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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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