As your home for the night, the best carp bivvy should be up to the job!
I’ve selected a handful of fishing bivvies under £200 that offer good value for money, without scrimping out on poor materials, or inadequate features.
You should think about what size you need to store all your tackle, bivvy weight and any features you require.
What Size Bivvy Should I Choose?
When I’m choosing my next bivvy, I always think about how big it should be.
Currently, I have a one-man, with more than enough space for my bedchair and other tackle, such as my carryall, rod holdall and cookware.
I don’t often fish long periods, but if I did, then a two-man shelter would be a better option, purely for the additional space and comfort it provides.
Does the material a bivvy is made of matter?
It certainly does, because ideally, you want to choose a bivvy that is as breathable as possible, and waterproof, to keep you and your kit dry.
Most use a high denier fabric (denier referring to the density of the fabric) to reduce condensation, which will be labelled with a water-resistant measurement, which you may find on waterproof jackets and tents.
For those who like to be scientific, Hydrostatic Head, or HH for short, is used for such a rating.
The material is clamped down beneath a cylinder, which is then slowly filled up with water until it seeps through.
The maximum height reached is then recorded, which is why you’ll often find bivvies marketed with a Hydrostatic Rating of say 10,000mm, which is very waterproof indeed!
ESP Hideout Shelter
A quality fishing shelter, the ESP Hideout is a great session bivvy.
With a freestanding design, plenty of space and a high profile that will suit taller carp anglers, its a very flexible bivvy for under £200!
There is an integrated front features a removable door that can be rolled up from the base, and then tied up so it’s completely out of the way.
This can be done for either of the front panels.
Now it looks more like a brolly than bivvy, making it perfect for summer sessions, or a bout of wet weather.
Especially as you can strip it back ready to store any tackle that could become wet.
Most carp bivvies do have a letterbox style opening which is now very popular – the ESP hideout is now different!
It allows you the very best views – whilst keeping you, and your expensive tackle, nice and dry.
Included is a durable groundsheet and two storm poles for securing it all together.
A great feature is that the height can be adjusted, allowing you to sit comofrtably in your bivvy, and free from any parts of the bivvy getting in your way.
The frame is made up of a combination of 8mm and 10mm ribs for excellent stability, even in driving rain or strong winds.
As far as packing it all away, we were suitably impressed that it will easily fit into a standard quiver bag.
Overall, the ESP hideout is very versatile, whether you intend to use it for summer or winter and everything in between.
Why not take a look at our fantastic carp brolly reviews for similar shelters like this?
Frame incorporates a combination of 8mm & 10mm fibreglass ribs
Versatile system with integrated front & removable door
Includes heavy-duty groundsheet & 2 storm poles
Height adjustable, space saver mechanism
One or both front panels can be used or rolled up out of the way
Dimensions: 2.45m (w) x 1.85m (d) x 1.3m (h)
Pack down Length: 1.8m
Weight: 4.15kg Total Weight (inc. accessories) 7.90kg
ESP Hideout Video Summary
Need A Bivvy Light?
- Up to 180 hours of continuous use from a single 4 hour charge
- 3 colours – white, red & green
- Smooth brightness control
- Wireless remote control
- Built in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Last update on 2019-11-15 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Chub Outkast Bivvy
The Chub Outkast easily makes our under £200 bivvy list!
One reason is the design.
Its a 2-rib shelter which has 4 sections which allows for a very compact shelter which is useful for anglers that prefer to travel as light as possible.
Lightweight, and very easy to setup, the built-in groundsheet and extended side panels really makes this an versatile, all-in-one bivvy!
Not only do these features offer superb protection during bad weather conditions, but it’ll keep everything nice and dry – and with the additional overwrap for the winter months, anglers will feel very warm throughout the night.
It has a waterproof rating of 10,000mm (very impressive for a bivvy under £200!) meaning you WILL stay dry all day and night – even during constant rainfall!
Other useful features we want to highlight is the unique ‘backdraft’ ventilation system which allows a good amount of airflow around the bivvy.
This can be further increased by simply opening up the rear back panel.
