Having listened to one of my colleagues, Karl Jenkinson, say how good the Atom is that he owns, it was with no little sense of anticipation that I took this one out to my local club lake to put it through its paces.
The first thing that is blatantly obvious is just how tiny the Atom is when packed away – I’ve seen bigger retention sling bags! I know this might sound an obvious statement given the Atom concept, but I was literally amazed at how tiny it was.
This amazement continued once the Atom was erected, which, by the way, literally takes seconds. It is, well, tiny. And I mean tiny. Karl is only a little fella and I grinned at the thought of him squirrelled away under one of these like a little carp fishing garden gnome!
To be fair, a ‘normal sized’ bloke would be able to use it, but it is designed specifically for the angler who wants the minimum amount of kit with them. Once a bedchair is inside, there sure isn’t much room for anything else, certainly no luxury items at least.
Don’t be disappointed at this, though. If you’re an angler who takes loads of kit with them then you’re reading the wrong review, mate.
If you’re more mobile, appreciate being able to travel light and not worry too much about your creature comforts, though, then this is right up your street.
The two-rib design, as I said, goes up in seconds and is pretty stable once erect. The fold-up tension bar does its job perfectly and the material itself offers total protection. There’s a solid panel door or mozzie mesh or, as I did, you can have the door rolled right up.
Although it is just a bit on the small side for me and my typical amount of kit (the essentials plus a few extras) I could well imagine the right kind of angler absolutely loving one of these.
The new camou finish is ideally suited to such a stealthy product too. I’m genuinely smiling as I finish this review – I love the mighty Atom! (MC)