Sleeping Bag Review

Over the years of fishing, I have tried many sleeping bags and I am so glad that technology has moved on.  I get quite cold really quickly in the Winter, I have put this down to, too many Winter Pike sessions without adequate clothing back in the early 1980’s.


I use two sleep bags, one for the Summer and one for the Winter.  The main reason for this is that is that it gives me an opportunity to wash and air them, as I do a lot of nights each year.

My summer bad is a Trakker Big Snooze, this is very light and can be stuffed in a very small bag or even left on the bedchair to save space. This bag is perfect for those summer nights and I have found that there is no need to have the zip done up.

Link —   Trakker Big Snooze Plus Compact

My Winter bag is a Trakker Pertex, which unfortunately is no longer made. It’s like having a 15 tog duvet folded in half.  I hardly ever have the zip done up, as I like to be on the rods as quickly as possible.



Link – Trakker Sleeping bags

I had been using a Trakker cover for the past 10 years (ish).  Last year I decided to change over to the Nashy Air Shrood Cover, as I often sleep under the stars in the Summer.  I love doing this as it takes me back to when I started fishing for Carp in the early 80s.



link – Air Shroud

The handy thing about these is if you get a larger size to your bedchair you can hold up one corner like a bivouacked style set up.

There are so many more options available now, with the likes of the sleep systems available.  I am not sure about the bulkiness of these and you may need to have a bed chair bag.  This adds up to even more kit to carry and I keep trying to reduce this, as it helps if you need to move swims.


Hope this helps



About richardhandel

I would like to give a brief snap shot of my life and introduce myself; My name is Richard Handel and was born in 1965 in Suffolk. I have worked as a UK Operation & Intermodule Manager for a shipping company. I live in Hampshire now and am married with 2 young children, both girls so I am a bit outnumbered even the cat is a girl! I have been fishing since I was about 7 years old. I started on small local rivers in Suffolk, then moved onto gravel pits and then carp fishing. My personal best is a 39.08 mirror, over recent years I have started river fishing again, on the Hampshire Avon, this is a nice break from the carp lakes. My life has turned a big corner this year, the company I was working for relocated their Operation centre to Estonia. I was offered a job at the head office in London. This would have meant a 5 day commute and working in Stratford. As a family, we did not fancy this, as I would hardly spend any time with the children (and the Mrs). So after 22.5 years, I was given a nice redundancy package and with my wife is working full time. I became the house husband. This has meant a complete turn around in my fishing, as I can pick and choose when I go. I have found a splendid new syndicate to fish this year, which includes 5 lakes and some 8 miles of river with only 150 members. It's an amazing change to the way I am able to fish. I am now trying to start my own tackle business and make a bit of a name for myself in the world of fishing, as I have retired from real work. Richard
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