We get a hands-on look at the new Nash Titan Hide XL bivvy. Is bigger always better?
RRP: £249.99 | www.nashtackle.co.uk
Following the success of the original Titan Hide it was perhaps inevitable that a bigger version followed – and here it is.
The Titan Hide XL is the logical successor to the original shelter, which was deliberately lightweight and pared back. This new version is obviously bigger, but maintains that stripped-back, easy-erect ethos.
To save weight, the fabric is the same fairly simple 420D nylon with a 5,000mm hydrostatic head, and the shelter is constructed in exactly the same way just on a bigger scale.
Two new features have been added, however. There are now two air vents in the rear of the bivvy and an internal ‘Damp Skin’ to reduce condensation. We reckon these useful details will be added to an updated version of the original Titan Hide in the not-too-distant future.
The XL is genuinely roomy thanks to that flat-back, steep-sided design and looks like a shelter you could happily use all year round. Be aware that, as with the original, the XL is sold as a simple shelter with additional creature comforts bought separately. There is a full overwrap, a waterproof front, a mozzi front and a groundsheet available.
If you’re in the market for a Hide XL, these bells and whistles are probably a secondary consideration behind the shelter’s weight and easy of erection. As you would expect, it scores highly in both departments.
The XL comes in at 6.2kg and thanks to that tried-and-test Titan design goes up in seconds. This larger version is 152cm tall, 280cm wide and 210cm deep.
In recent months, the original Titan Hide has been reduced in price to £199.99 and the XL comes in at £249.99, which we reckon is super competitive. Yes, factor in the cost of additional extras if you need them, but this is still a very smart bivvy for the price. We only hope that Nash can get them into stock without the supply issues which dogged the original Hide’s launch.