The Spyder Continental XL 4 Man Sized 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.

I’M hearing the Spyder Continental XL 4 Man Sized Bivvy is the World’s first four-man-sized shelter – it’ll take four bedchairs.

It had slipped under my radar until recently, but it’s billed as coming with three times the material and three times the stitching compared to some other similar bivvies on the market. But it’s not three times the price, at just under £475!

Dimensions are a whopping 350 cm wide, 460 cm deep and 200 cm high – that’s an impressive 6 ft 6 in.

It’s sold complete with a winter wrap and rod straps, plus heavy-duty groundsheet, pegs and a bag.

Pretty quick to erect and sturdy with it, the weather- beating material used boasts an impressive 10,000 mm hydrostatic head. The bivvy is a four-rib, five-pole system, with large rear vents for effective air circulation. The door and front panel also offer PVC and mozzie mesh ‘window’ options.

It comes with a 12-month warranty handled by Spyder Tackle (www.bivvies.com), who sell the bivvies direct to the public from their own West Sussex warehouse.

Price: £474.98 from www.bivvies.com