Opening options include either a letterbox style or barn door – the choice is yours really because the whole front section can be unzipped completely if you choose to.
Additionally, inside the bivvy, there are two convenient mesh pockets for storing a torch or rig tools.
It’s supplied with strong T-pegs and packs away neatly into an oversized bag.
A really strong contender for best bivvy under £200!
10,000mm Hydrostatic Canopy
Side panels with green mosquito nets
Door with transparent window and mosquito net
Front zip closure
Unique rear ventilation system
Internal Mesh Storage Pockets
Lightweight floor mat
Comes with oversized carry bag
1-man weight: 9.6kg
1-man dimensions: (W x D x H): 2.7m x 2.3m x 1.44m
2-man weight: 11.1kg
2-man dimensions (W x D x H): 3.5m x 2.55m x 1.6m
Chub Outkast Video Summary
Need A Bedchair?
The Chub Outkast Flat Bedchair is designed to fit perfectly inside the bivvy.
A smart fold design makes it really compact – important fr lieing flat onto your barrow.
With a really strong, 6-leg design built onto a lightweight aluminium frame, this is a great bedchair for your bivvy.
Best Value For Money
JRC Defender Bivvy
My first impression of the JRC Defender bivvy is “How can this be under £200?”
It’s a decent size – and very straightforward to put together.
The peak really does allow much more space than traditional models, and JRC have really maximised this.
I found ample room for a decent sized bedchair, bivvy organiser and two tackle bags – on top of my rod holdall which fitted snugly at the back and out of the way.
There is a one man or two man option, with both having additional overwraps available when fishing in those colder months.
It’s made from a really light 210D coated polyester with all the seams tapered and sealed efficiently.
The peak really opens the door area, with three options available to blend into the surroundings as you wish.
In summer, there are mozzie mesh vents which keeps air flowing through the bivvy without letting bugs in which can be annoying!
Supplied are strong T pegs which are used to peg everything down (the pegging points are all reinforced to minimise the chance of these breaking or becoming damaged).
Other notable features of the JRC Defender are the presence of rod retaining straps which allow you to secure your rods in place whilst you rig up – this stops your rods slipping and you losing your temper!
All this fits in a compact carry bag – including the heavy duty, but lightweight groundsheet to keep your kit dry.
Overall, this is a very good value for money bivvy considering the features.
It certainly deserves a place on my best carp bivvy list due to this reason alone!
If you’re seeking a bivvy that is a bit better quality, then the Trakker Tempest V2 could be a good option.
5,000HH 210D PU coated polyester with taped seams
Two, rigid, 5-section 16mm lightweight aluminium poles
Reinforced pegging points
2-Way letterbox style door system
3 Door window options (green, clear PVC, mozzi mesh)
Velcro rod retaining straps
Lightweight Velcro-in groundsheet
1 Man Dimensions: 205cm L x 270cm W x 140cm H
1 Man Weight: 5.8kg
2 Man Dimensions: 275cm L x 300cm W x 150cm H
2 Man Weight: 7kg
JRC Defender Video Summary
How About A JRC Defender Bedchair?
- Larger frame size to offer improved comfort for any build of person
- Robust hi-tensile steel frame and double hinge system to create a flatbed option. When folded, it creates a cavity for a sleeping bag to be left attached to the bed chair during transport
- Fully adjustable legs with locking system
- Swivel and fold flat mud feet
- Durable polyester cover filled with high density foam with elasticated perimeter
Last update on 2019-11-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Quickest To Setup
Fox Easy Shelter
The Fox Easy Shelter is all camo – so it really blends in well to the lake surroundings!
A perfect shelter for day sessions, its lightweight and very compact but don’t think it offers no protection because it does….
Using a pop-up construction (anglers that like to rove around will enjoy this feature) it is released as soon as you remove it from the bag.
We suggest you get all your tackle, bedchair and luggage together and simply move the camo shelter over it – and you’re all set!
This leaves you more time to fish, without having to fiddle around with connecting poles or pegging out a bivvy.
