Today we are looking at the pack-down seatbox from Maver, the Venue. An interesting seatbox aimed for those who are unable to store a full seat box. I’ve owned this seatbox for a few years now, and have got a good idea about it. Hope you find this Maver Venue Seatbox Review helpful!
The box comes with the main seat with one rig tray, a large tray, legs and an outrigger and bag to put on the back to store a few bits and bobs in. All this stored in one nice size bag. One thing to note, with everything in the bag it can be fairly heavy to carry, however, it is a seatbox at the end of the day, the strap on the bag can make it easier to carry if you don’t have a trolley. However, carrying this along with a pole bag, rollers and bait bag could be a bit of a challenge. I’ve always used this with a small trolley and have been fine.
Putting the box together the first time can be slightly challenging, but once you have got a method it becomes quick and easy. One issue can be getting the box level and even each time. As there is no point of reference on the legs as to where to set them. This is in my view a bit of a let down, of course it would be different for different people. I highly recommend using some electrical tape or a marker of some sort to mark each leg with where to screw in, this will hugely reduce the time it takes you to put the box together. Make sure you attach each leg nice and tightly or you could slip down through the day!
The outrigger is easy to add on too, add it on to one of the front legs before you attached that leg to the box and then adjust to be where you need it to be.
The bag is a nice size to store a few bits and bobs, personally I keep pole cups, pole socks and other misc tackle in. You get a single tray level on the box, however you can buy more. Although for just a pleasure angler the one tray means you can get plenty of different rigs in. It also comes with a fantastic size side table, which is huge. most of the time I find it hard to fill it up, also has a nice soft foam top kit holes in, just to separate your top kits a bit easier.
When you’re on the box, its a nice and comfy seat, can easily sit and spend 6 hours on it. I have pleasure fished with it, and even several club matches and it’s never caused me an issue, for that I can’t recommend it enough, especially if you don’t have the room for a fully built seat box. I personally drive a Mini, so fitting a normal seatbox in along with all my other gear can be a tough game of Tetris. However this slides quite nicely into my car.
It’s priced at an affordable price too compared to other boxes. I personally would suggest this box to others, however, the cons of it are there, it can be tedious to put together each time and take down after a session. However you can soon get fast at this, and without marking the legs, I would be sitting a bit wonky!
A nice benefit is, you can get a lot of other brand seat box add-ons to fit onto this box. I use it with a Preston rod rest when feeder fishing, which makes life a bit easier. Although not all add-ons fit on, so always double check before purchasing!
Hope this helps a few newcomers in looking for a small box which can be broken down!
Here is a previous blog where I am on this box catching Crucians!
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