Bivvies, Shelters & Brollies

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Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 22, 2017  |  0 comments
As the name would suggest, this One Night Stand bivvy is perfect for the short-session angler, as well as being more than suitable for the longer session. This compact and lightweight one-man shelter weighs just 7. 5kg, ideal for the angler on the move and for transportation. Constructed with a 5000 hydrostatic head 210D cover it also has an added three-quarter storm peak, offering plenty of protection from the elements.
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  |  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  |  Jan 27, 2017  |  0 comments
No, we haven’t got the price wrong, you can purchase this two-man bivvy for well under £200. In fact, Angling Direct has even had it cheaper than the £174. 99 we have listed here! The overwrap has also been listed cheaper, so keep your eyes peeled and check the website regularly for a real bargain. If you fancy more room to take your loved one, house your dog comfortably or just want space and room to dry off when needs be, then look no further.
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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  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  |  Sep 27, 2016  |  0 comments
The Fast & Light brolly has been hugely popular with its initial target angler, the guy who travels extra light and doesn’t want the hassle of having to carry a full-blown system around. Groundsheet, infill panel and any additional extras mean burdensome loads to these guys. However, the brolly is so good that lots of other anglers took a shine to it – those fishing slightly longer session and wanting a little but more from their shelter. So, by popular demand, Aqua introduced these wraps to create more significant coverage for those who want it.
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  |  Oct 09, 2019  |  0 comments
One of the most innovative bivvy and wrap designs out there, found in ove very small package.
Total Carp Staff  |  Sep 02, 2016  |  0 comments
Dan Murrell’s verdict. . . I couldn’t recommend it more! 5/5 Regarded as a well-seasoned brolly angler, I was quite surprised when I first saw the Basecamper from Avid-backed Ian Russell and was actually keen to try one out for myself.
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  |  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.