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– – COMPARISON TABLES The Ultimate Comparison Tables 2018 If you think I’m missing any key bivvies or would like added then just let me know in the comments section below   Scroll down for a proper review. You don’t need it in your tent at all unless you are freezing cold. Hi ya again Heres the actual e-mail i got from rab concerning their Hyperlite Storm fabric as used in the Storm bivi:- Hyperlite Storm is a proprietary fabric of Equip Outdoor Technologies LTD It is a fully waterproof nylon thanks to the clear polyutherane coating Hyperlite Storm is not meant to be breathable; it is meant to provide worst-case scenario weather and moisture protection Main Properties Composition 100% Teffeta nylon Coating: clear PU non-breathable Yarn Size: Warp 70d / Weft 70d Waterproofness: 3000mm HH Explains why lots of people are getting wet and having condensation problems in these s!. Pingback: Comparison of Lightweight Sleeping sThe Next Challenge | The Next Challenge Pingback: The World’s Lightest Hooped ?The Next Challenge | The Next Challenge Hi! I’m Alastair an adventurer and author I invented the phrase #Microadventure and I’ve been shouting about it for a few years You can follow the microadventures people are doing on social media here or say hello to. Thanks a lot of your helpful post That’s exactly what I need The Rab Ridge Raider is quite suitable. Thanks for those Steve I think the range of bivis differs quite a lot between the US and UK If the article’s popular over the Atlantic then I’ll add some more details for the American range. I much prefer sleeping out in the open that in a tent but I want to upgrade my bivi so that it’s more comfortable if (when!) it rains if I then need to hike the next day I’m currently in Chile and have friends coming from the US and UK soon so I have the option of both markets Too much choice if you ask me! Also great article thanks!! Nice review Tim -thanks for sharing your experience Can you comment on the US army sleep system or the Dutch army hooped bivi? Both look useful and are readily available through ebay Thanks. This review is based on over a decade of bivouacing across the UK and the world from winter in the Scottish highlands to summer on the Cornish coast at 5,000-metres in Kyrgyzstan and roadside on Korean cycle paths in ditches underneath dual carriageways to the summits of mountains through sunset and sunrise I’ve read Ronald Turnbull’s Book of the cover-to-cover and wrote The Beginner’s Guide to Bivouacing so hopefully have some useful knowledge More input is welcome though so do add your comments and questions. Comparison of Gas Stoves   For more comparison articles such as camping mats and base layer materials. Thanks for the heads-up Jakub I’d be impressed if they’d maed a waterproof (20,000 HH) that weighs only 230g But even if not waterproof that’s a very light Do let me know how you get on. But I’m very aware that the hardest thing is getting out there for the first time So I have produced a few infographics which hopefully will serve to give people the prod necessary to take that first step (Thank you Andrea for all your hard work!) Click on the image you prefer to open a PDF file that you can then download and keep (Right Click Save) or share the link with any friends who need a gentle kick up the backside to get out there and do stuff! A lot of the text on the PDF infographic is clickable leading you to relevant web entries Please feel free to use distribute print put on your Facebook page edit or hack as much as. Great article thanks Tim… how about the Terra Nova Discovery Lite as a light weight high perforce please? Check price ➜ Bit more data on the karrimor x-lite which i’ve just had delivered: claimed weight (on the tag) 206g measured on my scales: 289g + 6g fabric ‘weathertite xtreme’ which states it is 10k mm waterproof and 10k mm breathable 100% polyester made in china handwash only I haven’t tried the yet but it is mummy shaped and looks like a would only accommodate a person and sleeping not a mat it has a two way draw cord it’s black but it has a large reflexive ‘karrimor’ logo down side which may but annoying if trying to stealth camp by a road the seams appear to be taped i have looked at an alpkit hunka before and they appear to be a similar fabric but i think this may be slightly thinner I’ve used a HiGear once or twice – it’s just as you describe Tim Finally – just landed an Alpkit Hunka XL in sexy kelp… it’s coming down in stair rods tonight Maybe time for a. Hi Tim Really nice blog you got here I´m a totally