The JRC Defender Bivvy comes under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.

IF YOU’RE looking for a practical, no nonsense bivvy that won’t break the bank, I’d recommend you take a look at the JRC Defender Bivvy and Wrap.

It’s based on a two-rib, five-section, pole system, using 16 mm, lightweight aluminium poles, with tension bars included.

The cover is made from PU coated polyester, with a respectable 5,000 mm waterproof rating.

I like the fact that you can roll back the front of the bivvy to open it up, using the buckle retainers on the sides.

It comes with a two-way, letterbox-style, door system, with green, clear or mozzi mesh window options.

The seams are taped, the pegging points are reinforced, and it is supplied with a tough, lightweight groundsheet.

For extra protection and insulation, and to reduce the chance of condensation in the cold and damp, there’s the option of a Defender Bivvy Wrap.

The ‘wings’ of the wrap provide that little bit of extra storage space, perfect for boots and buckets.

It comes in a one-man or two-man format.

Prices

One-man £159.99. Wrap £89.99.

Two-man £179.99. Wrap £99.99.