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Bass Pro Supreme

Averaged Scores By Category...

 

First Impressions.  Did the vise come in an attractive package?  Was it well packed and would the packaging serve as storage for the vise?  2.33

 

Directions, literature, parts lists and documentation?  Does this vise come with a set of directions that explain care and maintenance of the product?  Are there illustrations of the parts in case you need to order an accessory or replace a missing part?  Are there well written directions explaining calibration and set-up of the vise?  2.83

 

Vise fit and finish.  Is this a well finished product?  Did it communicate quality right out of the box?  2.17

 

C-Clamp quality:  Is the clamp well designed?  Did the clamp provide a solid, immobile mounting system for the vice?  Did it remain tight through a long session of tying?  Did it mark, or have the potential to damage the surface of the table to which it's clamped?  2.00

 

Vise stem finish, adjustability and length. Is the vise flexible in placement for a number of tiers and table heights?  3.00

 

Smoothness of operation of vise jaws.  Were they easy to open and close?  Are the jaws easy to calibrate for various hooks?  Do the jaws remain in the calibrated position or is it necessary to readjust the jaws after a few flies?  2.50

 

Rotation and adjustability.  Is the vise capable of rotating?   If so, was the rotating mechanism smooth and robust?   Use N/A if this vise doesn’t feature rotability.  2.00

 

Jaw grip, hold and clearance.  Does the vise hold the hook stable under both vertical and horizontal pressures?  Is there access to tie on any type of hook in the normal size range?  Can it reliably hold different sizes of hooks?  All vises must hold a minimum of size 20 to 2/0 to rate a 4 or better unless they are purposed designed and labeled as being designed for a specific hook size (tube, midge or saltwater, for instance).  1.67

 

Accessories. Is the vise capable of being customized with a bobbin cradle, material clip, background card, parachute tool, waste receptacle, etc.?  A good vise should have a material clip included as part of its design. 1.67

 

Reviewer’s Choice.  There is no category for this.  This is a gauge of “goose-bump” factor.  Did you like this vise?  Could you forget about the tool and do the job?  2.00

 

Country where manufactured?  Made in India, Assembled and Packed in the USA

 

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2.28 Overall Rating

MSRP   $19.95

Jim's Comments - Essentially a clone of the Cabela's Super II vise, this is probably made in the same factory. At the very least, it's made using the same patterns. Where the Super II came with three different jaws, the Bass Pro vise has three of the same jaw included. Talk about redundancy. It does come in a nice box that would make for good storage. The c-clamp doesn't have padding to protect a wooden table top but that is mentioned in the instructions. The vise came packed in enough oil to lubricate a small internal combustion engine. Apparently there's no oil shortage where this puppy originates. It does have instructions. Something only the more expensive and U.S. made tools had. All three of these clones hold hooks from teeny (#22) up to the #4 range. It's when you start putting saltwater hooks in these vises that you start to see their true colors. Lots of slippage here. They're not for the experienced tier. They're better use is to introduce new tiers to the hobby and let them move on to better equipment after they decide to stay. Of all these vises (I think we have three of the same exact pattern and machining), The Cabela's vise performs the best across the biggest hook range, mostly due to the fact that it has more variety of interchangeable jaws.

Jim's Rating - 2.30

 

Joe's Comments - This vise looks like a lot more than a $20 piece of gear, and it is in a way. Nearly identical to the Cabela's Super II, this vise sports a little better finish. Unfortunately the jaws just didn't cut it for me. They were a bit on the fussy side an tended to drift quite a bit in use. I think this is a good vise for a youth where commitment to the hobby is questionable - and it's fine for a starter unit. You won't tie for long on this if you take the hobby seriously, but you'll have plenty of performance to learn the basics and that, after all, is what a vise in this price range is about.  Oh yeah, and what is the deal with the three jaws?  The vise came with three sets so you can replace them as they wear out.  If there is a difference in jaws, I can't find it.

Joe's Rating - 2.25

 

Mark's Comments - This vice looks similar to the Cabela's Supreme vise, but seemed smoother and
had a brighter finish. I also liked the simple one page instructions and, while the vise has a simple rotary option, it really isn't very smooth. For a beginner vise this would be a sure bet, simple and effective and i includes two extra sets of jaws. One thing I didn't like was the C Clamp did not use a piece of cork or rubber for the finish side of the table.

Mark's Rating - 2.30

 

 

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