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   Old Thread  #1264 27 Mar 2017 at 2.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Chub RS+ Bivvy, bought for £79.99 and I think for that price it's a steal...

What I wanted...

A light, quick to erect, purposely cheap & reliable shelter for doing quick overnights under. Cheap, as I want to be able to abuse it really and pack away wet/dirty etc knowing I have little time or drying space between sessions when doing quick, mid week between work nights.

I owned a Chub S Plus shelter many years ago that I sang the praises of, it was small/light & reliable and so when I decided I wanted something similar to this and saw the RS+ bivvy at that price, being a bivvy also meaning it will double as a utility shelter for longer sessions away from my main biv (socialising/gas fridge/under cover cooking) as well as being a quick night session shelter, I didn't hesitate in getting it bought.

I've used this a few times now and have to say i'm well impressed. The difference between this and the S plus shelter is the zip on front and also the poles are dual break, whereas the old S Pus has 4 breaks per pole. So, it's even quicker to set up but packed length is longer than the old. No biggy, it's still a pretty svelte thing at about 5kg all in.

What I like:

These things just go up so quickly and effortlessly. Out of the bag, poles together, tension strap clipped up, support bars on and peg out. Front can be zipped on and off in seconds. It's just so easy.

Groundsheet is just the right weight, not paper thin but not those big/heavy PVC ones. Note - I do like a groundsheet so i can just toss stuff on the floor of the bivvy/under the bed with no worry of dirty gear.

For the size of the footprint, it's got loads of space. I downgraded to a Trakker RLX Flat 6 Superlight this year and that is more than comfortable in there, with room either end, adjacent to my bed, for tackle bags, bait buckets, overnight kit and a bivvy table. I'm also 6 foot and can sit on my bed without my head touching the top of it.

Quality is great, It's rock solid, condensation is minimal and it's definitely waterproof. Door can open up and down, ala letterbox style.

What could be better?

Well, the only thing I think it's missing is multi pegging points on the front panels. It would be nice to be able to peg the front section down flatter rather than sloping outwards, but I always fold the groundsheet back on this type of shelter so that if it rains the water isn't getting onto it. But they could have added additional peg points just for extra options. - EDIT - found a workaround, coupl e of large keyring type split rings threaded onto the additonal elastic pegging point above the main metal pegging point and front can now be pegged down flatter. Only issue now is that when viewed from front (on level'ish ground) the bottom of the door is pulled closer than the top of the open door. Mght mess with some of your OCD's !! but I quite like the extra 'snugness'.

That said, it's a superb bivvy for not a lot of money. Would I pay RRP for this? Definitely not, but can be had for a bargain if you shop around. There's an overwrap available to twin skin it but I won't be buying as that is not it's intended use, and last Friday was down into the minus temps and it kept me dry & comfortable. For £80 I highly rate this bivvy. Sure the "badge snobs" will turn their noses up but more fool them I rate it 10/10.

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   Old Thread  #1262 17 Jun 2016 at 10.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
JRC Cacoon 2 Man Bivvy

Bought it to replace my STI 2 man as I needed something taller and this comes in at slightly over 1.6m high from the front to centre and about the same 3 meter width on the narrow setting as my STI but the sides are tall giving masses of usable space for one man and will accommodate 2 bed-chairs with ease..

The wide front gives lovely views from the mozzi mesh windows and can be opened fully up but sadly there are no clear plastic side windows. The wide door is only one way and cant be opened top to bottom in letterbox style. The peak does help keep out the vertical rain.

Very easy to erect and put down though the rear 2 tension poles wont go through the channels in the material but makes no difference to the performance at all... Very stable though I would use an overwrap in high winds due to the vulnerability of the peak,, Heavy duty groundsheet which actually fits though I would liked to have seen a couple of pegging straps to secure more firmly into place as the velcro can pull undone..

The material is the usual heavy duty JRC 10,000 hh material which in 20 years of having the STI,s has never leaked once. Nice big vents at the rear makes it nice and airy on hot days and nights but when closed at night the bivvy is (like most) prone to condensation.. I would have preferred a zip up carry-all rather than the bag it comes in but then these can be bought for £19.99 on ebay and it is worth getting..

Overall a sturdy spacious well built bivvy for a taller man or for 2 people. Well recommended if you need that extra height whilst keeping the footprint to a minimum for the smaller swims .
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   Old Thread  #1261 10 May 2016 at 7.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #1260 9 May 2016 at 9.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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PHENOM / SPYDER DOUBLE DOOR BIVVY

Phenom now re-badged as Spyder. The Double door bivvy was comparatively cheap and came with outer wrap when we bought it 2 years ago, we needed a good size bivvy for me and the missus an all the tackle and this seemed to fit the bill

390D*310W*162H cm gives loads of room inside for the two bed chairs and luggage with good headroom and a porch is formed between the inner and outer doors or the inner doors can be tied back to form a cavern... There are two mesh vents in the rear roof in both the inner and overwrap which can be open or zipped closed..

There are pockets in the inner doors for storage but these are stupidly sown on the outer side of the doors and can get hit by the driving rain if the outer door is open ... Door and front windows with clear plastic / mozzie mesh can all be rolled back for an open front.. The material is good quality and they say is 10000 Hydrostatic head... Ground sheet is heavy duty..





Bad points....

On both the outer wrap and the bivvy there is in my opinion a lack of pegging points..along both sides and would benefit by 4 more for both the biv and wrap respectively, however after saying that it seems stable and not had a problem todate...

Ground sheet is velco in and never seems to fit perfectly which is irritating but really only a minor issue

Its Heavy but not an issue for us.

The four pram sections are fiddly to set up and pack away which takes abut 20 mins each way

The skins seem to take a long time to dry out as the water doesn't bead up and run off like on other bivvies though its never come through.. Might try a spray on waterproof this year which my solve the issue

Does get a little condensation with two sleeping inside on colder nights but nothing serious if the inner vents are left open..


Conclusion... A nice spacious bivvy at a good price which includes the wrap though weight might be an issue for some...
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   Old Thread  #1259 8 May 2016 at 7.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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JRC STI 2 MAN + STI 2 MAN EXTENDED WRAP

I bought mine when they first came out many years ago and sold it recently for what I originally paid for it...
I would call it a one and a half man as you will never comfortable sleep two in bed chairs
Very well made
Never leaked
1.45m high
Never had condensation problems due to the mesh inner
Heavy duty ground sheet
Doors and windows with mesh and clear plastic options
Heavy Duty Zips
Erection time pram style set up 10 to 15 mins approx
Just as easy to put away though bag needs to be bigger
If its hot the skin can be removed or partially removed to expose the roof mesh for fresh air flow
Heavy duty pegs
Very Stable even in high winds

All in all a brilliant bivvy that's serve me well...

Cons... well none other than the addition of a peak would have been useful in driving rain so that the door could be kept open... It was also awkward to fit into the original bag so bought a better bag.. Calling it a two man is a little ambitious

So why did I sell it? To buy another with an extended wrap...

Dave Lane did an extended wrap for the STI's. I was lucky enough to come across one, It adds an extension to the standard Bivvy replacing the original over wrap giving better protection in wet weather and an additional porch area The Inner doors can be rolled back which makes room for two bed chairs.. It does however change the stability of the bivvy and in strong winds I would use the original wrap but otherwise it makes a nice addition. It does make the bivvy heaver to lug around though ..

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   Old Thread  #1258 16 Apr 2016 at 1.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cyprinus base hq 2 man bivvy with wrap

Have bought this bivvy just for my yearly sessions to France and have to say after its first outing I'm well impressed. Got the bivvy for £325 with the wrap and at that price I couldn't justify paying over double for the armo 2 man I was planning on getting. The size is impressive as I'm used to brolly size shelters so this was luxury. The bag it came in is of good quality and large enough to pack everything away easily after use.
The T pegs are also good bits of kit.
It goes up the same as any other pram type and Is easy enough even doing it yourself. The only problem I had was putting the peek into place. It would go in one side but not the other. The trick I learned after a couple of tries was to fit the peek in both sides before you connect the bivvy to the hooks under the ground sheet. After that it was perfect. We had 3 nights of pretty bad weather and the bivvy held up well and was totally waterproof. All the seams seem really well put together.
Having vents on the bivvy and wrap is a real help as I've never had them before plus the rod retaining straps which are also in the front and back of the wrap is a great idea.
The only fault I can see is that some of the stitching hasn't been finished properly in 2 places, 1 inside the bivvy and 1 area of the wrap, but it's a easy fix.
Im so glad and bought this bivvy and anyone who needs a new two man won't be disappointed should they choose this one. The quality Is impressive and seeing as I'm only using it once a year in France I think this bivvy will last the next 20 years if I look after it.
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   Old Thread  #1257 4 Jan 2016 at 9.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I wondered if anyone had a review of the Wychwood D-ploy and the Trakker Tempest Composite? Looking to invest in a new Bivvy in the next few months. Looking at the two mentioned above as well as the Titan. Also looking at the Fox Supa Brolly System Mk2 to potentially save a bit of money.

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   Old Thread  #1256 29 Oct 2015 at 8.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Carp Zone Hurricane AS one man Bivvy.
Bought this Bivvy in May this year and have used it half a dozen times for short 24/36 hour sessions. Bought it because of cost; £179.99 for Bivvy and over wrap and also because of the size and flexibility of the Bivvy. First impressions when putting up in the garden were of a good quality, value for money product that would more than meet my needs. However, the Bivvy did not come with a separate bag for the over wrap as specified on the carp zone site. eBay seller did give me £10 refund when I pointed this out to them but carp zone just stated that they had stopped supplying separate bag as both Bivvy and over wrap fit in the one bag; now having tried this only a magician could achieve this. Second issue when taking Bivvy down I noticed that two of the pole elastics were stripped of their sheathing exposing bare elastic. Contacted seller on numerous occasions without a satisfactory response even after I had sent photographs of the issue at their request; carp zone did not even reply to my e-mails. I decided to bite the bullet and use the Bivvy as I was wasting valuable fishing time waiting for an outcome. Predictably the exposed elastic snapped after second outing; the Bivvy is still useable despite two loose poles which are rigid when Bivvy erected. Third problem occurred when I tried the over wrap for the first time at beginning of October only to discover that it is 6 inches short around most of the lower perimeter of the Bivvy preventing it being pegged down correctly so would be useless in a storm and also allows draughts between the main Bivvy negating any insulating properties it may have. Still had condensation in main Bivvy with over wrap on. Have noticed that eBay seller and carp zone no longer supply the one man version but still supply two man version; don't know if this is at all related to any of the issues I have experienced being common problems Just beware before purchasing. In hindsight I wish I had spent more and do like the look of the Trakker bivvies which look quality in the flesh although quite a bit less head room than the carp zone Bivvy.

Pros: 5000 hydrostatic head so does have good waterproofing.
Acres of space inside; in reality 1 and half man Bivvy.
Good head room
Decent quality ground sheet which attaches to inside of Bivvy.
Decent sized peak which helps with preventing rain entering porch.
Decent quality pegs
Very flexible door options
Over wrap has same rear vents as main Bivvy for good air circulation.
Relatively easy to erect and take down.
Does have two red straps not mentioned in any advertising.

Cons: No over wrap bag (have used old sleeping bag cover)
Poor quality pole elastics
Over wrap does not fit.
None existent customer services
Large footprint so not suited to tighter swims
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   Old Thread  #1255 15 Apr 2015 at 8.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The fox retreat xl is a great bivvy, its not as tall as the big d but the footprint is bigger and the porch adds a genuine two foot on that, Ive had the bivvy 18 month and think its superb. The only issue ive found is that it can be too big for some pegs so ive bought a trakker slx 2 man and tbh the quality of that is crap compared to the fox. Im thinking of getting rid and getting a standard sized retreat im that impressed with mine
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   Old Thread  #1254 2 Mar 2015 at 10.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Nash Double Top Big Daddy

Price down from £530 to £480 (Tackle Fanatics)

Ive been fishing for around 4 years now and ive had a TF Gear Force 8 Bivvy. I spent a week away in Essex last year and found that my back ached after the constant bending needed to get in and out of the shelter. I wanted as big as I could find and for a reasonable price so I ordered this one. In the box was a hug bivvy bag that weighed half as much as my house (25kg-30kg) and it was a bit longer than a normal rod bag. First though was well ill only be using it once twice a year so why the hell not. setting it up is the same as any normal rib setup but taking it down is a different matter entirely.

Pros:
very very large
very thick material used
quality poles
some innotive features
can easily fit 2 wide bedchairs plus extras
no more back pain (after you use a borrow to your swim)
lots of rod retainers
nash bivvy pegs included

Cons :'(
Taking it out of the bag I saw that my tension clip was brolen, great
weighs a tonne
taking bivvy down the poles welded themselves together
after taking all our gear out bar my tackle box, a slight gust of wind ripped all the pegs out and nearly took the bivvy with it, luckily my friend was stood in the porch
no hangers for lamps etc
the mesh front door doesn't go all the way to the floor
mesh everywhere but only one clear pvc door
packing it back in the bag was a pain
poles scratch easily
straps to hold the door up could have been a little longer
not really a roomy porch considering the size of it

ive got very mixed feeling about this bivvy after spending the large amount on it. why have one that cant stand up to wind. if you need to get this down in a hurry be warned

Overall 4/10

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   Old Thread  #1253 16 Jul 2014 at 8.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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WYCHWOOD SOLACE HD SHELTER

Price down to £89.99 from £129.99

I had a 60in brolly I have used for years.. fancied a change and opted for a 2 rib shelter, ive looked online at various shelters and took a gamble on this.

Taking it out of the box the shelter comes in a bag which is waiste height and opens from the top the same as a sleave.
It comes with 2 adjustable poles to keep it tight, hd pegs, hd groundsheet and a tye to keep it tight when packing it down.

Setting it up is the same as any pram hood so it doesnt take any time.
The pole break down 4 times to keep it small in the bag.

PROS:

So well made I have a m3 and the work on this is on par.. plus you get 5years warranty :-)

Quality material

3 levels to set up. With pegging points to match.

Light and compact! Goes across the handles of the barrow perfectly without taking space up.
I dont use the groundsheet as of yet so it weighs around 4kg

Nice and compact inside.. its tight but perfect for an overnighter etc.. im 5.9 and have perfect vision sitting on the bedchair

Well protected with the peak and angles of the front.

2 velcro rod retainers.

Plenty of head room.. no blocks or arms in the way.

Enough room at the back of the shelter for bag/rucksack

CONS

I have a normal sized bedchair (prestiege engineering comfy 4 leg) and I literally have 1cm of space each end!
So tight I was shocked. No chance of moving it around without it touching the sides.
So basically the bed chair can only fit in 1 place.
If you are 6ft+ this shelter would be to small for you.

Its probably not a bad thing it just shocked me how wide it is, I believe its as wide as my m3, but once set up you dont notice it.

No clip on mozzi mesh front available from WYCHWOOD


Overall im very happy with this shelter and would recommend it for the price and build quality on its own.
Just be warned its a cozy shelter!!! If you want plenty of space inside this is not for you.

UPDATE:

Just bought the overwrap which im told is universal and fits the shelter and the bivvy.
This again is made from there excellent material and offers 3 pegging points around the bivvy.
It comes in a small compact bag with pegs and 2 door options, clear velcro window and a covered door.

Pros:

So compact and light

Excellent build

3 levels of pegging points

Built in mozzi door
Clear windows on either side which can be velcro closed

Being able to clip open front in different setting's

2 rod retainers

Cant think of any cons what so ever!!
Putting the wrap on makes this an excellent compact bivvy which in my opinion makes my m3 redundant till longer sessions.
The added front and stability of the wrap is 110% worth the purchase
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   Old Thread  #1252 9 Mar 2014 at 5.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
VISION KENWICK 2 MAN BIVVY

COST: Currently 109.99 from Ultimate Direct.
Time Used : 2 Years
Rating : 8/10

Pro's
+ Spacious
+ Oversized bag
+ Tensioning Bars included.
+ Cheap
+ VERY good quality for what your paying
+ very easy to set up and down

Con's
-Quite heavy (10ish kilos)
-A bit tight for 2 people
- Groundsheet not heavy duty
- No set up instructions

I bought this bivvy 2 years ago, and feel I've given it enough use to comment on it. So I bought it wanting a spacious bivvy that has enough room for 2 people but the majority of it's use would be for just me. At the time I used a barrow for all of my fishing so weight wasn't an issue for me. It isn't too bad but you really need a barrow, or drive up to the back of your swim.

It came with no set up instructions, but it goes up like any other pram-hood style bivvys. Tension bars come with the package and on really windy days these support the shelter very well. The pegs are very hardwearing, heavy duty, T-style pegs and there are enough of them. It comes with a full solid door, clear panel and mozzie door. Mozzie side windows are also fitted with solid covers.

If you want a proper 2 man I wouldn't recommend this. Although it fits 2 bedchairs they're pretty close and with wider bedchairs it wouldn't fit. It is fine though for just a weekend, with standard bedchairs. With just one bedchair its huge! Loads of room for kit, would take a wideboy with still loads of room, and if you are someone who takes their dog fishing it would be great for that. The groundsheet aint heavy duty so after 2 years of use it is a bit knackered, but I use a bit of carpet at the front of the bivvy to keep mud and crap out.

Overall I've used this bivvy solidly for the past 2 years and it has done everything I want it too. I wasn't expecting such a good shelter for the money paid but I've used in in minus temperatures with frost all over it, up to week sessions in hot sunshine, and it's been fine. If this bivvy packed up I would buy the same model again tbh.

Great bivvy at a sensible price





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   Old Thread  #1251 15 Feb 2014 at 10.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Fox supa brolly system

Bought this from Johnson Ross for £270 I think. It's my first brolly and has replaced a trakker a-lite bivvy and wrap. First impressions were that it was heavier than I thought, and considerably longer ( I have no idea why I thought it would be compact).

In the bag you get
1 brolly
Two storm poles
One full front
One material door
One clear plastic window door
One full mossy front
Two poles that make the peak up
Heaven duty ground sheets
Pegs
Two straps to compact the brolly.

SETTING UP.
Fairly straight forward, although it took me a few minutes to relies that each thin pole has to go through its specific hole above the doorway to make the peak. The ground sheet is clipped to the brolly, a novelty for me, which I really liked. Actually putting the brolly up takes seconds once you have done it a couple of times. When set up it is very rigid and the material is well stretched and looks solid. I don't know what the material is, it's not as heavy duty as nash bivvies but it is nice to the touch and certainly waterproof.


Space wise I had an indulgence bedchair, and luggage with plenty of room. I was surprised how much room there is, and could get the chair right back, at an angle.

Pros
It is solid and doesn't move when set up.
Quick to set up.
Plenty of room.
With the heavy duty ground sheet clipped in it feels really snug and secure against inclement weather.
Full mozzy screen very useful in summer.
Doesn't take up a lot of space.

Cons
Was minor condensation, but it is single skin
Weight
Initially tricky to set up.
Expensive.

All in all I'm very pleased with it and looking forward to more usage.


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   Old Thread  #1250 2 Dec 2013 at 6.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Jrx Tx 2g bivvy:

Had this bivvy for about a month now,i bought it from fosters of birmingham at a price of £180 it was shipped next day and used it on the bank for the first time the day after.

First impressions:
When i got the bivvy/bag out of the box i noticed how long it was folded,also the weight of it,i thought it would be heavier due to the metal bars and the thick material.

What you get:
Bivvy
Hd pegs
Hd groundsheet
Front peak
Tension bars
Velcro on clear panel
I did my first night in it a few weeks back and was very impressed,fairly easy to put up,only problem i had was putting the poles together as the material was new and hadnt stretched so were abit of a struggle. It took about 15 minutes first time to put up. One thing that it did think was a bit annoying was that the groundsheet is velcro in so you have to peg it out perfect.
After i set it up it hammered it down for around 3 hours (dont push the top tension bar too tight as it makes the bivvy act like a drum when the rain hits it) not a single leak and due to thick material the rain beads off.also the front peak stops rain coming into the bivvy if you have the front open. I did another night last weekend and it was fairly cold outside (my unhooking mat froze) their was not a single bit of condensation. Due to it being cold i have not tested the airflow out but with 2 mozzi vents on the rear and 3 on the front,pr zip the whole front off im sure the bivvy will keep you cool on a warm summers day/night.

Pros:
Very durable
Extremly waterproof
Solid
Easy to put up
Good price
Good airflow
Rod straps

Cons:
Groundsheet velcros in

Conclusion:
All in all this is a top end bivvy at a very low price,i would be happy to pay £250+ for this bivvy. Jrc have gave everything a angler wants in a bivvy. This bivvy isnt the biggest but plenty of room for 1 man dont think you could put 2 bedchairs in.


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   Old Thread  #1249 25 Nov 2013 at 10.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Great review, Mike. One point: While I agree that the lack of rod supports can be annoying, especially in a gale of wind, the problem is not insurmountable. While this is not an M3, it does shown a decent enough 'fix'.



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   Old Thread  #1246 16 Sept 2013 at 9.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Aqua M3 with Supawrap

I have fished for many years now and have had some useless tat over the years from Nu-Brolleys that would only last a season and mushroom bivvys that blew away if the guy in the next swim so much as farted.
I did have a JRC brolly for summer and bivvy for winter but there now they remain in the shed as the M3 does both jobs very well. I also used to get eaten by every blood sucking critter that inhabit our land, Thankfully that too is a thing of the past.

Overview:
M3 Bivvy kit bag with ground sheet weight 12kg,
Bivvy its self is 6kg, infill front panel/peak 2kg, ground sheet 2.5kg, pegs and frame make up the remaining 1.5kg
Dimensions when set-up: 1400h x 2250d x2450w (mm).

Supawrap kit bag with pegs and frame is another 6kg, dimensions when set up 1400h x 2850d x 2450w. so adds 600mm or 2 feet in old money at the front.

Note, I got these dimensions from the web, so not actually measured or weighed it. M3 only; I can fit a Nash Indulgence 4 legger in with room to spare and loads of room behind for bags, rod sleeves and quiver. I am able to lug the M3 and wrap around on a Mk2 Carp porter + rest of my kit quite easily.

Assembly:
For the complete M3 with ground sheet, peak, infill panel and frame would take about 5-7 minutes to put up.
The bivvy is a 3 rib pram hood style, each rib can broken down to 5 sections, but for speed and ease of use the ribs are dismantled at 2 points. The infill panel can be left attached with the doors unzipped as can the peak with out the pole. There is an elastic guide running through each rib to help, nothing new here I know as most other bivvy's of this design will have this. But the M3 fittings are easy to make/brake the connections in any weather and with freezing wet hands, therefore setting up and packing away is a simple process.
The assembled ribs maybe fixed to the ground sheet or if your wanting to cut down weight and prefer not to carry a 2.5kg ground sheet a tension strap will bring the 2 sides together. Then simply raise up the ribs to erect the shelter. The ground sheet has D-rings on elastic tabs to match the Bivvy peging points, and when the bivvy mud skirts are folded under the ground sheet the whole bivvy is very well protected from the elements. A peak can also be added to reduce rain getting in the door and finally a 4 sectioned frame locks the ribs and peak together to strengthen the whole set up.
But it is up to you how you set it up.

The Supawrap is simply one large rib that fits over the entire bivvy and matching up the pegging points around the M3, would probably add 3 minutes to the assembly time.

Features:
Weather proof clear plastic door panels (removable). Mozzi doors, window panels (removable as one piece) and rear vents on both M3 and supawrap. If set-up with mozzi doors and windows you can simply drop down the aquatexx covers if starts raining. Very versatile bivvy system either light weight if using the pram hood, tension strap and pegs (7kg) to the Full Monty. (12kg) complete set up.
2x velcro rod supports on the peak and supawrap ribs. The height is good, and I can sit up right quite comfortably without having to stoop down so no get neck ache here. ( I am 6 foot,)
The M3 will fit in just about any swim and has plenty of room for your kit and it comes as a complete system, therefore you do not need to buy any extras such as pegs/poles or straps.

The Supawrap again comes with everything required and basically converts it to a 2 man set up, should you want to take anyone extra. The extra layer does help to insulate it in the colder months and found the only time I got any condensation inside the M3 was while cooking for long periods with the doors down. However the extra 600mm on the front may limit swim choice.

Quality:
You get what you pay for in this world and that is very true here. The Aquatexx material is very tough and weather tight. I have not needed to reseal it yet. (18 months old) All seals are glued, tapped and double stitched and so far so good, to be honest I cannot see them failing.
The ground sheet is though as old boots and easy to spray clean at home. Pegging points are strong and pegs are of good quality. I haven't bent any yet by pushing them into hard ground with my boots.
When set up with the frame support it will withstand the worst wind and rain you can hope to fish in, I have been out in some horrendous conditions. Bivvy bound for 24hrs on one trip last winter and I was dry/warm inside the bivvy with the skin on.
Made in China, but don't let that put you off. There is to much BS floating around on this, people claiming that the union jack versions are better. I cannot fault the build quality of mine so don't care where they build them.

Cons:
The only niggle I have with it is that there are not Velcro rod supports on the first rib, so if your not using the peak or wrap then there is no way of securing your rods while tying on baits and so on.
It is not cheap, £650 is a lot for a bivvy granted and if you only fish the summer months or venture out a hand full of times a year then don't bother with the M3. But if you fish all year and are looking for a robust and very versatile bivvy system then this is the one.

