Bivvies, Shelters & Brollies

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Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 18, 2012  |  0 comments
The word Titan has always been synonymous with super-strong bivvies from Nash. The unique spreader-block system and the resulting angle of the poles provide ultimate rigidity and impressive internal space. What’s more, the aerodynamic shape, consistent throughout the range, helps ensure that they will never be uprooted. An evolution of the original Titan bivvy, this new all-season brolly version has a slightly smaller footprint, in mind of it being usable in even the smallest of swims.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 17, 2012  |  0 comments
The replacement for the hugely popular STI brolly. The Cocoon features upgrades such as mozzie infill and back vents and a new adjustable pegging system. £179. 99For more information go to www.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 27, 2012  |  0 comments
The single biggest disadvantage with a brolly is that the inner support frame compromises the internal space. Sitting on your bedchair and watching the water generally means that you either have to suffer backache or sit as far forward as possible. That’s fine in the summer, but not great in the rain. The standout feature of the Supa Brolly is its unique STS mechanism.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 22, 2012  |  0 comments
The Z1 is classed as a 1½-man shelter, so is slightly larger than average. I’ve never taken half a mate fishing, but if I want to take loads of gear and ‘plot up’ this is spot-on. It’s just as quick to set it up and dismantle too, despite the extra size. I’ve been really impressed because the thoughtful features are evident from the first use.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 22, 2012  |  0 comments
Comprehensive two-man, peaked-front, pram-hood-style bivvy made from 5000HH material and lightweight aluminium poles for lightness and speed of use. Includes heavy-duty carry bag, groundsheet and chunky pegs. For more information go to www. ultimate-direct.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 22, 2012  |  0 comments
Top-spec bivvy constructed from Hydra-Tex material and boasting the reliable pram-hood design. The outer boasts a 20,000 hydrostatic head, making it supremely waterproof yet breathable. Packed with additional features, including multiple front options, rear and side vents. A dedicated winter wrap is also available.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 26, 2012  |  0 comments
Sadly, given the inclement conditions over the time that this shelter was first here for testing, I have only been able to do one night under it, and used it for a couple of short, afternoon sessions. I will put that right by using it a couple more times over the spring and, all being well, report back. From what I have experienced so far, this is an improvement on the original Groundhog and this can be seen in many key areas. The material remains drum-tight in cold conditions and there’s plenty of room underneath what is, essentially, a luxury brolly-type shelter but with all the bells and whistles.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 26, 2012  |  0 comments
Lightweight pram-hood-style bivvy featuring aluminium bars and 20,000 hydrostatic head outer material. It’s easy to set up and boasts lots of internal space. Supplied with winter skin. For more information go to: www.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 22, 2012  |  0 comments
If, like many of the TC staff, you like a compact bivvy that is lightweight and easy to transport yet offers reasonable internal dimensions, then this might be right up your street. As the name suggests, it boasts a carbon frame – two-rib, pram-hood style – and is compact, making it light and, with the heavy-duty groundsheet removed, allowing it to be packed into even the smallest three-rod quiver. The footprint is a tad smaller than, say, a full-blown M3 or similar, but we used a fairly wide bedchair in this one and there was still ample room for the rest of the stuff that you’re likely to need, without it feeling cramped. A rear vent (an absolute must in our mind) is evident and you can choose to have the front peak attached or not.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 16, 2011  |  0 comments
The popular TX bivvy with brand-new upgrades, including the all-new Hydra-Tex breathable material, which boasts a huge 20,000 hydrostatic head, more than any bivvy to date. Multiple door options, mozzie-mesh panels, zip-off front and much more also feature. A separate winter skin is also available. JRCTX2G BivvyRRP: £329.
Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 31, 2011  |  0 comments
All-round pram-hood bivvy system, boasting front peak, three-rib design, full front panel, mozzie infill and full winter wrap. This is a comprehensive shelter that will cover all fishing situations, but without breaking the bank. TRAKKERSLX V2 BivvyRRP: £299Website: www. trakkerproducts.
Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 02, 2011  |  0 comments
The TC boys get to grips with tackle and bait, testing them to the limit out on the bank. Here’s what they think…JRC STEALTH MK2 BROLLY SYSTEMRRP: £199. 99Website: www. jrc-fishing.