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As one of the most popular participation sports in the world, it is no surprise that there are many brands offering a wide variety of gear to make fishing easier and more enjoyable. Of course, experienced anglers will be aware of the long periods of time spent at the waterside, in all types of weather. In fact, fishing can be more successful in the rain with some typed of fish, so you need that special piece of kit – your fishing bivvy!
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A bivvy is, to all intents and purposes, a small tent, designed to keep you protected from the wind and rain while you enjoy your fishing. They are also useful for protection against the sun in clear and hot weather and can make you a lot more comfortable than a simple fishing umbrella. Indeed, the traditional umbrella has been developed with flaps and lips to provide a greater degree of protection from the elements, and this has become one of the more popular types of fishing bivvy, as we will see in this review.
There are other types of bivvy – the dome tent version, for example, is very popular and highly practical – and the pram-hood style, but we will go into those in more detail later. Do you need a fishing bivvy? If you are to take your fishing seriously, we reckon it to be one of the most important pieces of kit in the business, and one that will enhance the enjoyment of your chosen passion. You should remember to look for one that is small enough to carry around, but spacious enough to set up a bedchair in, and you will be on your way.
In this review, we will cover the ten best fishing bivvies on the market, each from great brands and all affordable, so that you can choose the one that suits you and your budget best. So, no further time wasted, let’s have a look and find the best fishing bivvy for you.
The Top 10 Carp fishing bivvies (1 man and 2 man bivvies)
There are a number of well-known brands that are dedicated to quality fishing equipment, and TF Gear is certainly one of the better-known names. This bivvy, designed for two people, is typical of the quality of the brand, being made from top quality material and to a high standard, and is one of the pram-hood design that is made to be easy to erect and take down.
You get internal tension bars, so giving it added strength, and it comes with a three-door set up for different weather and protection. At 140cm high and 260cm wide it offers plenty of space to incorporate a bedchair, and it is very comfortable even in hard rain, and fully waterproof. If a quality bivvy is what you are looking for – one that is compact and light to carry when collapsed and will last a long time – this one could be for you, although at around £180 it is at the upper end of the price range. This would be our choice for the best 2 man bivvy.
NGT is another brand with a reputation for quality, and this bivvy – which is double-skinned for added protection and warmth – is a great choice if you spend a long time fishing in poor conditions. One notable feature of this very neat design is that it has poles made from graphite fibre; this means that it weighs an astonishing 7.5kg, so is very easy to carry from your car to the spot you choose to fish.
It is fully waterproof and big enough to fit two people – we’re not sure what makes it unisex, but never mind – and is in fact bigger than the one above. One down side is that it really needs two people to set it up effectively, so you need a friend along for the ride. It is a very nice bivvy, however, and at around £80 is considerably cheaper than the one above.
This one is notable for two reasons; it is very easy to erect using a system of cords that pull together to bring it into place, and it weighs only 3kg, which is quite amazing. However, that does beg the question: how durable is it? It is a brolley-type design, and is not quite as protective as the fully enclosed type above, but will be fine for a day’s fishing.
It comes with an integral ground sheet, so you will find it comfortable wherever you site it, and it also has sturdy tent pegs for keeping it in place. While not as big or comprehensive as the above, it is a perfect choice for better weather, and would be fine in the rain for short periods. At about £100 it is not the cheapest of these, but that light weight is a major bonus.
The advantages of double-skinned bivvies, as this model is, include better protection and warmth in poor conditions, and a longer life thanks to a durable construction. This is another two-man model – we should say that, although they claim to be big enough for two, it is always something of a squeeze – that is well-made and durable, and one that comes at a sensible price.
It is not from one of the major brands, but that should not put you off, and it comes with the usual door construction and PVC windows. The windows are designed for airflow, so you remain cool and dry all the time. This one is easy to erect and of a good size, weighs only 7.5kg which is about the norm for these, and comes with strong pegs, and at around £60 is very good value, especially if you are on a budget and looking for the cheapest fishing bivvy.
We have no qualms in including more than one example from the TF Gear range, as this is one of the biggest names in fishing gear across the world. This model, the Force 8 Speed Lite, is an excellent design that is all-encompassing, and is suitable not just for anglers but for camping, so durable and well-made it is. It has a fully closing door system for added protection. It’s also very easy to set up and designed for one person.
This model is of the usual light weight so easy to carry around, comes with aluminium poles and is made from quality material, and will be suitable for a single person fishing in all conditions. You also get a built-in groundsheet, and at around £120 it may be at the upper end, but it is top quality.
Another brand with a strong reputation for quality angling gear, the JRC Contact range of bivvies and other equipment is a very impressive collection of well-made items, and this particular range of bivvies – there are many different sizes to choose from – is well worth considering. You can choose between one or two-man bivvies, and each comes with a clever design that prevents condensation.
The bivvy comes with a detachable door for added convenience, is made from top quality material for added lifespan and protection from the elements, and is easy to set up with lightweight aluminium poles for extra strength. All in all, this is a good range, and with prices from around £90, you get quality at a sensible price.
It is refreshing to see a new take in the concept, and while this model – from fishing equipment giant NGT – is of the usual style of fully enclosed bivvy, it comes with a unique and interesting touch. This the extra winter wrap, a clever and welcome addition that makes things a lot more comfortable in cold weather, and it easy to use and highly protective too.
It also comes with a handy carry bag and weighs around the usual for one of these, and it is very simple to set up and fold down although the extra wrap adds some time to construction. It is a good size at 260x230x140mm, and will easily fit two people for a great day’s fishing. All being said, we like it, and at around £70 it is also very good value considering the quality of the material and the extra wrapping.
This pram-hood style bivvy comes from Abode, another leading name in fishing gear, and is a clever design that will keep you warm and dry in all weathers. Intended for single person use, it is very well made from quality materials, and comes with a neat 2-way door system that guarantees to keep out the rain, no matter how heavy it may be. You also get a strong groundsheet, so you are dry underneath, too.
The mesh mosquito net on the window adds protection and encourages airflow, it is easy to set up and very light so simple to carry around, and it has tension bars as part of the construction for protection in stormy weather. A good, sturdy and very usable bivvy from a highly-regarded brand, at around £70 this one is almost unbeatable value.
Our final choice could be considered the luxury version of a 2-man bivvy. It offers everything you need, including ease of use, full protection, mesh panels for airflow and a fully waterproof construction. The doors and sturdy and removable, it is easy to set up and take down, and comes with its own handy bag.
However, while it is very impressive, it is also very expensive at around £270, and we’re not sure it is worth all that extra money.
Let’s Wrap It Up
As we have seen from the above reviews, you need to consider the following when choosing a fishing bivvy: size – whether you want one or two-man space – plus quality; ease of carrying and construction; full weather protection, and also the budget you have.
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Would we recommend any one of these above the other? Well, as with all such items that are designed for long-life and arduous use, we would advise buying the best one you can afford, and we have great respect for the TF Gear brand. On a budget, however, we would advise you to take a second look at number 7, the NGT 2-man with the extra winter protection, as it is great value.