Ordering:
Most the sites and shops retail the M3 + Supawrap for £650, you may be able to negotiate a better price over the phone but I bought mine direct from Aqua. Got free delivery and peace of mind, if there was any problems I could send it back, not saying any one retailer wouldn't do the same as I know the guys at Eric's Angling are first class for example. But Aqua do a points loyalty scheme, whereby every £10 you spend you get £1 off your next order so I got £65 of free bits and bobs without having to fo
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   Old Thread  #1245 20 Jul 2013 at 5.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Trakker Crossfire

Well here goes, bought a while ago before all the problems surfaced. I must add that to this point I haven't had any issues with mine which clearly puts me in the minority. A friend had numerous issues with the short poles braking and last time it happened they actually sent him 3 out just in case.

As I understand it now no poles are available so when it finally goes it will be gone for good.

The pro points to the bivvy are many if you ask me in fact Id go as far as to say its not far from the perfect bivvy. It light, easy to put up, stable when erected and it looks great, it really does tick all the boxes.

Now for the cons, well thats a pretty obvious one, its not ideal to be using a bivvy that at any minute you think may die, while there are people out there like me who haven't had issues the bulk of them have died a horrible crunchy death.

While I love the bivvy and had the issues not been there with the poles I'd be recommending it to every one but as it stands this bivvy is a huge steer clear what ever you do don't buy this bivvy the flaw in its design is a massive one and will end up biting you in the behind at some point.

I have bought a Chub Vizor 2man as I will be moving to Longer 5day sessions for the next 12 months but haven't used it yet. But after reading the glowing reviews on this forum and others im expecting good things. So will give you my thoughts on that after a few months of use
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Stillwater Carp Cabin Pro...
http://www.chapmansangling.co.uk/stillwater-carp-cabin-pro~8482.html#gentable

After a busy season in a small 1 man bivvy I wanted something a bit bigger, with front and back vents and a peak and around the £200 - 300 mark. After much looking around I settled on the Stillwater Carp Cabin pro which fitted the bill and came in at £250 from Chapmans.

Height - 140cm (internal)
Width - 320cm
Depth - 270cm (360cm with over wrap)
Door Height - 130cm

I was a bit skeptical at first as I couldnt find any reviews with it being new for 2013 but decided to go for it. I have fished 8 nights overall in it since having it and I have to say Im pretty impressed.

GOOD POINTS:
Great internal size but fits into small-ish pegs
PVC bushes in the poles make putting it up and down easy
large vents front and back (rear vents are zipped, front are velcro)
nice thick groundsheet
very sturdy when up
big 20mm poles for added rigidity
overwrap included in the price and once on extends the bivvy by 90cm due to the peak
after a 3 night session in the snow I found it was very warm
Goes up and down quickly
the overwrap comes in its own bag so can be left at home if not needed

BAD POINTS:
When the bivvy arrived it was damaged and needed to be replaced - the packaging was poor.
The bivvy bag is poor quality and would benefit from a zip - it has a drawstring at the top so can be difficult to get the bivvy back in the bag
because the peak is larger than the 3 other ribs when the bivvy is folded up the poles poke out
once the front side and door vents are open it can be fiddly to re-velcro them shut when the bivvys up
its quite heavy
the overwrap is a pain in the ass to get back in the bag

thats really my only gripes with the bivvy, I have since spent £20 on a bivvy bag that zips up and its alot easier to get in the bag now. For the price Im pleased with it.


just to point out Chapmans replaced the damaged bivvy free of charge the next day and were very helpful in the process.
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   Old Thread  #1241 20 Feb 2013 at 8.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Nash Titan 2 Man.

Orignally bought this in 2011, so that I could take my kids on the odd overnighter. It'll easily swallow two bedchairs and a ton of kit without any fuss.

Once I started using it, it has become my main bivvy, even when I'm going on my own.



Cons
It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for, I suppose.
It's heavy, 18Kg (4Kg for the groundsheet) + Winterskin
It doesn't packup small either.


Those things you'd expect from a big 2 man, but a couple of vents in the back would really help improve the airflow in the summer. Taking the front off helps a lot, but still not perfect.



Pros
After you get the hang of it, it only take a couple of minutes to put up and peg down, and the same to take it down.
Once it's up, it's bombproof.
It's 100% waterproof.
The groundsheet is a generous fit, so the pefs and velcro all easily line up.
You get two fronts, a full one and a mozzie mesh. These can be removed altogether to have an open front.
Having a stack of space means everything can be kept out of the rain/frosty, I can even get my barrow inside with me!




Summary

I can't recommend this bivvy highly enough. I know a 2 man is not what everybody is after, but in my opinon the extra weight is well worth it for the extra comfort. This is a quality bit of kit, and after a full year an a bit of use it's still as good as new.

Sloppy
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I've been using it for a year now and can honestly say its a superb bivvy. It suits all my requirements. If I want it as a quick over night shelter, it can be stripped right back so that its light as anything. Then if I want a full blown bivvy it can all be added too. In winter the winter wrap is a great addition. Eliminates condensation, gives you an extra foot or so in the porch for putting boots etc.
In the height of summer ( did we actually get much of one??) the air vents front and back let the air flow through keeping you cool. The same air vents are also on the wrap front and back.
You only hear the negative things mainly where a pole has snapped for whatever reason. I've never had any problems with mine at all. But I know if I did that the superb customer service is there to back up.
I've got a Nash SS3 bedchair and these sit lower than the others. For the CC they are brilliant. I've also got the sub low chair that sits in the 'corner' if its raining. Although the CC looks small, it's surprisingly roomy. I've happily used it for over nighters to week sessions.

Overall I love this bivvy as it has everything going for it. Treat it well and it'll last years of use.
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   Old Thread  #1229 27 Jun 2012 at 9.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Swim Shelter 2 man bivvy
www.swimshelter.co.uk

I recently bought one of these after a lot of deliberation and a couple of phone calls to Scott at swim shelter with questions and queries.
First session out and the bivvy went up as straight forward as most pram hood systems do but I had the added advantage of putting it up in a torrential downpour having only seen the bivvy for the first time 2 hours earlier. Four sections unfold to form the four ribs including a very generous peak and never having a bivvy with a peak before it certainly helps to keep some of the rain out. A full heavy duty groundsheet that pegs at the front and Velcro’s right around the bivvy helps to keep the bugs and slugs out and it extends into the porch. I fitted the groundsheet starting at the back and velcroed around then pegging in the front. I should have pegged in the front first and then fitted the groundsheet front to back this would have made the fit tighter. Tension bars attach front to back through the centre and a further 2 on the peak to support it. 2 rod straps are on the peak and again on the overwrap. There are also 2 hooks inside for hanging light’s etc on one in the centre and the other at the back near the vents which are another plus. 2 large vents using a heavy duty mozzie mesh are in the rear of the bivvy and again on the overwrap. The front panel has again 2 large mozzie windows plus one in the door, all these have Velcro in removable storm windows. Match this with the same again in the overwrap and you have options for all conditions.
The material repelled the rain with ease in fact during the odd occasion when the rain stopped a walk around the bivvy tapping it and the water bounced off and it was dry enough to pack away within minutes and after having bivvies in the past which never seemed to dry I liked this as sometimes you only get a short window to get your gear away.
Its dimensions are 140h x 280d x 310w making it a very generous 2 man bivvy with space for 2 bedchairs and all the kit, the porch area extends about another 60cm ideal for day chairs and any other kit. It weighs a bit but at 18kg it’s still lighter than my last Nash S7 and the carry bag is heavy duty and no problems getting it all back in afterwards. The bag only has carry handles which is ok for barrowing but would be awkward if you had to walk some distance as they are not big enough for it to be slung over your shoulder.
Faults well I suppose I’ll have to let you know in time as I’ve not had it long enough yet but for now I like it.
As a session bivvy especially for a week in France this bivvy with all the vents will be nice and airy and cool. For £300 all in its good value for a proper 2 man bivvy with overwrap.
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   Old Thread  #1228 15 Jun 2012 at 5.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Avid Alpine 60 Brolly

Used this for a week in France on a day only water. We had heavy showers and wind all week so this was a good time to try this out.
The brolly is very light compared to other similar models (JRC Stealth for example) and can be put up in under two minutes , the front storm rods are built in so basically to set it up you open the brolly and put it on the ground! if it is calm you don't need to even peg it down it is totally free standing.
It comes complete with pegs and ground sheet , although I didn't use the ground sheet it looks well made and an ideal size. It also has the option to add extra storm rods should the need arise.
It has ample room under its 60" frame to accomodate bedchair etc and my Avid transit bag fits perfectly under the bedchair giving extra room. It is ideal for spring / summer/ Autumn overnighters and day sessions in winter. For overnighters in winter I think the HQ Bivvy would be a better choice.
I have used loads of brolly type shelters over the years but this is the best by far , the material used is light but not a drop of water came through when the heavens opened.
Overall well impressed with this product and would recommend it whole heartedly , the cost is @ £150.
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Trakker SLX V2 1 Man

After getting back into carp fishing for the first time in close to 15 years, I took quite some time researching what I hoped would be a bivvy that would last a long time, be big enough, but also fit in with my budget of around £200.

I settled with this Trakker, and got it from Eric's recently for around £219 delivered.
Two weekends ago, I had my first session out for more than just a daytime stint at Waveney Lakes from the sunday morning to the wednesday morning, so three nights in total, so i now feel able to comment.

SETUP
Found this very easy, groundsheet down first (decent thickness as well), unfold main bivvy area and place all the metal "arms" together, then attach the tension strip, which goes under the groundsheet. After placing the first tension pole with the spike into the floor at the back and attaching to the bivvy, you do the same with the further 2 or 3 tension poles until it is upright as this is a pram hood style. Place the peak tension pole in, then peg out the groundsheet and add overwrap (expected rain). All in all i reckon it took a very relaxed just under 10 mins. Packing away was pretty easy as well.

GENERAL REMARKS
What i really liked about this bivvy, was the fact it came with a full mozzi panel AND full front panel, so there was options to change it how you like and depending on conditions, and that it also had a peak and full winter wrap. The peak meant the rain would not be shearing in when it changed direction, as i saw quite a few where the front was further out at the bottom than the top - with the peak there was good cover from the elements. As i expect to use this in all conditions, the full winter wrap was a huge plus point, as i had read a lot about condensation as well, i thought this would help. I used it during the day with the front fully off, but at night stuck the mozzi panel lightly draped down just to try and stop the Lions and Tigers my sub-concious was telling me would be prowling the area!! (Just turned out to be bats and hedgehogs!!)

QUALITY
I found that the main bivvy and overwrap fabric construction is very good, the pegs and pegging points fantastic and strong, if i had to question anything it would be that the tension poles from the front to back may last the shortest time and could have done with being better quality. Small thing i found interesting is that the bag it all comes in actually fits everything in after you have used it and try and put it away - good size!

SUMMARY
Had a fair bit of rain and was dry, decent wind and stayed up in it.

Pro's - Easy setup, good quality, versatile whichever way you like to set it up with off/mozzi/full front, plenty big enough for one plus all your bits (with the overwrap you get a bit of a porch area at front to store some bits), strong, dry, and most importantly i felt really confortable in it! I think you get a lot for the £220 quid you will spend. Its also lovely green colour lol.

Con's - I felt i might have pegged it wrongly, but could have done with another couple of pegs it looked like. And the front to back tension poles will probably be the first things to be replaced, but hopefully that many years from now.

In the end i came away with a 17lb8oz, 21lb4oz, 21lb8oz and my new pb of 22lb3oz - this bivvy helped me catch these*!!!!
*(Disclaimer: This bivvy will not help you catch carp, but will help you relax better)

I know there are other reviews of this bivvy, but wanted to add my own, hope it helps someone.
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   Old Thread  #1224 27 Apr 2012 at 11.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Great review, folks...Keep them coming in the same vein...
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   Old Thread  #1222 17 Apr 2012 at 0.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Cyprinus 2 Man V3 Carp Fishing Bivvy is normally at a price of £300 but Tackle Discounts are doing it for a very good price of £99.99.


The V3 2 Man Bivvy offers top specification with incredible value for money.
Manufactured from 6000mm hydrostatic head waterproof material
Top quality Ultralight 6061 aerospace grade aluminium poles
3-rib 3-section pole design is super compact and quick to assemble
Bivvy weight 10kg (including groundsheet, pegs and poles)
Stainless steel tough zips with water tight flap covers
Everything you need included, no extras or add on’s required
Supplied with lightweight interlocking aluminium Bivvy Tension Bars
Supplied with heavy duty groundsheet with multi-point pegging system and unique Velcro attach system
Full set of heavy duty T-pegs included in a handy bag.
Completely removable door
Front panel features interchangeable; clear or mosi window options
Quality carry bag included
Approximate dimensions: 290cm deep x 275cm wide x 145 high

You may push to get two into it but it is an amazing bivvy for just the one.
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   Old Thread  #1221 15 Apr 2012 at 7.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Fox royale standard bivvy,

i used the fox royale for the 1st time on a 3 night session this week,

when i got to the peg it was blowing a gale a right north-westerly
anyway i set about clipping the poles in and eventually found myself holding on for dear life as the bivvy was being swept away i finally got a couple of pegs into the sides and this helped hold the bivvy down as i put a few in the front.....(oh and the ground was ROCKY, being an old quarry)
with all the pegs in i eventually got the tension poles in starting from the peak and working backwards.
i got the groundsheet in and re-pegged and tensioned the bivvy as i did it quickly at first to stop it being blown away i got my kit in and found the bivvy to be incredibouly spacious much bigger than my mates slx v2 but the bivvy did stand sturdy and strong through the wind, rain and even hail


PRO'S
very strong
easy to put up
heavy duty ground-sheet
t-pegs
can have clear panel, mozzy mesh or just standard
spacious
can make really tight
only £180

CONS
zip can get a little bit stuck but can be sorted quick and easy
cannot remove whole front panel(although can pin it right back)
ribs and tension bars can sometime look a little bit twisted

overall= 8.5/10
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   Old Thread  #1220 13 Apr 2012 at 3.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hi to all.
re: Starbaits QG bivvy.
As I don't seem to be able to raise a response from the manufaturer I thought I
would see if I can help anyone out who has one of these.
The size of this is simply huge and if,like me you do long sessions and like lots
of room or take loads of gear this is the one.
With it standing almost 7.0 ft tall the worst enemy is wind. Now it has the most
pegging points I have ever seen to a bivvy.Though it says nothing of the pegs I tend to use 10 to 12 inch pegs. You have the most strength at the sides and with the tension bars running
down the centre and terminating dead centre at the back,giving good stability to
the rear. This is where the trouble starts. There are no ribs to the front!
At the door height wise you have just over 6.0ft and with the wind in your face, which we all try
to achieve this , the front starts to bow inwards which in turn pulls the top down. This then lifts the pegs from the ground at the back, result, bivvy takes off!!

Sorry if this is long winded(forgive the pun).
At the door there aer two empty pleated sections of the material running from the
very top right to the bottom , one each side of the door zippers. By making cuts to the fabric
which is just the spare fabric to the outside,bivvy still remains in tact, you can thread 4.0ft
storm poles right up these channels. I then manufactured, from 6mm steel rod some
off-set cup tops (like rod rest tops) to slip in the top of the storm poles. You can then
screw these it the ground and adjust to full height to tension the front thus giving full
support on all sides. I have been in this bivvy in gusts up to 65 mph and it was solid as a
rock. I can give photos to any one interested to show the finished job.
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   Old Thread  #1218 14 Mar 2012 at 8.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
just got an avid hq 1 man bivvy. used for the first time on a 48hr session. i know its first time using it but im going to put my first thoughts
the bivvy itself went up very easy, poles etc all slotedd in well, wasnt sure about posistioning the split poles, but it was no problem, just pulled pegged down as normal and found it sitting looking good, slight angle forward(peak effect).
i had no problems with the rear tensioner, but did find the side ones tended to look strained on the poles , loved the new way of pegging down, also the new way of putting some tension on the side poles .
putting the inside skin up was pretty straight forward, putting the groundsheet in last was pretty cool too, lined up well clipped in lovely .
tackle tart bit now the black bars and black webbing holding the ribs looks pretty damn sexy .
the inside of this bivvy is very spacious boardering on huge , i also got the restbite bed(having an avid moment) the bed just fits in length ways giving you half a bivvy for your stuff or a chair if weather is iffy . bag it comes in as well is huge no problem packing away with some extra items
downside
breaking the poles down was a pain, its all about muscle and today i needed them all .
the wieght of the bivvy feels a bit heavy(but i have been using cyfish lite) so i might be wrong .
no clear plastic door cover! it has mossy screens but i would have liked a clear door too,(hope they ant all going to be costly extras)
all in all thou this could be the start of a great relastionship
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Trakker SLX V2 (2 man)

First of all this is my first post, I am a new angler and do not have anything to compare it too.

Bought from local fishing shop, price matched with cheapest I could find on web for £270.

I have done 5 nights in it so far, first night without winter skin on, put it on for the rest because it does make a difference.

PROS

Oversized carry all bag makes it easy to pack and unpack.
Includes winter overwrap.
Includes tensioning bars which I thought were a separate accessory.
Includes mozzy front.
Thick groundsheet.
Good quality pegs.
Very easy/fast to erect/pack up, even alone when you don't even know which way the front of the groundsheet is!
Very solid.
Doors tie up quite high.
Loads of combinations of setup (see YouTube or Trakker website).
Lots of space inside but not so big that you have too much air too heat and it's cold.
Rod straps on both skins.
I tucked the rain flaps under the groundsheet to keep the warmth in and there wasn't much condensation.

CONS

Even though I wouldn't have read them initially, some instructions/warranty paperwork would have been nice.
Stitching and taping looks solid it's just not very pretty.
Could have thrown in a few spare pegs.


This one is probably me so it's not fair to put in the cons list. When the winter wrap is on the two materials rub together and it's sounds like rats running around your head. Took me the first night to notice it was the materials and not rats but I've got the dog with me now just in case .

Only been in light showers and the rain stays off groundsheet, don't know what it's like when it's howling down.

Overall I am very happy with the bivvy and would purchase from Trakker again. You get a lot for £270 when there are other bivvys at twice the price without overwraps, tensioning bars etc. As mentioned, I am a new angler and am slowly building up my tackle so do not have an old bivvy to compare it to.

Not uploading images, see YouTube or Trakker website.

Hope this helps!
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Thought it was just me being fussy, 1st tempest I got the front panel was 2 different shades of green and had issues where it had been doubled stiched, they tried to tell me that it's quite normal to get the double stiching as if they run out while manufacturing then they go back over the previous stiching, ok but mine had been double stiched on the same seam twice and about 1ft apart, they sent it back and got a replacement which arrived the day I was going to France, got there set up and noticed that one of the poles was kinked made the whole thing look an odd shape, well they sent me a replacement pole as soon as I got home, so excellent customer service but they do seem to be suffering with quality control especially on a £600 bivvy, oh and this is my 4th trakker bivvy as had several armo's previously so a big trakker fan!

Other than that its a great piece of kit plenty of space and easy to set up..

Also big thumbs up for the trakker slx, looked at my mates for the 1st time during the week and for the money couldn't fault it...not sure I'll be spending £500+ on my next bivvy...
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   Old Thread  #1198 25 Sept 2011 at 1.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I would echo everything Andy has said about the TX bivvy. Like him, I got one from eBay earlier this year (for even less than him, and brand new in box!). At first, I thought that it was a flimsy looking piece of kit, but as I have started using it regularly, I have changed my opinion. It is simply a very practical and no-nonsense bivvy that does what is required of it. You can adjust the width of the bivvy by using different settings on the tension strap. It is very light and compact due to the 3-section poles. It comes as a complete package, no extras required. It is very waterproof. It fits nicely into my Apache holdall, or my JRC quiver. The bivvy has no rear vents, nor is there a clear door option, no bells, whistles or fancy gadgets, but I can live with that! If you're looking for a good, cheap, well-made practical bivvy then I would have no hesitation in recommending the TX .
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   Old Thread  #1196 12 Sept 2011 at 9.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
i dont know whats happened to trakker top end price for low end **** made in china for a pittence , ive got an armo dome which is still going strong after many heavy sessions its a uk made one might i add , and i bought a new sl dome last year leaks , zips screwwed up retaining straps snapped im after a decent one man now has anybody got any suggestions ?
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   Old Thread  #1195 2 Sept 2011 at 8.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
had a tempest gone through 3 so far faulty alu bar that snaped on one bad stiching on another and the 3rd i would of been better off fishing without it as water was p--sing in from the top were it was not sealed and the one i have got now well no problems so far i just put it down to a bad batch but the shop were i got it from were spot on as were trakker about sorting out the problem thr shop even lent me a bivvy so i could fish at the weekend while i was waiting for a new bivvy and even offered to bring the new one down the lake for me
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   Old Thread  #1193 9 Aug 2011 at 6.01am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Got myself a Trakker Tempest a couple of months back,and i love it.

Easiest bivvy(probably on par with my old 5 rib easy dome)to erect

Pros.
Very easy to erect
BIG vents at the back,really do stop it getting like a greenhouse.
perfect fitting groundsheet
When nice weather,just leave whole front off
If rains takes a minute to just zip the front on.
very sturdy.
Rain doesnt drip down into front of the bivvy as has a gutter run off.
Comes with good sized bag,good pegs.

Cons
Price....At £600 it is very pricey and they dont have a winterskin for it yet,who knows what they may rtry charge for that.

I did get it a little cheaper through fishtec and got 10% off then with free gift(i chose waiders)sold them for £40 on ebay lol,so in the end cost me £500

I owned a Nash 2 man double top extreme before this,but mice ate it lol,which is why i had to get a new bivvy,was a blessing in disguise.

Nash 2 man extreme(older version)

Pros
Was very big

Cons
Small air vents.
Pain in the arse to erect,the poles were really tight evcen after after alot of use to get into eachother.
When it poured down i had the odd drips gettign through the seams(was still very new so wasnt happy with that)

Seemed nop matter how even the ground was,it just never seemed to look proper.

As you can tell i didnt like the double top extreme lol.

Ill try get some pictures of my Tempest done when i go fishign eithe rthis weekend or next,and will post them
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   Old Thread  #1190 17 Jul 2011 at 1.00am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Powerplus Professional
Size: 2 Man
British Camo Green


This legend of a bivvy needs no introduction and for those old enough to remember it, I'm sure you'll agree it puts to shame, most if not (arguably) all of the current 2 men bivvies available today.

I’ve had my Powerplus Professional Bivvy since 1995 and used it twice to go to France. It had been stored in my loft for 10+ years nice and dry but long forgotten

Having had a clear out and now rediscovered I took it out for a spin over the 15/16th July through some atrocious weather and was instantly reminded of how a genuine English bivvy should perform.

The outer cover of the bivvy is made out of a heavy vinyl canvas with a black rubber inner which prevents rain penetration and acts as a good insulator. It has a clear window built in which can be rolled up and fastened with velcro.

The inner section of the bivvy is a dome made of canvas but lighter material. The colour is camo and it has a sewn in ground sheet which is heavy duty. The dome has two doors the first a mozzy and the second a 'black out' camo door both fixed with double zips. You can select either subject to preference.

It accommodates two Nash wideboys with ease, has room down the centre and, absorb all the kit you can throw at it, with the added bonus of a porch to store wet clothing or bait. A porch mat with pegging points is provided.

Head room is about the best I've seen. I'm 6-2 and can virtually stand up in the centre having to bend my neck a little, so it's about 1.7m give or take a few mm.

What hits you about this beauty is the size, the camo appearance and huge central 'roof peak' plus the extended porch. It's like nothing available today, and sadly is no longer made as Dave Harding who helped design and market it at Powerplus sold up and moved to France to run a fishery some years ago.

I'd forgotten how good this bivvy was, having spent thousands on Trakker, Nash, AI and other so called top of the range brands over the years.

in June I was out in a branded bivvy sporting a 20,000 Hydro Head and over the course of a 12 hour storm, I watched as droplets of rain formed on the inside skin of the bivvy which then fell on to the ground sheet .

In contrast, during the aforementioned 15/16th July session, and facing a storm lasting approx 18-20 hours of some of the worst weather imaginable here was I sat totally snug and dry in the luxury of my 2 man PP Professional without any rain ingress.

Also a few comments from the lake, what kind of bivvy was it, where did I buy it from etc? it still has appeal to a newer audience!!

The outer cover has 13 pegging points plus 8 more for guide ropes which I’ve never used nor felt the need to. the inner section has 4 pegging points and 2 hold the poles for the arched entrance.

The poles are made from aluminium and are strong. All pegging points have rubber rings as standard for support.

In summary:-

Pro's

- Made in England quality - not a Chinese Import.
- Unparalleled as a 'Winter' Shelter.
- Acres of Room Inside - between 8m2/9m2 internal area.
- Top grade material used in every aspect of its construction.
- Unique outer skin with rubberised inner totally Impervious to rain or any kind of weather
unlike many others which claim the same thing but don't deliver.
- Versatile - different door options and clear window as standard.
- Looks amazing!

Con's

- No longer manufactured
- Quite heavy.
- A little longer to erect than a pram hood style bivvy - but not a fault by any means.

