Bivvies, Shelters & Brollies

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Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 26, 2016  |  0 comments
When we heard that Wychwood had produced a bivvy that unlike its previous products was not price sensitive, we were pretty excited. On unveiling it at its tradeshow we were not only surprised but also a little bit gobsmacked. Completely different from what we had in mind, this new, innovative piece of kit really
does bring a new level to fishing shelters, in terms of design, features and looks. The D-ploy 
was developed over an extensive period, picking the brains of some of the country’s most influential anglers, like Nigel Sharp and John McAllister, to name but a few.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 26, 2016  |  0 comments
The HQ twin skin broke into the carp scene and made a big impact as the first-ever bivvy to feature a built-in twin skin as standard. Not only eliminating condensation, it also completely eradicates the need for a winter skin and, what’s more, once it has been installed it never has to be taken out again. So how can this already well-regarded shelter be even better? Now boasting a new improved internal layout, there is even more usable internal space, if you can believe it. The unique separated pole design allows the shelter to easily accommodate a large bedchair, all your tackle and even enough room to house your stove and let you brew up and cook inside.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 24, 2015  |  0 comments
For whatever reason, Trakker fell off my radar a little in recent years, which is a shame given that I used to be very close to the Sheffield-based company a few years back. I remember receiving what was then the first production version of the then-famous and brand-new Pioneer. I loved it, and pictures of yours truly reviewing it in Total Carp adorned the walls of Trakker headquarters for several years. So, when Trakker’s Gary Hood (a former DHP colleague) brought the Tempest brolly to the office and asked me to use it for a while on the bank I was extremely excited.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 28, 2015  |  0 comments
Fishing is very much a social sport and I’m sure – or I would like to hope – that many of you reading this will in fact enjoy fishing with your mates, partners and children as well as those days when you go alone. This product is for the social angler, the person who requires extra space and the angler that generally plays host, because there’s always one person whose swim becomes the venue for the antics of a fishing social. The Trakker Utility shelter is the perfect space whether you’re cooking, getting changed or just talking, avoiding the rain. With enough room to stand up in, the shelter stands tall at 195cm x 155cm deep and 218cm wide.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 28, 2015  |  0 comments
Okay, so it’s fair to say that I rarely use a full-blown bivvy these days, preferring instead my brolly. However, as we head into winter, the comfort of a proper bivvy might be called for. If so, and having tested this one, on and off, for some time now, I have to say that I’d be perfectly happy using it. Without having a ridiculously oversized footprint, the Vizor Lite boasts absolutely loads of internal room, thanks to the spaced bars at the base of the pramhood design.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Dan Murrell’s verdict. . . Lightweight and compact but offers superior protection.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 06, 2015  |  0 comments
Marc Coulson’s verdict. . . great bivvy, especially if you like lots of room.
Total Carp Staff  |  Sep 25, 2015  |  0 comments
Albeit the cheaper model in the Tempest family, don’t let that fool you into thinking this is anything like not worthy of the name. With the same ingenious frame design, but stripped back and with a nylon material instead of breathable Aquatexx, the Tempest brolly will tick many boxes for many anglers. I’ve increasingly favoured brollies in recent years, mostly since the advancement in space-saving systems inside, but the Tempest takes this to another stage altogether. Because all of the mechanics are on the outside, internal space is kept at an absolute maximum.
Total Carp Staff  |  Sep 25, 2015  |  0 comments
Having listened to one of my colleagues, Karl Jenkinson, say how good the Atom is that he owns, it was with no little sense of anticipation that I took this one out to my local club lake to put it through its paces. The first thing that is blatantly obvious is just how tiny the Atom is when packed away – I’ve seen bigger retention sling bags! I know this might sound an obvious statement given the Atom concept, but I was literally amazed at how tiny it was. This amazement continued once the Atom was erected, which, by the way, literally takes seconds. It is, well, tiny.
Total Carp Staff  |  Sep 23, 2015  |  0 comments
The best just got better - regarded as Aqua’s best-selling brolly, the aptly named Fast & Light Brolly has gathered somewhat of a cult following over the years, and with the latest version seeing some additional features we are sure it will be greatly received too. Carp fishing has gone full circle recently and we are seeing a sudden emergence of all things camou, especially DPM. Well, why should a brolly be any different? Still utilising the ever amazingly waterproof Aquatexx, the brolly has been independently tested for a hydrostatic head of over 14,000mm/H20, which is four times higher than you would find on your average expedition tent. The only change to the famous Aquatexx is the new 2015 DPM camou print.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 28, 2015  |  0 comments
Constructed from a Hydro-Tec material, the 12,000mm hydrostatic head, waterproof outer skin boasts an intelligent membrane that is not only 100 per cent waterproof but also breathable, helping to rid the age-old problem of condensation. The colossal structure has been specifically designed to provide maximum protection and stability, even in the roughest of weather conditions. The impressive headroom and versatility makes the Maxus of the most feature-packed, large, two-man bivvies on the market. With three separate infill variations available, the shelter can be erected and tailored to suit any fishing scenario.
Total Carp Staff  |  Mar 09, 2015  |  0 comments
Last month we looked in detail at the complete system available from Cyprinus, well here we will be solely focusing on the space-saving brolly variation. Utilising the new and improved Hydro-Tec material, which has been proven to resist water with a hydrostatic head of over 1,0000mm, the Magnetix is among the most waterproof and weather-resistant shelters in its price range. With a more efficient, compact, space-saving device, the eight-rib design offers oodles of room and, more specifically, valuable headroom within the 60in frame. With upgraded, black, powder-coated poles, the Magnetix looks as good as it sounds.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 23, 2015  |  0 comments
The Cyprinus Magnetix is a complete shelter that’s ideal for year-round use. Constructed from the new and improved Hydro-Tec fabric, it is without doubt one of the most resilient, waterproof and weather-resistant shelters on the market. What really makes this one a game changer is its sheer versatility. Supplied with infill panels, overwrap and mozzie net, this 60in shelter can be used as an open-faced umbrella offering panoramic views or can be erected as a double-skin, fully enclosed shelter for when you require that extra comfort.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 11, 2015  |  0 comments
Designed with the modern carp angler in mind, this highly versatile shelter suits day, roaming and even session anglers alike. The speed in which the bivvy can be erected is a unique selling point alone and that’s down to the central block that connects all five ribs and peaked bars together as one unit. The ribs then effortlessly unfold in an accordion-like manner. Moving over to versatility, the Stealth Bloxx features a detachable front that easily transforms the shelter from a one-man bivvy to a handy open-fronted day shelter.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 04, 2015  |  0 comments
Although relatively unheard of in the carp market, Cyprinus has been kicking up a storm for the last nine years, selling fishing gear direct from eBay and Amazon. Offering high-quality carp fishing gear at low prices, it sells everything from bivvies to unhooking mats. With many auctions on its eBay site starting at a miniscule 99p, there are huge savings to be made. We recently received the Quick Erect bivvy and what struck us immediately was its compact nature and lightweight construction.