Ok – I have some cash from a “leaving present” and I’m thinking of joining the bivvi-brigade. I’ve done lightweight camping for years and am currently using a Macpac Microlight. I tried a bivvi bag years ago (for one night) and didn’t really feel that comfortable.
So – for those that use tents AND bivvi on occasion – do you really think it’s worth this investment?
Should I go for one with a hoop over the head?
Will a down sleeping bag be OK, or is moisture be difficult to manage?
Any recommendations (I suspect it would have to have some sort of midge net tho…)Posted 9 years agobackhanderMember
army issue, they’re good AND cheap, try a random internet auction site.
Snugpak Softie 9, pretty warm, light and packs down small (softie 6 if you don’t need so warm). Done me well for years in all sorts of conditions and no one will see you!
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ARMY-GORTEX-BIVVI-BAG_W0QQitemZ300287739197QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Collectables_Militaria_LE?hash=item300287739197&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1301%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318Posted 9 years agogusamcMember
I’d stick with tent – my one man isn’t that much heavier or bigger than my bivvy (well it is a bit)
I **think** that the bivvy indicated is the same as I have and wouldn’t recommend it – soley on the grounds of no side zip – getting in and out is a complete pain – so try before buy if you can – side zip suggested.
My logic went something likePosted 9 years ago
– if wet then tent much better
– if dry – don’t need waterproofness so can just sleep out without hassle of crawling into a tube in a muumy bag and then needing a wee…B.A.NanaMember
If you are considering going down the ‘cop out’ big bivi bag with a hoop route, then I don’t think you’d gain much on your Macpac Microlight especially when you weigh up against comfort and convenience. Maybe consider buying a super lightweight down sleeping bag that packs down to nothing but has high warmth ie ME Dewline or lightline or Marmot Helium (there might be even better ones now).Posted 9 years ago
This is the lightest bivi bag on the market I think Alpkit, and the cheapest, very highly regarded, as is the Rab Bivi bag which used to be about £50.
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