All in all a legend of bivvies

Totally unlike anything available today and probably that might become available any time soon.

Definately worthy of a mention here. Even if not available to buy today it is in my mind a contender for the best two man bivvy of all time!

If only Dave would come back and make these again!



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   Old Thread  #1188 5 Jul 2011 at 10.04am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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NASH S7 MAX 1........... Truly awesome.....




Blows away any bivi before it. You really have to see it to appreciate it.

Ive had NASH,FOX,JRC,Trakker,CYPRY,Chub, various profiles etc.

Ive owned a S7 since release date.

Advantages
- Can be used for any situtaion with many variations
- Material, nothing like it available.Actually Breathes in sun and contracts in rain or damp with no sag
- No drip or drafts
- right amount of ventilation panels
- remains quite dark inside during the day so helps keep it cooler
- Bags of space (will even cope with 2 men quite easy)
- Comes as complete package with no extra for this extra for that
Disadvantages
- Can be heavy to some to transport
- Quite Bulky
-Can be abit big for some but you can strip it down for a lightweight version.


Cost - Approx £580 (deals about)

I hate praising tackle companys, believe me at times but this is truly a epic bit of kit

to you arma and aqua fans
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   Old Thread  #1186 15 Jun 2011 at 7.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Nash H-gun Strongbow

took me ages to actually get my hands on this bivvy everywhere seemed to be sold out!

this has to be without doubt 1 of the best bivvy's on the market not every1 can afford trakkers or the other expensive makes
the strongbow is perfect for overnighter's or even 48hrs as i found out this week was the 1st time out for the bivvy didnt even have time to try it out in the garden before i went fishing
the bag is huge more than enough room it took 30 secs to read the instructions and not much more to put up the bars are a bit fiddly to put in the holes but once in its a doddle
2 pegs in the back pull it forward 2 pegs in the front open the door and lay down the groundsheet ( i would rec'md getting the heavy duty g'sheet) then just peg it out.

when it was up an pegged out its huge inside i couldnt believe how much room there was more than enough for 1 man

also had some very heavy downpours while fishing and no leaks anywhere i even had the rear vent open thanks to the nice little touch by nash they supply a couple of straps with clips on and you can peg out the back vent like an awning which i thought was pretty clever i dont no of another bivvy that can do that or am i wrong on that 1??

packing it away is really simple too took less than 10 mins if you want a bivvy and dont have much money get 1 they are the dog's danglies im goin to invest the winter skin too well worth the money

all in all i have to say i was very impressed i paid 109 quid with free next day delivery from banks and burr cheers lads
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   Old Thread  #1184 13 Jun 2011 at 5.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Fox Eco II Easydome

Price: £130
Capacity: 1 man
Erection time: 3 minutes
Owned for: 2 Years

Advantages

~ Inexpensive.
~ More than enough space to house your bedchair, bivvy table and all your luggage.
~ Comes with attached groundsheet, mosquito net and attachable winter skin.
~ Erection is very quick and simple.
~ Looks very smart for a relatively inexpensive bivvy.

Disadvantages

~ Flap at the base of the door cannot be completely closed and, although the flap and the groundsheet overlap to prevent a draught, it doesn't fill me with confidence that it will survive a large insect attack (such as ants).
~ Pegs are, although perfectly acceptable, slightly prone to easy bending if I was being picky.
~ Putting the bivvy back into the bag can be a bit of a tight squeeze.

Conclusion

Probably one of the best investments I've made in terms of my tackle. For £130, the quick erection time coupled with the appearance and features of this bivvy makes it one item of kit I won't be changing in a long time.
Along with the Fox build quality, the Easydome has it all really.
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   Old Thread  #1182 23 May 2011 at 9.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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CHUB VIZOR 1 MAN.

First this i am posting this from the bank, On a trip and my JRC STI Oval Brolly has got killed by 60mph winds, closest shop was England Angling ( still over an hour) so went to see what i could get, after looknig the website it was either the Trakker SLX v2 or the Chub, they have a Chub setup outside so had a look over it, was very impressed, after going through the specks the Tracker is a very good deal especially with the winter skin but something made me go for the chub,.

First impressions,

Very east to set up, Good quality ground sheet, also includes strap should you want to go commando , size is perfect for me, my JRC Super Cocoon Xlite fit;s in just nicely, with my tackle either side, height is ok no issues there, the front also has a built inn in mesh section that runs full with, also the rear has the massive vents should you need them.

the material is quite thin, it some new stuff that is very water proof, the zips are of good quality and pegging points match up perfectly with those on the ground sheet, as for the ground sheet its self its very well fitting, the bottom of the bivvy has flaps that tuck under the ground sheet to keep it fitting just rite making sure no water can get in.

Stability.

this thing is solid, i set ,mine up with out the stability bars on the main bivvy and its like it grew there, as has been said before if you wanted it more solid you would need bricks and mortar.

thats all i can say for now as its only been up 30 minutes, i will add a report to this further down after some use.

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   Old Thread  #1181 17 May 2011 at 6.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nash H-Gun Strongbow

Just some First impressions on this Bivvy, just got it

1) For the price, its really excellent, once up its solid as a rock (its fairly windy here today)
2)fairly light (7kg) and actually pretty compact, but also got enough room inside
3) got a really nice ventilation feature at the back, nice touch. this can obviously be covered over in the winter.
4) Comes with some nice pegs (as you would expect)
5) slightly oversized bag (always good )

Some cons:

1) the poles have only just got enough bend in them to get into the retaining holes.
2) Bit complicated to peg down, its quite hard to get it the right shape, but when this is done, looks nice.

On the whole, really pleased with it, good bivvy, good price.
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   Old Thread  #1180 15 May 2011 at 10.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fZGD3YJiOc

Sorry mate - forgot the Link

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   Old Thread  #1179 15 May 2011 at 10.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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were's the link mate ? cheers
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   Old Thread  #1178 15 May 2011 at 10.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hey Smiley - a great VIDEO that shows the RS off to the Full!!

Hope this helps

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   Old Thread  #1177 15 May 2011 at 10.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cheers for that mate Legend

im not to fussed on the vents at the back as the weather is always terrable :/ haha but does not stop me catching carp

Thanks for your opinion mate
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   Old Thread  #1176 15 May 2011 at 10.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I saw Them Smiley - you were looking at the Trakker 2 man with the Peak and someone else put pics on as well?? nothing wrong with that review!!!

Has someone edited the later comments??

Best to stick with the JRC RS STi then

I looked at the Trakker and its much dearer and does nothing more than the RS and the RS has the 2 vent windows in the back of the Bivvy that really does provide and excellent through flow of air and kills ANY Condensation caused by wimps with Bivvy Heaters

http://www.jrc-fishing.co.uk/catalogue/bivvies,909/shelter-bivvies,910/sti-rs,5720.html

Try that link to get the lowdown, and no I am not on commission!!

Its just the best 1 man Bivvy around

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   Old Thread  #1175 15 May 2011 at 10.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
were have my comments gone ?
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   Old Thread  #1165 3 Apr 2011 at 9.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi All - STI RS - SUPERBIVVY

Got to agree with this one - I have used mine all winter and have not got an issue with anything.

Thoroughly recommended to anyone.

That is unless you like being COLD, DAMP, SWEATY, UNCOMFORTABLE, WINDSWEPT and possibly FISHLESS.



Heard some lads saying " I was gonna get an RS but bought an 'ARMO' instead" - "Wish I had bought the RS now! and saved me £130"

Some People Never Learn - that's what this forum is for!!
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   Old Thread  #1164 3 Apr 2011 at 8.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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STI RS - Review dated March 2011

Hi All,

I appreciate there is already a review of this bivvy but I really can endorse what has previously been said.

In typical bloke fashion, I did not follow the instructions when putting this up and it still took me less than 10 minutes. The quality of materials is clear to see and competes easily with Bivvy's twice its price.

The ground sheet is heavy duty and the pegs look like they will last a life time.

My only niggle (but this is the same with all Bivvy's) is the time and effort it takes to get it back in the bag after use, but thats a small niggle!

All in all, I would thoroughly reccomend it!
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   Old Thread  #1163 16 Mar 2011 at 10.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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ta m8e, ive re posted in the tackle section, maybe someone out there will be able to help, leeda cant...
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Ive had a look at your post .Whilst there is nothing wrong with it,this thread is for reviews only.You posted in the wrong section buddy, and Stef forgot to point this out .Either that or hes tired of pointing it out to members .
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Trakker Specimen Brolly System - RRP £140

I have had this brolly system for just over a year now and it has suited my fishing needs perfectly. I mainly fish day ticket waters but do do some quick overnighters and 24 hour sessions here and there.

When i first got this brolly system, i was very impressed by both the size and the weight of it. With just the shelter, it fits nicely into your quiver reducing the amount of " stuff " us modern carp anglers like to take to the bank ! It includes a long bag/ sleeve to carry it in, a lightweight detachable groundsheet, a zip in infi panel, a detachable mozi mesh panel, heavy duty T pegs, a pole to erect it with and two sets of storm poles ( two large and two small ).

One of the best things about this shelter is the erection time. I have arrived at a lake before to find a big black cloud incoming and got it up in under five minutes ( no pun intended ) .

I also love the versatility of this system. It can be used on day sessions and quick overnighters or it can be used for longer sessions in excess of 24 hours. As brolly systems go it is also relatively spacious with more than enough room for your bedchair and luggage ! And to top it all off, with all the bells and whistles attached ... It looks the business !

For £140 it is a real bargain and if you are in the market for a new shelter or just an alternative to your bedroom sized bivvies, you should definitely give it a look.



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   Old Thread  #314 17 Jan 2011 at 9.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi mate iv got a the dave lane tx and although i havent used it yet, only set it up in the garden... it is a very well made bit of kit that doesnt weigh a ton and is fast to set up and pack down.. it fits in my chub carp quiver five perfectly, and the wrap is pretty compact when in its bag as well.

all in all i think it was a complete bargain at £125 including the winter skin, got it of ebay so keep your eye out for them on there as there are some stonking bargains to be had
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   Old Thread  #313 17 Jan 2011 at 1.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Anyone got one of the JRC TX bivvy's? are they better than the sti rs?

Also seen the new Vision kashkym range, anyone seen or got one of these?

Ta

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   Old Thread  #312 15 Jan 2011 at 3.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi All - STI RS - Review dated Nov 2010.

I Just wanted to say thanks for all the help and advice recieved on which Bivvy to buy - I have gone for the JRC STI RS and got one legit for nearly a third of its RRP of £360 including the winter skin.

Have used it 4 times now and find it brilliant, its classed as a 1 man but will take 2 full size bedchairs and have a passageway 2ft wide between them, LOADS of room.

Used it in a torrential downpour with its winter skin fitted - DRY AND WARM with NO CONDENSATION.

Also had it erected on the banks of the Severn in high winds and not a single issue.

Used it first time as a one man bivvy and had 3 great nights - (rudely interrupted by 24 carp) and have not one complaint!!

Bits I liked best:

The peak - brilliant addition
The Heavy Duty Groundsheet - tough as old boots and non slippery even when wet!
Ease of Erection - did it on my own with ease and it took 9 mins max, including pegging out!! Taught and very stable and attracted lots of compliments from fellow anglers and passers by walking their dogs!! - one guy said its bigger and better made than his ARMO ???

I got mine on Ebay from Reel Deal Tackle in an auction for £132, with winter skin, groundsheet and 2 peg sets. I recommend this bivvy very highly indeed and look forward to a warm snug winter season.

any questions please ask!!
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   Old Thread  #311 14 Jan 2011 at 8.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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are there any sti-rs reviews being done yet the new one with porch
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ta da

right, i said i would so here goes..

bought this bivvy a week or two ago...being a new brand onto the market i was dubious of quality and the like as would be expected when purchasing a new brand, but listening to people rave reviews on the Cyprinus bivvy thread i jumped in...

now this bivvy has a huge host of features, is massively light and built well...identical to certain other bivvys on the market that cost easily 2 or 3 times as much, even second hand...

Bivvy can be set up full bivvy style, with mozzi infil panel under the full infil panel, or with either one of them, so in summer take the mozzi panel, stormier weather take the full infil panel, or keep them in the car incase anyway...
can also be setup with the front removed, and with no groundsheet, for a super light day/overnight shelter...this is what i use for 95% of my fishing with previous shelters, so this one is perfect for me...

the groundsheet is bloody heavy duty, full size if anythign slightly oversized, no trouble whatsoever reaching the edges...has elasticated peggin points underneath to extend ou onto the bivvy pegs, but i just popped it in, ppushed it to the edge and its so thick its not gonna crinkle up and move about when you walk around in there...
the poles are quite thin and flexi (obviously, its a flexi pole bivvy) but by no means look weak at all...the support bars do look a tad cheap and feel cheap..again im sure they will last years of care is taken, but im pretty sure youl could bend one pretty easily out of shape by treading on it while setting up or what have you...
Pegs are the normal heavy duty pegs with most bivvies these days, thick plastic handle and screw(ish) point...no bending when pushing in with your foot, and come out easily...

will accomodate a bedchair on standard height setup, taller people (well over 6 foot) may have issue with headroom or seeing out the front, the bivvys actually quite low, but otherwise no issue, plenty of room for all your kit behind and to the side wings...

I also attached a 9inch extension to the edge of the tensions strap attachment point at the edge of the bivvy...this allows me to srt it up on standard height, or unclip it and extend the tension strap 9 inches and have it setup super low for surprise rain or stormy weather on a overnighter or weekend session without the front infil panel fitted (which is most of my fishing)
when in lower setting the door DOES NOT FIT...it wont peg down properly/easily with any tension in the front on the botched lower setting, but i didnt expect it to as its not a factory setting the lowered height, works fine with out the front though, but is veryy loww, dont expect to be sitting upright on your bedchair if your a lanky git...

it also packs down stupidly small in 5 sections, or alternatively folds down into 3 sections (2 sections making the first, 2 sections making the second, and the final section making the third) to leave a slim package about 4 foot long that will fit in any quiver easily...

Over all im damn happy with it, cant wait to get out and use it to be honest, bargain at £82 for how many optins it has to setup like, and people have even been grabbing them for as little as £60 on the right auctions
highly recommened it to anyone


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bag


all bits


setup


open door flap


open door, full groundsheet


rear of bivvy, good tension


removed infils and groundsheet


lower setting


extension to tension strap that allows lower setting to be utilised...

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   Old Thread  #307 23 Dec 2010 at 8.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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mate take a look in the tackle section, there is a thread running about the cyprinus xlr8 bivvy and you will find details about the other bivvys like the cyprimax there as well
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   Old Thread  #306 23 Dec 2010 at 8.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hello

Does anyone have a Cyprinus Cyprimax Breathable Bivvy Carp Fishing 1 Man

If so, please let me know about the quality of the bivvy the more detail the better. A price indication would also be great and a comparison with other bivvies.

Just want to know if this bivvy is a solid one and a good buy

Tight lines

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JRC STI X-Lite Winter Skin

Ok I know this isnt a review for the x-lite bivvy as one has already been submitted but the addition of a winter skin to this excellent bivvy has in my eyes given me a perfect all round bivvy. What I like about this wrap is the fact it does just that "wraps the bivvy" it doesnt give me extra space. The whole reason for buying the x-lite in the first place was the fact its compact and light weight. The winter wrap is made up of 1 pole which locates either side of the bivvy with the other poles. The wrap is then pegged down around the sides and back of the bivvy and a peak is created at the front. There are 2 small poles which clip between the front bivvy pole (above the front side vents) and the peak of the wrap. The Only issue I found with the winter skin is the fact that the break in the material for the bivvy and wrap to locate the 2 small support poles did not line up properly. This may be down to the fact that the bivvy was on the first tension strap setting and it may need to be on the last. A question i plan to put to JRC as it is not mentioned on the 1 page instruction sheet.

Included in the box

Winter skin
carry bag (same as x-lite)
small bag (instead of a peg wrap) containing x-lite bivvy pegs (they should have done this with the x-lite bivvy)










view from inside bivvy with peak





If you have any questions feel free to pm me.

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   Old Thread  #300 7 Nov 2010 at 11.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have a jrc quad continental 2 man aswell and had it for 3 years now, all what you said is true, imo is excellant value for money and the space inside is unbelevable. a true 2man bivvy.. I have the overrap aswell very warm inside when used,have done winters in this with no prob's, you do get a bit of condensation inside, but i have found this with most bivvy's that i have owned.If you want a mansion on the side of the bank this is the bivvy to buy..

I have had many a comment on the bank from anglers commenting on its size and quality, saying that the only other small grip you could say i have with it is the plastic covers for the end of the poles crack but have caused no probs with being able to the poles toether or,putting the bivvy up..

all in all a very happy angler with his purchase..
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   Old Thread  #299 6 Nov 2010 at 6.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi All -

I Just wanted to say thanks for all the help and advice recieved on which Bivvy to buy - I have gone for the JRC STI RS and got one legit for nearly a third of its RRP of £360 including the winter skin.

Have used it 4 times now and find it brilliant, its classed as a 1 man but will take 2 full size bedchairs and have a passageway 2ft wide between them, LOADS of room.

Used it in a torrential downpour with its winter skin fitted - DRY AND WARM with NO CONDENSATION.

Also had it erected on the banks of the Severn in high winds and not a single issue.

Used it first time as a one man bivvy and had 3 great nights - (rudely interrupted by 24 carp) and have not one complaint!!

Bits I liked best:

The peak - brilliant addition
The Heavy Duty Groundsheet - tough as old boots and non slippery even when wet!
Ease of Erection - did it on my own with ease and it took 9 mins max, including pegging out!! Taught and very stable and attracted lots of compliments from fellow anglers and passers by walking their dogs!! - one guy said its bigger and better made than his ARMO ???

I got mine on Ebay from Reel Deal Tackle in an auction for £132, with winter skin, groundsheet and 2 peg sets. I recommend this bivvy very highly indeed and look forward to a warm snug winter season.

any questions please ask!!

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jrc quad continental (2man)

i have only had this bivvy 3 days now but heres my comments so far for this bivvy......

the 1st time i set the bivvy up it took me 15mins to set up and when it was i found to be very strong and stable considering the size which i measured at 10ftx10ft give or take a few inches at its widest points. to give you a better idea you can fit 2 NASH INDULGENCE MARK 4 BEDCHAIRS in and a NASH RIG STATION in between the beds aswell.It has 2 approx 60cm vents at the back and 2 at the front.the rear vents are sealed using velcro and the fronts are zip down and velcro across the bottom of the vents.You also get heavy duty pegs and not the bent wire crap and a heavy duty ground sheet which is very much like the trakker type and comes in a large enough bag to get it back into with great ease.

Now putting away dont laugh but it took me 35mins to put away and let me state it was due to my stupidity but i tried it again and the 2nd time took me 10 mins and it was back in the bag.

when setting up build it up the same as the trakker armo eg peg down the 2 rear pegging points 1st and then walk to the front and the 2 pegging points either side of the door put your pegs through them and pull the bivvy up and then peg the rest down starting from the back.Done.

pros
10,000 hh
strong and stable
quick set up and fold down (when you know how lol)
it comes with clear door window panel,green panel and mozzi screen.
true 2 man
value: £275.00 inc wrap (danson angling)
front and rear vents

cons
heavy 14kg but it is a 2 man hotel
you will need a double swim for it
bit of a pain 1st time putting away

final comments
get one as you wont regret it,it really is a pukka and true 2 man bivvy and great value for the money
it gets a thumbs up and 10/10
hat of to jrc
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   Old Thread  #290 23 Jul 2010 at 4.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Hi , As requsted i am going to give a brief review
please note i have not used this in a session yet only been put up in garden to review and had it a day .

first the bag a reasnoble sized bag with enough room too fit all the bivvy parts and equppied with the pull tight string method.

3 tension poles the bivvy , 3 zip on panels , 3 zip on full panels , mozzy , pvc window , and the heavy duty skin.

the bivvys quality i think is the same as 200 -300 pound bivvys very heavy duty with a heavy duty groundsheet and t pegs.

size- you can fit a reasnable sized bedchair in their but dont expect masses of storage for 3 or so carryalls but it would do you for a 1 man long session.

inside it is very cool even in our summer weather the Air Flow is incredible and no water is gonna get through the bottom for sure or even around the bivvy.

carp zones.com was very quick 36 hours but dont worry if you dont get delivry time until next day.
the only bad thing i suppose is the struggle to undo the poles when taking the bivvy down but a bit of wd40 or somthing slippery will do (oil)?

other than that a very very good bivvy amazing for its price i would expect it too have a price of £300 for the quality and feutres it has very very highly reccomend it.

any qustions just message me ill be happy to help.

i do not no if theres a overwrap for this , if so please let me no thank you.
p.s once able i will upload some pics
Thanks Josh
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   Old Thread  #289 8 Jul 2010 at 8.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
CHUB S PLUS MAX BIVVY

I've always fished under a brolly so decided to go for a bivvy at last. Mainly fish over nighters so didnt want anything to expensive and I also wanted something that I could remove the whole front from and use as a day shelter.

I did a bit of looking and decided on the chub but after phoning round found it wasnt available and no one could give me a date on it. Then I called Jack Smyth Angling and spoke to a helpfull fella called Kenny who said it wasn't available but Chub were expecting it in on the 07/07/10 and if I ordered he would get it sent from them direct to me and true to his word it was delivered today. Only paid £129.99 plus £5.95 postage so its also the cheapest I could find it for.

Pro's:
-Very easy to put up (took less than 5 min)
-All zips seem very sturdy
-Plenty of space inside for bedchair and luggage
-Heavy duty T-Pegs
-Groundsheet Lined up with all velcro points!! and covered all the interior
-Door comes with solid infill/clear window/mosi window

Con's:
-Was a sod to take apart and pack away....this is probably more my fault as I was eager to put it up I didnt look how the polls folded together. After a bit of swearing I got it all back in the bag and i'm sure that after a few goes it will be easy.


















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Jespers pics.

Size compared to Nash Profile.







Depth compared to profile.

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   Old Thread  #286 2 Jun 2010 at 9.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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JRC STI X-Lite - First impression.

I just recieved this bivvy. I have always used a brolly before so I'm looking forward to using a bivvy for the first time. First some facts:

Weight:

Bivvy without front but with tension bars 3,2 kg
Front 1,1 kg
Pegs 0,55 kg
Groundsheet 1,6 kg
Bag 0,2 kg
Clear Window 0,2 kg

Width: approx. 250cm

Depth approx 200cm(website says 240, but that can't be true - see pictures for comparison with at oval umbrella)

Height: 135 cm.

The bivvy was easy to errect and there is a lot more headroom compared to an umbrella. The door can be opened maibox style. The front only has a oneway zip so it can't be opened from top down like a razorback(hope this makes sense). It is a versatile system as you can see in the pictures. The system is quite similar to the Venture Razorback and Aqua Carbon Compact. I guess they have higher quality materials but the X-lite still seems to be good value for money. I paid £150 + p&p but it can be picked up new on ebay cheaper.

If anyone can help me to put the pics up they are more than welcome but for now you will have to use this link to see the bivvy:

The JRC STI X-Lite

If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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   Old Thread  #285 25 May 2010 at 9.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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After looking at numerous options over the last two months for a bivvy/shleter that would meet the main criteria of being lightweight, versatile and well made. I finally decided to splash the cash and buy the Venture Razorback Compact at just over £200.
This was something of a gamble as despite hearing good things about Venture as a company, id not seen a compact in the flesh.

Its early days having only done two overnighters in it so far. That said Ive been very impressed with the quality and the multitude of options avalable, not to mention the amount of extras supplied. I can get it up, ooh err, in about 2-3 minutes. Dimensions wise it is H = 125cm W = 285cm D = 210cm. Essentially the same as a standard razorback but breaks down smaller due to additional joints on the bars.

Ive taken a few photos to help those who may need help deciding in the future:


The compact comes with a full peg set, zip in front panel with double zips, zip in mozzi door, full groundsheet (seriously good quality but the trade off is its quite heavy) and an adjustable tension bar.




The main reason I chose it, rolled up without the door, perfect when youve got to walk a distance. Its on my Fox Stalker carryall for comparison.




Some pictures with the standard front, mozzi front and in its low setting:







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Chub Vizor 1man Bivvy

Well I have had this bivvy for a few weeks now and have to say that so far I have been seriously impressed.


My previos bivvy was a Trakker Pioneer however, after damaging the infill panel and being unable to get it replaced I decided it was time for something new.

I have used pram hood style bivvies before although this was the first one with a peak, now I have heard some people complain that the peak is too big and that space can be used in making the bivvy larger. What I have actually found is that I am now able to have the door open in all but horizontal rain and not worry about the first foot of the inside getting soaked.

Also coming from the Ultralite Pioneer this was noticeably bigger, mainily in the way that the front is shaped.



As you can see I am not the most tidy but I did have a little sort out before I took the above picture. I did some space tests and with my Nash Indulgence bedchair I can sit on the floor with my legs straight and my feet are about 6" inside the bivvy door (I'm 6ft tall) not scientific but I didn't have anything to measure it with!

Now in Pic 3 and 4 you can see just how many pegging opints there are, the standard bivvy has 15 pegging points and although I used them all for the first couple of times I decided to just use the key ones. We had some brisk winds yesterday and I have to say at no point did I think the bivvy was going anywhere. Personally I think there are too many pegging points but if you were fishing somewhere out in the open it could be handy in strong winds.