beginner in this “bivi-world” Do you have any experience with the Karabatic Gear Bristelcine Bivi or the Mountain Range gore-tex ? Great article Alastair and I agree with it entirely My friends and I almost always when camping We’re quite fond of the late-notice microadventure we call the “stealth ” – where you’ve everything packed except your sleeping – and you just pack away the sleeping into your pre-readied pack and go! I recently wrote an article on the joy of more spartan adventures here: .uk/back-to-basics/ Looks like we’re thinking along the. Thank you for getting me out of the tent! Sleeping under the stars is wonderful! The open air makes feel alive The however I found claustrophobic and sweaty I’d rather go without Watching Shug talking about hammocks at youtube and due to the ticks that kept crawling up my legs I choose to go hiking with a hammock with a mosquito net but without a tarp I loved the hanging The hammock changed my view Not longer I searched for an empty spot on the grass Now I needed to find two strong looking trees preferably a bit hidden but not too dark and creepy I found the camping in the wild very adventurous Especially when I read in an old newspaper that the police was looking for two thugs in the woods the exact woods I was hiding Good thing I read the news afterwards otherwise I may have changed. Ging is fun and cheap My own is a Trekmates bought for £15 from TK-Max Bit tight but works fine when I could get out and use it problem when you wear glasses bit uncomfortable to wear them all night but if I do not I cannot see the stars very well and does not want to miss a shooting star Night noises are oddly comforting from the screech of an owl to the scream of a vixen even the chomping of cattle on the downland grass when I was younger and made do with an old poncho and a sleeping made from an eiderdown. “super Light Cover” by the Czech company HighPoint (formerly Schwarzkopf) should definitely be added here! I just discovered it now and am buying it – so cannot review yet It weighs around 230g and claims a 20t waterproofness and 25t breathability (Writing from memory maybe I am messing up the numbers from the heavier “Dry Cover” by the same company) I just suggest you check it out for yourself From here onwards with exception you start getting quality s and just need to choose your features and budget British Army bivvies are the bench mark for bivi s They’re usually found on Amazon Ebay or similar (try army ex-army british army army surplus etc) They are big enough to fit your rucksack inside tough enough to sleep on sts without tearing waterproof enough for heavy rain and breathable enough to be comfortable. Thanks for the help Tim and Steve I’m quite handy with a needle maybe I can modify a to include a mesh window I’ll let you know how it. (P.s For those wondering why Simon spent 130 nights in a it’s because he ran around the coast of Great Britain!) Hey Taith thanks for the comment If you’re not bothered about a hoop then I don’t think there’s a big difference between the cheap (e.g army and Alpkit) and the expensive I think there’s a big difference between hooped and non-hooped though The latter are obviously simpler and easier to pitch/strike not to mention cheaper and lighter But a hoop is a vast improvement in the rain Primarily keeping the rain off your face but also shedding water better by virtue of maintaining their shape and they often tend to have fully waterproof floors Personally I have a hooped so almost always use it and find it much nicer Some would baulk at the cost (including me now!) or just prefer the simplicity of non-hooped Outdoor Research contacted me recently so I’ll hopefully be able to review the Helium Bivi 500 grams and hooped! Hi Tim what about the Snugpak stratosphere bivi I’ve got a loan of one to try this w/end in the western highlands? Great blog by. Hi Karl thanks for the link That does look like a good bivy sack and as you say very similar to the Terra Nova It’s heavier though ( compared to 840g for the Jupiter/Ridge Raider) and more expensive (£300 + £20 delivery to the UK) Another to bear in mind Reply Pingback: Wild camping on Dartmoor | .uk Integral Designs Reply Your basic non-hooped is just a big waterproof sack that you get inside Their beauty is their simplicity: no poles no pitching and usually no zips Their biggest downside is that they’re a pain in the rain: the you can do is to flap a hood over your face and breathe Goretex until it passes Here is an overview of the most common types of sack and the : Orange survival >> Tested by the author Get the