Get your hands on the Avid Benchmark Memory Foam System bedchairs at this year’s Big One Show.
This month’s Object of Desire is this luxurious bedchair-and-bag system from Avid. Tackle editor Marc Coulson give us his review…
AVID BENCHMARK MEMORY FOAM SYSTEM
RRP: £359.99 to £409.99 | www.avidcarp.com
When I think back to the first bedchair I ever bought, from Argos if my memory serves, it seems incredible that I got any sleep at all, given its lack of comfort.
Even when I first upgraded to a Terry Hearn Stealth, which at the time was a market leader, little did I know just how much further bedchair design still had to go.
In fact, there are some on the market today that are so luxurious they can actually be detrimental to your fishing – they’re so comfortable it’s a struggle to get out of them in the morning when you should really be fish spotting!
Avid’s Benchmark – a fitting name as the company was the first to design a memory-foam system – sits right at the upper end of the market and is suitably bedecked with all the creature comforts that the night-fishing angler could ever wish for.
The thick mattress is a joy to lie on, while the integrated sleeping bag shrouds the user in warmth in all but the most arctic of conditions. That is to say, it carries a four-season rating so you’ll need a bedchair cover if you go out in harshest weather winter can throw at you, but only the brave and foolish do that, in my opinion!
The sleeping-bag section features multiple layers so you can choose the configuration to suit the conditions, and it can also be completely removed for cleaning.
Additional lumbar support has been incorporated to further add to the comfort, and the Benchmark’s flat profile (a revelation in modern bedchair designs) is a major benefit in this respect, too.
The hinges which help create this flat profile also aid when packing the Benchmark away with the bag intact. It all collapses down to a surprisingly compact package.
The larger anglers among you, or those seeking that extra room, may be drawn to the X model, which is the same design but with increased dimensions. I’m no whippet, but found there to be ample room in the standard version.
One of the biggest developments in recent years, a flat bed is kinder on your back compared to the old bedchair designs.
Rated four seasons, the integrated and layered bag system can be configurated in different ways to suit the conditions
These allow not only the flat profile, but also the compact packing away of the bedchair when not in use.