The final picture is just there to give you an idea of the depth. I was told by some people that the bivvy was a little flimsy and didn't feel solid, to be honest if you want anything more solid then you'll need bricks and mortar!!!

I also got hold of the extended overwrap, which I intend on using on long sessions if I am staying put, so I will add those once I have used it.
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   Old Thread  #280 3 Nov 2009 at 4.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Fox Eclipse 1 Man

Firstly, hello. My name is John and i've just started with the forum.

I purchased one of these about5 or 6 months ago and am very pleased with it.
I was originally looking at buying a Trakker Trident AS but couldn't quite stretch to the price, so is started looking for an alternative.

I would say that the Fox has many of the good features i liked about the Trident. It comes with a heavy duty ground sheet as standard as well as heavy duty pegs and bag, tensioning bars and the "pram" style hood, which keeps the rain out even with the whole front unzipped. There is also a tensioning strap allowing you to set up without the groundsheet.
The shelter is also supplied with a zip attatched, totally removeable mozzy front panel and waterproof material panel with large clear windows. These can be used together, separately or removed totally for a completely open front. This was vital for me as i like to have as broad a view of the lake as possible. The door is also totally removeable or can be easily rolled out the way. All this means that there are 16 different front panel configurations to suit any climate situation.

In the rear of the bivvy, there are two roll up sections, which cover two air vents. These are mozzy mesh covered and supply a welcome flow of air on the very balmy nights. (Probably more use in France and Spain than the UK )

I have used the bivvy a few times in heavy, constant rain and have never suffered from any water leakage. The seams are a top quality and the material is totally waterproof.

There is plenty of space inside for the bedchair and all the kit behind. I dont think you could fit two people but i believe there is a two man version available.

The only bad ponts are that the bivvy is fairly heavy and the bag takes up a fair amount of precious car space. I would add that they have made the bag oversized which is great when your trying to cram it all back in at the end of a session.

To sum up, this bivvy does everything i want it to and if you shop around, you can get it far cheaper than the Trakker equivilent. I got mine from ebay for about 250 quid. I would say that it is good value for money due to all the gear you get in the package.

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   Old Thread  #279 28 Oct 2009 at 7.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Daiwa mission 2 man

I have used this bivvy for 2 24 hour sessions and its great i managed to get a double air bed and a bed chair in side ways. One of the best things about it is that it has a porch so you can put your gear in for night session. It has a door at the back part that can open for the summer so that it keeps cool.

Putting it up takes about 5-15 mins you have to put 4 sets of poles in it and peg it down then pull the overwrap over and use the clips for it and then peg that out and the porch. No water at all has got in and it stays very warm and comfortable it has a zip in ground sheet which makes it very easy to clean and put away.

Pros
Price £130
Massive
Fairly easy to put up
Porch

Cons
About 15kg
One zip had broke
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TF Gear Force 8 - 2 Man

Ill start by offering apologies as dropped my camera in the lake last week so don't have a pic as yet but will get one asap.Having owned it for 6 months and used it in a variety of weather I now feel able to judge it fairly. I will deal with the bad points first. The interior of the bivvi is very capacious fitting 2 bed chairs with ease (mine being the Diawa big boy so plenty of room) however this ultimatly makes the exterior massive so finding room on a small bank is very tricky if not impossible, Its marketed as the "fastest erection bivvi ever and if your 6ft 4in tall and built like an ox then yes you might just do it in the 25 seconds its meant to take but im 5ft 7in and small framed so it takes two of us or ages of puffin away bending the clip arm over to lock the frame in place. Lastly the dome cover on top has clips which are very weak, 2 broke the first time I used it so be gentle with those. Now for the positives, As stated above its very spacious even for 2 with all our gear and if there is just me its even better. The breathable fabric does its job at being waterproof and windproof as well as keeping the heat in and the cold out. I like the multi position frontage as it can be totally open, part open or closed. There is a transparent viewing panel on the front entrance though this can be covered for privacy if needed. Its not exactly light weight in its carry case but the carry handles are large enough to overlook this. A point I especially like is when you fold it down (which really does take about 25 seconds) it goes back in its bag without any fuss. My brothers bivvi is a nightmare and a few pals of mine have similar problems but not me ha. I paid £180 for it which is cheep but not as cheep as I could have aquired it for had I shopped round more. I would recommend this bivvi to anyone in fact a friend of mine is in the process of selling his to buy one of the same. Hope that was in depth enough and will try to get a pic when I buy my new camera
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   Old Thread  #277 9 Jul 2009 at 9.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Angling intelligence brolly system

So ive owned this brolly for 3 years now and got the overwrap aswell it comes with a heavyduty g/sheet and a load of pegs and a zip in mozi panel all in all it weighs 3.5 kilos plus another 1.5 with the overwrap and to put it bluntly im chuffed it takes seconds to put up the three rib pram design means its a synch to set up it has a tension strap supplied and again is easy to use , the bag is oversized but fits in to most quivers with ease. Ive used it as a singleskin shelter and as of yet have had no condensation due to open front or due to mosi panels as for when its rainning i can get away with not getting wet as its big enough to fit your bed at the back and not get wet. It has two mosi mesh panels at the back of the bivvy for circulation so also helps with condensation it will fit in the tightest of swims with ease a top bit of kit.

Cons
mozi panel is a little flimsy ( i have ripped one and have ordered another which a seagull s**t on and burned straight through the material.

The overwrap can be a pain to fit on however after a few uses it gets easier

In all a top bit of kit WELL worth the money i spent on it
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   Old Thread  #276 15 Jun 2009 at 3.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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One you get inside the Bivvy you realise just how much of a Tardis it really is. You can easily fit 2 bed chairs that run diagonally length way from the back of the Bivvy to the front in an upside down V formation. This leaves masses of room in the middle for a walk way, room at the back for storage, at the sides, under the bed chairs, it just oozes room. I am told (although cant comment) that the winter skin gives additional space creating a porch like feature.







All in all my first impressions are one of amazement. The quality of material feels very good. the size is incredible. It looks amazing, it is quick to erect and dismantle, and it comes in a huge oversized bag.

The real test of course will come out in the field, or rather the lake, well not in the lake. You know what I mean!!!!! Over the next weeks and months I will be updating this review any pertinent information i feel that you should know about.

In the meantime if there is anything anyone would like to know about this Bivvy, please do not hesitate to contact me via PM or post a reply in this thread.

UPDATED 19/06/2009

Point 1. I have noticed there is no velcro rod clip on the peak of this bivvy. One thing that stood out with my specimen was the road clip. I really miss it.

Point 2. A note to all manufacturers. Why not give the front door portion of the ground sheet (the bit that is used most) a double layer?
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   Old Thread  #275 15 Jun 2009 at 3.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Your ground sheet in the template you use when you want to erect your Bivvy. just simply lay it out with the Metal rings underneath the ground sheet, you also need to make sure the Trakker logo is facing the front, this will ensure your Bivvy goes on the right way.

Once you have the ground sheet in position its just a case of opening out the Bivvy in the middle of ground sheet and connecting the elasticated poles. Remember to thread the Peak pole through at this point as well and secure it to the metal clips. Once the poles have been connected together its a case of connecting 2 pegs at the back. They ingeniously connect to the ground sheet via metal clip under the sheet itself. It makes it so simple, quick and neat to erect. Don't forget to connect the tension clips to each side of the Bivvy as well. This will ensure you don't over stretch it. The instructions that come with the product are pretty concise. You can't go wrong. Just read them first.



With your 2 pegs in the back and your tension clips, clipped in you can simply pull the Bivvy forward like a pram hood. Stick 2 more pegs in the front to secure it and then finish off pegging. Ensure that the Peg's pull the material taught, but not too tight.



It was my first time and putting this Bivvy up. It took me 10 5 mins from laying out the ground sheet. I think with practice you could get this down to about 2 mins. It's a doddle.

Once you have all the pegs in you can out on the tension bar for the Peak. You can also put on the optional tension bars for the Bivvy as well. The product does not come with these additional bars (only the peak bar) but i had some left over from my 2 man Specimen which seem to fit.

If you had a winter wrap this would be the next thing you would put up. I don't have one for the Armo 2 Man so I cannot comment on that product at all.

The Armo has 2 huge mozi panels each side of the door which act as windows as well. You can see in the pictures that it is a simple case of rolling the material up when you want to be able to see out of the nets. there are clips each side. the door also has a mozi net on it and again is easily clipped up out of the way. You can roll the door up completely as well. It should be noted that the zips on the door are excellent. they look the business having the Armo branding on them, but they are really functional too, allowing you to easily open the door from the top or the bottom. It was very warm and muggy today but with all mozi panels open you had a nice breeze that was coming through the Armo. A real nice feature. The mozi panels can also be changed for clear panels. Again, these don't come with the standard package.





You can fold the front away as well so you can have a complete open Bivvy. You need the front support bars for this and again these don't come as standard so I can't include this feature in this review at this time.
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Trakker Armo MKII 2 Man Bivvy Review

Before I begin the review I would like to make clear that I will be reviewing this Bivvy over a period of a few Months. I will be reporting back every so often to update the review so it should end up giving you a good idea as to if you should consider one or not if you are on the Market for one.

Trakker Armo MKII 2 Man Bivvy Review



Product Features
• Heavy-duty groundsheet
• ‘T’ pegs
• Zipped carry bag
Optional Extras
• Extended wrap for MkII - 1 man
• TRARMEW1/MKII
• Super extended wrap for MkII - 1 man
• TRARMSEW1/MKII
• Extended wrap for MkII - 2 man
• TRAREW2/MKII
• Groundsheet for MkII - 1 man
• TRARMGS1/MKII
• Groundsheet for MkII - 2 man
• TRARMGS2/MKII
• Armo bivvy bag (fi ts 1 & 2 man)
• TRARM/BAG
• Frame support system
• TRARM/FS1
• Clear window
• TRARM/CW1
• Tension strap
• TRARM/TS1
Technical Specifications
• Material: Aquatexx
• Weight: 9kg (2 man) (All Bivvy weights are shown less groundsheet and pegs totalling 3kg)
• Dimensions: 3.3 m x 2.5 m
RRP £399.99

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Trakker have been in the business of designing and selling products for the angling community for some time now. The Sheffield based company design and manufacture a wide range of products for us Anglers, Carp Barrows to Sleeping Bag's, Cookware to Bivvy's and its the latter I am going to review on a rolling basis. The MKII 2 Man Bivvy.

My new Bivvy turned up on a Monday morning dead on 12:00pm. TNT delivered it. I could see the driver get a rather large package out of the van. My first impression was "What have I done" as the box was huge, at this very early stage all I could think about is the bivvy's size in relation to the swims I have at the lakes I fish. My fears would be put to rest. We will come onto that later.

The Bivvy was double boxed for protection. A Nice touch. all too often with expensive items companies will scrimp on the packaging, risking damage and ultimately you having to go out of your way to return the damaged goods. Not in this case. There was little chance of any damage occurring.

Within the outer box was what can only be described as a Bar of Gold, and a big one at that. Really nice packaging, from both a protective and an aesthetics point of view. It just looks pro!!!!



Within the box, to my surprise was an oversized zipped bag. Not only was it oversized, not only did it have a huge zip, but it had padded handles and a padded shoulder strap. now I am fairly new to the fishing scene, but in my enthusiasm have visited a lot of angling stores and seen a lot of Bivvy's. Other manufacturers, take note. We want oversized bags, what we don't want is a bag only Houdini (probably the wrong analogy) could get back into. Big is good. the last thing you want when you are packing up after a session. When it's pouring with rain. When you have blanked and you feel miserable, is to spend 30 mins trying to stuff your Bivvy into a bag that is 4 sizes to small. I think I have made my point. the bag not only fits the Bivvy in it. it takes the ground sheet, the additional tension poles, is take the peg's, and it would take a whole lot more as well, I could easily fit a change of clothes it the room left over. Top Notch!!!



When you open the bag you faced with 5 items. The Bivvy itself. The ground sheet. The pegs in a really nice peg bag (Nice touch), the poles for the peak and the tension pole for the Peak. It should be noted at this point that the poles for the peak are nicely wrapped in the Aqautexx Material so they cannot damage the Bivvy when it is in transit. I would suggest keeping this material and use a rubber band to secure the material to the ends of the poles when you dismantle it.





If you have never seen a 2 man before then you will be astounded by the size of the Ground Sheet. it's huge. Having said that its not that huge that it wont fit into smaller sized swims. Its a 2 man. So don't expect it to fit into Swims where you can just about fit a 1 man, that's not going to happen, but fear's of it being a giant were not realised. It will easily fit into most of the swims on the lakes I fish
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please repost that question in the tackle section, this is the review section
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Pioneer Ultralite

Ive had this for over a year now and have to say in the main been very happy with it

Good points

The S lock ensures that the bivvy can be errected in 10 seconds (though must add the bars supplied initially snapped off but 1 call to trakker and they were replaced)

When up and pegged down its as solid as a rock and has been through all types of weathers without any leaks

It packs away neatly into the bag which inturn fits into my quiver

Bad points

Can only really fault the door as it is a double zip system this can come undone if unxipping in a rush (on the odd times I have had a run as an example) and is a pain to get back on
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   Old Thread  #263 14 Apr 2009 at 1.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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hi sharky, try un-clipping the far left and far right toggles on the ground sheet to relieve the tension thus making it easier to put the poles together. i have the 1 man double top extreme mk 2. spot on bit of kit. contrary to what ive read in the past, it is exactly the same size as the original double top (the one without the peak!) but just has the added advantage of a very generous peak to prevent rain coming in. unfortunatly this does add to the weight and you wouldnt want to carry it far!!!! other than that, its a big
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   Old Thread  #262 23 Mar 2009 at 7.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi sharky i`m thinking of getting the Double top pro mk2 one man, i think it has the same mesh for the inside, is the inside lining realy thin and could tare easly, I really like the nash pro but not able to see in one as tackle shop round my way have none on display, or the fox euro easy.
Cheers fella.
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   Old Thread  #261 22 Mar 2009 at 6.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nash Double Top Extreme Mk2 2 man

I bought this bivvy a few months ago for £280 but only used it for the 1st time this weekend. Its the only pram hood style bivvy I've owned and i do find it fairly difficult to connect the poles, (maybe because its new), another theory is that as its a 2 man bivvy, there should be 2 people setting it up which would make it easier, I put it up on my own just to see if i could do it. I'm hoping it will get easier with more practice.
I bought this as i rarely go fishing alone and its getting silly with 2 of us sleeping in a brolly.

Pros:

Its massive inside!, easily fit 2 bedchairs plus all the gear inside... infact you'll get 3 in there if you fancy being friendly.
Has a very large peak.
Vents front and back.
Integral fly sheet and sewn in ground sheet.
Porch area for shoes and bait.
Has an excellent mud flap to stop the fly sheet door getting covered in crap while you're going in and out which is velcro'd down for easy/quick removal.


Cons:

Possibly too big for some swims
Ground sheet is that thin plasticy stuff... although there is a heady duty 1 available for £50
The size of the bag is huge! 5' long and about 2' wide (picture to follow)



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   Old Thread  #260 10 Mar 2009 at 8.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Had a pioneer for a couple of years now and i have mixed feelings about it, putting one up in even moderate wind is an nightmare and can result in damage but to be fair trakker have always replaced parts no problem i've also had the s clip fail during heavy rain, an almighty bang and then the bivvy onto of you this is not uncommon i've seen other pioneers erected with the handles left in and bungee straps wrapped around them?
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I've had one of these Razorbacks for over 12 month now, i too have it in the VT5000 material, I find it very practical for and easy to set-up and put down, it takes me about 3 minutes from out of the bag to it being pegged down and ready for the groundsheet. I have used my Razorback in all weathers, i must admit i really havnt had any trouble in any weather.

Advantages of he VT5000
very light
fits in my quiver holdall
easy to set up and pack down
easy to move whilst still set n- up if i fancy a change of swim
the VT5000 material is extremely waterproof and it dries quicker than it gets wet, the dropletss of water just run off the shelter.

Disadvantages
One thing that I really think that Venture have got wrong on this bivvy/shelter is the 3 tension elastic pegging cords at the left and right of the bivvy/shelter that you pull over your bivvy pegs to keep the bivvy/shelter tight. I have had trouble with each of these imo they are to short and when ive stretched them the elastic has pulled away am going to contact Venture after some new ones to replace them. ( I'll let you know about the venture aftersales service.)


the other disadvantage is that when you have the Razorback set at a low setting then the door (should you wat it on) does'nt zip all the way down. But i guess that if your on a longer session and you need the door on you would have the Razorback set at its higher setting anyway as you would want more headroom.

Overall

I used to be a proud owner of a Nashy Profile brolly sytem, I had it for about 5 years before i needed to change it as it was leaking after 5 years of use. I did wonder if I'd be able to better the profile as all I ever id was rave on about it, I think that with this new Venture Razorback I have in fact bettered it. The advantages far outway the dis-advantages of this product and i would reccomend it to anyone thinking of buying a new quick erect, compact, lightweight and extremely practical bivvy/shelter.

It also gets a lot of comments that it looks brilliant too - which always helps

My Rating 9/10 - i'd definaley buy another.
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apologies for the picture



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   Old Thread  #256 20 Nov 2008 at 9.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Nash Double Top Professional
ive had one of these bivvies now for almost 18 months!
i originally bought it for £169.99 which i would stil call a bargain!
it has served me well so far and been through all types of weather conditions! even down to -6 and i still wasnt cold inside!

for the good part

Dimensions: 260cm deep x 215cm wide x 125cm high.
Unique twin-skin design, waterproof outer with fitted, integral mesh, set up in half the time of other twin skin bivvies.
Unique independent inner mesh capsule to optimise comfort and to eliminate intrusion from mosquitoes, bugs, etc.
Integral door peak helps prevent doorway rain intrusion and provides shade.
Rear vents, to maximise airflow during hot weather.
In line tension bars (supplied) to enhance total frame rigidity.
Heavy-duty zips and buckles.
Fully fitted groundsheet featuring a unique system that conceals door to avoid trip-up.
Supplied complete with pegs and carryall.

Advantages
1. it has a peak
2. pram hood style for ease of putting up
3. it has 4 air flow vents ( 2 front, 2 back)
4. inner skin can be removed in the summer months
5. extras can be obtained 3rd skin, heavy duty groundsheet etc
6. amazingly good quality for the price
7. supplied with pegs and tension bars!
8. supplied in a bag

Disadvantages
1. the bivvy is fairly long when packed down in the bag! around 5 foot
2. 14 pegs to peg in

other than that i cant fault it!

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let me know what any other Nash DTP owners think!
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Angling Intelligence Bivvy

I have owned this for the last year now and it has been used in all sorts of situations and weather conditions.
The best thing about the bivvy is the different ways you can use it. You can remove parts of the bivvy to suit your style of fishing. The main bivvy as a peak which for me is an imperative on a bivvy as i have the doors open always and this stops loads o frain from entering. You can remove the whole front to have it completly open. You can tghen remove the peak if ypou want to save on weight. This is what i do for day sessions and summer overnighters.
For winter use i have the overwrap which so far has stopped any condensation. Also with the winter wrap on me and a mate managed to use it as a 2 man bivvy. Altough it would only be for occasional use.
The bivvy comes with a great set of pegs and tension bars so everything goes nice and taught!!
For me i cant sing its praises enough. May mate it just about to order one too.
I paid £200 including delivery which to me for the amount of kit you get is a bargain.

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Hi Guys

Quick Questions for those in the know, I am looking at getting a JRC STI bivvy.

Firstly, what's the difference between the JRC STI-R Bivvy and the JRC STI 1 Man Twin Skin Bivvy. From what I can tell the STI-R is just the latest version. Am I correct in this, or if there is a difference between the 2, and if so which one is better.

Secondly, I have read through basically the entire thread and have seen that overall most people are happy with the JRC bivvys. Is there anyone who can vouch for the STI bivvys I have mentioned above. Or are there better bivvys in this price range.

Honestly, at this point am sold on the JRC STI 1 Man Twin Skin Bivvy. Am looking at fishing during winter, so I want something that can withstand rain and wind.

Cheers in advance...
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Fox frontier x,

possibly the worst bit of gear, i've had the stupidity to buy. the joints that are supposed to make erecting this bivvy quicker, are in reality a badly designed bit of plastic, with a locking switch, which becomes jammed and freezes up in cold weather. trying to get one of these bivvy's down can be a nightmare. also the winter wrap supplied channels water underneath and you end up with a constant drip right in the door way, so using the cheap nasty groundsheet thats supplied is out as you wind up with a great puddle under your bed chair. another thing wrong with this bivvy is the foot print of the bivvy compared to the usable space it actually provides which isn't great. all in all its a terrible bit of kit that cost me £300. on the plus side. the bag supplied is 3 times bigger than it needs to be. so you can get your bivvy in it very quickly after all the messing about trying to get it down. oh and it weighs a ton too.

score would be 2/10
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i have had the roamer dome when they first came out fantastic bivy/shelter unfortunatly it is too small for long sessions.(i am a admin nightmare) the downside is the bag is a bit small and takes ages to roll it up. Ideal for roavers and sneaky swims. I even lift it to take it to nearby swims.
pity JRC dont reintroduce it.
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   Old Thread  #250 10 Jul 2008 at 9.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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VENTURE LOWRIDER VX1
I have owned this bivvi for over 9 months now and can honestly say i am very impressed with it for the money. It can be set up in about 5minutes and has 2 settings which allows you to get your bivvi well hidden behind trees etc. The bag it comes with is a good size and you can get your bivvi into with ease even when wet, Groundsheet is attached by a full length velcro strip and is no problem to align with bivvi.The groundsheet has its own bag so if wet will not make your bivvi damp in carry bag,The pegs are good quallity with metal tops and have lasted me well considering they have been going into hard ground. Again the pegs have there own bag which is well made with a drawer chord to stop them spilling out in main carry bag. The bivvi itself is well made and has a zip off front which allows the bivvi to turn into a brolley setup which makes a perfect day shelter or overnighter, You can also buy a mozzi panel which zips onto the bivvi. There are some nice touches included inside the bivvi like coat pegs and hooks to hang torches on (no bivvi magnets needed). The door itself rolls up on the inside so when it rains it does not collect water, a velcro panel rolls up to reveal a clear window in the door panel and there are 2 fold back vision panels in the front zip off panel. on the outside of the bivvi there are velcro points to hold rods while baiting up and the pegging points are well made with elasticated loops.
Summing up the vx1 has been well thought out and represents good value for money, I purchased mine with a winter skin for £400 and it kept me warm throughout the winter. At a push with the winter skin on you can get a second bedchair under it. I would rate this bivvi at 9 out of 10
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   Old Thread  #249 1 Jul 2008 at 12.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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jrc sti 1 man twin skin

only had this bivvy a short time but have done 3 nights in it and covered all conditions.
this is simply an amazing bivvy and well worth the money. cheapest i found was in erics angling at £125.99. first time i set it up following the instructions it took me about half an hour so i thought i better have another go before i got it on the bank an had it up an packed away again in just over 15 minutes. the first day i used it the sun was out and it was very hot. the second skin slipped of easily to show the mesh roof which is brilliant and keeps your bivvy perfectly cool. next day was tipping it down with rain and it literally took seconds to throw the second skin back over and peg it down. it with stood the rain and the wind, solid as a rock. although i only have the one man version it is massive. with my bedchair touching one of the walls i have at least a foot and a half the other side and there is plenty of space back and front due to the porch area and the back being able to pull out. also to anybody who gets this it is alot quicker and easier to roll it back up to pack away with the groundsheet already velcroed into place. i thought i'd give it a go and it payed off, takes a lot of time off folding it up and making sure it is flat etc, also makes the job quicker for next time as you dont have to fiddle around with it.
The only bad thing i can think about is the weight of it. it isnt unbearable but it is quite a weight. but at the end of the day i would rather have a little bit of extra weight on my barrow and be able to sleep in the confidence that all my gear is safe behind me and that im not going to get soaked in the night or be blown away.
it is supplied with second skin, high quality pegs, groundsheet and 3 different door options for all conditions. if you dont want people looking in your bivvy you can put the plain green door on. however if it raining but you still want to see out then there is also a clear plasticy cover which is great. if its hot but you still fancy your down then there is always the mozzi mesh panel to keep all the little bugs out. or if you feel like it the door can be totally took off. another thing to add is to either side of the door the are mozzi panels also that have the material over the top which can be zipped off and rolled up. this is to let even more air in your bivvy for those humid days or just so you can see your rods more clearly if you for some reason cant see your whole set up through the main door.
another thing to add to it is how you can have it as a shelter also. its cracking still just as stable as when you have it up as a full bivvy system and looks well carpy

sorry for any spelling mistakes i may have made and the fact that i jump around alot. as you can tell i didnt plan it i just wrote it down as it popped into my head
overall crackin bivvy just a litlle heavy.
hope this helps
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   Old Thread  #248 30 Jun 2008 at 11.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i used one of these Aqua 60'' brollys from new about 12 times until while fishing with my back to a very stronge wind the brolly suddenly folded inwards against the tension of the ribs and pushed me straight off the bedchair ,and when i say pushed me off i mean the centre pole shot forward and stayed there pushing me straight off.i was first told this by a friend of mine who had one as well but thought he was just pulling my leg.i think because the 60'' as such a big expanse of material and the ribs are the same thickness as a 50'' the wind as got a bigger area to push against with less Resistance think carefully before parting with your hard earned,they are fine in reasonably strong winds but thank god this happened in the daylight because i wouldn't want to be laying in the bag a night in at storm hoping the wind doesn't pick up to much. .and for the record i got rid of the 60'' before i ruined it and got me self a mk1 armo those things are bullet proof
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TRAKKER AEROLITE.......................

