How To Choose A Bivvy?
A Bivvy is down to personal preference, but for most anglers, they look for features to include:
Price point – is it affordable?
To be honest, I would wait to save-up for a good bivvy, rather than rushing and purchasing a cheaper alternative.
Easy to assemble – How fast can you put it up?
When its dark, windy or raining (or all three!) The quicker a Bivvy goes up the better.
Size – one man, two-man.
Is it adequate for the size and height of the person purchasing it?
Waterproof Rating – It need to stay dry
All of the top bivvies should be rated via a hydro-static head rating, which is represented as a value in millimeters. When comparing these waterproof ratings, the higher the value (mm), the more waterproof the bivvy should be.
Weight – Is it light to carry?
A bivvy can weigh a lot, so think how far you need to carry, or the weight your barrow will become with a bivvy and all other fishing equipment on it.
Storage Size – When all packed up
Can you easily store it when all packed away, do you have the room?
Wear & tear – is it going to last for years?
Even the most careful fisherman can have an accident, the Bivvy need to be hard-wearing to withstand any accidents.
Brand – some people only trust certain brands.
Addons – Different Skins
Single skin and also with a winter skin option available as an added extra.
Colour – Green, camo etc…
There are many other considerations, personally, I would rather invest in a bivvy that is going to last me a few years, and have a lot of use. A Bivvy for all seasons is the best, one that you can open up in the summer, but in the winter and extra skin to keep out the wind and damp.