Some great (and true) testimonials from our customers and writers!
"A definite must have if you spend hours and hours on the water and constantly brave the elements in the pursuit of that once in a lifetime fish."
See review at: http://www.tackletour.com/reviewprotechtmantis.html
Selected by Louie Stout as one of 5 products in Bassmaster Magazine's 2004 Bassin Accessories "Too cool not to mention"
"The uses are endless. It is a portable awning that is lightweight but heavy duty. Totally adjustable sun and weather protection on demand . . . " Bob Macaulay, RCR Yachts
"The Mantis is a truly innovative way to put about 12 square feet of sun and rain protection wherever you need it in your cockpit, but only when you need it. The Pro Model is highly adjustable, sturdy, and yet quickly folds into a 38" x 6" x 5" bundle." Ben Ellison, SAIL Magazine
See Bassin Magazine's field tester reviews at: http://www.ebassin.com/eval_protecht.html
"Well here it is --- tarpon season is over and my mantis is still strong/reliable and as designed-- very workable. Just wanted to say again, my new mantis is totally kick ass!!! thanx for being what u are! Paul, FL
"Hello, I have moved back to U.S-Atlanta from Mexico.I used the mantis on Lake Chapala and a nearby resevour in Ajijic,Mexico where the locals looked at me like I was from Mars.They had obviously never seen a mantis but the local fishermen were nodding their approval,the sun was hot where we were,despite the temperature being very pleasant.Brought first boat back and purchased a smaller plastic boat,waterquest 10.2 and use mantis on that boat now on Flint River,one of the 5 longest unimpeded rivers left in the U.S..It actually starts/originates/ in Hapeville Ga and finally emptys into the Atlantic Ocean,about 350 miles away. The mantis has always worked as advertised and really extends my fishing time and quality, especially on hot hot Georgia summer days. Thanks again the Mantis is money well spent." Dan, Atlanta, GA
Excerpts from July, 2009 Discussion on www.crappie.com:
Chaunc: "Check these [Mantises] out. I have 2 on my boat. Kind of pricey but they work very well. I have the Mantis. www.pro-techt.com
I agree with Chaunc! I have a pro-tech mantis original and it is one of the best investments I've made. Not only does it keep the sun off your head, it works well in rain. I know they are a bit expensive, but they are very well made, not affected by the wind so much as an umbrella and well worth the price. I don't have any extra money to spend, but I would do this again in a heart beat."
You have a good point about fishing under a cover with long poles. The nice thing about the pro-tect mantis is that each side folds in. So if you are fishing to the left and catch a fish, you simply reach up, release the bracket and the shade pulls back out of the way.
The other issue about these things being nothing more than a sail - this particular product is designed in such a way as to minimize that effect. Yes, if the wind gets up to 15 or 20 mph it will catch it, but it should be taken down in that case any way.
I love the product, I'm not associated with the company in any way, I don't sell them, I just think they make fishin more enjoyable during those hot sunny days."
"I installed the Mantis. It is absolutely the cat's meow! Really, really neat. Very high quality components. I am totally impressed. My hat goes off to whomever designed this entire unit. Very sleek. It installed in 5 minutes. My wife and I love it" Jerry K, GA
“I have installed the Mantis a few days ago and it looks spectacular! I love the way it unfolds. It does exactly what I was hoping to accomplish.” Ronald, MA
“Thanks for the quickness and helpfulness with my order and I will recommend you to everyone around here after they all see the coolest shade ever! Have a great day.” Nancy, CO
“I'm impressed how well its made and how you can position it w/o much trouble and no problem in getting in the way. It also can be totally removed in a few seconds. So far it looks pretty good and, and for me ....well worth the money.” Bill, MA
“I’ve never liked the full bimini as it restricts my view. The Mantis gives just enough protection without restricting visibility. A brilliant product! Well done again.” Bill, FL
"We are enjoying the top. Hope you are getting some calls, lots of interest The bimini is back in the boat house." Regards, Frank & Capt. Barbara, GA coast
"I love my Mantis, it works so much better than my bimini top. . .much more room to cast." Terry, IA
"We just received the new Pro-Techt Mantis seat shade. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ITEM! All I can say is that someone has finally figured out a device for fisherman that fish in the heat of summer. It is easy to install (took me about 3 minutes), does NOT inhibit your fishing and is easily stowed and deployed, less than 2 minutes from fully extended to in the rod locker." Brian, Guide, NM
"I got to try the Mantis to protect me from the rain. It was a calm day with a light drizzle and rain. I put up the Mantis ... It worked great!!! It was like standing under a patio cover and looking out at a rain storm. It really made the day more enjoyable." Norval, CA
"I've mounted the Mantis on the front and rear pro seats on my Triton 190 FS. They're terrific! They store nicely in my front deck compartments and are very easy to use. . . with the many adjustments that can be made, the Mantis has provided shade protection without hindering my fishing activities" Lee, TX
"I have a golf cart that had no top on it. I have been waiting for someone to create a product that would fit my needs. Your Mantis is that product. I have received numerous compliments on it and it has only been on one week. When I ordered the Mantis I was not sure how I was going to mount it. Your staff was more than helpful in e-mailing me pictures of different mounts. I'm sending you pictures of the way I mounted it. Please feel free to use these in the marketing of your product. I feel this shows the versatility of your product. From one satisfied customer, Paul and Sandy
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