Bivvies, Shelters & Brollies

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Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 17, 2014  |  0 comments
The High Top has been uniquely designed with space in mind, catering for anglers looking for a shelter offering unrivalled headroom. The distinctive front section allows the angler to walk in and out of the bivvy with ease, offering space to easily get changed in or out of waterproofs or to merely stand and watch the water. The height isn’t the only benefit, though, the more conventionally sized rear section is more than wide enough to comfortably fit two bedchairs while still accommodating tackle and luggage. With a removable front panel and rear vent the HQ High Top is effective as a shelter throughout the warm summer months, while the supplied clip-in inner skin and overwrap boast triple-skin protection for even the most arduous of weather conditions.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 26, 2014  |  0 comments
Following the success of the Ascent brolly, the team at Avid strived to make it even better for this season and we believe it has succeeded. One of the most beneficial improvements has to be the inner skin. Already fitted to the system, it eliminates condensation and that dreaded drip that is common on umbrellas across the board. Another benefit is the layer of cool air that forms in the summer months, resulting in a much cooler shelter.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 28, 2014  |  0 comments
It is surely one of the most popular and successful bivvies of all time because I remember seeing an Easy Dome or 10 on just about every lake that we used to venture to while doing our features. Indeed, I have owned two myself over the years – a one-man version, which I bought long before starting work at DHP, some 12 years ago, and later, a two-man version, which I used for French fishing excursions. It was the epitome of quick erection but at the same time offered a full-on, all-round shelter capable of keeping the occupant warm and dry. Setting up, as I touched up, was ridiculously simple and involved simply taking the bivvy out of its bag – which was never quite big enough when trying to put it back in – pulling up on the central boss, locking the joints in place and it was up.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 02, 2014  |  0 comments
TC reader Ian Smith from Westbury, Wiltshire says: "I’ve had my Supa Brolly for nearly a year. In fact, I got it when they first came out, or at least when Fox introduced the full-blown ‘system’ version complete with groundsheet and infills. "I absolutely love it and have yet to find any fault whatsoever. "The four ribs at the back all contact the ground, which provides stability and adds to the internal space.
Total Carp Staff  |  Mar 28, 2014  |  0 comments
I’ve reviewed the Supa Brolly on a couple of occasions and, once I’d got to grips with threading the front pole (when I bought mine, it was from a batch where this pole was too long), I was smitten. On the subject of the pole, while it’s easy enough to attach, and is essential to maintain the round profile, it does mean slightly more effort compared with other brollies. This is ostensibly a brolly but, in truth, it has the internal dimensions and space of a more substantial shelter. Following requests from its many loyal customers, Fox has now introduced this smaller, compact version, which is more in keeping with a brolly in terms of size and footprint.
Total Carp Staff  |  Mar 03, 2014  |  0 comments
Following numerous requests and the popularity of the one-man HQ, Avid has produced the two-man version. It houses all the features found in the one-man but boasts enough space to accommodate two bedchairs, ideal for the angling couple, the angler who fishes abroad or the person who just likes a little more space. It’s a simplistic and efficient bivvy system that was the first shelter to bring the revolutionary inner wrap, eliminating condensation without the hassle of attaching a winter skin. Once you’ve put it in place it can be left inside permanently, making it a very quick shelter to erect.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 24, 2014  |  0 comments
It was actually about four months ago that I was asked to take out the Groundhog SF and test it over time. As a devout brolly user, Marc Coulson thought me the best-placed member of the team to get out and put it through its paces. I was happy with my traditional brolly previously and wondered how much better this could be, but I have been hugely impressed by it so far. The SF stands for Space Frame, which allows increased headroom inside.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 24, 2014  |  0 comments
The original Supa Brolly was launched to critical acclaim and was followed soon afterwards by the ‘system’ that included zip-in front with mozzie and standard options with doors and windows and suchlike. Not able to get hold of the simple brolly due to its popularity, I bought a system when I discovered that Chapman’s Angling Centre was one of only a few shops that actually had a delivery. I didn’t particularly want the infill and certainly not the mozzie front, but it was either this or miss out altogether. So, out came the credit card and the next day the Supa Brolly system duly arrived.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 18, 2013  |  0 comments
When we saw this at the Tackle & Guns Trade Show it literally stopped us in our tracks. The compact design, top build quality and unquestionable value for money really did blow us away. A simplistic but effective two-rib, pram-hood design ensures quick erection and with the fitted porch offers extra protection for when the elements take a turn for the worse. The Royale Classic features a mesh or removable PVC clear-panel front door and two mozzie-mesh panels on the front that keep bugs at bay and supply a welcome airflow in the warmer weather.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 21, 2013  |  0 comments
First impressions of this gazebo-type shelter are not immediately conducive to stopping you in your tracks and making you dash out to your nearest Avid stockist to buy one. However, once you look at how it works and open your mind to the possibilities, it becomes more and more impressive. With four side panels, each with a full central zip, you basically park it over up to four bivvies to create a large shelter, compete with communal area for socials, extra gear or just that added space and comfort. We saw this one with two bivvies at a 90-degree angle to each other and immediately imagined how useful it would be to the hordes of anglers who fish as pairs at venues like Linear.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 23, 2013  |  0 comments
Durable nylon fabric and strong, aerograde aluminium poles make up the two-man Cocoon. Large front and back vents allow fantastic ventilation and the large footprint of the bivvy easily allows enough room for two bedchairs. The groundsheet is made from a flexible and hard-wearing 100 per cent PVC, making if form to the bank perfectly. At the front of the bivvy there are rod-retaining straps to keep you rods secure when sorting your rigs out before casting and the front doors afford three door options, from clear windows to green fabric and a mozzie mesh for summer.
Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 29, 2013  |  0 comments
A few years ago Aqua, the top bivvy and shelter manufacturer, launched its Aqua Brolly System, a 55in umbrella system that offered anglers a more compact alternative to the usual 60in versions. This brolly serviced the mobile-angler market, as well as those who appreciated the ease of use and versatility of a brolly, but who didn’t want the bulk of the bigger models. It seemed the perfect scenario. However, the brolly only came as a ‘system’, complete with infill panels and groundsheet, and this almost contradicted the original needs of the intended market.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 15, 2013  |  0 comments
The first thing that struck us about the Atom is how small it is. It is perfect for the angler who doesn’t want to take too much bulky gear but wants to remain dry. It comfortably fits a standard bedchair with enough room to store your luggage. The footprint is tiny so you won’t have any problem fitting it into tight swims.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 15, 2013  |  0 comments
Pack of ten super lightweight, yet strong, bivvy pegs that reduce the weight of one of the heavier items in the modern carp anglers’ bag. Come complete in dedicated roll. RRP: £14. 99For more information go to: www.
Total Carp Staff  |  Sep 21, 2012  |  0 comments
I’d never used a two-man bivvy before, so when I was asked to test-review this one from Vision I was intrigued. I’ve seen some two-man bivvies in use and they always struck me as far too big. Thanks to the aluminium components and compact shape when in the bag, it’s surprisingly easy to handle and wasn’t as cumbersome as I suspected. Once erected, I was pleasantly surprised that although it has a two-man capacity it is not overly big.