Bivvies, Shelters & Brollies

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Total Carp Staff  |  Sep 01, 2016  |  0 comments
First Look! Similarly to all the short rods now available, several companies are producing compact versions of their bivvies and, in the Reflex, Fox has nailed it. Although I haven’t fished from it, I did spend two nights under this one at Carp In The Park and I absolutely loved it. Not just for its small nature (which in truth, as a brolly angler, is still amply big enough for me) but for the features it boasts and the all-round build quality. RipStop Ven-Tec material creates a rugged, waterproof and breathable material that will not let you down and which, if you nick it accidentally, will not worsen.
Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 03, 2016  |  0 comments
Few companies boast the heritage for superbly made, top-end and respected carp gear than Aqua Products, and with that came the range of Aqua classics made in modern, more hi-tech materials. This is exactly that, the original Aqua Brolly, with the same dimensions, but Aquatexx fabric. Anybody who was anybody in days gone by recognised Aqua as being the leading maker of bivvies and brollies, initially hand-constructed by founder Chris Manifold from a tiny workshop in Cheshire. If you were really somebody then you owned one, but the superb quality, UK build and limited production made it difficult to buy them at times.
Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 03, 2016  |  0 comments
Following on from the award-winning, highly successful, Royale Classic One-Man, the Euro Dome has been built around the winning design. It offers the same practicality and function ability, only in a larger format for the angler preferring to fish longer sessions or, as the name suggests, who ventures to Europe, where a little extra space is always very welcome. Differing from other larger shelters, the Royale Euro Dome boasts a completely removable inner dome, which is approximately the same size as the Classic predecessor. This, of course, means the overall footprint of the Euro is larger than the Classic, lending itself perfectly to the angler wishing to take plenty of kit.
Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 03, 2016  |  0 comments
Not every angler wants to set up a goliath bivvy with overwrap to keep them sheltered through the summer nights or even surprise daytime showers, and that’s understandable. However, what about a simple two-rib structure that can be erected in seconds and boasts tension poles, groundsheet and even rod-retaining straps? Ideal for the angler wanting a little more protection on day sessions or for a quick to erect night-time shelter, the Discovery CX Low Rider is ideal and a great item to have at your disposal. Lightweight with a supplied carry bag and pegs, this is everything you need to keep sheltered yet not weigh you down, so you can move quickly and effectively when needed, and we think it is pretty cheap too. (DM) £74.
Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 02, 2016  |  0 comments
There are literally hundreds of shelters on the market, all of which offer some benefit or other, from ease of use, large floor space, small packed-away dimensions and all other manner of stuff to entice you to use them. However, Sonik has, thankfully, produced the XTI with one thing in mind – comfort. Let’s face it, that’s what a bivvy should primarily offer you, unless you’re the ‘take as little as you can’ travelling-type angler. With generous dimensions, a luxurious 20,000HD Armatek outer and solid three-rib construction, this will keep you happy through the very worst conditions.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 12, 2016  |  0 comments
Summer can predominantly mean warm nights and quick sessions, and there is nothing more annoying than having to lug your large two-man winter bivvy around the lake. Well you no longer have to. This awesome little shelter boasts all the features you would expect to find on larger bivvies but without the weight and bulky nature. The bivvy alone weighs in at a rather minimal 5.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 12, 2016  |  0 comments
With the good weather finally here, it’s nice to pack away the large cumbersome bivvy and dust off the brolly. However, with the English weather being unpredictable, to say the least, it’s a good idea to have a brolly that can cope with the ever-changing conditions. The Extreme TX Brolly System is such a product. Built from the extremely waterproof 20,000mm HH Hydra-Tex material, this shelter practically shrugs water off in an instant.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 12, 2016  |  0 comments
Spacious, sturdy and great value for money, that’s exactly what we thought when we took a look at this goliath shelter. Perfectly suited for anglers wishing to fish long sessions, planning a trip overseas or who like to take everything and the kitchen sink. Built using the state-of-the-art Windtex fabric, it is both 100 per cent waterproof and breathable. Boasting a stereo weave, the PU-coated polyester fabric is rated to 20,000mm Hydrostatic Head, while allowing moisture to escape for a condensation-free space.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 15, 2016  |  0 comments
BARGAIN!Okay, so we have seen this product before. However, when we covered the shelter initially, the product was £649. 99, now it can be picked up for an amazing £300 less. The unique High Top has been designed with space in mind, catering for anglers looking for a shelter offering unrivalled headroom.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 15, 2016  |  0 comments
We’ve seen a lot of brollies, some good and some not so, but it’s a while since we saw one offering a full system for just £100. With the brolly itself, full infill, pegs and groundsheet included in the price, this is a great choice for the occasional angler or those looking for their first brolly. I like an open-fronted shelter, but if you’re new to brollies then you may want the option of the infill, which this gives. The nylon material isn’t some ‘space-age Megatexx’ or suchlike, but it’s waterproof and that’s the primary reason for it being there! The steel design is basic but perfectly functional and, with the target angler in mind, I reckon it’s an absolute belter.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 14, 2016  |  0 comments
If you’re an angler who appreciates the finer points in life and likes to spend your time in luxury on the bank then this could be the shelter for you. Built from a sturdy yet lightweight aluminium three-rib construction and integrated fourth pole peak, the XTI benefits from increased space to protect both you and your tackle, while a subtle pointed apex allows the user plenty of headroom. The design of the three-rib frame results in this bivvy being extremely sturdy, so if you are caught in the middle of a changing weather front fear not, you can sit back and rest assured that your setup isn’t going anywhere. For increased stability the XTI also boasts reinforced pegging points, and a simple yet effective tension-bar system that effortlessly fits down the shelter’s spine.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 14, 2016  |  0 comments
If you’re an angler who appreciates the finer points in life and likes to spend your time in luxury on the bank then this could be the shelter for you. Built from a sturdy yet lightweight aluminium three-rib construction and integrated fourth pole peak, the XTI benefits from increased space to protect both you and your tackle, while a subtle pointed apex allows the user plenty of headroom. The design of the three-rib frame results in this bivvy being extremely sturdy, so if you are caught in the middle of a changing weather front fear not, you can sit back and rest assured that your setup isn’t going anywhere. For increased stability the XTI also boasts reinforced pegging points, and a simple yet effective tension-bar system that effortlessly fits down the shelter’s spine.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 11, 2016  |  0 comments
I first saw the original HQ when out on features with Avid-backed Ian Russell and, initially, didn’t pay it too much attention. I’ve seen a million and one bivvies so I don’t always notice individual ones at first. However, over time, I grew to be pretty impressed with the ‘twin-skin’ design. This isn’t twin skin as in having a wrap attached; no, it’s what you might call a traditional construction but with an added (it’s removable) fabric inner lining.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 11, 2016  |  0 comments
We first came across the Bloxx system last year and were impressed with the speed with which it can be erected, literally one of the quickest around in our experience. The system revolves around a central block with the ribs leading from it. This opens to allow the ribs to splay (it’s simple and the poles never have to be manoeuvred to open them up). The front two poles are then secured under tension and that’s it.
Total Carp Staff  |  Mar 23, 2016  |  0 comments
Ideal for foreign trips and longer sessions with your mate or even family members, this neat tent sits in your swim (or between yours and your mate’s bivvies) and offers the ideal place to socialise in between bites. Although not sold as a cooking tent for various health and safety reasons, I reckon that as long as you do so with care you can easily get away with preparing all your food in here. Failing that, set up a bait table, fill the whole thing with beer and use it for evening socials and suchlike. It’s extremely easy to erect and doesn’t take up too much room in your motor when packed away in its carryall.

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