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Simple and Surprising, Texas Tackle's SSplit Ring Pliers (continued)

Price & Applications: The Texas Tackle SS pliers do exactly what they are advertised to do, and switch out split rings better than any other pair of pliers we have tested to date. Texas Tackle sells the pliers direct or through a number of e-tailers so it is easy to pick up a pair. They retail for $16.99, and we consider this to be a reasonable price for this well designed tool.

The rubber grips are comfortable to hold, and the compact design of the pliers makes it easy to work them with precision

So what can you use it for? The SS Pliers are great at split rings but when it comes to the full gamut of plied duties the SS is unable to step up. The same things that make the SS pliers so good for split rings also limit the pliers overall flexibility. These are not the pliers you will want to use to pull hooks out of fish, in fact if a fish is deep hooked the short length of the pliers doesn’t allow you to get far enough into the fish’s mouth.

The SS pliers hold split rings open wide while remaining secure

There is no line cutter on the pliers so rule out cutting mono or braid, and while possible this isn’t the best pliers for clamping down split shot either. We did however discover that even with the elongated nose it is possible to exploit the pliers to tune lures like crankbaits.

Simply clamp down and rotate

The SS pliers are designed to be an addition to your tackle, not a straight up replacement for your existing pair of pliers. The SS is small enough to fit in many tackle boxes or vest pocket and I actually liked having the pliers around so much that I purchased an extra pair just so I could leave one in the boat at all times, and still have one on the workbench for lure prep. Texas Tackle is also offering a new larger size designed for extra large split rings found on big plugs and offshore trolling lures. Thus larger size retails for two dollars more.

The pliers can't cut line but they can adjust lures like crankbaits

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide)

Texas Tackle SSplit Ring Pliers Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality The Texas Tackle SSplit ring pliers makes use of high quality stainless steel and durable rubberized grips 8
Performance The pliers may not look like much but they perform better than any other pliers we have tested to date when it comes to changing hooks 9
Price These pliers are a reasonable retail price and can actually be found for lower than MSRP prices on the internet 9
Features These are not the most feature rich pliers, in fact they are designed for one purpose...and in that application the Texas tackle Split ring pliers perform admirably. These are not a replacement for you main pliers, rather an addition 5
Design (Ergonomics) The SS pliers are designed well and are easy to use, so easy that it is possible to change out hooks faster than ever before even on your boat 9
Application The SS pliers don't address a whole lot of applications, but when it comes to split rings these pliers are fantastic 5

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Simply the easiest to use split ring pliers we have ever tested L Not a replacement for your main pliers, rather an addition, designed for one application
J Lightweight design  
J Reasonable price  


Cal uses the Texas Tackle SSplit Ring Pliers to change out large hooks on swimbaits


Conclusion: The Texas Tackle SSplit Ring Pliers may not look like much they certainly deliver on their promise. The SS is without a doubt the best pliers we have ever tested when it comes to addressing split rings. These are not pliers that can do it all, nor do they pretend to be, instead they are like an application specific fishing rod… designed with an exacting purpose. Texas Tackle’s SSplit Ring Pliers are so good that you don’t realize just how difficult it is to switch out split rings until you try them, not only is it easier to change out hooks with the Texas Tackle Split Ring pliers it is faster as well. We highly recommend the Split Ring Pliers, and to prove it Texas Tackle is the latest winner of our Editors Choice Award.    


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