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1 hour ago, Bigboyfishing said:

Hello all

in new to carping and can anyone recommend a bivvy with a low amount of condensation on a budget.

Welcome to Carp.com.

 

You'll have fun with this one. To reduce condensation you need a twin skin bivvy, which are not cheap. 

Personally, I use an Oval brolly with an overwrap, but I do get some condensation. Total cost around £170.

 

 

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6 hours ago, Bigboyfishing said:

Hello all

in new to carping and can anyone recommend a bivvy with a low amount of condensation on a budget.

Are you planning on doing a lot of sessions during the winter months, because that's the only time you'll get enough condensation to worry about.

 

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Just as a recommendation for a cheap bivvy (as that is what you were after)....

I bought a Quest 2 man last year for my trip down to France. It's not massive, more of a 1.5 man, but for the price (about £150.00) it's hard to beat. You can get an overwrap for it, but I didn't bother as I don't fish overnighters at the time of year when condensation would be a problem.

Easy to set up, as I say plenty of room if you were on your own, I'll be taking it down this year with no qualms whatsoever.

For me, it's perfect. I'd rather pay for a slightly bigger 2 man and have plenty of room in it on my own, than pay the same money for a slightly better "name" but be tight on room.

Picture below is with the clear window panels in, but it comes with mozzy mesh panels as well.

 

 

 

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10 hours ago, Bigboyfishing said:

Hello all

in new to carping and can anyone recommend a bivvy with a low amount of condensation on a budget.

 

51 minutes ago, smufter said:

Just as a recommendation for a cheap bivvy (as that is what you were after)....

I bought a Quest 2 man last year for my trip down to France. It's not massive, more of a 1.5 man, but for the price (about £150.00) it's hard to beat. You can get an overwrap for it, but I didn't bother as I don't fish overnighters at the time of year when condensation would be a problem.

Easy to set up, as I say plenty of room if you were on your own, I'll be taking it down this year with no qualms whatsoever.

For me, it's perfect. I'd rather pay for a slightly bigger 2 man and have plenty of room in it on my own, than pay the same money for a slightly better "name" but be tight on room.

Picture below is with the clear window panels in, but it comes with mozzy mesh panels as well.

 

 

 

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As above also...but would you be by yourself ? Any kids / friends...i also purchased very similar bivvy as Smufter but with the Wrap..

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i always take my son...its a 2man bivvy with wrap..groundsheet...all for £150( even think it was cheaper)

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Unfortunately not since the days of Woolworth's have fishing tackle been described as 'beginners'! Most Companies have thier top end stuff and then you will probably find some described as 'budget' and the price and quality will be at either ends of the spectrum. That said, if you stick to most well known brands, even the budget stuff is pretty reasonable. Avoid really cheap stuff 'direct from China' on eBay!

As mentioned, a twin skin will reduce condensation but will obviously incur extra cost.

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You will usually only get condensation to excessive levels if a) you cook or make a brew inside your bivvy, b) sleep with your door completely closed, and c) only use a single skin bivvy. 

In reverse order c)  it only takes a few minutes to put on the Winter skin or overwrap (whatever), and it makes a huge difference to the warmth and comfort levels. PLUS, if it starts to rain heavily during your session, its the easiest part of a bivvy to dry off when you get home. Dont EVER pack away a bivvy wet and then leave it till you go again. Mold and rot sets in easily in the damp areas like folds in the cloth. It discolours the material, stinks badly, and is very bad for your health. If you ever come across a striped bivvy that reeks, you wont have to ask what went wrong, you now know.

b) Easy to sort out, leave your front door open, (this means you are not groping for stuck zips in the dark when you get a run*, always a good thing imop). It also means you need to set up your bivvy so the door is not facing directly into the wind and rain, yet gives you a view of your rods and indicators.

a) I know its tempting in the colder months to lay in your sleeping bag and just slip on a cuppa, but its not worth it. There is a photo going the rounds on the web, of the results of a bivvy fire. Doesnt take a lot to magine being zipped up in your bag with the bivvy doorway on fire and what the results will be. Its not the only occasion its happened, so please dont let it happen to you. 

Its far better to set up your cooker just outside and to one side or the other of your bivvy doorway and while you are cooking / boiling your brew, you are also getting a view of the lake.

Even in the pitch dark (which it rarely is), you can learn a lot from hearing fish crashing or topping in your swim. 

* One day remind me to tell the story of the 6ft green one armed caterpillar.

Hope you are ok with this lot.

 

BOF  ;)

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I have a JRC STi 2 man... for the money you can't beat it... groundsheet,  twinskin, very roomy, easy to put up & take down... I paid £180 for mine... the only downside is you can't really use the bivvy as a single skin (only if its really hot with no chance of rain) as the inner capsule is mainly mesh.. you have to put both up really...

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For a first bivvy I’d go second hand. Bargains to be had out there. I’d recommend the avid hq. Great bivvy. A mate of mine bought an avid tardis brand new for £99.99, granted its small but for quick over nighters it’s perfect. Set and pack down in minutes and weighs next to nothing.

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