The Monday Review - FIRST LOOK: New RidgeMonkey Escape XF bivvies

RidgeMonkey has finally gone public with all the details of its new bivvy range, more than a year after they were first spotted in public.

RidgeMonkey has come a long way from offering just a single toastie maker. It now makes terminal tackle, mainlines and plenty of electronic gadgetry – and now bivvies!

First shown to the public at the Carp Zwolle show in the Netherlands in 2019, RidgeMonkey’s Escape XF bivvies are like nothing else you’ll see in your local tackle shop.

The launch range

There are four bivvies at launch. The XF1 Compact and the XF1 Standard are both one-man bivvies. The XF2 Compact and XF2 Standard are much larger two-man bivvies.

The bigger two can be further enlarged with the addition of a porch extension, sold separately.

The prices.... stay tuned!

  • XF1 Compact: 

  • XF1 Standard: 

  • XF2 Compact: 

  • XF2 Standard:

  • XF2 Compact with Plus Porch Extension: 

  • XF2 Standard with Plus Porch Extension: 

  • Plus Porch Extension: 

  • Plus Porch Extension Groundsheet: 

The specs

The unique box-shaped design is built on an X-shaped frame assembly, meaning these bivvies go up very quickly and don’t require the threading of poles or assembly of joints.

Each bivvy is made from super-tough 300D ripstop HyrdoX material which has UV50+ protection and a 20,000mm hydrostatic head.

There are heavy-duty YKK zips all round and, very cleverly, each bivvy’s rod straps are magnetic rather than Velcro. This, according to RidgeMonkey, is an industry first.

Depending on which model you pick, you get either a sewn-in or a removable heavy-duty groundsheet.

The two-man versions have zip-up mozzie-mesh side windows, while all of the bivvies have rear air vents.

Head room is great on all of them, thanks to that boxy design, and RidgeMonkey is clearly aiming these at discerning anglers looking for rugged quality and space.

However, do bear in mind the weights of these bivvies as the figures are certainly on the chunky side.

Sizes and weights

  • XF1 Compact: H1.45m x W2.1m x D1.45m.

    Folded: L1.7m x W0.4m x D0.2m 

    Bivvy only: 19kg

    Accessories: 9kg

  • XF1 Standard: H1.65m x W2.1m x D1.6m. Folded: L1.7m x W0.4m x D0.2m

    Bivvy only: 21kg

    Accessories: 9kg

  • XF2 Compact: H1.9m x W2.4m x D2m. Folded: L2m x W0.42m x D0.20m

    Bivvy only: 25kg

    Accessories: 7kg

  • XF2 Standard: H1.9m x W2.4m x D2.4m. Dimensions folded: L2m x W0.42m x D0.22m

    Bivvy only : 27kg

    Accessories: 7kg

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