Just tested my new aerolite out in the rain wind and snow with no faults.
comes a quality bag, the pegs, infil panel, mozzi panel, and groundsheet all come in individual trakker bags with carry handles. (nice touch!)
bivvy without groundsheet weighs 4.5kg.
goes up so quickly due to there only being 2 breaks on the poles.
feels very sturdy as you get the tension poles with it.
no bad points as yet apart from the door is lower than my old mk2 but i can live with that
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JRC Quad Continental Proper 2 man hotel
This is a proper 2 man bivvy IMO nothing in the market comes close the dimensions without the winter skin are very impressive
2950 (d) x 2800 (w) x 1600mm (h).
You will notice the superb headroom
It is made of 10000 hydrostatic head material which means its probably never ever going to leak ,
its a pramhood design and if when you first get it you put a bit of petroleum jelly (vaseline) on the joints it will be easier to take apart when erected its built like the proverbial brick built outhouse totally rock solid and storm proof
it really does look the part and gets lots of admiring looks from the natives
the first time I used this was April 2007 in France and it was a heatwave temp all week in the 90`s and sticky hot at night but luckily the quad has 2 very large mesh ventilation panels in the rear so you get a nice thru breeze bit like sleeping next to an open window
plenty of room for 2 bedchairs and all the gear or as in my case total luxury for 1 person
the second outing could not have been more opposite it was again in France in June 2007 and the weather was awful storms the entire week
it rained torrential day and night I was trapped in the bivvy all week its times like this you realise the benefit of a decent headroom
and lots of space it made it so much more bearable so to conclude if your in the market for a large 2 man bivvy that don't take much more time to erect than a 1 man just a few more pegs and one more bar

Go buy a Quad continental trust me you will not regret it
ONLY downside i can think of you do need a double swim to put this baby up cos its BIG
gets 10/10 from me
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   Old Thread  #236 25 Feb 2008 at 9.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I HAVE THE SAME BIVIY AND MINE CAME WITH THE SUPPORT POLES AND IVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH IT AT ALL AND ITS GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY
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prologic spider dome 1 man

the bivvy is a nice size not huge but it fits all my stuff in with plenty of room to spair, i have a huge camper bedchair at 2.5m long and that fits in sideways nicely with loads of room at the bak for stuffing empty bags or what ever. the bivvy is about 4 inches from my neck and im 5'11.with the over wrap the peak makes a little porch outside the bivvy ( about 1 foot ) where you can store bits like shoes, bait, chair or what ever takes your fancy. People say that they hate peaks because when you run out you head butt them and rip them off, this is rubish because the peak just looks like the front part of the bivvy and who the hell stands up straight away when you are inside the bivvy before getting fully outside?( if that makes sense, hard 2 explain lol) the bivvy isn't the most stable bivvy, and i mean it exactly how it is said, there are bivvies that are more sturdy like the sti but the spider is more than sturdy enough.

the bad points about the bivvy are that the poles are fairly difficult to put together and erect the bivvy. But they are VERY hard to take appart especially in the rain. the first time i had to take the bivvy down was in the rain which took me 40 mins to get 1 joint undone but then a m8 came over and said 'give it here ya mupet' and the trick is grab the joint and push it down towards the floor so that it kind of straightens out the whole pole and then wrigle the joints apart. this should make it easier for anyone who is thinking of investing.
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   Old Thread  #228 27 Nov 2007 at 5.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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hi iv just got a fox explorer x bivvy and the winter skin, it look good sets up easy and very fast, done a all nighter in it last week so put the winter skin on, lucky i did it rained for ten hours none stop not a problem, went out last night for a few hours it started raining fine rain not heavy, so i put it up without the winter skin with in 20 mins it was soaked through and there was a constant drip from the top center and you could see the rain rolling down on the inside of the bivvy, i was not happy, its gone back this morning, has anyone else had this problem, am just waiting on a prologic spider dome and the over wrap anyone got or had one and what is it like?
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   Old Thread  #226 25 Oct 2007 at 12.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Trackker a-lite

A super bivvy for the money!! Although i have a couple of niggles...the ground sheet doesnt really connect that well with the pram hood via the velcro...the design is more of a gesture rather than a integral part of the shelter so it doesnt keep the bugs out too well...My other little gripe is the nylon cords that hold the poles together do seem to loose their protective outer layer (from rubbing) rather quickly....Dont let this put you off...the bivvy is blimmin brill and far superior to anything else in the same budget) (oh the other gripe is that the overwrap is a sod when trying to get it back in its bag.....(What a whinger!!!)
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   Old Thread  #224 19 Sept 2007 at 1.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Bought a Trakker ArmoMk2 and for the money you pay you expect high standards. Wrong. The lugs left and right that the porch bar slips into are henged and the sharp edges have worn through the overwrap (£200), I had to file them down and coat with plastic paint which has fixed the problem. the poppers that keeps the front curtains pinned to the side have come off, has anyone else had simular faults
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   Old Thread  #221 26 Aug 2007 at 8.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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right, im going to do a review of the new TRAKKER SLX 1 MAN. i know probably not many people are going to buy one but i'm bored.

i previously had a 1 man jrc sti twin skin. and after doing about 8-10 nights in it, i decided it wasn't for me.

i came across the SLX on the trakker website and thought what you got was good for £200. which includes:
the bivvy itself
second skin
tension strap
ground sheet
heavy duty peg set
and mozzie front
note: no tension bar

so i decided to look into it. completely by chance i found one on ebay. cut a long story short, i got one brand new for £135. great!

first time owning anything by trakker, and i was impressed. i knew trakker had a good rep, so it would of been rude not to get it really, for the price.

i've owned it for about 3 months know, and done about 12 nights in it.

firstly the bag is huge, which was a big problem with the sti. (usely spend 10 minutes wrestling to get it back in the bag) its not as heavy as the sti. all in all it weighs in at 25lb. however you can take ground sheet, second skin, whatever you don't need out for that session, to lighten the load.

also i can use it without the second skin as i couldn't with the sti, which most of the time was a real pain.

its a lot bigger than the sti. the sti came to a point at the back, and i found i couldn't get my bedchair in there side ways. no problem with the SLX just slide it in. and i've got loads of room behind me.

the one thing i love about this bivvy is you can zip the front completely off, or just tie the sides back. so it can be used as a brolly. and if the wind does change direction and its raining, its got enough depth, so you don't get wet.

the SLX doesn't come with the tension bar. but i haven't felt the need to use one as its solid without one. i'm sure with bar nothing would move it.

i haven't had a chance to use the mozzie front. to be honest i don't think i will be. i'm scared of putting holes through it.

one downside is the ground sheet is velcro. and is a bit on the small side but not so much you've got mud on the floor. however its ten times beter than the sti's.

also rain comes through the door. which is part of the reason i got rid of the sti. however you can zip the door down from the top, (unlike the sti) but it doesn't stop it completely. which is annoying, but i can live with it for know. plus find me a bivvy where the rain doesn't come in without a peak/porch.

an overall good bivvy. and as far as i can tell its just a mk1 dillo with a zip off front. solid and reliable. i think for me its definately more usefull than the sti was. won't be changing for a while anyway. not untill i can afford something with a peak from trakker or aqua.

p.s i think trakker might be struggling to shift these at the moment. check out the trakker website for the slx deal, i think.
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   Old Thread  #220 27 Jul 2007 at 10.06am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
i got a hutchy geo 2 man. had it about twelve years. fished in some extreme weather conditions with it and its never leaked one drop of water, i spray it once a year with fabsil. the biv itself is a pain to erect on your own( fibreglass poles ) but once erected its got more than enough room for me and my gear.it dont move an inch either in even gale force winds.its served me well for all these years so dont see the need to change. " if it aint bust dont fix it " i say.
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   Old Thread  #219 25 Jul 2007 at 7.43am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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ello all i have got the jrc sti 1 man twin skin and the sti 2 man twin skin and the defender brolly and wrap and i must say they are all very good the defender is light and compact easy to use but the ground sheet is pants but the twin skins are much better i am going to get the extreme wraps for both twin skins for the porch area
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   Old Thread  #216 14 Jun 2007 at 1.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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this is a update on the fox continental easy dome x .recived new bivvy on tuesday open it up. it allso was fauly there was a screw missing from 1 of the arms and 1 of the feet where you peg it out was broken .i phone up fox asking for a nother new continental easy dome x paul from fox said the continental easy dome x is discontinue line and the only thing i can do 1 give your money back or 2 send you the parts and i will give you a discount on the price of the bivvy. i said i will have the parts and discount because i was going to france soon. part came today .so conclusion if want cheap cr...py bivvy made in china and you pay the earth for it and with cr..p customer care buy a fox or if you want a good bivvy buy a british bivvy ie aqua i should of .
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   Old Thread  #215 6 Jun 2007 at 5.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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just got the new fox continental easy dome x sent back due to holes in the ground sheet and scuff' & chalk marks over the outer skin i payed £300 and £45 for extra ground sheet has any body else had problems with there continental easy dome x or is it just me or is it poor quality control by fox.the good thing about the continental easy dome x for a bivvy it size how it erects in only 5 min peg out / and if you are like me 5 foot 10 tall you can even stand in it .there is quite a lot of room inside you can get two bedchairs and all gear with on problems . it has got a big porch so if you want you can do your cooking there. also the porch door extend out so you can sit out side even when it i raining all you need is 2 extra storm pole.so in conclusion i can olny give 6/10 due to the quality of the bivvy that i recived but would have given a10/10 if there was nothing wrong with the one that i recived.
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   Old Thread  #214 4 Jun 2007 at 8.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!

tackle boxes scarub bivy

top bit of kit
size ;- same as fox euro dome

erection time;- 3mins total including pegging

special features ;- silver lined keeps heat in ,in winter
stays cool in winter
superb after sales service
all for £200 better than the rest by a mile
u dont need to pay £300+ to stay warm and dry
iv been fishing for 30yrs seen most systems used a few this is the best!!
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   Old Thread  #210 13 Mar 2007 at 1.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Venture Razorback

Just got one of these new shelters from Venture, and i must say I am very impressed. I got it because it was so light...only 3.5kg!! and it folds down thinner than my brolly, its shorter and ligher as well...fitting in my quiver perfectly. The one i have is the VT5000 material, which is lighter than the normal material, but it is more expensive. It also comes with groundsheet and good pegs..both in decent bags as well. The other good feature, is that the bag is massive, and its so easy to fit in..unlike my old STI.

There are two diffrent positions so that you can have it high or low, the low being good becuase it keeps the rain out. I was used to an brolly when I first used it, and I set it up facing into the wind, and the rain was comming in slightly...but no more than any other bivvy type with this design.

On the downside its a little hard to put together...but when you get it right it is easy. The poles are very thin and felxiable..and i can see Venture having lots of problems with snaping poles. But this is not an issue if you use care (which you should anyway).


This pic shows the bivvy on its low setting...

Alltogether for me...10 out of 10.
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   Old Thread  #203 20 Feb 2007 at 2.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just purchased the new Nash double top proffesional,used it twice now,really easy to put up ,and take down, quality is a lot better than some previous bivvies from Nash, ie zips are better quality and the finish of the overall product,some really neat features,the built in groundsheet and mozzy net which can be unclipped and removed easy,the rain peak over the door. A mat which clips in over the porch to avoid trip ups,the rear vents should prove good in the summer,size is also good ideal for those small swims ,good pegs come with also which is a lot better .the price is very good to £169.00 . which compared to to some is very reasonable, I bought the armo mk2 last summer and to be honest the quality was second to none,but putting it up was a nightmare it was so tight i struggled with it,as did a few other people i know,which is why i changed,the nash bivvy might not last as long as the dillo but for the price and ease of putting it up and down plus everything comes with it so ie frame supports a really good carryall H/D pegs.all in all a great bivvy for a great price.
Ive also got the Nash 1man double top which is quite a bit bigger even easier to put up than the proffesional as it only has three frames , perfect for the long session as the room inside is large for one person, so comfort is good also.
and at under a couple of hundred quid not bad at all.
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   Old Thread  #199 18 Feb 2007 at 6.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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As a thankyou to Armyandy i agreed to wite a review on some work he's done for me.
We all know the benefits of buying an Aqua MK2 Armo so i wont bore you, but suffice to say its the best bivvy i have owned ... so far

But the Mk2 isnt a "ultimate" bivvy as i find it dark inside & the view outside restricted.
I checked out the AQUA M3 Mozzie & was very impressed with the new front panels complete with windows etc, except i do not carry my bivvy in a quiver, but prefer to have it crossways at the front of my barrow (This ruled out the M3 as packdown size is too long) .... What i really wanted was a MK2 Mozzie equivalent.

Got to be honest, i was a little nervouse letting £600 of bivvy lose to be cut about etc .... but Andy has done work before for me before & has never let me down ... so i decided to go for it.

Got it back last week & put up in garden & the windows completely transform the bivvy.

The bivvy now has permanent side windows in Aqua's black heavy mesh with velcro on & off clear windows & roll down solid covers.

The overwrap has windows put in the door & sides. Along with tie back tags so can have the overwrap rolled back at the sides








Anyways ... if you have a MK2 Armo (or any other bivvy for that matter) & want some windows put in .... Armyandy does a fine job
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   Old Thread  #197 18 Jan 2007 at 10.06am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mods dont know where to post this very helpfull info ?
NASH BIVVY MEASUREMENTS

For your info: Hooligun 1 man
150 + 40 deep 230 wide and 130 high

Double Top 2 man and Double Top Extreme 2 man
280 x 290 x 160

Double Top i mand and Double Top Extreme 1 man
270 x 290 x 140

Double Top Professional
260 x 215 x 125

Groundhog FS
145 x 208 x 270

All centimetres,
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   Old Thread  #194 16 Dec 2006 at 2.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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JRC STI 1 MAN TWIN SKIN BIVVY


weight.

This bivvy is pretty heavy and also quite large to carry in the bag, i would not reccomend this if you dont have a carp porter or car to the swim.

Errection Time
Firstly the instruction provided are ok, but they could be a little clearer, however the bivvy isnt that hard to fathom out without instructions.First attempts at errecting via the instruction took 22minutes (in the house without pegs) but first time on the bank i had it upp & pegged out in 12 minutes, i can now get it upp it under 10 just about. Packing away is also around the 10-15 minuite mark dependent on how quick you do it. iI pack it upp back into bag at a leasurly pace around 15 minutes. i have done it in 8 mins in pouring rain tho!. The bag just about is ok, sruggle a bit to get it in, but its not as bad as some that just point blank refuse to go back in.

Durability
Ive used mine around 20 nights now, not that long perhaps but it hasnt given me any trouble yet. Its secure & stable once pegged and withstood 60 mile per hour winds quite comfortably.

Also the begs are good qualiy, thick gauge screw in type not the flimsy skewers

Comfort
I found this bivvy roomy and accomodated my standard side bedchair, without either my head or feet touching the sides!. We have had two in this bivvy and it took 2 standard beds just about. Plenty of room for gear, and the outer skin can be pegged to create a small porch area outside. There are plenty of vents which allow fantastic air flow, and i have used just the inner skin on warm summer nights. Only poss downside is in rain you can get the inner skin wet before you put the outer on ( but its easy thrown on in seconds).


Overview
Bad points: weight
:errection time if you are impatienth
Inner skin has vents which will let in water if exposed

Good points
Plus Points
:Roomy
:No condensation
:Good Airflow if needed
Great value i paid £125 for the twin skin which includes groundsheet & pegs
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   Old Thread  #193 26 Nov 2006 at 3.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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on the 5 rib easy dome my mate has had 3 of them now the door plastic is made from i dunno what as it breaks in your hands he used one once in france and brought it home and took it back had another 1 then he done 2 nights in oxford and same thing happened again

hes thinking of changeing

i have the easy dome it does hold condesation on the front porch but that is all the bad things i can say about the old easy dome

good points not heavy goes up in no time good bivvy
but ive had it a few years and will be changeing shortly
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   Old Thread  #191 18 Nov 2006 at 0.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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For Summer use
Fox evo plus x
pros
simplicity itself to erect, light as a feather, fits into 99.9% of quivers rod holdalls, i've found it to be perfect for moving around the lake due to weight and simplicity.

additional extras include a heavy duty groundsheet and a winterskin, though i have never found the need to use them.
cons
the poles are pretty thin and easily bent by excessive force ( you know who you are )

I have had a pole split at the male joint , this was on a windswept SW reservoir with winds gusting to 60mph this was sent to Fox and a new replacement pole was with me within 5 working days

in summary a great bivvy/brolly ideal for summer angling
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   Old Thread  #180 26 Sept 2006 at 7.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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review on the Cypry Carp Shelter.

I have had this bivvie for under a year, everything seemed ok. The bivvie bag was plenty big enough for the bivvie, you dont even need to fold it, screw it up in a ball and it goes in fine. its a very basic setup and only takes about 5 or 6 mins. Extreamly waterproof, you may not believe it but the material has never leaked and ive only got wet once when the rain we blowing straight at the entrance way. This is where they should put a door in, but the worst thing is that two weeks ago the main pole split.

I am now thinking of getting a brolly/bivvie. how about the A-Lite Shelter, it looks great but the only thing i am wondering about is how big it is once folded down. if someone could tell me, that would be great.

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   Old Thread  #178 4 Sept 2006 at 9.38am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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PROLOGIC SPIDERDOME 2 man

Had it up for the first time saturday 02/09/06 for 36 hrs, the weather was probably the best it could of been to test it out, rain with gale force winds, the bivvy was rock solid and stayed as dry as a bone, it is a copy of the trakker/aqua armo II dillo with the peak, but the peak on this is much bigger, there is or seems to be alot more room in it than the trakker version especially room height, i can stand under the porch without bending down and i am 5ft 8". The material of the bivvy is the same as the trakker dillo's, groundsheets thick & robust, but the overwrap in MAX 4 is the best bit, its very thick and totally waterproof, the bivvy go's up the same as the dillo family as it is of the pram hood style, comes with tension poles, the bivvy door as a mesh filled panel with a velcro black out front which is removable, the overwrap as a inbuilt thick UPVC window, all zips are strong and easy to use. i rate this bivvy as good as the trakker or aqua, overall i was very, very, impressed with it only downside is the bag it comes in, could be bigger.



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   Old Thread  #177 10 May 2006 at 11.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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hutchy cabrio 1 man

well i have owned this bivvy for over 12 months and i love it! just right for me, as i don't have the winter skin for it i will be wrinting the good and bad point without it!

+ points!
well for a 1 man its HUGE even without the winterskin!
very sturdy!
i find it easy to put up, about 5mins.
storm poles supplied, these give the bivvy alot of its strength.

- points!
weighs a tonne! no good for the light and mobile angler!
condensation, as i have no skin for it the condensation is noticable but not that bad
not the easiest bivvy to put away but isn't all that hard
wont fit into a tight swin as the size of it.

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   Old Thread  #176 10 May 2006 at 10.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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had cabrio 1 man plus , fantastic bivvy for sessions ,**** to take down and fills a barrow ,would not want to walk far with this ! , campin at back of your car . . perfect
had fox explorer , fatastic bivvy , same as cabrio . . .heavy , but found it smart when pissing it down , excellent view due to all windows across front
titan viper high top , nearly there , wish i had bought standard type, swapped for ground hog
sold hog to mate, umberella tidy , pissin around screw in poles on and off nightmare, **** to put in bag , plus awkward to carry
sorted at last mk1 2 man armadilo , top piece a kit this ,packs down to nothing, easy to carry , piece a piss to put up and take down, solid once erected with screw pegs , fit tension bars and all the front can be fastened back ,use for short and long sesions (when a get chance)
down sides,tight to get in bag but i never keep my bivvy and ground sheet in the same bag , standard pegs are crap, ground sheet could fit a bit better and rain can blow in through door, overhaul a real bankside palace in my opinion wish id bought this first and saved myself a fortune !. . . am skint! , if i was to buy another bivvy it would be this but in aquatex so it stays nice and tight all the time rain or shine , thats my opinion !
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   Old Thread  #175 9 May 2006 at 4.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Pro Logic Spider 1 man Dome

Cost
£99.99

Dimensions
Width 350cm
Height 168cm
Length 240cm

Options Available
Wilderness Spider Dome Overwrap
Max-4 Spider Dome Overwrap

Pros
Easy to put up and take down
Really stable
Comes with everything (HD groundsheet, Support bars, Proper pegs)
The peak stops rain from coming into the bivvy
Really spacious, loads of room!
Versitile, you can have the front set up in loads of ways.
The door zips off, which will be great for summer use.
100% waterproof, left it up overnight in heavy rain and it stayed bone dry inside.


Cons

The bag isnt the best, but that is minor, im just gonna buy another bivvy bag, you can get them for about £8.
It may be too big for really tight swims but will be fine for any other swims.

Summary
Its by far the best bivvy ive ever owned, dont be worried about the material, its really thick and i cant see it ripping easily at all! Im well chuffed!










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   Old Thread  #172 1 May 2006 at 7.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Chub Cyfish 2 Man Bivvy :


Cost - Paid £150 including winterskin (On special Offer)

Dimensions
Width = 305cm Depth 260cm Height 140cm.

Weight
Bivvy, Groundsheet & Pegs = 9.45 kilos
Winterskin = 1.67 kilos
Total = 11.12 kilos (24.5 pounds)

Options Available - Extreme Canopy

Reason to Buy
I needed to raise some funds so reluctantly sold my Nash Titan Viper, Winterskin & Extreme Canopy & out of the proceeds purchased the Chub Cyfish 2 Man & banked over £100 at the same time.

I was very apprehensive at getting another Pram Hood style bivvy as i have owned an STI 1 Man & STI Extreme 1 Man & found them heavy, dark & very low at the front.

After asking a few questions on here i decided to take a "chance" on the Chub.


PRO'S


Extras - It comes complete with everything you need
Weight - Lighter than 1 MAN STI & considerably lighter than the 2 Man STI
Erection - Very easy to take up & down & Rock Solid
Packing - It goes in the bag with no problems & the winterskin has seperate carry bag.
Versatile - Can be used as single skin or a twinskin bivvy. Many different door variants from complete front rolled back to complete lockdown, Has solid, mesh or clear door options with mesh side panels.
Size - To call this a 2 Man, i think is a little optomistic as i'm not sure its deep enough (I think its 20cm less in depth compared to STI 2 man), therefore the bedchair needs to be at an angle when back to front, I would call this a large 1-1/2 man which suits me even better as i use on my own & with the extra height its ideal for longer/winter sessions. Packdown size is also very compact & easy to transport.


CONS

The only con i can find is the overwrap is extremely tight to peg down at front, Not a major problem for me as i normally roll back the front outerskin anyway. Probably me but after a handful of uses ... still cant get it pegged at front.



Summary - In the short time i have owned i can have no complaints, in fact i have found it superb & at the price £150 i paid an absolute bargain. I have been very suprised how different it is to the STI i owned & had i of known how good it is i probably wouldnt of shelled out for the Titan Viper i have recently sold.
I still have a Trakker Speciman Pioneer Ultralight that i use in summer & there was a brief moment that i thought of selling that & using the Chub all year, but have since decided to keep both & feel i now have a bivvy to cover all situatuions













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   Old Thread  #171 27 Apr 2006 at 10.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Trakker armadillo mk 2

Just bought the new armo mk2 .
As to expect absolute top quality bit of kit ,new material which doesnt go slack like the mk 1, a better fitting groundsheet which tucks up where the clips fit ,same as the mk 1 to erect apart from the front porch which is easy.pleasently surprised to see you get 16 proper pegs in a proper peg bag,also now comes in a quality zip up bag.
having used the mk 1 armo for the last 2 yrs with no problems I am confident that the mk2 will be as good if not better if thats possible.If you shop around there are a few tackle shops throwing in the support bars in free.
All in all a top quality bivvy as expected from Trakker.
now the minus points.
maybe the extended winter wrap is a little pricey .
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   Old Thread  #170 26 Apr 2006 at 10.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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JRC ROAMER DOME

I have had this product for about a year now, and i have used it about 6 times.

GOOD
- light and easy to errect
- stable in most conditions
- winter skin available
- cheap (mine was only £45)
- sides fold to open up the bivvy more, and they can also contain mesh windows which can be exposed to let in air
- easy to clean

BAD
- Too small to lie a bedchair flat
- Extremally hard to get back into the bag as its long but thin and you insert it into th e end (its almot impossable!)
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   Old Thread  #168 22 Apr 2006 at 3.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ive just spent my first two nights out in the new force 8 TFG bivvie.

