 – 16m (£1000)

This is the cheapest of the 16m poles in the Superium range and for £1000 you really do get a great pole for a true 16m. I managed to have a hold of one of these in a pole alley and I was very impressed. If you currently own a 13m pole and have a budget of about £1000 then this is definitely one I think you should consider.

This one comes with 5 top kits, which is 1 more than the X20 above.

Package includes

  • 16m Pole Inc Mini Extension
  • Match Kit Supplied In Pole
  • 2 x F1 Kits (2.4m)
  • 2 x Carp Kits (2.4m)
  • 1 x Kup Kits
  • 1 x Superium Holdall

Preston Superium X50 – 16m(£1350)

This is one of the poles that I feel if you are serious about your fishing then you should consider this pole. The only problem might be trying to find somewhere that has it in stock at the moment as it’s been sold out in a lot of shops due to its popularity.

This one comes with 1 match kit, 2 F1 kits, and 4 carp kits which means it has 7 top kits which are 2 more than the X30 that’s below it in the range.

Package includes

  • 16m Pole Inc Mini Extension
  • Match Kit Supplied In Pole
  • 1 x Match Top 2 Kit (2.4m)
  • 2 x F1 Kits (2.4m)
  • 4 x Carp Kits (2.4m)
  • 1 x Kup Kit
  • 1 x Superium Holdall

Preston Superium Carp – 16m (£1500)

I’ve put this in between the X50 and X70 just due to its price but the kit it has is a bit different and the pole itself is a bit stronger. With it being stronger, that means it’s also a bit heavier than some of the others in the range so it’s worth testing this in your local pole alley.

A lot of fisheries have more carp than ever and if they are hard fighting carp then it could be a good option to consider this pole.

Obviously, with it being labelled as a carp pole it comes with just carp kits and you get 7 of these which is the same amount as the X50 above.

Package includes:

  • 16m Pole Inc Mini Extension
  • Carp Kit Supplied in Pole
  • 7 x Carp Kits (2.4m)
  • 1 x Kup Kit
  • 1 x Superium Holdall

Preston Superium X70 – 16m (£1859)

The X70 might be the one that a lot of match fishermen pick as I’ve only read good things about this pole. This pole is really stiff all the way up to 16m and has a good balance of top kits in the package with 8 top kits in total

Package includes

  • 16m Pole Inc Mini Extension
  • Match Kit Supplied in pole
  • 2 x Match Top 2 Kits (2.4m)
  • 2 x F1 Kits (2.4m)
  • 4 x Carp Kits (2.4m)
  • 1 x Kup Kit
  • 1 x Superium Holdall

Preston Superium X90 – 16m (£2999)

This is obviously their flagship pole and Preston Innovations says it’s the best pole they have ever produced. I managed to have a hold of one in my local tackle shops pole alley. I can honestly say it felt like an amazing pole and it’s probably the best pole I have ever held. It was incredibly stiff.

Of course, it comes with a £3000 price tag which is out of my budget and I am not a good enough angler to warrant spending that much on a pole (in my opinion, anyway).

If you are someone who fishes matches every week and you have the money spare then it’s definitely worth taking a look at. You will find a lot of the Preston-sponsored anglers will be using this pole as well.

With this package, you get a whopping 10 top kits to suit commercial and natural venues.

Pack Includes

  • 16m Pole Inc Mini Extension
  • Match Kit Supplied in pole
  • 2 x Match Top 3 Kits (3.95m)
  • 2 x Match Top 2 Kits (2.4m)
  • 2 x F1 Kits (2.4m)
  • 4 x Carp Kits (2.4m)
  • 1 x Kup Kit
  • 1 x Superium Holdall

Features Across The Range

Let’s look at what all of the above poles have in common and what makes the Superium Poles as good as they are.

Interchangeable Top Kits

This is quite a common feature with a lot of manufacturers now.

If you were to buy the X10 but then decide in a year’s time you actually want to upgrade to the X70, you can use all your current top kits from the X10 with the X70. I think it’s really good that manufacturers do this as it really helps to try and keep you with them.

What’s more, any poles from the Response poles will also be compatible with the Superium poles. This makes upgrading even easier.

Range of Top Kits Explained

Match top kits

These are primarily going to be used for silver fishing, canal fishing and used for your more delicate rigs.

They haven’t put side pulla’s into these, which I know suits some people, but I would be adding a side pulla to mine as it’s just what I am used to. To be honest, I may get the people in the tackle shop to do this for me as I wouldn’t want to damage my nice new pole.

F1 Top Kits

Des Shipp explains here in this video that the F1 top kits are in between the match top kits and carp top kits. There’s nothing to stop you from using the F1 top kits to fish for silverfish or to fish for bigger carp. It’s just got a larger bore size on the number 1 section so that it can take a slightly larger elastic. Think of it as a cross-over kit. They will also take medium-strength elastics.

F1 “short” Top Kits

These do not come as standard with any of the Superium poles and will have to be purchased separately. These come in the standard black and they also come in a “ghost grey” colour as well.

They are perfect for shallow fishing in the summer.

Carp top kits

These are just a stronger, stiffer top kit designed to take larger elastics and land bigger fish. Des Shipp said these will take very strong elastics. The bore in these is bigger than previous carp/power kits.

Dura Wrap Technology

Dura Wrap is Prestons own way of strengthening the joints of each pole. Each one in all the ranges is reinforced as it’s the joints that take the most of the stress on every pole. It also helps prevent wear and tear which means your pole should last longer.

Reinforced mini extension

They all come with their own individual mini dolly bot which takes the pole right up to the full length. When you are using the dolly but that is the pole at its true length.

FAQs

Q: What size elastic can the carp kits take?

The carp kits are listed as “unrated” which means you can put whatever strength elastic in you like.

Q: Are they all made on the same mandrel?

The X10, X20 and X30 are made on the same mandrel.

The X50, X70, Carp, and X90 made on another one.

A: It’s a really good hold all and all the comments I’ve read have said it’s great.

Q: Are the top kits all interchangeable?

A: Yes, whether you opt for the X10 or the flagship X90 the top kits are exactly the same.

Q: What range of top kits are available?

Match kits, F1 kits, F1 short kits, Carp Kits

Q: Do all the top kits have depth marker indicators on them?

A: Yes, all the kits have these on.

Q: Are the top kits pre-bushed?

A: Yep, all the top kits come pre bushed with the correct sized internal bush.

Q: Do the top kits have a side roller pulla?

A: All of them except the match kit have these in. The match kit does have a reinforced area on the side so that you can drill it to add your own if you wish.

Q: Which one is the best all-rounder?

A: If you can push your budget, try and get the X70 if you can. It’s worth it if you think you will fish at 16m a lot. If not, then the X50 is a good choice.