Great little feeder. Bought a couple online, one 28g elasticated and one 24g inline. Used the elasticated yesterday for the first time up against some reeds and 9 times out of 10 had a fish within 30secs. Had a good common of 8 or 9lbs on the first chuck and managed a big roach that took the 6mm pellet hookbait (definately a pb but didn't have weigh-scales with me sadly).
Never used an elasticated feeder before as a) its banned on many waters and b) if you crack off you risk leaving the fish tethered. This one has the elastic semi free running though, and in the event of the mainline breaking the elastic runs through and the feeder can slide off. It just so happens that i did break my line too. I was fishing very close to reeds; was a split second too late and the fish bolted into safety where it got the feeder jammed on something hard.
Went down my local tackle shop to buy a replacement but they didn't have any in. Fortunately the x-safe elastics are interchangeable on all the guru feeders so i bought a method feeder one and can switch the elastic onto the 24g inline pellet feeder.
I kind of wish i had switched over to a method feeder half way through the session to compare the effectiveness. They seem a very similar idea, in that you use short hooklengths buried in the freebies for effectively a bolt rig. The pellet feeders use less bait though so are maybe good to avoid over-feeding the swim. Perhaps someone can enlighten me to what situation you would use them in, as opposed to a flatbed method feeder?
I got into using these when they come out and had a lot of trouble with losing the feeders on cast etc. love the idea but they were a bit expensive to be losing for no apparent reason. Not sure whether the tail rubbers were loose or something from changing feeder every cast but Steve ringer never seemed to have any issues? Love the idea of them but not being sponsored by guru I can't afford to use them lol