REVIEW: JRC Defender Peak bivvy [VIDEO]

When it comes to makes carp bivvies, few have the history and expertise of JRC. Here we cast our eye over the keenly priced Defender Peak...

  • WE LIKE: Well-thought-out design, compact packdown size
  • WE DISLIKE: Cheap buckles and clips

RRP: £189.99 |

JRC has been making shelters for years, so it's no surprise that his pramhood-style model is full of neat features.

First of all, we like its packaway size. There are four break points in the two-pole design, so it folds away to a very manageable package. The bag is also big enough not to make you sweat and curse as you stuff it back in!

At 6.1kg it's a lightweight package, too.

The peak that gives this bivvy its name

The peak that gives this bivvy its name

As the name suggests, the Defender Peak obviously has an awning over the door. If you've never fished with a peak on your bivvy it's hard to overstate their usefulness. That bit of fabric really does keep the wind and rain at bay.

This JRC one is well sized and comes with two Velcro rod straps, as you'd expect from a modern bivvy.

Twin rear vents are also a modern staple of bivvy design, but not always a given on bivvies in this price bracket. 

JRC has always done bivvy doors with aplomb, so it's no surprise that this offering boasts a two-way letterbox system and three door options (green, clear PVC and mozzi mesh). You can even roll back the side panels for more air circulation and visibility.

The view from inside

The view from inside

For increased flexibility there is also an overwrap available (RRP: £99.99) which extends the front space significantly and protects against condensation.

Speaking of space, the two-rib design of the one-man version we tested provides very generous internal space without a massive footprint. You can easily accommodate the widest of bedchairs inside.

On the downside, the plastic buckles and clips on our test bivvy (on the front panel) felt distinctly cheap and fiddly and one was missing completely.

We'll report back with our long-term findings...