FIRST-LOOK REVIEW: Avid Screen House Compact [VIDEO]

FIRST-LOOK REVIEW: Avid Screen House Compact [VIDEO]

The Screen House Compact is an intriguing hybrid product bridging the gap between fishing gazebos and bivvies. 

The Screen House Compact (extended groundsheet not included)

The Screen House Compact (extended groundsheet not included)

RRP: £174.99 | www.avidcarp.com 

Communal gazebos for carp anglers on long sessions have gained popularity in recent years, and Avid's original Screen House helped lead the way.

Now, though, the introduction of the Screen House Compact has shifted the market and we like what we see. 

Built like a typical cuboid gazebo, this is obviously designed to be a great kitchen tent or social area, but due to its smaller size it's also a genuinely viable summer bivvy.

Avid expects to sell a lot of them in Europe where pairs of anglers use these types of shelters as two-man bivvies. And when you look at it that way you can really see the logic of the Screen House Compact.

For under £175, you get a social shelter, a very roomy two-man summer bivvy and, if you're struggling to justify the purchase, an all-round family day shelter for a beach or day out.

There's lot to commend this as an all-round summer shelter

There's lot to commend this as an all-round summer shelter

Sure, it's unlikely to stand up to the harshest of weathers and it's only single-skinned but it doesn't pretend to be something it's not.

Another attractive bonus is the pack-down size. The carry bag is like a small sports bag and the bivvy on its own weighs just 5.7kg. Add in the groundsheet (which is included) and you're looking at 12kg.

We know full well that the looks of this shelter alone will see some carpers turning the other way, and it won't fit in at every venue, but for the price and practicality our initial reaction is to give it a big thumbs up.

An indication of the internal space and height

An indication of the internal space and height