Sleeping Bags & Shrouds

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Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 03, 2017  |  0 comments
Standing for All Season, I have been testing the AS 365 Compact since December and I have been out in very cold conditions, well the brief spells we have encountered anyway. Being the Compact I thought that by saving space and weight the bag would suffer and be a little chilly. However, I have been pleasantly surprised. Inside there are baffle strips that run the length of the bag and these enable the user to warm the bag much faster because there is less wasted space to heat.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 31, 2017  |  0 comments
We chose the VRS2 standard bag to test, being in the middle of the range between the compact and the wide variations. The Ventec was the quickest bag to warm up, reaching over 33ºC in just an hour. We absolutely love the RipStop waterproof material and the fact the versatility of the bag means it can be used as either a fully fledged five season or simply converted to a smaller three-season bag. The major drawback is that when packed away in its supplied bag it is the largest on test and considerably larger than the others.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 31, 2017  |  0 comments
Without a doubt the top choice for the roving angler. Packing down to the smallest size and being the second lightest on test, the X Snugpak Techlite showed remarkable heat retention properties when tested. Sadly there is no escaping the price and, yes, it is the most expensive on test but for the anglers who can afford it and rely on a lightweight, high-performance bag, this has got to be the choice. Only dropping by 2.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 31, 2017  |  0 comments
AS stands for all season and that couldn’t be truer. A reversible inner system can be zipped in or out as you would prefer, with the added benefit of choosing between a warm fleece or ultra-soft polyester material. The outer boasts a breathable and waterproof material, so sleeping under the stars is possible. Internal baffles are an ingenious way of helping you to warm the bag up quicker, while external baffles prevent any draughts.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 31, 2017  |  0 comments
At just under £90 the Discovery is the joint cheapest on test, alongside the Chub Vantage. You may be expecting a no thrills, cheap and cheerful product but that is not the case at all. With a very generous external draught skirt there is no way uncomfortable breezes can enter through the zip, which can often cause a restless night’s sleep. Another key feature is the external pocket on the tip of the bag, perfect for either your mobile phone or alarm receiver, keeping it to hand yet protected and close enough to wake you when needed.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 31, 2017  |  0 comments
The second heaviest on test and one of the slowest to pack away into the supplied canvas carryall, which we must say is the most durable we have come across. The Benchmark offers superb value for money and the fleece lining helps the bag retain a lot of heat internally but can also be switched around to offer the smooth peachskin layer in a matter of minutes. Constructed from several reversible layers, this bag can be utilised all year round, ensuring you can tailor it to your requirements without having to buy another for the warmer seasons. The breathable and waterproof outer is another solid idea from Avid.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 31, 2017  |  0 comments
New on the market, we were keen to put it through its paces and considering it’s a single-layered bag we were astounded by the results. Minimalist in design, it boasts several unique features that we think are extremely clever and indeed useful. First up, the bottom of the bag utilises a drawcord system and three-quarter-length zip so you can reduce the amount of wasted space at the bottom to help warm the bag up even quicker with your body heat. Staying with the bottom, a detachable, easy to clean heavy-duty foot protector is supplied, while the head end sees two internal handwarmer pockets for wraparound comfort.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 04, 2016  |  0 comments
If you are in the market for a new sleeping bag then look no further. We have chosen two from the Advanta range that we feel will keep you warm and cosy through those cold hours of darkness that will soon be upon us. Both benefit from a luxurious peach skin cotton outer and generous Holofil insulation filling. An attached fleece baffle and no less than seven draft excluder skirts also help to retain the warmth and keep out the dreaded cold breeze that can often keep you tossing and turning all night.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 03, 2016  |  0 comments
With winter on our doorstep do not worry if you only have a light sleeping bag system – a three or four-season. You don’t have to rush out and buy a new one, simply add the thermal bedchair cover to your wish list. Constructed using a waterproof and durable Armatek outer fabric and cosy warm fleece lining, it can be used as a standalone cover throughout the warmer months, even when sleeping under the stars, while being the perfect conversion tool to expand the life of your existing sleeping bag. Long side skirts allow you to gain maximum coverage over your bedchair while reducing any cold draughts.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 11, 2016  |  0 comments
Check ’EM out!Available in two sizes, standard and king size, the Flat Out sleeping bag has been redesigned with TC regular Dave Lane (maybe he feels the cold in his old age?). Utilising the best available materials, the windproof outer fabric eliminates draughts, suiting the angler who either dares to fish under the stars or with an open-fronted brolly or shelter. Boasting a luxurious inner fleece lining to provide instant and sustained warmth throughout the night, there are also two baffles, which now run along the zip to further reduce any risk of draughts or cold spots forming. Synthetic materials fill the bag to ensure it retains its heat and offers superb insulation properties once you’re inside.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 18, 2016  |  0 comments
Dan Murrell’s verdict - Unrivalled comfort, super-sturdy and lightweight. Simply brilliant. I have always been a fan of big beds. I like space and I like being able to move, and over the years I have extensively used the Nash Wideboy, and more recently the larger variety of the Avid Benchmark.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 11, 2016  |  0 comments
Designed for the New Flatliter Mk2 Waterproof with thermal insulation Transforms a three-season bag into a five-season Both standard and compact £85 to £94. 99 WWW. FOXINT. COM Like what you see? Or buy a single issue .
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 27, 2015  |  0 comments
Spring is often a tricky time of year when a five-season sleeping bag can be too much but, equally, a three-season bag just doesn’t cut it. Well, to accompany the ever-popular Stealth X-Lite bedchair, the team at JRC have been busy getting this new bedchair cover to market ready for spring. With a water-resistant outer layer the bedchair cover is perfect for spending a night under the stars without the risk of waking up drenched thanks to the rain or early morning dew. Internally, the cover benefits from a warm micro-fleece lining to ensure the heat produced within stays within, keeping the user warmer for longer.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 10, 2015  |  0 comments
With winter upon us, it’s important to choose the right sleeping bag and the Magmatex 4 Season could be just the bag for you. Comprising two fleece-lined bags, it has been designed with versatility in mind, offering a single sleeping bag solution for the whole year. The inner three-season bag can be removed altogether for a comfortable summer bag, or used in conjunction to create an extremely protective winter bag. Constructed from Hydro-Tec material, the outer skin is rated to an impressive 12,000mm hydrostatic head that not only boasts exceptional waterproof capabilities but retains a superb breathability characteristic, ensuring you stay warm and dry without sweating in even the worst of weathers.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 14, 2015  |  0 comments
Finished in a cult and current DPM styling, Aqua has launched a durable, waterproof bedchair cover constructed from the ever-popular and astounding Aquatexx material. Featuring a quilted interior fabric to help thermal insulation qualities, it is ideal for the winter months when an extra layer of protection is required and it also helps to protect your bag from the usual wear and tear while out on the bank. (Dan Murrell)Price: £69. 99For more details go to: www.

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