Karsten Inflatable Carp 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.

KARSTEN Inflatable Carp Bivvy brought interest at 2017 angling shows – and I was one of the anglers keen to have look. It’s super robust and hardwearing – a bivvy for life.

It’s also inflatable with high-pressure 56-PSI ‘fire hose’ air tubes and a Storm Force 12 rating!

Made in Holland from Tencate 100 per cent Cotton Canvas, the Karsten Inflatable Carp Bivvy is super strong and a top spec piece of kit. Very breathable and waterproof, because of the cotton canvas construction the tents stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

Karsten tents are already much sought after in the serious camping arena.

I’ve seen the Karsten Inflatable Carp Bivvy called the ultimate fishing bivvy and I would agree. It’s a modular system with a 2.2 metre square base or 2.4 metre square base, which you can then add to.

The curved awning and front wall section/porch can be simply zipped-in to extend the usable space. But the 220 base pod on its own starts at a hefty £1,088.

If you spend a lot of time on the bank, on big waters too, at home and abroad I would recommend you check these canvas shelters out.

The fixtures and fittings are all top notch on the Karsten Inflatable Carp Bivvy, even the sewn in groundsheet ensures the bivvy is waterproof up to that level. The erection time of 3 minutes for the main pod is also pretty impressive. With the awning secured on the front expect it to be nearer ten minutes. It also comes with a five-year guarantee. It’s available exclusively in the UK through the Camping Travel Store.

Prices: Base pod 220 around £1,088; Curved Awning around £240; Front Wall around £270.