Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
I am brand new to the use of flashers with ice fishing and I appreciate the ease of which I can run and gun from spot to spot with this product. I have purchased the performance pack plus 12v battery, which adds decent weight to the product, but truly find it still convenient to carry. After a quick read of the manual and some time in the simulator option, I was impressed how easy the unit was to use. My practical application on the ice taught me that I had to sometimes switch between the Noise and Sensitivity features to get a precise read, but after a little fine tuning, I was impressed at the accuracy. I had a minnow approximately 4 inches below 2 split shots, and the unit actually marked the space between the split shots and minnow, an accuracy beyond what I expected considering it was the cheaper of the Showdown models (Showdown 5.6 being the other). I am extremely happy with my Showdown 2.0, its ease of use and convenient adaptability. As I am in Canada, I won't discuss cost comparisons as it would be inaccurate but regardless of where you purchase it, I still say it is well worth the investment.
Pros: Ease of use, Portability, Accuracy and clarity, Returns to settings that were last used, Auto bottom lock
Cons: No float for the transducer
Best Uses: none
Would you recommend this product? Yes