Recomend me a bivibag
Got a few things coming up where I will need a bivibag, but know bugger all about them!Will be sleeping out in Wales and the Peaks if that makes any difference! (other than its likely to be raining in Wales!)
Anything I should be looking for in one or is it a case of you get what you pay for?
Also if anyone’s got any recomendations that would be tops!Posted 5 years agostill s8tannormMember
Cardiff … as cupra says, you’ll not go far wrong with an AlpKit Hunka BUT are you planning on using a tarp of some description too?
Hunka’s could be thought of as a waterproof / breathable sleeping bag cover, ie, you’re not fully enclosed so with no tarp you’ll have to be careful in the rain but with a tarp you’ll be fine.
If you want something that you can fully enclose yourself in (Alpine style bag) and you’re on a budget then look at a RAB Storm. If you’re not on a budget, look at something like a RAB eVent superlight.Posted 5 years ago
One word…. Nemo GoGo. (ok, two words)
Brilliant little bivi-tent.
No poles, just an inflatable arch over your head giving you some good space to read and stuff.
Used these on kayaking trips in India and California. Oh how I laughed as my friend woke up with a scorpion in his shorts and I was safely zipped away from nasty critters…Posted 5 years agopedalheadSubscriber
Gogo Elite is really nice (I have one), but by today’s standards it’s not super lightweight. My fully waterproof & breathable bivy bag, with separate bug netting closure, weighs around 330g (almost a third of the Gogo). If weight and pack size aren’t an issue though it’s a great option, if rather expensive.Posted 5 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
+1 for the Nemo stuff. Mike Hall took one on the Tour Divide and now off round the world too. Bivvy bags are fine for single day trips, less lovely on multiple wet overnighters.
The Gogo is single skin and no, it’s not as breathable in typical UK conditions as a conventional inner/fly set-up, then again, neither is a bivvy bag, but the Nemo is appreciably roomier and more comfortable. Tends to work better in some conditions than others, damp being ‘others’ in this case. Venting? Yes, it has a door with mesh near your face, so that works.Posted 5 years agospandoMember
I’m in the market for a bivi bag and tarp too, done quite a bit of research and have found the Alpkit bivi bag and the tarp to be excellent value and will be ordering some soon. I used to be in the military and have spent many nights in crappy weather in the army bivi bags and they always impressed me how well they worked. However they are quite bulky, I would suggest if you don’t want a tarp then go for an military bivi bag. I think having a tarp is important as its nice to have shelter to cook under, read, get changed etc that is why I’m opting for the alpkit bivi bag and tarp.Posted 5 years agopeterfileMember
Spotted this chap a couple of weeks ago in Glencoe. It was -5 when I went for a pee in daylight at 8am, so probably a bit cooler through the night, and there was one heck of a wind blowing. Our tent was covered in snow and ice at 5am, so this guy did well.
I suppose this is another recommendation for Alpkit then? 🙂
Posted 5 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
I agree – you can get light, good tents these days that are usually sub 1kg with at least enough space to get dressed, sit up and have some shelter. Bivvi bags are ace on alpine bivvi / snowhole / it is gonna be wet and I need to keep down bag dry.Posted 5 years ago
They also work well under gert big tarps, and do add an extra layer of warmth – but fator in a gert big tarp and it is canoe trip time, in which case I take a huuuuge tent and tarp, cos I can 8)
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