ESP Cryogen Grip Rigger Carp Hooks


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ESP Cryogen Grip Rigger

As the name suggests, this is an amalgam of the best features of the
Cryogen Gripper and Stiff Rigger, which is almost unfair on the carp!
The shape is that of the Stiff Rigger, with the fine curved ‘sticky’
point of the Gripper.

We have been getting asked for a while for a chod / stiff rigger hook
with an ultra-sharp beaked point and have answered those pleas with a
hook that has even converted a few straight point devotees through the
testing process! Although hook choice is often down to personal
preference rather than exact science, a beaked point can provide extra
assurance especially in weedy or snaggy conditions, with unbeatable hook
holds – and so they have proved through the testing process.

Made in the same wire gauges as the Cryogen Stiff Riggers, making them
the perfect pop up hook, the Grip Riggers feature heavy forging and of
course the Cryogen treatment making them incredibly strong with durable

The initial launch of ESP Cryogen hooks in March 2016 caused a massive
stir with discerning anglers quickly recognising the distinct technical
advantages they offered. They were the result of over three years of
development and field testing which culminated in a new standard in
strength and point durability.

New manufacturing techniques including both high temperature and
cryogenic tempering have produced significantly stronger hooks with more
durable, long life points.

Cryogenic tempering is a process used to improve the molecular structure
of steel which in turn reduces stress and improves strength and wear
resistance. It is used in many disciplines with Formula 1 engine parts
being a classic example.

Bench tests on initial samples proved to us that the new tempering
processes combined with improved designs and heavy forging resulted in
hooks that were 25-30% stronger than other PTFE coated carp hooks in the
same wire gauge. We subsequently sent the hooks for independent
scientific testing on hardness and tensile strength and the tests
carried out confirmed and supported our initial findings.

So rather than having to improve strength by simply increasing wire
gauge, new manufacturing processes have allowed us to maintain optimum
wire gauges for each size which allow for fine, ultra-sharp needle
points which are now more durable than ever.

ESP is now delighted to introduce three new patterns into the Cryogen
range, with each type having been developed, tested and ‘tweaked’ over
the last 18 months. They have proved outstanding in field testing and
provide an even greater choice in high-performance, long-lasting carp


–  Three years of development

–  Cryogenically tempered

–  Incredibly strong

–  Durable ultra sharp needle points

–  Long-beaked points

–  Tufflon coated

–  Micro-barb

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