latest news updates and happenings via my shed-based newsletter Email Sign Up Shouting from my shed Join the newsletter The Alpkit Hunka is also an excellent choice: a bit smaller and not quite as tough or breathable but much lighter Ex-army from £25. Pingback: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WILD CAMPING IN THE UK | Adventure. Hello Tim Great blog and extremely informative iv read it several times I want to buy a hooped bivy over here in Ireland and pickings are slim Im thinking about the vaude or snugpak andwas wondering would an additional snugpak bivy sack around my sleeping be an idea towards keeping it dry from condensation or would it be counter productive? Should I just hold off and buy a TN Jupiter or RAB ridge raider?? Thank you and once again tread article Mike. This is a tent: For overnight microadventures however I encourage people to try using a instead. Hey brother I cycled down the Pacific Coast with an old highschool buddy of mine He used a military grade bivy from a military surplus store the entire route I suggest checking some of those places out Hope. Hi Tim Thanks for all the great research and information I need a bivi for a 6 month motorcycle trip through Central and South America I plan to stay in cheap hotels each night The bivi will be for emergencies only when I get stranded or can’t find a hotel I hope to never use it But if I must use it it must be waterproof and hooped It must protect me from getting soaked by a heavy rainstorm Pingback: Christmas Microadventure Challenge | Alastair Humphreys --> Pingback: HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON A SOLO TREKKING EXPEDITION | Adventure. In summary if you can afford it and aren’t too tall then this should be a good quality lightweight bivy If not get a Rab Survival Z or even an Alpkit Hunka. Good stuff I would add that a tent lets you keep the nasty insects at bay Having bivvied in Scotland and been eaten by midgies and had a similar experience in Gery where I was bitten on the face several times by “something” during the night I have reverted back to a small tent A shame because otherwise it’s a great experience. I’m really interested in giving this a go I’m watching eBay for an army at the right price I have a sleeping and I’m looking for a mat As I’m dipping my toe in the water I’m planning to use an aluminium camping mat Think they’re about £5 Have you ever tried I’m hoping that if I pick soft ground then the aluminium mat might work well from the insulation point of view What do. The template hooped bivi: simple design good Goretex on top tough waterproof plastic on the bottom and a single bent hoop at the top A simple but excellent that I have been using for over a decade in all sorts of conditions The entry/exit takes a bit of getting used to but otherwise the design is great Highly recommended The latest iteration now comes with a whopping £300 price tag though Check price now ➜ Summary: the industry standard hooped bivi Hard. A belated congratulations for being Adventurer of the Year 2012 I decided that my trip was going to be the Cauvery River in short try as I might After looking online Reading your book “There are other rivers” I’ve seen very little mention about the gear you took with you in your pack I’d love to get a quick list to help me choose what to take … Like you I’d like to travel similarly… light as possible In advance your help is really appreciated. Buying online? If you decide to buy a camping mat after reading this article please do consider using of my links If you do at no cost to you I will get a small percentage of whatever. Hi Lisa that’s interesting I’ve just d a search and it seems to have almost disappeared overnight There aren’t even any sellers on Amazon or eBay and it’s been taken off the Terra Nova website I’ve emailed them to ask about it and will let you know when I hear back In the meantime Rab’s Ridgeraider is very similar. Pingback: Resources from the Cycle Touring FestivalThe Next Challenge | The Next Challenge Hi Daniel Thanks for the tip I’ve added the Karrimor Bivi to the list They don’t publish the size and weight unfortunately but I’ve written to them to ask for details Interesting to hear that it seems to breath well as that would have been my first concern All. Tim Such a useful review on a complicated subject I was also looking at the Snugpak Special Forces bivi Their website claims 340g for the regular and 400g for the extra-long which is not significantly heavier than the equivalent Alpkit Hunka and lighter for the XL Also the Snugpak SF seems to be wide enough to fit