Chevy or dodge? I think they both work well. One of my buddies and brother use vexilar. Me and my usual fishing partner both use Marcum. I personally prefer Marcum. Whatever you go with look at a digital one so you don't have to hear the annoying buzzing sound all day of a mechanical one. I have an lx7 as well as a showdown 5.6 dual beam. They both work awesome.
It probably will come down to which ever you choose to buy. I say marcum because I've only owned marcum. I've use vx1pro for 4 season now and have loved it. I just upgraded to lx5i this year. Excited to get it on the ice.
I did have the pleasure of using a vex one time and did like it as well. Also seen the hummingbirds in action . They seem to function well. I went with marcum because of the bang for the buck. Also was what I could afford at the time.
One thing with my marcum was it wasn't effected as bad my other sonars in close areas. Seemed to be more talent then others.
I'm sure which ever you choose you will fall in love worth it.
Reply by: skiman Posted: Oct. 7, 8:08:27 AM Points: 1220
Got my “Hook” last year...still trying to figure out all of the bells and whistles! I also have an old Cabelas Marcum I use when I’m too lazy to fiddle with the Lowrance. Both have their place, and I use them both. Matter of personal preference as I see it. Do check out the Lowrance though, really nice unit. Good Fishing!
When I did my research, years ago, I thought Marcum was the best for the price. Found one on Craigslist and have been quite happy with it... never a problem. There are always new things out there, so I'd invest a bit of time in reading reviews.
I have used both and both are excellent. My brother's FL18 is 30 years old and works perfect. I have noticed that Vexilars are sensitive to interference when a Marcum is operating nearby, possibly because of the higher power output of the Marcum? So if you want to be a polite neighbor, get the Vexi. If you want to make sure that other Marcums don't interfere with you, get the Marcum. Whichever brand you choose, get one with a zoom. Some of the low end models do not have that feature, and it is extremely helpful if you fish deeper than 20 feet.