The Preston Innovations Original Slip elastic was in my pole tips for decades - and it still is in the smaller sizes.
However, there is a new kid on the block, and that's the Drennan Power Pull elastics in sizes 1 mm, 1.2 mm and 1.4 mm. This is awesome stuff.
Drennan Power Pull Elastic - from 2023
The Drennan Power Pull elastic is a recent product that has come to the market in 2023. I tried it and I'm changed all my tops to the 3 sizes mention above.
It's perfect for fishing natural waters in Holland.
Preston Original Slip Elastic
The Original Slip elastic I still use in sizes 3 & 4 - but only when I am fishing for really small fish and don't want to bump the fish off. Otherwise, the bigger sizes have been replaced by Drennan Power Pull of Dura Slip above 1.6 mm.
I use elastic through the № 1 tip section of my 13 m Preston Innovations Competition 3000 EURO II pole – which is a very long section at 1.55m.
It is important to balance the hook-length with the elastic size you are using. When the fish turns its head, the elastic gives and the hook-length should be able to cope. If the elastic is too strong you could break off when the fish quickly turns away.
Preston Innovations Dura Slip Elastic - from April 2021
This is a new elastic from Preston Innovations and it has been receiving some excellent reviews.
I have fitted some (Monoblock's) with this elastic - 2 x No. 5 and 2 x No. 7. So far the elastic has performed well when fitted through the tip section of my pole but it does power up very quickly. It is probably more suited to being in longer sections or a top 2. The No. 5 is proving to be a great all-round elastic!
There should be a No. 3 version - and there is from 2023!
Even with the Dura Slip elastic I prefer to use a normal connector rather than a Dacron connector.
I also now have a Euro XS Carp 1000 13 m pole and the monoblocks are fitted with stronger Dura Slip elastics.