Aside from your angling skills and quality tackle, patience really is an important virtue when it comes to carp fishing. The angler who is out on the bank for the longest is always going to be the angler who catches the most, and biggest, carp.
We, here at Angling Direct believe that comfort and rest is a vital aspect of angling, as an angler who is uncomfortable on the bankside is never going to be as patient as the angler who has experienced a long and comfortable night’s sleep. This is why Angling Direct has worked hard to create a comprehensive collection of all the best sleeping bags and pillows, to ensure that you’re time on the bank is both restful and profitable.
When it comes to selecting a sleeping bag there is a minefield of different things to consider to ensure that you create the best sleeping set up for your fishing needs. Whether you are an avid angler who spends harsh winter nights on the swim or you’re a fair-weather angler who only does the odd summer overnighter, Angling Direct has worked hard to find the right sleeping bags and pillows that suit your needs.
Sleeping bags seasonal ratings are numbered, from the lowest (one) to the highest (five). The warmest sleeping bag that you want to use in the winter months is the 4 or 5 season sleeping bags. These are supremely insulated sleeping bags that are guaranteed to keep you warm in extremely cold conditions. The slightly lighter bag is the three-season bag which will see you through from early spring to late autumn. These are the sleeping bags that we would recommend for the fair-weather angler who spends the odd night on the bank throughout the more pleasant angling months.
Two season sleeping bags run from late spring through to early autumn. These are ideal for warm weather conditions and have low insulation in order to allow for good airflow around the body. Finally, one season sleeping bags are perfect for use in the very hottest months, especially if you’re an angler who regularly heads to the continent.
Most of the sleeping bags on our site will specify their season. However, if the season isn’t specified in the product description then there are several other indicators which can help you to decide if the sleeping bag you’re looking at is suitable for your needs such as the level of insulation the bag offers. The thicker the insulation is the better heat retention the sleeping bag can offer and the better it will perform in cold weather conditions. However, with continued advances in modern technology, this isn’t always the case and not all synthetic fibres are created equal.
Angling sleeping bags usually come with a synthetic fibre filling, as this is quick-drying, easy to clean, and, unlike traditional down, it doesn’t lose all effectiveness when damp. Insulation also plays a huge part in the overall weight of the sleeping bag. If you’re an angler who favours mobility over comfort then the weight will be top of your priority list. Carp sleeping bags at the very top end of our spectrum will be able to offer warmth in extreme-cold conditions whilst still keeping your sleeping bag below the 4kg mark.
If you’ve got a sleeping bag with low-quality zips then chances are you’re going to struggle should you need to quickly respond to a screaming bite alarm in the middle of the night. Two-way zips are ideal for the dedicated carp angler, as they allow you to open the bag from the inside or outside with equal ease.
A good quality zip also offers heat retention. A high-quality sleeping bag will have perfectly meshing zips, will ensure both easy access as well as keeping the teeth lines up and the heat in. Internal and external zip baffles are also popular additions to most of the sleeping bags that we stock. These prevent hot air leaking from the sleeping bag, as well as preventing nasty chill draughts from entering.
Another thing to look out for when you’re investing in an angling sleeping bag is the material it is manufactured from. In many anglers’ eyes, the internal material, or lining, is much more important than the external of a sleeping bag. You’ll also find that many of the sleeping bags we stock will have a polyester lining, as this is versatile and hard-wearing. On many of the heavy-duty cold weather sleeping bags we stock, you’ll find that they boast a fleece lining which is exceptionally good at retaining heat in ultra-cold conditions. Material with a peach skin finish is extremely soft and comfortable against the skin. Some of the sleeping bags we stock will also have removable inner linings so you can increase or decrease the effectiveness of the sleeping bag’s heat retention.
Many of the carp sleeping bags on our site will boast a waterproof or water-resistant outer as water is a large part of bankside life! If you’re someone who enjoys quick overnighters in open-fronted brolly or bivvy systems then you might favour a waterproof sleeping bag – just in case the wind turns and blows rain back into the recesses of your bivvy.
To help choose between similar sleeping bags, you may want to consider additional features that make life at the bank easier. One such feature is bedchair attachments which are either elasticated straps which attach around the bedchair or hoods which fit over either end of the bedchair. Both are designed to hold your sleeping bag onto your bed, ensuring that you and your sleeping bag don’t slip from the bedchair in the night.
Our collection of sleeping bags and pillows comes from the very best carp brands on the market and includes everything from peach-skin quilts and bedchair covers to full-sized pillows and five-season sleeping bags. These incredible offerings are brought to you by the likes of Fox, Nash, and Chub – among others. We always say that angling isn’t just our business, it’s our passion, and Angling Direct has produced our own brand range of top quality fishing tackle – including sleeping bags and pillows. Our Advanta range is something we are very proud of and we spent a lot of time developing it to ensure that all the products gave excellent value for money. To make life easier for the angler in a hurry we’ve collected together a premier combination of Advanta Sleep products which you can read reviews of on our AD blog.
Some of the sleeping bags we stock will come with their own pillows and, similarly, some of the bedchairs we stock will come with in-built pillow sections. However, many anglers still prefer to invest in their own pillow as it allows them to position it precisely for their needs. Our angling pillows are usually smaller than traditional pillows, as this ensures that they fit perfectly on your bedchair and are not at risk of slipping off in the night. Aside from peach skin fabric covers, we also stock carp shapes pillows from the Gaby Fish Pillow section that can certainly make it more comfortable in a tired fishing chair.
If you have any questions about any of the products in our collection of sleeping bags and pillows for carp anglers, please do not hesitate to get in contact. Our in-house customer services team are able to assist with all aspects of your experience with us.