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Lifetime Decoys “The Original Coated Cable Decoy Rig”

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Date: 9/24/13
Manufacturer: Lifetime Decoys
Category: Decoy Accessories

 

Total Score: 9.88 Excellent 

Introduction: By now we all know the concept of a texas rigged decoy. Well, Lifetime Decoys has taken that idea to the next level. While their version still has the convenient function of the ordinary texas rig it also adds extreme durability. Based out of Houston Texas; Lifetime Decoys has created arguably the most durable, rugged and indestructible decoy rig on the market. With numerous different versions to choose from we will be focusing on the 48″ model.

Lifetime Decoys Texas Rig Specifications

Model 48″
Material Coated steel cable
Features Heavy duty swivels with clips, 4oz teardrop weights, large camo carabiner
MSRP 30″ ($34.99) / 48″ ($39.99) / 72″ ($44.99)
Each 48" rig is complete with a 4oz teardrop style weight

Each 48″ rig is complete with a 4oz teardrop style weight

First Impressions: We received these rigs from Lifetime Decoys and we were immediately impressed with their design. Constructed out of coated steel cable, these things appear to be able to withstand an absolute beating. Each rig came equipped with a heavy duty clip and swivel to ensure they stay attached to your decoys. Since these were the 48″ version they came with a 4oz lead teardrop weight.

Heavy duty clip and swivel, to connect each rig to your decoys

Heavy duty clip and swivel, to connect each rig to your decoys

 Above each weight and at the loops there is a metal cable crimp, that gives the rig a very clean look by getting rid of the loose ends. This should make them less likely to catch weeds and other obstacles. The package also comes with a big camouflage carabiner. A carabiner is a must when using texas rigs, so it’s nice they give you one to help keep your decoys organized. Needless to say we were impressed with the texas rigs and we were ready to take them to the water.

Included is a big camouflage carabiner to help pick up and keep your decoys organized.

Included is a big camouflage carabiner to help pick up and keep your decoys organized.

Field Test: First thing we did was rig up a dozen decoys with the new lines. The plastic on the keel around the line tie on some brand decoys was too thick for the clip to go through and snap shut. This is a common problem with all texas rigs that use any sort of clip, but it can easily be fixed by running a zip tie or string through the hole and attaching the clip to it.

Utilizing a zip tie or line will help out on decoys with to thick of plastic for the clip to connect

Utilizing a zip tie or line will help out on decoys with too thick of plastic for the clip to connect

Once we had the decoys ready we went out to the water to see how they would perform. We tossed the decoys out and each one deployed without a hitch. The decoy would hit the water and the line would slide through the swivel until the weight hit the bottom. Some were thrown in the grass and others in the open water. The 4oz weights held them all in place. Now that the decoys were out it was time to pick them up. In my opinion, texas rigs shine the most when it’s time to pick up. These rigs were designed so that all you have to do is grab the head of the decoy, pull up until the loop reaches the swivel and then hook it onto the carabiner. This is the best way they can be designed because you never have to get your hands wet.

These rigs are made so that you can pick up an entire spread of decoys and never get your hands wet

These rigs are made so that you can pick up an entire spread of decoys and never get your hands wet

Once you get all you decoys on the carabiner you can drag them around and throw them anywhere, and they will all stay together; and for the most part not tangle. The coated steel cable is stiff enough to prevent most tangles yet limp enough to not cause problems with the line sliding through the swivel. Everything performed flawlessly and seemed durable enough that nothing short of a bulldozer could damage.

Once your done gathering your decoys up you can leave them attached to the carabiner and you should have no issue with tangles.

Once you’re done gathering your decoys up you can leave them attached to the carabiner and you should have no issue with tangles.

Lifetime Decoys Texas Rig (?/10)

Quality

By far one of the most durable high quality texas rigs on the market

10

Price

More pricey than most other texas rigs, but these have warranty, and are no doubt built to last

9.5

Performance

Preform great, just like a texas rig should, little to no tangles, fast set up and pick up.

10

Design

One of the only texas rigs to offer something truly different from the competition

10

Total Score:

9.88

 

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Most durable texas rigs we have seen
3 Year Warranty
Made in the USA
Throwing your decoys in the boat or truck is no problem, these rigs don't tangle and the carabiner will keep them all organized

Throwing your decoys in the boat or truck is no problem, these rigs don’t tangle and the carabiner will keep them all organized

Conclusion: The coated steel cable is certainly unique. It has the right amount of stiffness to be perfect for the application. It is also extremely tough. These rigs should easily last for years unlike many monofilament set ups that are likely to dry rot or retain so much memory they become useless. Not only are these things tough, they also come with a 3 year warranty. Lifetime Decoys sells these in three different sizes, 30″, 48″, 72″, or if you like projects they sell a do it yourself kit. Either way, they’ve got you covered. Lifetime Decoys are “the highest quality, longest lasting decoy rigs on the market, guaranteed”.

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The absolute ultimate decoy rig

The absolute ultimate decoy rig