- Beginner Bivy Kit
Generally looking for some advice before i start spening my money.
Looking to do some overnight Bivving with the bike. Looking at light weight kit that doesnt cost loads and Alpkit seems to do both.
Is the Pipedream worth the extra £35 to save 465grams? and will the 400 be sufficient for 3 season bivving?
Will the Wee Airic be comfortable enough or do i need something bigger?
BivyPosted 9 years ago
Am i better to go for a dark coloured one to be more discrete? although i like the look of the red Hunka oneSimSubscriber
Doss Bag: Pipedream 400 is fine for 3 seasons and is worth the extra money. If it's particularly cold run around before getting into the bag and wear layers, easy!
Mat: Wee Airic is as comfortable as a 3/4 length mat gets. Read into that what you will 🙂
Bivvy Bag: Choose whatever colour you like unless your planning some proper cheeky bivvying in which case black will help you stay undiscovered.Posted 9 years agoellipticMember
Strangely enough, bright red kit that stands out in daylight becomes quite hard to see in dim twilight due to the Purkinje effect. First really noticed this with my own bright red bivvy bag. May not help if you're prone to late lie-ins though…
Full length mat is worth having, and like Sim says wear extra fleece, hat etc to boost warmth as required. (If it's cold you'll not be undressing before you get in!)
Oh, and those milk-carton style packs of wine are quite handy to save the weight of a bottle 🙂Posted 9 years agoB.A.NanaMember
Agree with sim re the bag, you can always wear more clothes in bed. Infact, to keep the bag clean for as long as possible, I would recommend always wearing clean dry socks, long johns, long sleave baselayer and beanie (all this gear can be part of what you're wearing the next day anyway, so not necessarily additional kit).Posted 9 years ago
In cooler seasons, I have a lightweight duvet jacket, which is loads more useful than a heavier, bulkier sleeping bag.
Only downside with the PD is that you must not let it get wet. There are synthetic bags out there at around the £90 mark that are rated down to 0 deg and weigh in at around 1kg weight with pretty good pack sizes (Mountain Hardware Lamina 35 springs to mind).
Plenty of threads about this so do a search.
I find the wee airic fine and perfectly comfortable, wouldn't bother with a longer mat myself.Posted 9 years agothomthumbMember
my 3/4 mat (wee airic) has always been confy enough – i've used full length ones (not bivvying) and can't see the need (unless it's really cold)
as said above get whatever colour bivvy you fancy. mostly you'll be hiding away from people by your camp spot more than your camo.
tarp is also a good investment. look at DD hammocks one (£30) or make one out of spinniker cloth if your handy with a sewing machine…
HTHPosted 9 years agoslugwashMember
Despite it's shorter length and reduced thickness compared with other inflatable mats I find the Wee Airic comfortable enough for most situations. However I sometimes take a foam mat (3/4 or full length) along as well, if the weather's Arctic or if we're not cycling too far, for extra comfort.
Like thomthumb  DIDN'T [/edit] 😉 suggest a hammock is a nice touch if you've got the space spare in your pack, especially if the ground's rocky or uneven. There's nothing like swaying in the night-time breeze as you drift off to sleep. It's better than sliding down a hill in your sleeping bag at a dischordant angle to your sleeping mat!
And that's another thing, if you haven't got a hammock then look for somewher flat to bivvy down, lots of people seem to think that they'll get a good nights sleep on a 1-in-4 incline if they sleep with their head pointing upwards. They just end up in a heap at the bottom of the hill, and then complain that sleeping out is uncomfortable.
BTW, don't forget to invest in your morning coffee making facilities. Most important!
Posted 9 years agomafu26Member
Slight thread hi-jack, but how do you have your tarp erected?
I've got the small alpkit one and haven't been very successful in getting it up in decent position.
I notice slugwash has used a bike to support the tarp, do you have the full picture of the tarp please mate?
Ta!Posted 9 years agowillardMember
Get one of these bad-boys..
Most of my sleeping out (aka aggressive camping) has been done under a tarp, with a dodgy roll mat, a goretex bag and a rubbish sleeping bag, so these hennessey hammocks look like luxury. You just need to be able to find two trees the right distance apart.Posted 9 years agogazcMember
alpkit are out of the pipedream 400's at the mo, i've ended up getting the skyehigh 600 instead as i need the bag this weekend 🙁
alpkit bivvy bag is pretty good, did find the regular a bit too small so changed to an xl and its all good. i prefer a full length mat, i cant get comfortable with my feet/calves off the mat!Posted 9 years agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
Army surplus do bivy bags for peanuts, camo as you like, the genuine surplus ones are plain and often repaired, the fake ones are printed.
Sleaping bag – go thin and take extra layers in winter.
Tarp – I aim for shelter anyway, bird hides, caves, abandoned buildings, etc. Bivi bags are good, but why make life hard on yourself by risking getting wet.Posted 9 years ago
read the book of Bivvy it gives you a good idea of how to really bivvy in the mountains for days rather than the Bivvylite which lots of bike mags seem to recommend. Ride up hill,sleep on ground, ride down hill. Or in the style of certain bike mag journos ride up hill, order takeaway 🙄Posted 9 years agogeoffjSubscriber
Proper obvious question…but what do you do with the bike when bivvying?? Was toying around with the idea for this summer, but apprehensive as my bike is expensive and I am a mere mortal and only have the one.
Bivvy far away fromPosted 9 years ago
civilisationchavs to reduce the chance of it being knicked; and/or
Cheap wire lock it to your kit / tree / self while you are asleep.user-removedMember
Got my basha from them – loads of other good stuff too…
Even better…Posted 9 years agostill s8tannormMember
Gelert Solos are alright, obviously it's cheap and to a point you get what you pay for but I can't fault mine. There's a little review thing on the WRT blog (link up there ^).
They seem to stand upto most things weather wise, perhaps a little draughty in high wind but otherwise very good,
StuartPosted 9 years agopistonbrokeMember
Just bought one in preparation for the WRT, not been out in it yet but it looks the part, seems well made and importantly packs really small, had the bag adapted with loops to fasten it to the downtube on my Blur which works really well.Would be interested in any other novel ideas on how to carry stuff on a FS bike, apart from spending £100 on a bag from Carousel.Posted 9 years agomiketuallySubscriber
I've got a Gelert Solo. It stood up to the rain at the first Hit The North event. Very difficult to get in and out of in the rain without some water getting inside, so I'll probably take a tarp along as well when I use it again.
It also pitches inner first. So, the inner gets wet if you're pitching it in the rain. If it worked outer only, it'd be brilliant for lightweight touring, though the inner doesn't add that much weight or bulk.Posted 9 years agoalpinMember
ahhh.. reading all this reminds wme of last year's transalp. to save on accomodation mate and i took a tarp and sleeping bags. eat in town in the evening and then ride up into the trees for the night….
and if you're not so stoned and the light isn't fading you can achieve sometihng quite solid and stable.
Posted 9 years agoChewMember
Thanks for he tips guys. Lots of reading and a Blue Peter project for the Tarp.
May bump into some of you on the WRT
pistonbroke – i'm having the same issue on carying my stuff on my FS. Think the simple solution will be to carry light bulky stuff on the handle bars. Bivy+Sleeping bag+Tarp+sleeping mat in a dry bag and fixing it to the bars, and then other stuff like spares and food in a 15l backpack.Posted 9 years ago
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