When buying a bivvy for fishing you need to consider the following points, some are essentials but others preferences:
- Speed to erect the Bivvy, can you erect it by yourself?
- Can it withstand the strong winds and heavy rain?
- Speed to pack the Bivvy away – does it fit easily into its original bag?
- How heavy is the Bivvy to carry when packed away?
- Does it pack into a reasonable size for transporting, both on land and in a vehicle?
- Is it made from quality products, are the seems, glue, zips, pegs, cord and poles looking good? or are they fragile!
- Does it dry quickly?
- Is it a popular brand – can you get parts?
- How accessible is the Bivvy, does it have any obstructions, are the zips awkward. You need fast access in and out of the Bivvy if you hook into a fish.
- Is it spaciouse, will it only fit one fisherman, is there room for your expensive fishing gear. (at night i keep loose expensive tackle inside with me)
- Height of the Bivvy, the standard is around 5feet 6inches.
- Is there a flap on the Bivy floor to prevent rain water coming in the entrance?
- Is there a storm porch for added protection when the doors are open (which can be often).
- Are there windows on the Bivvy doors
- Are there pockets in the Bivvy for storing tackle, torches, alarms etc?
- Are there loops in the Bivvy for hanging lights?
- Can your bed fit in only one-way?
- Does it get very hot inside, how many air vents are there?
Taking the above options into consideration a Bivvy should be thought as a long term purchase. In other words its best splashing the cash on a decent recommended Bivvy which is going to last years, than paying for a cheap one which isn’t up to the job and will only last a couple of seasons fishing.
Even if you only intend to use the Bivvy for short sessions, its still best (if within your budget) to pay that little extra. These days with technology improving you can get a very good Bivvy for around £200+
If you are a beginner or on a limited budget, then you can pick them up for as little as £30, but obviously the quality is not there.
Bivvy’s A Bivvy is normally available in two size, being one man or two man. There are also different versions:
- The Shelter – a simple shelter, normally an umbrella with added canvas and pegged down
- The Dome – Single skinned layer, doesn’t keep the wind out so well!
- The Twin-skinned Dome is the all singing and dancing Bivvy. Wind-proof, rain-proof and damp-proof. The double layer also keep the heat in which should be a huge factor if you intend fishing cold nights during the winter.