Positives

For a bivvie costing under £100 (for limited time) I find it excellent value for money!! I managed to erect it in about five minutes (first time) But reckon I can half that next time. It has ample room for the bedchair and I especially like the porch area, great storage for rucksacks/holdalls/bait etc. The sleeping area is double insulated which ensures condensation isnt a problem, and has a zipped netting which keeps the mozzies out! Although the skeleton of the bivvie seems quite flexible, Once it is secured and locked in place it is solid as a rock, id fancy my chances on a windy day!!

Negatives

The only negative I can think of is the guy ropes, they can be hard to see, and can become a bit of a trip hazard to other anglers!

Its early days yet so I wont get too carried away with this bivvie, but on first impressions it seems a cracking purchase!!!
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   Old Thread  #167 15 Apr 2006 at 10.29am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Trakker A LIte brolley / bivvy Review

I have recently got this after selling my JRC Stealth brolley which was fine but not for me.

Firstly i needed a light easily portable brolley shelter that was quick to put up, might just go in my rod holdall outer pocket and give me good protection on day sessions etc.

The quality of the A LIte is very good and for £89 was well worth the money and it didnt need extra storm poles to prop it up.

It takes about 3 mins to erect the A LIte and when up its very very stable due to the very strong pole / pram hood design.

Then you peg it down and its very firm and strong winds wouldnt budge it.

The groundsheet is lightweight and is fine for the job, the A LIte comes in a decent bag that has plenty of room when packing away.

When up this is where the A LIte scores highly, its very roomy and has a great front opening with good side protection wings so for days its fantastic.

For me being tall 6ft i got this one instead of the JRC Dave Lane Sti because its 4" higher inside and the side wings are better.

Ive also just got the winter wrap which has front door, side mosquito windows etc so i can do overnights and winter use.

In my opinion i give it 95 out of 100 as a near perfect system
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   Old Thread  #165 9 Apr 2006 at 12.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #164 4 Apr 2006 at 9.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Aqua 60" Brolly Review

Has been done a few times but with no pics so here goes.

Owned this item for around a year now, purchased 2nd hand for a bargain price of £60 i think.



Pro's

So easy and quick to put up
Ideal for the shortstay or long stay angler
Can be added too to make a full session bivvy
Very large for a 60", can fit bedchair and all luggage etc in quite easily
Made using aluminium and rivets, no cheapo plastic parts


Cons


Quite heavy to carry in a quiver
Doesnt pack down very small
The bag it came in could be better, same for the pegs
All the add on extras cost a fair bit of money




Personally think its the best brolly on the market, at a high price but you get what you pay for!

Still looks like there 10+ years in it, 100% british quality


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   Old Thread  #163 4 Apr 2006 at 12.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nash Titan Viper 2 DOME Review





RRP £299 - best price found £189 inc free p+p.

Ive had my viper dome a few years now and rate it very highly. I bought it mainly as i liked the viper design, but wanted a quick erect bivvy with a porch, that didn't need me buying an additional over wrap. Also I wanted a fitted groundsheet as ive seen the trouble my friends have with their STIs etc.

It takes a little practice to get the set up perfect, and when new can take a while as there are so many pegs to put in. After a few practice attempts its a doddle !

The viper 2 dome is available with fitted or non fitted groundsheet. I have the one with the fitted groundsheet and although its quite thin, its durable and waterproof and easy to clean.

The Viper 2 is as solid as any other bivvy ive seen the "spider" leg configuration ensures that the bivvy is rigid and stable even in the worst conditions. The only fault if any is that when its new the outer skin is very tight and can cause the seams / pegging points to stretch if its forced. Aslong as you follow the care guidelines that are supplies with all new nash bivvys you shall have an awesome bivvy that shall last. Although the Viper2 is rated as a 2 man bivvy, due to the shape ( with a very low back and a high front ) you can only sleep one way round if you are accommodating 2 bedchairs.

Overall the Titan Viper 2 Dome gets 9/10
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   Old Thread  #161 29 Mar 2006 at 7.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
THESUS COMFORT ZONE 2 MAN BIVVY AND OVERWRAP.

I needed a new bivvy for my trip to France because my Fox easy dome is too small and I wanted something with a bit more room to make my session more comfortable. Due to lack of funds I was on the lookout for a bargain and came across this bivvy on the Catcherbaits website. After a chat with Frank at Catcherbaits my bivvy was ordered and then Keith(Bigfella) collected it from the shop when it arrived.

A few weeks later I was at the lake in France, ready to set up my home for the week. I emptied the contents of the bag and was slightly worried that there was no instructions on how to erect it but Keith soon put my mind at rest and gave me a hand to put it up.

The first thing I noticed were the pegs that were provided. They were proper pegs like the fox ones and not the silly little wire ones that you normally get with a budget priced bivvy, exellent. We layed the bivvy on the floor and proceeded to join the three sets of poles together, which I must say was a very easy and quick task to complete.

You then peg the back out and lift the frame(pram hood style) then peg the front, then all you do is thread the centre pole and connect the tension strap at the bottom and hey presto it is up. I was well happy with it so far and was even more pleased when I went to put the ground sheet in. It was a nice thick one and not a cheap flimsy one and was put in place within seconds.

Great stuff, now for the overwrap. That went on with ease and was a snug fit once pegged down using the same pegs that you use for the bivvy. With my home erected I then proceeded to put all my stuff in and was pleasantly surprised with the amount of room in there.

Over the next week the bivvy got put through its paces with torrential rain and strong winds every day and it coped admirably. I was well impressed with its performance and I am really glad I purchased it. As for packing it away, it is just as quick and it actually fits back in its bag quite easily. So my verdict is that it is a great bivvy at a very good price and is definately worth a look at, you wont be dissapointed, I know I'm not.

Price....2 man bivvy £129.99

2 man overwrap......£69.99
http://www.catcherbaits.co.uk/46.html






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   Old Thread  #160 18 Mar 2006 at 12.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
PRODUCT

JRC STI 1 MAN SINGLE SKIN WITH EXTREME WRAP


TIME OWNED - APPROX SIX WEEKS (USED THREE TIMES)

Ok i haven,t owned this bivvy long but thought i would do a review now because during the time ive owned the bivvy i have used it in some very cold on two occasions and on one very windy occasion .
As said ive used this bivvy in some prety cold and windy conditions and one the very first time i used the bivvy it was windy , blowing quite a gale too. As it was the first time erecting the bivvy i thought i would follow the instructions provided , at a guess folowing the instructions it must have took me about 10 minites to erect which i thought was quite good having not done it before once all set up i set about putting the customary bits and pices inside the bivvy , what i did notice about this particular bivvy compared to my old one(Hutcy Cabrio one man) was it was quite a bit lower not relly a problem but did think my vision out onto the water would be obscured on the plus side though i think with it being a lower profile so to speak it would be beneficial in winder conditions. What i also found good with the bivvy was once i had set it all up (with the extreme wrap on, i could fold back the front of the inner section of the bivvy givving me extra room towards the bivvies front (which i like because i like to brew up inside the bivvy) . I wouldnt say this bivvy is quite as warm as the Hutcy i owned but then again the hutcy was made out of a far supereor material but this was the problem it was just to heavy and bulky).The bivvy comes complete with everything you need to set up includind a heavy duty ground sheet altough mine dosn,t include a bit for the extended wrap, teres pegs supplied for both the bivvy and over wrap , but on the one i purchased there is enough pegs supplied in with the bivvy to do both .

Theres also a couple of different panels for the door , the door itsself is fitted with mozzy netting and you get a clear and a solid cover for this a down point here is these covers don,t fit the extreme wrap so on that your limited to either mozzy netting ora solid closed door ( i don,t think they thought about having them mozzy netted bits the same size minus point there JRC).

The only other thing i would say against this bivvy (but i see the same on most bivvies) is the pegging point rings i really think the manafacturers could go that little bit further and supply something that actually looks a little more solid , but hacving said that no problems thus far.

Another plus point its quite light (not as light as some bivvies out there but compared to what i did have its quite light and ive found it folds down just as simply as it goes up i never bother to put my ground sheet back in the bag supplied but i think if were to try it would go no problems). Overall in the time ive owned and used this bivvy im pretty impressed .

9/10

PICTURES AND GUIDE TO ERECTING BIVVY>
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   Old Thread  #159 11 Mar 2006 at 9.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Chub Cyfish

good bivvi me thinks, tried loads and spent even more, given a badger one man euro dome a go tutt tutt not so good, move to shakespear cypry, one man, good size, nightmare to put up, well I used it in the Gulf and it was cumfy, but the zips went, next moved to a tracker, once again nightmare to put up, then a nash viper, great bivvi, warm, dry, reasonably easy to put up, but just too big!!

So now I have a Chub Cyfish (1 man) with extreme over wrap.

Good points:

Large enough with overwrap
Quick to put up (even in wind)
Warm, very dry
No condinsation
All kit fits in no problem
wide door for quick exit
very strong
good zips
Choice of door covers (see through, mosy proofing etc)


Bad points:

Should come as standard with exteme over wrap

nuff said

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   Old Thread  #158 10 Mar 2006 at 6.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
WEIGHTS OF BIVVIES

HUTCY CABRIO 1 MAN SINGLE SKIN

BIVVY GROUND SHEET AND PEGS -29LBS

WINTER SKIN AND PEGS-19LBS

TOTAL 48LBS

TREKKER PIONEER SPECIMEN ULTRA LIGHT

BIVVY GROUND SHEET PEGS AND POLES- 12KG (25-26LBS)


JRC 1 MAN SINGLE SKIN AND EXTREME OVER WRAP

BIVVY GROUND SHEET PEGS AND OVER WRAP - 10-12KG (24-25LBS)

FOX EURO EASY DOME

ALL IN -23.8OZ(10-11KG)

FISHRITE XS TWO MAN BIVVY

ALL IN-29LBS (14KG)

JRC TWO MAN STI

ALL IN-36LBS 8oz (17kg)

NASH TITAN TT

ALL IN -26LBS ( 12-13KG)

TREKKER ARMADILLO MKll

NOT SURE WHAT THIS INCLUDES -24LBS 8oz

SHAKSPEAR BIG EASY

IN DAVES WORDS-.....too much !!

DILLO MKl

BIVVY PLUS GROUND SHEET 18LBS (8-9KG)

JRC DEFENDER EXTREME (WITH PORCH)

ALL IN - 19LBS

FOX EVO BIVVY

BIVVY- 9LBS
WINTER SKIN -5LBS
TOTAL 14LBS

DAVE LANE STI BROLLY

ALL IN - 14BS (6KG)

FOX CARP PLUS

ALL IN -18LBS(8-9KG)

JRC STEALTH BROLLY

BROLLLY GROUNDSHEET AND PEGS -12LBS (5-6KG)
OVERWRAP-6LBS (2-3KG)

HUTCHY BROTEL

10-11 LBS (5-6KG)

CHUB CYFISH 1 MAN

Bivvy: 12lb (5-6KG)

Groundsheet: 6lb (2-3KG)

Extended overwrap: 9lb (3-4KG)

TOTAL 27LBS (12-13KG)


JRC STI 1 MAN TWIN SKIN

ALL IN -13.06 kg or 28lbs 12oz

See here on how to erect a Jrc 1Man sti link

CHUB CYFISH TWO MAN BIVVY

Bivvy groundsheet and pegs = 9.4 kg
Winter Skin = 1.67 kg

Total = 11.12 kg,s
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   Old Thread  #157 22 Jan 2006 at 3.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have a 5 rib easy dome its in my opion the perfect dome.

+points.
-quick easy to set up.
-good quality pegging points.
-warm and condesation.
-a nice sized porch.

-points.
-massive bag.
-quite hard to put back in the bag.
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   Old Thread  #156 28 Dec 2005 at 12.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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wychwood spd brolly:
what a awsome bit of kit this was for the summer, i couldn`t folt it one bit. erection time was second to none, no pegs needed. the flap over at the bottom of the inside made me feel very comfortable when surounded by the vermin we all love and it coming with a clip in ground sheet left me with no worries, whatever the weather. a nice dark green colour aswell which i really liked.
this brolly also left me wanting the next bivvy on my list.

trakker pioneer:
trakker pioneer totally awsome, the people hew have designed this bivvy must have the most inteligent brains on them. the space in it is just unbeliveable for a brolly and with the texture of the material it is made out of it leave`s me feeling very comfortable. also having to buy an overwrap has always put me off buying a very expensive bivvy as it really bumps the price up, but thanks to tackle box i toulk there advice and used the downgrade over wrap which works exellent and leaves me a very happy carper for the winter.
only used once so maybe a bit vague on this one, i`m sure somone else hew has one of these could probably wright a book on it.
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   Old Thread  #155 28 Nov 2005 at 12.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Review of recently purchased JRC Stealth 5000 brolley system.

First of all i wanted something for day time sessions that would be better than a large 50" brolley, yet i wanted it portable light and quick to erect.

There are so many to choose but after a bit of investigating and reading other review here by "Sundance" i took the plunge.

First impressions are very good, it sets up in seconds like a normal brolley, you have to lay the back on the ground and then peg it down with the supplied pegs.

The storm poled i got fit on the sides and front ( 4 in total ) and then you can pop the groundsheet down, held in place with velcro.

I have recently fitted the Pro logic connectors on the storm poles to fit instantly.

There has been some negative comments made in the past about the velcro to hold the brolley ribs in place and the retaining screw

The velcro works fine cant see any need to staple or sew together.

The centre screw that keeps the brolley up is i guess the only negative thing in as much if you lose it you are stuffed, but hey you could say that about loads of things !!

All in all its more like a large brolley shelter than a bivvy and lends itself to daytime carpers / coarse fishing who dont feel the need to bivvy up.

I got the full system with front infill and storm poles (JRC heavy duty ) so i could use it if the need for overnight ever came.

Mine came from Premier Baits and Tony was very helpful and the price was very good.

The other good thing for us daytime guys is that it packs away in my Wychwood rod holdall ( minus the infill ) so its not too heavy and i can have it with me at all times and i can carry by hand all my gear to the swim.

Well done JRC well worth a look
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   Old Thread  #154 28 Nov 2005 at 8.59am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Fishrite 2 Man XS bivvy System

This is a one strong robust versatile bit of kit. I bought it at the Carp Show in 2004 for £235. It comes with all the poles and 3 tension adjustable pole, to push the pram style frame open. Also has a outer skin

Good points
Very Strong, have used in gales and driving rain and its totally solid
A heck of alot of room in the 2man - dont think it really needed this size
High roof
Very strong groundsheet
Quality pegs supplied as standard
Has mosquito net windows and clear infill windows if needed
Can be opened out like a brolly

Bad Points
The bag it all goes in is far too small and made of very thin material - mine is falling apart after only 1 season
VERY VERY heavy
Not quick to put up by any standards
The outter skin is too small for the bivvy and you have alot of trouble pegging it out properly


Overall

Very strong versatile bivvy, but i reckon in future i will look for a Brolly with outter skins instead - perhaps the JRC since its had so many good reviews. They are just so much quicker to erect.
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   Old Thread  #152 13 Nov 2005 at 10.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Used to have Fox Euro Dome, great bivvy but got soaked to many times threading poles.

Bought a JRC STi One Man, used it for one long weekend, HATED IT
To long to erect, far to small, when the wind was gusting the groundsheet kept lifting, had to keep door down nearly all weekend due to rain coming in and soaking bedchair/sleeping bag, no room to cook with out getting soaked HATED IT

I then bought a Chub Rapid XS One Man
Faultless used it for a whole season now and am looking forward to fishing through the winter with it
Really quick to erect, less than two mins
Twin skin, hydrostatic head, no condensation at all, very warm
Sewn in groundsheet, detachable porch groundsheet
Loads of pegging / guyrope points, really stable in high winds
Loads of room for one man, enough room to cook in porch even when porch zipped down

Only one bad point to mention and I hope somebody from Chub reads this !
For such a great bivvy the pegs supplied from new are rubbish, buy some Chub Bivvy Pegs (extra expense I know, COME ON CHUB ) and in my opinion its FAULTLESS

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   Old Thread  #148 12 Nov 2005 at 10.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have had a sheakspere Cypry dome 2 man and well it is too big

+ points
-It has no condensation
-Cheap- i got mine for £50
-Twin skin

Negatives
-Low front poarch means crawling out
-Pole has spit
-It takes ages to set up and its a nightmere when windy
-Diffecult to fit in the bag
-Bag is in pieces
-Thin material for outer skin
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   Old Thread  #146 11 Nov 2005 at 2.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Fox Stalker Bivvy

Good Points:

Very good for overnighters
Lightweight (only 4.65kg without groundsheet)
Cheap (only £76.49 )
quick errection (less than 6 minutes)
poles are very flexible and never brake (Bends into extreme shapes )
versatile: you can adjust the width, fold up the side panel like a brolly...
can fit it in small swims

Bad Points:

Water collects in the top roof panel
leaks on big rains (like fox evo classic, frontier classic, probably cause of the 300mm hydrostatic head)
No Winterskin available

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   Old Thread  #145 30 Oct 2005 at 3.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have just bought a JRC STi 1 man twin skin for £82.00 from ebay and I have got to say how impressed I am. This is my first bivvy, as I am a new boy to carping, and after reading several reviews decided to go for this one as it wouldn't break the bank. Although it came with no instructions I found it fairly easy to erect - in about ten minutes. Hopefully it should take less next time. Very impressed with options of a brolly type shelter to a full bivvy. Plenty of room for me and all my gear.
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   Old Thread  #144 20 Oct 2005 at 9.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Review of the JRC Stealth Brolly Plus 5000 System.

This is the new 2005 material brolly with the front zip infill panel. It can now be got for under 90 quid!

Includes Stealth brolly, Infill panel, lightweight groundsheet. Decent pegs. 4 stainless swivel storm caps.
Quality seems good. No stitching problems or broken ribs etc.

If like me you were put off of brolly systems due to problems with a 50” Brolly and over wrap . I would like to say this bears no comparison.

Firstly all the back 4 ribs touch the ground which gives excellent stability straight away. It also has pegging points attached to the brolly and storm sides. It comes with 2 side storm caps and two front ones as standard. If your not going to be using the infill panel u can just use the side ones with bansticks/storm poles. If you are using it u can use just the front caps with storm poles.

I prefer to use all four as it goes up so quickly anyway, I’ve used a Single skin STI, a Dillo, and 50” brolly with over wrap this year and the stealth is the quickest to erect by far. Needless to say opening the brolly takes about 3 seconds. Then peg down the back two points then put the side poles in and peg next to them and extend them up till its tight and that’s it. Takes about 1-2 minutes. By doing it this way you have a massive open front which makes putting in the groundsheet , bed and luggage a one minute job.

Personally, I then get on with fishing as everything is covered if it rains. I leave the front poles and infill till later on if I decide to use it. This also couldn’t be easier. It zips on in about 20 seconds. You Velcro the storm poles into the two front sleeves either side of the doorway pull them out to the required angle/height and peg down at the base of each storm pole. There are a couple more pegs can go in but I don’t always bother. I should mention that the infill, like the STI has solid, mesh and clear door panels, and two mesh, solid windows at the front sides. So u get excellent visability even with the panel on.

I’ve used this about 10 times now. Its has proven to be stable and waterproof. Im not going to say its as rock solid as the dillo/sti. Tho as it can be pegged low to the ground in need I think it could handle gales. It has quickly becomes the bivvy I prefer to take. I feel too shut in and away from the lake in a dillo or a dome. I liked the STI a bit better but all that weight and wrestling with poles seemed a bit unnecessary as I mostly had it rolled back at the front like a brolly whenever I could.

A note on size, I generally have the groundsheet folded over a few foot at the front as I leave it open a lot. However, and this surprised me last weekend, If you set up the infill panel at the angle dictated by the footprint of the groundsheet. This bivvy is surprisingly large. With all the luggage at the back. Holdall under head of bed and bed pushed to the middle. You have about the same space again at the front. You can comfortably get another bedchair in, or in my case my padded recliner. Which I used as a bedside table.

In conclusion I find this a very versatile system. It’s a brolly and bivvy in one. Quick to set up and very good price now. You can also get a full overwrap for winter to twin skin it in extreme cold. After a lot of trial and error, I’ve found the style of bivvy for me its brolly style. I’m that happy with it. As and when I have to upgrade it will be pioneer or aqua brolly over Dillo. But I hope to get a few good years out of this first.
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   Old Thread  #143 15 Oct 2005 at 2.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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JRC STI 11

I agree with the earlier review,although this is a 2 man bivvy you could fit 4 in easily. Plenty of headroom (I'm 6ft3" and found it easy to enter and leave, sitting was no problem, this bivvy is very spacious. Also I was amazed by how warm I was at 3am!
I cannot praise this product highly enough. If you are thinking of buying a bivvy, you won't go wrong with this one
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   Old Thread  #142 28 Sept 2005 at 5.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've had the STI 1 Man, Groundhog FS, A STI Extreme & now a Pioneer Ultralight Speciman this year.

STi 1 Man : Excellent bivvy, Easy to put up, Rock Solid, Good oversize zips ... comes with everything but quite heavy & when had rain it would drip onto groundsheet creating puddle at front door (i like to keep door open). However for around £100 you can pick up a 2nd hand one & for that money is a lot of bivvy

Groundhog FS ..... I liked this because of the windows at front let in lots of light, nice & easy to put up & felt bigger than the STI, ... but only was single skin, the zips werent particularly good & unfortunately ended up returning as the groundsheet lip at bottom came unstitched from bivvy .... Genuinely dissapointed about this because i really liked this. Quality not great & i think there are a lot better bivvies around for the money ..... See Pioneer Ultralight

STI 1 Man Extreme : Bought this as "better devil you know" to replace Groundhog. As the STI 1man above but with porch which was superb as rain didnt form on groundsheet, Qaulity bivvy but very heavy & even with a barrow (i gotta a fair walk from the carp park) its not good for longer walks (IMHO). The other negatives i felt (and i know i'm fussy) was it felt very dark inside & when "bivvy bound" was a little depressing. The entrance is also very low. Not sure this is the choice if looking for headroom.
If you are not to worried about the door height & being quite dark inside i think this is probably the best bivvy i have used for the price : 2nd hand about £160 .... Again a lot of bivvy for this price.

Trakker Ultralight Pioneer Speciman : This suits me down to the ground, nice & light to carry, Good head room, Nice strong zips, doesnt take up much room, nice door height, solid when put up correctly, no brolly spokes to bang head on, feels light & big enough inside (though not as big as STI Extreme inside) & mine came with winterskin as standard. Downside is price at £250 approx

If your not worried about weight, door height, being dark inside & takes a little longer to put up then the STI Extreme is probably the best option,

If, like me you want something a little lighter,easier, good head room & quicker to put up then the Pioneer Ultralight wins hands down.
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   Old Thread  #141 11 Sept 2005 at 9.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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JRC STI extreme 1 man bivvy.

Pros
solid build quality
5000 hydrostatic head
very roomy
neat mesh panels inside.
Once up it will never move!

Cons
Elasticated poles ( cut the elastic and it goes up quicker and stops the poles straining the guides )
In full porch config the door will not zip fully down
No inside pockets
pathetic carry bag. Go straight to the bivvyman and get a REAL bag. You will not get the whole thing back in the bag. If you do you something will rip or the poles will be under a lot of tension.
top skin does not quite fit properley.
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   Old Thread  #140 30 Aug 2005 at 12.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Based on my cabrio 1 man+ with cabrio flak jacket (winterskin)

some pros -

- great build quality 8oz denier material per skin.
- great pegging points (stainless rings on elasticated straps).
- easy to errect (dont have to worry about 'frame support' or a 'middle pole'). + put away.
- has a great heavy duty groundsheet that velcro's 6'' up the inside all the way round and pegs out with bivvy.
- nice and tall (eliminates back aches getting in and out).
- good large carrybag with external peg pocket (i have put my bivvy and winterskin together in the same bag - saves room but increases weight).
- great pegs that don't bend + about 4 extra spare.
- comes with storm poles but are not really neccessary.
- when used in conjunction with winterskin it keeps cool in summer and warm in winter.
- can use as a two man bivvy if you roll up bivvy door and use the flak jacket door as the front.
- both comes with clear and solid doors that can be rolled up or completely removed.

some cons -

- Very heavy bivvy due to the thickness of material.
- Hard to fit into tight swims due to the size (i carry a fox evo in my rod holdall just in case).
- over time the stitching has started to come a bit loose on the two middle (end to end) pegging points on my flak jacket, i think this has something to do with the flak jacket being pulled too tight as it is a bit short to peg down properly across the bivvy. All other pegging points are fine. May be a good idea to buy a cabrio 1 man and a 2man flak jacket as the difference in size is an extra 30cm in width and would eliminate my only problem.

sorry but i don't know any more cons as of yet but will edit if something goes wrong !!!!

i have had my bivvy for approximately 2 yrs and used probably over 50 sessions; summer, winter, france and UK and it is still like new !!!

you can pick these up pritty cheap now as there is a bivvy pricing war !! and i havent seen the new lightweight ones or the twinskin models so can't review on them sorry !!

any chance of somebody adding the following pics of the 1-man + and the ovewrap for me as i don't know how to do this ?!? cheers

http://www.climaxtackle.com/hutchie/
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   Old Thread  #139 29 Aug 2005 at 11.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have just got a Titan Viper 2-Man for my long sessions, it has plenty of room and is twin skinned so no problems with condensation drip. Takes a bit longer to put up than a traditional Titan as you have to erect the inner first then put the extender arms in place. But takes less time to put up than a normal thread the poles shelter.

