2008 ICAST Show - Las Vegas, NV
Xtools debuts a smart mouthed scale and upgraded pliers
Introduction: XTools are well known for
their revolutionary floating tools designed for both fresh and saltwater. The
company produces a wide assortment of tools from pliers to digital
scales, and this ICAST the company debuted new feature rich additions to their
Introducing the new GripNWeigh
GNW30 with a Voice feature
We got a kick out of this one when Andrew Wheeler, Pure Fishing's Product
Manager, showed us the new GripNWeigh GNW30. This digital scale is similar to
XTools' other scales but what's new is a voice comment feature that can be
turned on or off. Here are some random phrases you can expect to hear from the GripNWeigh 30 while it announces the weight of your fish
(no smart talk for fish between 3 to 5 pounds).
When your fish weighs less
than 3 pounds:
are you doing? Catching bait?"
know, there are bigger fish down there"
"That's some fish! Don't strain yourself"
When your fish weighs more
than 5 pounds:
a wall hanger!"
that's a fish!"
steel hook is used to hold onto the fish
Along with the ability to
announce the measured weight of your catch, the GNW30 also features a high and
low volume option match your surroundings. The floating digital scale makes use
of a corrosion resistant stainless steel hook assembly to hold your catch while
it is being weighed. A high visible digital LCD is used and the unit has the
ability to store 9 fish weights and total weight of your catch.
feature announces the weight of your fish plus some entertaining remarks
The new GripNWeigh can weigh
fish up to 30 pounds and anglers have the choice to select either pounds or
kilograms as the unit of measurement. The "talking" XTools digital scale retails
for $59.99 to $64.99 and is now
available at retailers.
When the first XTools floating pliers were introduced, they were great for
everyday applications but the jaws/nose on them didn't have that gripping power
of a metal jaws. That's where the new HybridXPliers come into play. The new set
of pliers feature stainless steel jaws with offset teeth for that sure grip,
enhanced durability, and is replaceable if they do get worn out.
have a stainless steel jaws
braided and mono line is simple with the Tungsten Carbide Cutter
The HybridXPliers also
incorporate a Tungsten Carbide cutter for easy cutting of braided lines. Both
the jaws and cutter are corrosion resistant and can be used by freshwater and
Two of the
four models come with a sheath
Different sizes and styles are
available for these pliers - 9" HybridXPliers, 9" HybridXPliers with Sheath, 7"
Hybrid Bentnose Pliers, and 7" Hybrid Bentnose Pliers with Sheath. All pliers
float and comes with a safety lanyard. The new pliers are now available and will retail from
$12.99 and up.
Bentnose pliers can make some jobs
BaitXNets: Big game anglers along with
other bait fishermen will surely be keen on this bait net. It's not just any net but
one that's specifically designed to be effective and harmless to help keep your
bait fresh and kicking. First of all,
most of the bait nets sink to the bottom of livewells. Anglers have to reach in to retrieve the net each time it's used. The BaitXNet,
like other XTools, are designed to float. This bait net will always be afloat in
the bait tank to easy access.
The BaitXNet features a fish
friendly netting material
Next is the netting. XTools actually spent the
time to select the proper netting material that's fish friendly. The netting is
durable yet soft, preventing any unnecessary harm that could prematurely kill the live bait.
An aluminum construction makes it
The XTools BaitXNet is corrosion resistant with an
aluminum construction. It has a flared hoop design for easy scooping of your
live bait. And it's designed with a soft grip handle that won't slip even when
it's soaking inside the bait tank. The nets are available in a 12 inch and 18
inch size and they will retail for
$14.99 and $19.99.
bait net will keep afloat in your livewell
Conclusion: XTools was founded six years
ago and their goal when they started was to introduce a series of revolutionary
tools. They successfully did so by developing floating tools and this coming
season the team will be releasing a few new and exciting tools that will surely
come in handy. The "talking" GripNWeigh is functional and entertaining,
and the HybridXPliers with the stainless steel jaws further refine Xtool's
pliers offering for the tougher jobs that simply demand more. Whether it is a
smart mouthed scale or a bait friendly floating net the company has a few more
appealing offerings sporting blue and green this season.