After more than a year of ownership, Marc Coulson offers his considered verdict on the Trakker Tempest V2 wrap
TRAKKER TEMPEST v2 WRAP
RRP: £329 | www.trakkerproducts.co.uk
Likes: Extra protection from the elements as well as condensation-busting insulation.
Dislikes: None really, but remember your hex key if you usually use a Skull Cap
Having owned this wrap for over a year it’s actually only come into service this winter, as the colder months of the previous year saw me do very little fishing.
However, this winter it’s proved to be a godsend on several occasions, especially when temperatures have really taken a tumble.
A doddle to fit and made from the same Aquatexx material as the v2 bivvy itself, the wrap not only offers extra room but literally eliminates condensation.
You might think that was a given with a second skin on the shelter, but in my experience it hasn’t always been the case with all bivvies.
The first time I used it was on a two-night social on my syndicate, in mid January, and I was literally taken aback at just how much difference it made.
Maybe it was the whole chicken and two bottles of wine that I shared with my old mate Dave Lane, but I’m convinced the wrap was responsible for me feeling noticeably warmer inside the bivvy at night.
I used it then with the front zipped off the V2 itself, but with the wrap locked down with the door on and rolled half way up, letterbox style. This kept any draught out in the all-important area level with my bedchair but still afforded me the luxury of being able to see and, importantly, feel what things were like outside.
This might sound odd, but I really do not like having a door closed on my bivvy, unless it absolutely has to be in torrential conditions. I far prefer to have some sort of opening for me to remain in touch with my environment.
The extra room created by having the bivvy front zipped off and the wrap in place was significant and allowed me to keep muddy boots and bait buckets away from my living area, so to speak.
I’m not particularly bothered by the that, as I don’t take more stuff with me than I need, but sometimes it’s nice to be fishing in a little more luxury.
The second night did see persistent and at times heavy rain, which saw me having to zip the door up to within just a few inches of the top.
As the wrap cannot be used I conjunction with the skull cap, I did worry that rain may make its way in, but the extra coverage of the wrap’s extended front soon eased any concerns.
The rain lasted well into mid morning which curtailed the planned breakfast feast. Come to think of it, I think Laney took my uneaten sausages home, but some things never change so I’m not overly surprised!
The wrap took it all in its stride though and while it took a proper soaking on the outside, I remained dry and relatively warm inside the Tempest.
As I’ve mentioned the Skull Cap above, it would be pertinent to mention one important piece of advice here.
If, like me, you have the Skull Cap on your Tempest it will need to be removed before using the wrap. This is obviously simple enough, but there’s more.
The Skull Cap clips, which you Velcro the straps of the Skull Cap to, are usually left in place, but I found that the wrap was being stretched by these on the two side areas, creating a potential stress point.
To alleviate this I simply loosened the clips and turned them round, so the problem was solved.
However, I felt it worthy of mention here and you’d do well to take note of this, especially as you’ll need your little hex key to loosen off the clip.
This was my only slight gripe with the wrap, only because I discovered it on my first trip and didn’t have the aforementioned hex key, so couldn’t make the necessary adjustment until I went home. In fairness though, once I’d moved the clips that was that.
After that initial outing I discovered a third advantage of having the wrap as it proved a hell of a lot easier to hang it out to dry than attempting to do so with the Tempest itself, which thankfully remained dry throughout the duration of my trip.
Since that first two-nighter under the wrap I’ve been out a further handful of times and the wrap has performed admirably.
Being a barrow user, the additional bag isn’t really an issue and, besides, you can’t have your cake and eat it so having an extra bit of luggage loaded on is a small price to pay for the additional comfort and protection on the bank.
Will I continue to use the wrap throughout the remaining winter and early spring? You bet, as it’s proved nothing short of a revelation for somebody who has never really bothered with a second skin before.
I’ll finish by referencing the price at the top of this review, an RRP of £329. I’ve seen these for as little as £250 online from reputable tackle shops, and could find nobody selling them for more than £280. This makes a mockery of manufacturers’ RRP’s so I don’t really see the point in them.
Whatever the case, with the top-of-the-range material, ease of use and the obvious benefits it brings, the Tempest V2 Wrap is worth every penny.