As your home for the night, your carp bivvy should be up to the job!
I’ve selected a handful of bivvies that I believe have a claim for being the best bivvy under £200. There are many budget fishing bivvies but this list includes the ones that offer a good-quality product while remaining at a reasonable price.
You can’t go too far wrong with any of these bivvies if you’re on a budget of £200 and under. However, this list should help you decide which one is best for your needs by comparing features and offering some recommendations.
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, a two-man shelter would be a better option, purely for the additional space and comfort it provides since longer sessions usually mean more gear.
Best Bivvy Materials
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 as well as waterproof to keep you and your kit dry.
Most bivvies 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. You’ll also find on many 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!
Best Bivvy Under £200 - Individual Bivvy Reviews
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 to 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
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.
JRC Defender Peak Bivvy
My first impression of the JRC Defender Peak 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 (the 2-man is still under our £200 budget), 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 an excellent value for money bivvy considering the features.
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
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Fox Easy Shelter
Quickest Bivvy To Setup
The Fox Easy Shelter Plus is designed to be lightweight and easy to put up. It succeeds at both!
A perfect shelter for day sessions, its lightweight and very compact but don’t think it offers no protection because it certainly 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.
All you need to do is get all your tackle, bedchair and luggage arranged and simply move the shelter over it. Could it be any easier!
This leaves you more time to fish without having to fiddle around with connecting poles or threading them through your 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.
It can be fully zipped if you wanted, or opened right out if you need some extra space for storing bait buckets, footwear or cooking equipment.
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!
80000 Hydrostatic Head
Simple Pop-up System
Lightweight at Under 4kg
Includes Mosquito Mesh Panels
Heavy Duty Pegs
Dimensions: 240 x 145 cm x 122 cm
Transport Size: diameter 70 cm x 10 cm, Weight: 3.8 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, which drive the price up drastically, this bivvy provides them whilst stick keeping the price just under that £200 mark.
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 Eos Bivvy
Editors Choice for Overall Best Bivvy Under £200!
Fox actually designed this bivvy aimed at newcomers to the sport or anglers on a tight budget offering value for money and giving a 8000mm hydrostatic head meaning this should keep you dry in heavy downpours.
Like the Abode bivvy above, this one also has a pram hood design with that all important front peak. Additionally, there’s the added bonus of full frame support poles, which makes the bivvy even more sturdy in windy conditions.
With the ability to turn the door into a letter box configuration to keep the inside dry whilst still being able to see out of the front of the shelter.
Along with the included lightweight groundsheet for added insulation, Fox have also added two rod straps to the front of the shelter to secure a marker or spod rod when not in use.
Looking at this bivvy, knowing it is from Fox and seeing what you get for your money makes hard to believe it was designed as a budget.
Overall, an excellent shelter that should last and won’t break the bank.
Made from a tough, breathable polyester fabric
8,000mm Hydrostatic head rating
2-rib, pram-hood design with peak for extra protection
Full frame support supplied
2-way letterbox door with mesh panels
Front can be rolled back to create an open fronted shelter
Two rod straps located at front of shelter
Heavy-duty pegs supplied in a carry bag
1 Man Specifications
Dimensions: 25cm Deep x 270cm Wide x 140cm High
2 Man Specifications
Dimensions: 275cm Deep x 300cm Wide x 150cm High
Fox Eos Bivvy Video Summary
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