This bivvy is super stable and has a massive amount of space under the top! You can easily fit two bedchairs in it too with tackle. Don't think I'd spend the £300 RRP on one but picked this one up for http://www.aandifishingtackle.co.uk for only £170 so for the money any one wanting an easy to erect 2-man shelter that is big enough for two than this is the one for you!
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   Old Thread  #133 15 Aug 2005 at 4.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Badger Eclipse Bivvy Shelter.

£33 last year ..... I have got three trips out of it and the main sectional shock corded spar has started splitting so it is going in thhe bin.

On relflection a bit of a waste of money and I am ordering a Hutchie 1man Plus right now.

If the poles would take it its a good cheap budget summer shelter.
The fabric is good maybe I have been unlucky.

I had my first real Lancashire 25+ last week so who cares.

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   Old Thread  #131 8 Aug 2005 at 0.11am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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trakker secimen pioneer

errect in no less than 5 mins. just slot the two aluminium poles in to the block push together and heypresto its open. it uses 4 storm poles
and has a zip infil panel with mozie net and heavy dutie ground sheet. both of which can be removed for the summer which turns the bivvie into a shellter. its hight adjustable and as solid as a rock in any wind condition. as for rain. its all double stiched and taped. becouse of the rear sloping design and front over hang the rain has no chance of building up to create puddles it just runs of the top down the back and along the over hang down sides no chance of leaks there is some condensation but the winter skin should cut it down not to mention make the bivvie fantastickly warm..........

you can also undo the velcro that holds the zipp pannel to the poles and fold the sides back
instead of un zipping the pannel.
also you must fit and tuc the ground sheet properly outher wise the rain can run down the
seems and onto the ground sheet

when packed away it stands about 5 feet and ways 10/15 kgs might be a bit heavey for some. its quite a large diamiter which makes it diffucult if not impossible to put up in small swims. but the benifit is you can stow a hell of a lot of gear in it. the 2 man must be a monster... id say the single is on the same size lines as the shakesspear cypre single if not a bit bigger. it also comes with heavey dutie pegs.a ground sheet & storm poles. personaly i think its a fantastic bivvie and all self respecting carpers should own one at only £250 its a steal comperd to others


there is an ultra light version avilable but when adding the winter skin its nearly double the price
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   Old Thread  #129 1 Aug 2005 at 7.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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JRC STI 11
This bivvi oozes quality. Putting up was relatively simple.
After clipping the poles together and fixing the retaining strap, hey presto, instant pram style frame.

I particularly like the mesh windows on the inner skin, and as of yet ,mine has been condensation free.

I also like the seperate groundsheet,which fits perfect and no gaps. Easy to wash as well, nice touch JRC

Was also well impressed with the full set of pegs,and the case. A nice well made set.

Once the whole thing is up,then only a hurricane will shift it, solid as a rock,and looks the business too.

Loads of space to go at and very warm. I also like the multi adapt front opening. Covers all the needs required.

I paid £157 and money that was very well spent indeed,and a bargain.

I would seriously recommend this bivvi to any descerning Carp angler, its the dogs nads.

Gaz

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   Old Thread  #128 31 Jul 2005 at 9.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Powerplus Professional Euro Dome



After many months of searching, I finally managed to locate a second hand one of these, and use it recently for the first time:

Setting up

Setup is the same as any dome-style shelter, thread the poles on the inner, peg down, throw over the flysheet, thread the porch pole on the outer and peg that down too. Took me about 10mins.

Features

This bivvy is BUILT!!! The inner is made from canvas-type material, very thick and heavy-duty, with a superb sewn-in groundsheet. The outer is PVC backed canvas, the thickest and most durable material I've ever seen on a shelter, and I would pitch it against any conditions! No rain is going to get through it! Pegging points are very strong, poles are ally, and there are two guy rope points on each side, attached to a flap to prevent too much loading of stitching in one area.

There is a built-in mozzie net door, and the outer door rolls up under a handy flap. meaning that it doesn't get wet at all when it rains.

The inner is easily big enough for two bedchairs with space in between, and there is plenty of space in the porch for more gear.

It was pretty windy at times during my session, but the material didn't even ripple. With the bivvy door shut, it was so dark I needed a torch even in the middle of the day!
I would imagine that it would be excellent at retaining heat in the winter due to the thickness of the material.

Downsides

Due to the material, the bivvy is heavy. Very heavy. Not one for the mobile angler, more of a long session shelter, which is exactly why I bought it.

The cost of a new one is quite high at nearly £400, but you do get a lifetime warranty, and quality like this has a cost!

It only comes in camo!!! I'd have preferred a green one.

Overall, this is a superb long stay shelter for the worst of conditions. It is absolutely rock solid, built to last decades, and I would not hesitate to recommend it!

www.powerplusbivvies.co.uk
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   Old Thread  #127 26 Jul 2005 at 12.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I have a fox frontier. I have had it for 3 years and use it summer and winter.

Inner section - It goes up easily & quite quickly but most do now. I have found the joint to be a bit of a pain sometimes. It has a knuckle type arraignment which takes a bit of a knack to do but is very sturdy once up. The door is ok and the ability to open different bits to fly mesh a good one. The zips are good quality. Once you take the front of you get a brolley type effect. Great for sleeping out. I use mine like this a lot and carry it around easily. Down side to this is the front edge should stick out a bit more. When it rains the rain make you get everything right to the back into shelter. The central pole is also prone to being bent. I have made a stronger one for mine. 6 oz material does not leak and is tough as old boots

Winter skin

Good. No problems. Use it with the front off for a two man, open front in the summer and it’s brittiant.
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I have used this load for family camping session and makes the bivvie massive. Easily erected. You need a big peg to put it in though.

For – Versatility. From a brolley to a two man house. Can’t be beaten there.

Against – price, knuckles can be a pain. storm poles are useless but it does not need them.

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   Old Thread  #126 23 Jul 2005 at 0.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Aqua 60" brolly system every time. I have had Dillo, hutchy Geo, limpit, FOX oval, Fox euro, Fox stalker bivvy and many more and I still end up with the Aqua brolly, bit expensive when you buy the infils, groundsheet and strom poles (£380) but offers flexibility, stability, excelent water proof material and yet packs away thin and fits any rod holdall. Downside - cost, no proper twin skin option, need power spike storm poles, not the poor Aqua ones. It may be dated but it's quality British gear!
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   Old Thread  #117 6 Jul 2005 at 9.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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JRC Defender Dome (JR244)(rrp;£99 , but alot of playes doing it for around £69.


A conventional design dome tent that's easy to erect. The outer tape sealed fly sheet is manufactured from heavy duty 4oz PU nylon. The guy rope positions pull the outer skin away from the inner breathable tent to allow for the best possible air flows to reduce any condensation.> The inner tent has a built-in ground sheet and double doors with clear panels offering maximium visibility.
There is also a pair of matching twin mosquito net doors, all four doors can be rolled up and secured individually. The Defender Dome is an all season bivvy, the perfect all round choice that will accommodate a king size bedchair and all your kit with ease.>
I usually sleep with just the fly sheet , The onley down side is that it can be quit noisey in strong winds
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   Old Thread  #114 22 Jun 2005 at 1.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I like the karsten inflatable tents very much, quality is so good it will last a lifetime if handeled properly ,ie. stored away dry

http://www.karstententen.nl/site_index.php?id=7&page=52&taal_id=3&parent=0

pros: handmade, easy to setup, breathing cotton material, many options available, stormproof, virtually indestructable
cons: price, weight, probably availability in the uk...

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   Old Thread  #109 13 Jun 2005 at 6.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well lads we all go for the fishing names like
Trakker
Chub
Fox
JRC
Nash
Aqua
Pro logic
The best Tent Bivvy on the market is , wait for it is KHYAM there tent bivvys are up within 3 minutes they are so good they end up on top of the world everest and the price is around £160 why because none of the names above have got there hands on them except fox who lend the kyham joint and put on there bivvy< but still have to pay kyham .
www.khyam.co.uk
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   Old Thread  #105 26 May 2005 at 7.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Nash Titan FS

Positive points -
Very light,
Easy to put up,
Very sturdy in the wind,
Waterproof!

Negative points -
A bit too low for me as i keep on banging my head on the top

All in all a very good bivvy
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   Old Thread  #103 10 May 2005 at 5.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Fox Stalker Bivvy

Good Points:

Cheap, Very study with storm poles, Transparent panel door, easy to set up and pack down (I can now set it up in about 3 minutes, light, poles are very flexible and will never break, bags of room for tackle and any size bedchair, you can adjust the width, you can fold up the side panels to make it more like a shelter and this also provides excellent vision, built to fox quality!

Bad Points:

Although you can adjust the height and width it is not tall and tall anglers would have a problem, You have to buy storm poles and ground sheet separately, there are many guy ropes and they make it a bit of a snake pit, packs away quite big, condensation can get bad, no ventilation.

Overall:

The stalker is an excellent short stay bivvy which is easy to use. It's got loads of room and doesnt cost much. It's perfect for someone who doesnt want something expensive or flash but something that suits simple needs. Extras aren't expensive and you can fit it in small swims as it is adjustable.

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   Old Thread  #100 6 May 2005 at 11.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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hi i`m new to the site and thought i`d best post somthing in the tackle bit, just given me a bit of a headach buying all my gear again its great fun but a bit expensive when u gota buy the lot together.
i see alot of you like the chub domes well i had a rapid xs , it was totally awsome, i couldnt folt one inch of it everything was so compact and the extra`s you had left you needing nothing else.
well now i`ve just bought a wychwood spd brolly and carnt wait to get it, it has a front panel and a clip in ground sheet and for only £90 i think i`ve got a proper bargain as i remember it being nearlly £200.

well hope i get chance to talk to you all and good luck for the weekend i`m sure most of you are gona be on the banks.
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   Old Thread  #99 14 Apr 2005 at 10.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!

Review of JRC Continental Two Man Geodisic Bivvy MKII

What JRC says and measurements.

Without doubt the best design for a two person bivvy the continental offers the perfect rectangular interior space which will accommodate two large bedchairs with ease .It is extremely stable when erected and takes up less space than normal dome shaped bivvys. The front porch area can be used to store loads of kit and has a built in ground sheet. The door and panels are fitted with clear view windows. The door is fitted with heavy duty zips and the sides may be rolled up if the porch area is not being used. The inner doors which are also fitted with heavy duty zips and clear view panels have additional mosquito doors which can remain zipped up giving a flow of air but eliminate the biting bugs.
The outer skin is manufactured in our heavy duty super proof material and is fully tape sealed using laser guided systems; the inner tent has a built in ground sheet and a breathable inner skin to eliminate condensation. The standard model comes with super strong Kevlar woven fibre glass poles and a full set of heavy duty bivvy pegs.

Dimensions:
Internal Depth 250 cms With Porch 325cms
Width 205 cms
Height Max 170cms


My thoughts.

Pros:

Nice Olive green colour
Sewn in ground sheet
Mozzy nets
Clear doors
Spacious porch
Very high i.e.: can stand in it
Takes two bed chairs either side front to back with a man sized channel in the middle
Can be got for under £100.00
Not a massive footprint so doesn’t look too huge on lakeside
Very stable
Very waterproof
Twin skinned , less condensation
Looks tent like as its a dome. So u can camp in it on campsite with no
raised eyebrows


Cons:

4 long poles to thread. In loads of elasticised sections
Thin wire pegs. Bend like butter.
Takes about 20/25 minutes to erect and peg down
A bit of pain as such on your own or for an overnighter
Holdall with mine was so small. When I rang JRC for some help as I had no setup instructions. After helping me the chap laughed and said. “Just wait till you try and pack it back in its holdall”.
I ended up buying a sausage shaped army kitbag.
The newer versions of this bivvy may well have a bigger holdall for it and better pegs.



Conclusion

That’s not a lot of cons. But as someone that bought this as his 1st bivvy by bartering with the wife that we could also use it for camping. I soon realised that it’s just not practical for just one person or a short session.

Firstly it is much easier to set up with two people, due to its height. Throwing over the fly sheet really needs someone to help hold it in place. Near on impossible to do alone in windy conditions.

And the dreaded pole threading takes the bulk of the time. 20 minutes or so. So you can forget putting it up in the rain as the inner would be soaked.

I would however happily live in it for a month. And it truly is a 2 person bivvy and is still being used for its original purpose. As the bedchairs go side by side from rear to front. if your with a non angler you can go in and out without distubing them.

Chub do a similar bivvy which erects easier as the inner tent clips to the poles. However I was put off as the bedchairs have to go sideways to the opening.
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   Old Thread  #98 13 Apr 2005 at 8.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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FOX EASY DOME

A great bivvy and for £160 you cannot go wrong!

It is quite light and with an errect time of 3 minutes you wont go wrong if its raining!

Its a grat bivvy that will keep you warm with the air going between the 2 skins meaning its warm as anything!

The ony proble is the porch flaps dont tuck underneath the porch ground sheet!

Rating:- *****
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   Old Thread  #97 27 Mar 2005 at 8.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I can add on the JRC STi Twin Skin is that I've had mine since they first came out - have used it in most weather's and it has never let me down. It's brill in the summer when you take the outter skin off, you do get a nice cooling breeze....... and still warm in winter with the double skin..

It is a "bit" heavy but it's worth it

Good pegs and groundsheet and LOADS of room inside for all you gear. You can peg the front down to take into account uneven ground.....

The other good thing about it - it fit's back in the bag the same as when you first bought it - un-like some !!

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   Old Thread  #96 26 Mar 2005 at 6.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
JRC STI 1 MAN 5000 TWIN SKIN

I wont waffle, because a lot of people have already rated this and I think they said most of it.

Just a couple of observations-

1. No pocket on the inside for lose change, keys, mobile phone etc.
2. Very very heavy to carry. With all the gear us guys take, it hurts! (I think the ground sheet weighs about 7 stone!)

Appart from that, a very spacious, well made bivvy. I got mine for £120 on ebay and I couldn't be happier.
Another great product by JRC. Thanks guys.
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   Old Thread  #92 9 Mar 2005 at 10.01am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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NEW Shakespear Cypry Big Easy Dome

Weight - In the bag with all the bits and bobs it is very heavy. It has a double sholder strap to carry it with

Erection - It took me about 20 minutes to erect it fully with all the bits eccept the guy ropes (didn't really need them) allthough it will only take me about 5 - 10 mins next time. The instruction are like most instructions (not great).

Materials - Seem to be of a good quality, not as thick sheeting as my Armo although it is a twin skin so it probably dosn't need to be. Comes with something like 25 -30 very good quality, heavy duty pegs (thats what all the weight is about)

Size & Shape - This is what I would call a REAL 2 man bivvy, not to sure of the dimensions although you could fit 3 bedchairs in it no probs. Height is quite good aswell. The shape is much the same as an Armo, 1 bedchair long and 3 wide with a decent porch aswell.

Result - I would say absolutly perfect for the long stay like a France trip etc. With the price in mind (average is £140) it's got to be 9/10
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   Old Thread  #91 8 Mar 2005 at 11.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Pro Logic Bivvy

Good points

Price! Can be had for £79.99.
Twin skin with the outer being rubberised for added water proofing.
Snap locks attatch the poles to the inner tent and buckles attach the outer skin to the inner tent.
Size, its 5 foot 5 high! can fit 2 with ease and the gaping hole that claims to be a door is a treat to get out of.

Bad points

The pegs are utter crap
A pain in the arse to put away

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Chub EZ cyclone

good points;
very light,
go's up like a brolly and very quickly 5 seconds! 4 mins with overwrap,
detachable groundsheet,
plenty of room,
overwrap with clear window (seperate).
carry bag which it go's back in easy everytime.
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bad points;
cant find none as i bought it for what it is which is a light, easy, quick erecting bivvy mainly used for overnighters....
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Aqua armadillo bivvy 1 man

i brought this bivvy last week 2nd hand for £150 mint condititon i think i got a bargain used it a few times since

Good Points

spacious inside for a one man
no condensation at all
the seams look like they have been welded together!
really h/d groundsheet like a rubber material!
so quick to set up and take down

Bad Points

bag it comes in could be bigger
all the extras like tension bars etc all add up to more £££!

apart from the above this is the dogs dangalies bivvy imo couldnt ask for much more out of it
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   Old Thread  #82 20 Jan 2005 at 3.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Review of JRC STI Single Skin Bivvy

Prices as of April 2005 for 2004 model £110.00 to £119.99 . if there is a 2005 single skin model it may be more expensive.

Dimensions DEPTH 240CMS WIDTH 272CMS HEIGHT 130CMS

Weight 18.7lbs

Packed away dimensions of carry bag. 37 inches long and 10 inches across.


What JRC says.

Your new STI Bivvy has many guises from totally open fronted umbrella like system to full locked down bivvy for the worst of weather conditions. The front has a multiple door and window system: in fact we have incorporated all the options we could think of to ensure maximum versatility of this outstanding product.


1. 20mm interlocking poles
2. Stainless steel fixing steel screws
3. Nickel plated heavy duty eyelets
4. Special chrome steel triangular pegging fixings
5. Abrasion resistant shock cord
6. Multiple door opening styles
7. Standard groundsheet
8. Heavy duty bivvy pegs
9. Over sized zips
10. Kevlar reinforced frame support pole


http://www.england-angling.co.uk/images/products/jrc_sti1s_1.jpg





What I thought.

My JRC STI Single skin arrived in the post. On opening the box I found some instructions. Which isn’t always that common with fishing tackle. And of course the bivvy. This was in a neat mid olive green nylon type kit bag that opens at one end with a toggle cord. The bivvy is the same pleasant colour.

I found a set of decent quality heavy-duty bivvy pegs. These are about 10 inch in length with a thread on the end spike and a rubbery/plastic T-shape head that makes them easy to pull. However the metal part goes right through to the centre at the top so can be hit with a mallet or hammer.

I had a quick look at the instructions connected the 3 ribs and the tension strap that goes from one side to the other. Then pegged down the very back pegging point and pulled it up pram hood style. I pegged out the two front side panels. Basically that’s it up and ready to get you and your gear in if it’s raining. Took about 3 minutes.

The STI comes with a frame support pole that is threaded under the main ribs from back pegging point to an eyelet just above the door. This makes the whole thing very rigid. You could then unpeg it and move it around for optimum positioning. In fact I put it up on concrete as well and by holding the pram hood up and threading the support pole with the other hand I managed to erect it without any pegging.

Takes about a minute to thread the support pole and another minute or two to get some more pegs in. Maybe a minute or less to Velcro in the groundsheet. So I reckon between 6 and 10 minutes to erect depending on how tough the ground is for pegging.

The groundsheet that comes with the Single skin is quoted as a ‘standard’ groundsheet not the heavy duty thick one that comes with the twin skinned STI. In realty it is a dark green thin plasticy tarp with velcro around the edges. I personally don’t mind this as I didn’t want the extra weight and am not too precious about groundsheets anyway.

The front door and two side panels have dark mozzy windows. The side panels have zip and velcro solid doors attached and the front panel you can cover with a removable clear window or a solid panel which both velcro on. Though I cant imagine using the latter. The door can also be fully removed. This can be useful if fishing public parks that have rules about not having shelters with zip down doors.

You can have the front door rolled up or removed. Also roll back and clip the side panels all the way back leaving a completely open brolly type shelter. You can even have the door and one side pegged down and use a rolled up side panel as a door if you have to bivvy up at an awkward angle. See pics below of twin skin in different guises. (Cant get many pics of the single skin)



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Conclusion.

I fished with this bivvy in the wind and rain and it passed with flying colours. In my opinion this is a cracking bivvy for its money. Very versatile. Quick to put up and pack away. Comes with all straps, windows, supports etc as standard. You can get an over wrap if you feel it necessary for sensible money i.e. £69.00. I don’t mind a bit of condensation and generally fish all night with at least the mozzy vents open if not the whole door. With the STI you are spoiled for choice.
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   Old Thread  #80 6 Jan 2005 at 1.22am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Shakespeare Cypry 1 Man Dome

I don't know if Shakespeare still sell these but will review it anyway.

I got mine 2nd hand 6 1/2 years ago and am still using it now; its still in relatively good, perfectly useable condition but I don't know how much longer I will use it for; if only I could afford a dillo or pioneer!

Back then they retailed for about £120 but you could pick them up for around £60-70 if I remember correctly.

Plus points

Quite cheap for a twinskin bivvy

It has a sewn in groundsheet which I like as it reduces moisture from the ground, especially during the winter.

It's light and packs away small

Although the material is thin nylon and might put some off, it seems tough enough and not that prone to tear (although I have a couple of v small tears on 1 side, which doesn't affect my comfort at all). It hasn't leaked at all either in 6 years.

The poles have stood up to a battering on a few v windy occassions and done v well.

Lots of pegging points which have stood up to my robust tensioning!

Minus points

You have to thread poles, which I hate!

Mud can clog in at the end of the poles which can be a pain when trying to tension the poles into the inserts in each corner.

On windy occassions, the front pole creating the porch can come undone out of its inserts, which is solved by properly pegging it down.

Get some proper pegs rather than having to use the simple ones that bend far too easily.

Overall I'm v impressed with this bivvy; although I don't do as much fishng as others, its certainly gone through all the seasons and weather conditions, and I'll continue to use it until I can afford something more luxurious.
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   Old Thread  #74 30 Dec 2004 at 7.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
This is a review from a while back which was not made by me but by "kennyboy" on the JRC STI (i will not put it in itallics so that it is easier to read)

Seen plenty of posts on here about the jrc sti ?people asking what its like and how it rates against the dillo etc,Well i have had one on order for the last month and could not wait anymore then i seen one for sale Through an ad only been up a couple of times so i bought it and this is what i found.
The bag it all comes in is about a metre in length just over with an inside pocket for the velcro fastning groundsheet which i liked! as this is likely to get pretty dirty so is kept seperate from the main bivvy,comes with overwrap and full and i mean 'full' set of decent pegs in own carrier case.
Obviously i had no instructions the poles click together very easily to form the quick erect pram system and a tension strap from one side to the other keeps it tight and rigid,pull the pram system up There is one pole that needs threading from front to rear but takes about 20 seconds ,found this easy to do ,and as you put it in the bivvy is fully erect,at this point i pegged down the outer pegging points of the bivvy .Once this was done found the bivvy very rigid and going nowhere !
Next took out groundsheet which via strong velcro tabs fits in very snug and they overlap so no gaps!.Then put on outer skin and pegged down with remaining pegs.Goes together very tightly and is quite solid when up.There is a multitude of window selections you can have ie all fly mesh or pull down the covers and all secluded, the wrap has a door aswell so locks down real tight for the worst of the weather,or all folds back and turns into like a brolley system.Before the outer wrap i found the 4 large mesh vents and mesh doors will be a god send in the summer months letting in a breeze and dappled light but keeping out them midges that bloody get to me every summer!! Although would be no good like this if a passing shower cme along ! But oute skin takes seconds to put on and peg down
Whole process first time to put up took a good 15 minutes but i was taking my time and learning where everything went! Dismantled and timed myself at a slow pace and took 7 minutes from getting out the bag till fully erect,peeged down ,groundsheet in and outer skin on !! given time to put it up a few times could get this timing right down if you were at all bothered that this was too long.All seams and stitching etc seem to be done to a very high standard and same with zips,
Put my fox voyager bedchair inside and reckon you could get 2 in even in the 1 man version which this is ,but with 1 bed in you can put in whatever way round you want and have a load of room left over for all your other bits and more,
Down side ? not many really the bivvy is very heavy when packed away ,thats if you can get it packed away back in bag but all in all it more than fits the bill,My mate come round and was very impresed with it ! he has a trakker dillo and is a total tackle tart so i wa very surprised when he comented how much he liked it ,especially when i told him the price!!!
So if your thinking of getting one and havnt got the wedge for a dillo and i dont think you need to spend the money on a dillo and all the extras go with it ! alround this is an amazing bivvy at a amazing price in my opinion and leavesme with a bitmore wedge left against thedillo for some other carp gear
Dont get m wrong the dillo is an amazing bivvy but the sti is a superb bit of kit at this price.
Ps when my new one arrivesi will obviously now be selling it as newunopened direct from the manufacturer at a cheaper price than whatany shop or online store is doing for so please contact me if your after one or will advertise it on here when it finally gets into thecountry ! Hope thispost has been of some help ? please post and let me know eiter way or if you ned anymore info i may be able to let you know
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   Old Thread  #56 30 Nov 2004 at 6.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You are right keen carper i have a chub rapid xs

.At night i close the door of the second skin and it is so nice and warm
and u don't get that horrible coldness in your dome. Bit the middle zip is good so you can leave it open abit and still jump out.

.First night i tested it we had a massive storm it was fine. No leakages
no condenstation because it is a twin skin in one.

.Also the little ground sheet at the front where u can put your boots and bits. i think it is one of the best domes on the market.

.Also i think this dome is 10x better than the easy and has much more space than it. If your gonna buy a quik set-up dome alllways consider the chub rapid Xs.
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   Old Thread  #53 20 Nov 2004 at 6.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I have been using a Chub Rapid (1 man) for 18months now and It is good.