It can, or course, be pegged out if you wish to add more stability and the storm poles aid the shape in poor weather conditions (these attach to the sides and the storm peak)
The door system is also really good – there are triple toggle areas which allow you to pin back the door at various levels to suit you.
Bonus features include rod retaining straps.
A very versatile fishing shelter from a highly respected carp brand.
Features on my best carp bivvy list for two reasons – I like the camo effect, and its the quickest to put up!
2000mm Hydrostatic Head
Simple Pop-up System
Rod Straps on Front-end
Includes Mosquito Mesh
Heavy Duty Pegs
Dimensions: 230 x 130 cm x 115 cm
Transport Size: diameter 70 cm x 9 cm, Weight: 3.9 kg approx.
Abode Duo Bivvy
The Abode Duo is a serious fishing bivvy for anglers that want premium protection and extra comfort.
Very versatile, it is a fully enclosed capsule that will certainly keep you and your tackle warm and dry.
The front is full removable so you can enjoy a stunning view of the lake.
Unlike other bivvies that provide additional extras, that can soon cripple your wallet, the Duo has a removable infill panel with mozzi mesh panels.
These can be rolled back on one side or simply remove them.
The clever reverse zip on the front door panel allows the door to be rolled down from the top to allow an increased view or airflow.
The main feature is you don’t need to worry about whether to purchase a one man or two man bivvy, because this can be converted to either!
To convert to a 1-man – remove the front panel, front porch and top storm bar, and then reconnect the front panel for a smaller shelter.
This is not only perfect for day sessions, but allows you to move the bivvy easily if you’ve spotted carp in another area of the lake.
A great bivvy for under £200 – the Abode Duo is a proper carp anglers shelter system!
Perhaps I’m been sentimental, but this was actually my first ever bivvy!
For that reason, as I really enjoyed using it, it derserves to feature in my best carp bivvy guide!
5000 Hydrostatic head and 210D OXFORD nylon.
Removable Front Panel
Fully integrated front zip off porch converts from 1 man to 2 man
3 Storm Tension Bars included
Supplied with Heavy duty pegs
Includes 2 Removable Groundsheets
Fox R-Series XL Bivvy
The second Fox bivvy up for review is the R-Series XL.
Its spacious both inside with plenty of headroom, which is useful for tall anglers like myself who sometimes can have difficulties moving around!
Fox have plumped for a three-rib pram hood design (now a bit of a classic) combining this structure with an oversized peak.
This creats a mammoth bivvy that’s more of a second home.
There are plenty of options too.
You can choose from a 1 or 2 man option with either a khaki or camo colour.
A hardwearing, breathable polyester fabric is used that has a HH rating of 10,000 mm.
This is propped up by a rigid aluminium frame (19mm poles) that keeps its shape reasonably well!
A peek inside the Fox-R-Series XL bivvy reveals an inner mesh dome to make you feel a little more comfortable.
Additionally, porch support poles give you some extra room for storing footwear or night session gear that needs be got at quickly.
For any further information, all the features and specifications are revealed in the menu above.
Alternatively, UK anglers that travel to France regularly may well consider this as a great bivvy for those trips!
Made from a tough, breathable polyester fabric
10,000mm Hydrostatic head rating
O-Ring connections in inside to add an inner, mesh dome for increased comfort
Additional space and head room created by the extra high frame
3 rib, pram-hood design featuring an oversized peak for extra protection
Rigid 19mm Aluminium frame and full frame support supplied.
Porch support poles feature unique pivoting moulded clips for a secure connection to the main frame
Adjustable tension straps
Large front and rear mozzy mesh panels
Two-way letter box style door with three door options, mozzy mesh, clear PVC and solid
Front can be rolled back to create an open fronted shelter
Two rod straps located at front of shelter
Heavy-duty groundsheet and pegs supplied in an oversized heavy-duty carry bag
1 Man Specifications
Dimensions: 235cm Deep x 295cm Wide x 165cm High
2 Man Specifications
Dimensions: 315cm Deep x 330cm Wide x 185cm High
Fox R-Series XL Bivvy Video Summary
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