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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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   Old Thread  #89 7 Feb 2005 at 2.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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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