Now…. first of all let me just state for the record… I am sponsored by Epsealon. However! Part of the deal is that when i review their kit i am honest and unbiased, both for your benefit and theirs.
This review will be for the Epsealon (the new name for JB Esclapez) Exium G2, the seemingly most high tech gun in their range.
What makes this gun immediately different form other guns on the market is the twin barrel design.
This is a clever design concept, it allows the water to flow inbetween the spars, through a gap that in other guns simply isnt there. This allows for very easy tracking (side-to-side movement) and therefore quick aiming. Each piece has an elliptical shape which assists with the flow.
The muzzle is a switchable open or closed design, so you can change it depending on your preferences, it also can take one or two bands (i believe it can take up to 4).
Buoyancy was my initial concern, my thinking that it would be heavy in the water given its lack of internal volume, but they have a work around for this. At shallow depths the gun balances perfectly regardless, but if you are likely to be doing deeper fishing you can add special floats which are gripped either under the gun or in the space between the spars. This still leaves room for water to move but will lift the gun a bit if it feels heavy in the hand. The best part of this system is that you can shuffle the floats up and down the gun, so you can ultra fine tune the buoyancy, this is a really neat trick and works a treat.
One of the very obvious plus point of the gun is the high quality build. Its not a cheap gun, so you would expect some good materials, but they really did push the boat out on some of the elements for example the laser cut aluminium trigger and line release. Plus its all interchangeable and customisable. Want red grip? No problem.
Most of the guns come shipped as standard with a 6mm spear, which for me is a bit thin. This is perhaps as i’m used to heavier spears. Its very fast though. If you are going for bigger game, then you will need to upgrade this in my opinion, but they do offer that as an option up to 7mm.
If you want camo, then thats again an option, through the use of their custom stickers.
You can attach a reel very easily to the gun to their under gun rail system. The Epsealon reel is very high quality aluminium with a flip down winder (no bashed fingers).
In the water the gun feels light, sharp and accurate. Id describe it best as a scalpel. A tool for precision spearfishing. So far I have only used it in the UK for UK fish, so nothing bigger than 10lbs, for which it faired very well. This March we will be spearfishing in Thailand where we will be targeting spanish mackerel, barracuda and snapper, so ill add to this review once i put it to the test out there.
The gun I have is the 100cm version with reel, but ill be adding a 2nd band to it for the trip and ensuring its running a 7mm spear.
Overall. If you want a really good gun, that will be totally adaptable to your needs, have a little bit of extra money burning a hole in your pocket and want to stand out from the crowd a bit… then look no further.
Watch this space for a video review and the conclusion after our Thailand blue water trip.
Having used the gun in Thailand I can confirm that it is frickin awesome!
We ended up taking 110cm gun with 3x 16mm bands and reel.
We took giant Trevally, Cuda and Milkfish with this beast and it handled everything we thew at it. This includes deep dives to 30m and laying in crazy soft sand in the baking sun for a week.
The reel worked great, managed to fight a 20lbs Milkfish which, despite taking what looked like a killshot, fought really hard and dragged me some distance. The reel allowed me to work the fish without loosing it.
Cant recommend it enough!
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