+ve points
Integral 'stiched in' groundsheet (a must Imo)
Twin skin pop up (no additional winter skin required)
Ok for all year use
Never had any leaks or condensation
Large airspace between inner and outer skin
Wind tunnel tested
Good porch area
Good mossy door(s)
Excellent size (one man will allow bedchair front to centre back.
Easy to get back in bag
Not too heavy

-ve points
Pegs supplied 'iffy' so need some H/D threaded Chub Bivvy Pegs
Grounsheet essential so base is always clean for packaway
Can get too hot inside sometimes

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   Old Thread  #51 19 Nov 2004 at 9.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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titan viper tt
Have fished out of many bivvies - liked some, but not like a Titan. Easy to put up and once up mother nature cannot blow it down.

+ points
easy to put up
solid in all winds
plenty of room

- points
do they go the distance? All I can say is I have had my current Viper 3 years and it's still going strong!!!
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   Old Thread  #50 14 Nov 2004 at 6.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Fox Evo Bivvy

Pros:
Agree with all Stoner's points.
A superb bivvy system that covers all year round use.
Lightweight.
Fastest erection for any no brollie i know.
Very sturdy when fully pegged down.
Bends into extreme shapes to fit swims and be more aerodynamic in strong winds.
With the door open and the bivvy sides on, you can peg the front out with the storm poles further than normal for a few extra storage feet.

Cons (and I'm being really picky here):
Essential blocks could be secured better. Only knotted on and can come loose. It's useless without them.
Water collects in the top roof panel - no leaks though.

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   Old Thread  #48 14 Nov 2004 at 3.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
jrc stealth oval+overwrap
cost me £230 brolly £90 /over wrap £90 /4 nash storm poles £50

this system is excelent i luv it it is very spacious and can fit 2 bed chairs if needed. it is ultra stable and does not move. i have had this system for nearly a year and had no probles what so ever. the height can be adjusted also it is warm because it is twin skinned. personly if you are looking at a brolly system get this. it totals 12oz thickness

good points
spacious
easy and quick to erect
very versatile
supplied with excelent set of peg's
4 ss swivel storm caps

bad points
the bar on all brollies
cant get a full size ground sheet
cant get a see through window the mosqito net lets the cold in



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   Old Thread  #47 14 Nov 2004 at 2.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
This is what i use if im only going for a couple of hours or so.

good points
only costs £20
very light and compact - perfect for the roving angler
takes very little time to set up
two little windows on side

bad points
no use for overnighters
gets a minus 10 on the tart scale



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   Old Thread  #45 11 Nov 2004 at 10.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Fox Explorer bivvy

Good points:

1) come's in carryall with all storm poles, and room for winterskin
2) quite a lot of room inside
3) clip in ground sheet.
4) breathable 6oz nylon
5) very solid when set up
6) lots of clear windows/mossie panels
7) front zips off for a brolly-like appearance
8) winter skin
9) quick to put up
10) totally waterproof

Minus points:

1) there are 19 pegging points, strong, but a bit of a pain
2) the quick-lock joints can break if roughly handled
3) coat hanger bivvy pegs are supplied
4) a bit bulky

all in all i've been impressed with the explorer,
i may get a frontier next time though so i can use it as a 2 man with the overwrap when the lad comes with me next year.



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   Old Thread  #39 4 Nov 2004 at 5.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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FOX Frontier Classic Bivvy
's=
Very sturdy
very waterproof
got a good amount of space
quick erection
clip in grounsheet
very nice door pvc
door velcrows shut even when dome is very tense
can be converted into 2 man
easy to put down
fly mesh
Very warm with and without the winter skin
comes with decent sized bag for putting the dome in.

's=
dont come with bivvy pegs
grounsheet could be better(but does the job)
condensation (same as all single skin domes)

The winter skin reduces condensation alot and it makes the dome very warm




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   Old Thread  #35 2 Nov 2004 at 2.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Fox Xtreme Bivvy :


's:

- Versatile (with or without front - with or without groundsheet)
- RRP is including 4 storm poles by Fox
- Easy to put up
- including 8 bivvy pegs as well
- Waterproof (condensation occur however, due to a single skin)
- Fits inside my Quantum holdall while the rods are in as well
- Doesn't need storm poles if used as ordinary umbrella

's:

- rather heavy (close to 20 lbs all including)
- it's an umbrella, so space is reduced compared to other types of bivvies)
- No possibility to alter the height, due to the fixed storm sides.***
- Front and groundsheed doesn't fit the supplied bags unless you're an origami master

Bought it in June to replace my old 50" nubrolli, and I haven't been disappointed. The package is "ready-to-go" as everything you need is in there. The first time I spend around 10 minutes to put everything up, but I have cut down on the time since then and can easily put the umbrella it self up in less than 30 seconds (enough to keep your other gear from getting wet).
I hardly use the front and groundsheet as I like to see as much of the lake as possible, however I would like to have the front and groundsheet in winter when it get's nasty cold etc.
The system is much like the JRC Stalker, and if you deduct the price from the storm poles (Stalker is sold without storm poles) the price is the same. I haven't seen a stalker, so I can't comment on the differences.
The fabric seems to be of a very good quality, so far no problems what so ever.
*** It's not designed to be lowered to another height, but is is possible at the cost of some space under the umbrella and some slack fabric here and there.

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   Old Thread  #33 17 Oct 2004 at 8.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Trakker "BigZ Brolly":
Trakker call this a "Versatile modular system" - and i can only agree... I'm very satisfied with this Brolly system compared to my old "oval" type of brolly's... Trakker say's "Supreme stability due to advanced design" i can only agree again - though i cannot find the "advanced" part in this design, buts its very stable because four of the "ribs" reach to the ground + the two sticks to be mounted at the side panels - theres allso the option for two sticks at the front, wich are nedded when combined with a infill panel, - and with 8 ribs and sticks at the ground its very stable in every condition ive met so far... All seams are twin-stitched and heat tape sealed to ensure a strong watertight seam, an Aluminium bell cap, the most advanced material yet produced - twice the British standard hydrostatic head for water resistance, states Trakker.
Theres plenty of rooms in this brolly compared to my old Oval, and occationly ive had me girlfreind with me and it just room two bedchairs for a single or two nighter session, but under bad weather conditions youll need the infills...
The BigZ are as easy and quick to erect as other brolly's...

Trakker "BigZ Deluxe Infill panels":
Mozi window with "blind" curtain on each section of the infill...
Two-way heavy-duty zip allows infill door to opened from the top or bottom...
Porch efect - door and infill panel set back from edge of brolly to provide extra elemental protection and allows the door to be zipped half way down under rainy conditions for a nice view and fresh air...

Trakker BigZ Groundsheet:Well - not much to say abot this - its a grondsheet that fits the Brolly's dimensions and shape...

Though its a single skin system and ofcourse condens apear then i think theres less condens compared to my old Oval brolly...

Ive used this BigZ sytem for one season now - it fits every tight swim i met so far. I havent found any bad sides of it yet - other than the slightly high price level, but i dont feel ive paid to much - Its the Brolly's Roll Royce and i use it for 90% of my sessions...

It allso comes in realtree for those who have this fetish...


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   Old Thread  #22 14 Oct 2004 at 8.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Had a look at the twin skin the shop.

Exactly the same as the single skin. Only think that put me off was the mesh panels in the roof which forces you to always use the overwrap almost. Im personally goign to get the overwrap to put on my single skin for the winter.

Didnt really like the mesh as i prefer something solid overhead, plus they just seemed a bit weak compared to a solid material. They are meant to reduce condensation alot though.

Used the single skin yesterday and it got thorough battering from the weather. poured down all day. no leaks and solid as a rock so quite happy for its first outing. Only think i notices was that a much darker patch appeared over the door, as if it hadnt been waterproofed. It didnt leak though....will keep an eye on it.
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   Old Thread  #19 12 Oct 2004 at 2.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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In reply to 'doingabru' review of the dillo.
I have the Aqua version of it and i can say its the best purchase i have had. I wanst going to tell anyone but i got a second

Now ive done a week in france in it, so i have pleanty of oppertunity to look for a fault and i really cant! i think i paid £200 and it was an 'A+' standard second. well worth it, sooooo much room. GET ONE NOW!

If anyone is intrested about gettin 1 then look on the website for the number and ring 'John' top bloke, very helpful. even threw me in the support bars and knocked me £20 off the extended rap!
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   Old Thread  #18 12 Oct 2004 at 12.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
fox frontier

1) the frontier can be used like a brolly system
2) separate ground sheet ( clip in)
3) comes with all accessories ( tension bar, storm poles)
4) pram style bivvy for ease of putting up
5) 6oz nylon material ( 4oz on classic)
6) elasticated strap so the legs dont splay out too much

fox frontier extended winter skin

1) comes with its own storm rods as well
2) two tension bars which clip on to the front of the bivvy for extra tension
3) comes with ground sheet for the porch area
4) the extended winter wrap extends the bivvy by three feet (which makes it easily into a two man bivvy)


minus points

1) the ground sheet could have been of a better quality preferably pvc
2) the quick lock arms on the bivvy could be a bit more substantial
3) when the winter skin is on the bivvy, it gathers water above the porch area as the two tension bars used tend to push the material up

can be a little expensive at £299 but probably could be bought cheaper with the deals around
but at least you do not have to go out and buy any extra bits for it
and the winter skin is excellent making the whole thing huge

so i will give this 8 out of 10

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   Old Thread  #16 11 Oct 2004 at 8.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i'll just highlight the fact that rob (doin_a_brew) mentioned, i have a jrc sti and when the doors open a puddle tends to form at the front of the bivvy this does not bother me just thought i'd let potential buyers know.

i imagine this would be the same with all pram hood style bivvy's unless you were using an extended winter skin.
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   Old Thread  #15 11 Oct 2004 at 7.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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JRC STI SINGLE SKIN

Very happy with the bivvy! For £159.99 it is definatly a good buy and if it last as long as my other JRC gear ill be well chuffed. Decided on the single skin rather than the twin with the mesh panels as I really didnt like them!

Impressions so far are good. Had it up fully within about 15 mins. Not too bad since I was following the instructions and generally faffing while investigating the door arrangements before it was up! I would say a 5 - 6 min put up could be done easily after a couple of goes.

The material seems reasonable good, although doesnt seem as thick as my oval profile material, however it is not something I am going to worry about, its certainly good enough to do its job.

The pram hood system is dead easy, all the bars are held in position permantly and folded up together which make is very easy. The bars seem pretty strong, making the thing very sturdy. Even after a good wobble from side to side. The tension bar is pretty easy to handle, have to thread it, but the sleeves are plenty big enough.

Groundsheet is huge! At first I thought a 2 man had been packaged! Its oversized to allow for divets within the swim. if your fussy about having a tight groundsheet, you can fold the front half back on itself allowing the rear to tighten up.

It seems waterproof so far, took the hose to it. No leaks so far!

The definate advantages are that its only £159!, well made with good twin stiching so it should take a decent battering without any worries. Eveerything is included, and the pegs are brilliant. - you get plenty of them as well. The door comes with the usual mesh plus a clear window attachement and a complete infill attachement, or its comes off.

Disadvantages are that it is meant to weight alot, although this is my first bivvy and im comparing it to a nash oval profile which ive used for years. It weighs 8.8Kg, but by the time you consider what you normally carry for a session anyway, its not a huge amount!

Seems it will be warm enough for the autumn beggining of winter chills, but might get the overwrap if I do many nights over the winter. £100 for the overwrap, making it £260 for the whole works - cheaper than a dillo!

overall dead chuffed with it and would well reccomend it to anyone who wants decent setup without forking out next months rent on a bivvy!
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   Old Thread  #13 11 Oct 2004 at 2.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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in a nutshell,you said it all wayno.
i would add though that all single skin shelters will suffer from condensation regardless of make or model,so i personaly wouldn't include that as a negative point,just part and parcel of using a single skin.
but an added bonus of the pio is that if the second skin is added it can be left in place when the bivvy is taken down,so doesn't effect set up/pack up times.

speed of erection for a rigid twin skin bivvy is unrivalled with the pioneer.

seeing as i view it as the best money can buy too it gets a 10/10 from me.


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   Old Thread  #12 11 Oct 2004 at 1.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well i will review the new AQUA Pioneer as i was gonna leave it to big ste, but he is not on at the moment so will do it for him

lets start then with the good points

1. Completely waterproof, i have used this in the freak weather we had about 4weeks ago and not one drip came through.

2. Solid, nearly on par with legendary Titan and quicker to put up once you get the hang of it. also the size of this thing is impressive yet has the same floor coverage as the dillo,yet i think i have 25% more room because of the design.

3. This system is can be doubled up as a brolly, giving you great lake viewing yet remains solid with what ever the weather is doing. or can be a fully locked down bivvy for whatever the weather conditions are doing

4. VERY lightweight for what it is, 11kg in total, less without door and groundsheet. so ok to carry

5. Build quality is second to none, the seams are taped so well that i dont think they will ever come off. also the design means there is no more doorway drip, which is common on all other bivvys. this is due to the 5th pole making water run off to the sides of the doors

6. The material is there revolutionary Aquatexx, and i have too say that it is superb with a rubbery feeling (polymer??) on the inside which will no doubt hold heat very well in the winter and aids the waterproofing properties tenfold. it also stays very taught even when fishing in the extreme heat or icey cold weather and remains the same amount of tension continously, no sagging sides on this old girl

bad points

1. This does suffer condensation like all single skin bivvys do,its possibly worse than others but this is due to the polymer coating on the material which is not like other bivvys as it doesnt breathe that well, hasnt dripped on me but there was quite alot. good or bad you decide

2. Price, this is the most expensive bivvy around, but in its defence, i also think it is the best bivvy around. the old saying you get what you pay for definately applies here.

3. Accessories are expensive, extended overwrap is £200, and winterskin £100. these are not needed unless 1. you want to reduce condensation. 2. you want to have a monster 1 man for the longer sessions

Overall i think this is the best money can buy, its not the cheapest, but the build quality and overall performance makes this the bivvy of the future. aqua really have done the business with this and look forward to seeing the ultralite pioneer which surely cant be any better than this already impressive bit of kit.

9 out of 10 from me on this little beauty,




big ste, probably dont come across the same as your views on it, so feel free to add your remarks too!
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   Old Thread  #8 10 Oct 2004 at 5.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I always use the support bars and the overwrap and tie the inner flaps right open to create a massive amount of room.

Also, i think a mention should go out to the quality of the groundsheet compared to some bivvies that are about (Fox in particular). The dillo groundsheet is almost like rubber and is very strong. Of course the downside to this is that is is heavier.
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   Old Thread  #6 9 Oct 2004 at 8.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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About time someone did a review on the (trakker) Armadillo, so here goes.

I've had this bivvy for nearly 2 years, and it looks as good as new. Taping on seams, stitching etc is still perfect.

Plus points -

1) completely waterproof - i've used it in several storms and it doesn't let a drop in.
2) rock solid - as above, you can't feel any safer than in a dillo.
3) Support bar system lets you use it like a brolly with the whole front folded back - an essential spring/summer/autumn extra IMO.
4)Tension strap lets you put it up without a groundsheet - adding to the versatility of the system.
5) Awesome build quality - it WILL NOT let you down.

Minus points -

1) Works out more expensive than other similar bivvies, especially with the support bars & strap added.

2) Because of the angle of the front, rain can cause a puddle to develop in the front of the groundsheet when the wind is pushing it towards the bivvy, and the front/door is open. However, i've not found this to be any sort of problem, as i dont have my gear sat in the doorway anyway.

3) condensation - i mention this reluctantly, as - i never close the door, except 1 occasion in horrendous rain - i still didn't get any drip then. But - i also took it to this year's V festival and stayed in it with my girlfriend. We had the door fully down and it was warm and raining outside - i noticed maybe half a dozen drips when i woke up in the morning, nothing inside the bivvy was wet - and that was when 2 of us were in it.

Overall - a bit pricey, especially with the extras, but definitely worth it. You'll be buying one of the 2 best bivvies available, (other probably being the pioneer - but time will tell) the dillo is utterly dependable and rock solid.

Well worth anybody's money imo. If you're considering cheaper bivvies and could stretch the the armo, do it - you wont be disappointed.

The armo mk2 is out soon - with a better fitting groundsheet (nothing wrong with mine), porch area and material the same as the pioneer. May be worth waiting for one of those or getting a cheaper mk1.

There has been a debate about which is best, aqua or trakker. Well, i have a trakker and my uncle an aqua - seen them side by side and the only differences to me is the colour of the pegging points (black for aqua, green for trakker) and the badges. Nothing in it imo.

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   Old Thread  #5 9 Oct 2004 at 6.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Chub Rapid X2 1 man

Over the years i have owned a few Bivvies. I owned Fox Evolution Bivvy which i rate highly before i purchased this, but needed something different to what an Evo offered me.
My fishing had changed from mobile overnighters, for which the Evo was excellent, to very short day or morning session, then the odd overngihter in static swims where i would be unlikely to move..but had the option to if required.
With the Evo i had often moved at first light, nowadays i tend to get there at first light instead, no bivvy required

What i was looking for was a little more comfort, a little more size, and a bivvy suitable for using abroad if i took more tackle than usual.
I was also looking for a bivvy that was quick to erect and put away, as i did not want to totally loose the option of a quick move.
I also wanted a twin skin "sealed unit" as when my partner comes with me we tend to use a blow up bed rather than bedchairs.
This left we with a few options, the Chub and the Fox being the main two ( in fact i think the only two the fufilled my criteria )
The Fox Easy Dome has a good track record, but is smaller than the Chub, and does not pack away into such a small bag due to the fact the poles have less joints on them.

Dimensions:
Depth 230
Width 250
Height 150
Porch depth 85


Opinion
This is a well made product, it has never leaked, condensation is not an issue, even when zipped fully up due to twin skin. It is very easy to errect, about 3 to 5 mins including pegs. The porch area is extremely useful, as is the velcro in groundsheet for the porch. No rain can enter through the front due to the porch, and the "sleeping area" has a lip to further maintain its dryness. It has a see thru window on the door, which can be blocked out totally with a green nylon window which rolls up when not in use. The whole "door" panel can roll up seperately when not in use. The sleeping area has double mosquito doors, which can be unzipped and rolled up totally. It has a hook in the centre of the bivvy to hang a lamp from. It has a very large amount of pegging points if you wish to use them all, including guy ropes. Also included are adequate pegs, and a repair kit for rips ( some type of adhesive and patches ), After the Evo, this is almost a 1 1/2 man tent, but dimensions seem to compare with similar bivvies on the market.
The carry bag is okay..it fits in quite easily, though every time i think i am going to have problems, and it has suprised me every time by fitting in with no issue's
I have also used this Bivvy for camping, and was suprised by the numbers of interested parties commenting on how easy it was to put up and where could they get one from.

Summary.

A comfortable bivvy for short to medium session, not quite as adaptable as the Fox Evolution Bivvy, price is okay, build quality seems very good after 1 seasons use no issues so far. I would recomend this to any anglers other than someone who moves on nearly every session ( like i used to ). For that i would go for an Evolution, or an Oval Brolly with wrap. I rate this piece of tackle highly, and personally like it more than STI's/Cyfish or any other Dillo copies, though i have no issue's with any of these products as i have only investigated them within the shop environment and have no "field" experience of them, so can make no constructive critiscism's good or bad.
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   Old Thread  #4 9 Oct 2004 at 4.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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i have owned this for just over a year now and have spent thousands of hours of british and welsh weather under it. It has been through very a heavy rain storm and managed to keep me bone dry and warm as it is only a single skin there can be abit of condensation but it doensnt drip in bad at all

It is quite spacious for the type of bivvy it is (1man) and the two man is huge.

in my one man i have managed to fit in a wychwood 3leg bedchair and a nashy 3leger both at the same time, although a bit tight it still shows it is plenty big enough for 1 person and all his kit.

another good point is how quick it goes up once you get the hang of it you will have it up in no time at all even in a tight swim

At £160 it is a very good bit of kit but keep your eyes peeled for simular and even near to identicle bivvys that are on the market at the mo (fishrite, sti single skin etc). The only bad point that i can think up is that it is again quite heavy although getting it back in the bag is no problem at all unlike some other bivvys

ps. I have heard a few stories about it leaking above the door but i have not found that problem with mine yet

Winter skin

for the colder months i am thinking of buying this, i have seen it before and it looks very good quality and should keep you warm during the winter nights. At £65 it seems a good idea if you are going to be doing longer sessions

hope this helps




edit:

I have just taken delivery of the extremem winter skin for this bivvy another real good piece of kit and a brilliant add on for the longer session, the design is very simular to the likes of aqua but the porch area created maybe abit larger than what is craeted with the armo. Some good points about it is that i can now have my bed longways in the bivvy if i have the bivvy sides (not the overwrap sides) rolled up, therefore i can now have a guest chair area and loads more space to the side of my bed. It obviously makes the bivvy alot darker inside which is probably good for the summer months as A) you can have a lie in if you are feeling lazy without the sun rise waking you up B) i pressume it also keeps the bivvy cool during sunny days






Update: been using the winter skin for a while now, and down to temperatures of -7, still just as good as when i bought it, keeps me warm and totally reduces condensation, wouldn't dream of swapping this bivvy for anything else on the market, well, maybe an ultralight pioneer with ext winterskin
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   Old Thread  #2 8 Oct 2004 at 7.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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FOX EVO BIVVY



OK here's my honest review of the Fox Evo bivvy, which I bought second hand a few months ago.

The first impression I got of the basic bivvy was the size and length when packed away. It is very light and the diameter is less than my 50" brolly when packed. It is however quite long at around 6ft, it sticks out of the top of my brolly pocket and this might be a problem for some. The short centre pole is not permanently attached to the shelter, so it's important to make sure you don't leave it at home or on bank!

Setting it up couldn't be easier, just slot the poles into the two steel blocks and peg it down - once you get the hang of it, it takes under a minute. With the front panel zipped off it turns into an open fronted shelter and only needs 4 pegs, storm poles are not really necessary even when it is quite windy. With the panel zipped on, storm poles are needed to hold up the front properly.

The bivvy is very adaptable, it can be pegged at 4 different heights and the shape can be altered to suit tight swims.

One concern I did have was the top of the bivvy, which collects a puddle of water when it rains. However, it hasn't leaked a drop, the seams are double stitched and fully taped, and due to the design, the ribs don't touch the skin, reducing potential leak points.

It isn't as roomy as some bivvies, but ideal as a 1-man shelter. However, if you are used to taking tons of gear, a 2 man shelter might be better.

The groundsheet is very thick and adds a lot of weight to the shelter. It clips to the skin rather than using velcro.

The winter skin cuts down considerably on condensation, which can be quite a problem, is very compact and light and takes seconds to fit, but it would be nice to see an extended winter skin.

The Evo is excellent in windy conditions, it is very solid as all the ribs reach all the way to the ground.

Overall, for adaptability, the Evo can't be beaten. It is a true year-round shelter that is also light enough to be easily portable, ideal for shorter sessions. It is light, easy to put up, sturdy and versatile. If you are after a year-round shelter that can be used as a brolly, summer or winter bivvy, then make sure you look at one of these!

However, for the long stay angler, or one who carries a lot of gear, a bigger 2 man bivvy may be a better option
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   Old Thread  #1 6 Oct 2004 at 2.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Right chaps. I am hoping to create a good reference point for Bivvys & Brollys.

If you have time please contribute your own bivvy including links to the manufacturer's page where possible.

Please keep to the same format if you can as I think it is easier to read, than one paragraph that has no punctuation.

I will start off with the Cabrio. If there are Cabrio users out there who think I have missed anything please PM me, so that I can edit my post.

If this becomes a good reference point maybe it could become the first thread found in any searches.

There are two versions, the single skin (Cabrio Plus) and the Twinskin.


Cabrio Plus (Single Skin)

Good points -
1) All in one pack no extras to buy.
2) Good quality pegs and storm poles.
3) Solid as rock.
4) Flat fronted (doesn't attract the rain as much as a sloping front)
5) Has 3 mesh panels in the front (door and either side). When the covers are rolled up, you get a good view, lets air in and keeps the mozzies out.
6) Groundsheet is very heavy duty & velcros in about 6 inches up the side of the bivvy. Stops rain and beasties getting in.
7) Pockets on the inside of the bivvy. So you can store a few things you need easy access to.
8) The bag is huge and the bivvy fits in so easily.
9 It is massive for a one man. Gives you loads of room.
10) Only need to take the overwrap in winter or on long sessions.
11) Door height is 143 cm (good for tall people).


Bad points
1) Weight. It's extremely heavy & you need a barrow or a very short walk to your swim.
2) It's massive. May not fit in to some tight swims.
3) There was an issue with earlier models of the zip tags being rubbish and needing to be replaced. Don't know if this is still an issue.

Twinskin

The only difference between the Single & Twinskin is that the Twinskin has Mesh in the top panel.

If you fish in England (i.e. rainy) you will have to take the Overwrap with you all the time.
If you fish in hot countries a lot, then in summer you will get extra air through the mesh panels at the top.

Cabrio Overwraps

The Overwraps are made of the same 8 oz material and have a plastic panel in the door to aid viewing.

Dimensions
n.b. These are without the Overwrap
You will also notice that the 2 man is the same height and width but is 30 cm longer.

1 man 2 Man
Width 295 cm Width 295 cm
Depth 225 cm Depth 255 cm
Height 143 cm Height 143 cm
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