From Eden Prairie, MN
Good call Oranda. Seems like this topic comes up every week.
Here is my 2 cents. When you look at the big 3: Vex,Marcum, and bird you arent going to find too many haters; well let me back that up a bit before I get skewered. Marcum had issues with their digital units but did send out an update that had mixed results and there are some frustrated customers. Me, I do run a Marcum LX-3tci and I love it. I'm happy to recommend it as a flasher. Great power, sensitivity, and adjustable zoom capabilities; especially at the price point. I haven't had to use but I hear customer service is great too. Now, my cents onot Vexilars. I have nothing bad to say about Vexilar. Don't own or even but have used them a lot. Great units and have a history of holding up. My father in laws fl-8 has to be 15 years old and works great. Now the bird...I got nothing. 😀
So real question is how much do you want to pay? Do you want a traditional flasher or digital? I am biased being a Marcum user, but for a traditional flasher I love my 3tci; compared to Vex and birds run they $200 more to get zoom/bottom lock and IR. If youre looking for innovation (digital/sonar with camera), again you have to look and the Marcum. If you are looking for the best history or reliability you have to look athrough Vexilar. What you really need to do is go to the store and look at them for yourself. Find the features that you feel you need. You ask a forum what to get and youre going to have me saying Marcum,the next guy saying Vex, next guy saying bird, next guy saying Lowrance and so on and so on. Do they all work? Yes. Will they so you what's under the ice? Yes. With they find the fish for you? No.
Best of luck and tight lines.
Posted on: 2016/12/26 0:51