a sleeping mat inside the regular if you check some of the YouTube reviews which the Alpkit cannot unless you buy the XL I haven’t aged to try this yet though so some mats may not quite fit Finally it has a zip which helps with getting in and out which the Alpkits do not You are right about the waterproof rating though which is 5000mm vs the Hunka’s 10000mm although I do intend to use it with a tarp It is also more expensive than the Hunka although you can find them online for around £66 for the regular vs the Alpkit’s £48. Looking at an army but is 8 feet long apparently Is it better to have big or small ? Thanks!! Or rather “THANKS for the plug” (of my geeky comparison table: /comparison--bivi-s/) Reply Thanks Tony I’m hoping to add a comparison for US bivi s in the near future but it’s several days’ work to put these articles together so I have to fit it around normal life and work I’ll send you an email when it’s d though and feel free to ask any questions in the meantime Reply Pingback: Liquid Multi Fuel Camping Stoves - The Definitive Review Hi Jacqui most bivvies do not have a mosquito net so it’s a good thing to check Off the top of my head I don’t know of any hoopless bivvies which have mozzie nets but the Terra Nova Jupiter and Rab Ridge Raider have them built in They’re both excellent but expensive You can of course just sleep in a cheap mosquito head net… but that might not be quite such a nice Christmas present! Just shout if I can help any further. Event is the main rival to Goretex Its key selling point is superior breathability I have not used these Rab s myself (I’ve used their other s) but I suspect they are very similar to the Alpkit Hunka but more breathable particularly the Alpine Bivy and probably better quality i.e will last longer Summary: good quality bivvies more breathable than Alpkit’s Hunka but more expensive. Pingback: ging - The Basics • Fevered Mutterings Hey Alistair have you ever tried a Swag on your adventures? They are like a super luxury with enough room inside for your pack and usually a thin built-in mat or mattress thingy Thanks Richard That’s really helpful I’ve emailed Karrimor a couple of times for details but never heard back As such I’ve updated my table to include the weight you’ve reported: 289g I will be interested to hear how waterproof and breathable you find it That is often the key test for budget s! Good luck with it and thanks. Mr Moss Your knowledge is worth more than gold! Your gift of sharing it is truly beyond thanks Would you please do a review of the top 10 bivouacs for USA market? Cheers! Hi Dave I don’t have any personal experience actually (I should probably write to them and see if they’ll give me to test) The range in the US is very different from the range here in the UK and I’ve not yet tried to cover it However they look decent to me A good range using 3-layer Gore-Tex and Pertex Shield+ on the lighter models Their weights are good particularly the 500g hooped Helium Bivy The Advanced Bivy looks very similar to the Terra Nova Jupiter which I’ve been using for over 10 years – both Goretex on top toughened floor and single hoop (although the newer Jupiters are lighter than OR’s Advanced Bivy) It’s also interesting to see hoopless bivis with zips and mesh hoods which aren’t very common over here I hope that helps a little but just fire away if I can help with anything specific. Gortex material is a very fine grid or filter or screen Each fiber in the grid is plastic that does not absorb water The space between these gortex fibers that are woven together like a screen on your window are open The opening is large enough to allow gas to pass through the screen but not solids or liquids A water molecule in its gaseous state (water vapor) is thousands of times smaller than a water molecule in it’s liquid state So water vapor can move through Gortex in either direction but liquid water molecules are too big and will not pass through the open areas of the grid or screen in Gortex so it will stay on whichever side of the Gortex it. Brilliant article Tim! I am considering a divvy and so far the sort list is the Highlander Hawk an american army bivy or a belgian army divvy (of course I am also thinking of the good old British But I do want a mesh and I am on a budget Any advice or notes especially concerning the Highlander Hawk and american body (to be used with my own sleeping ) will be much appreciated The hills are calling! However having tested it and seen a friend use it on a trip it is the that I would advise avoiding It has very poor breathability It claims to be made from a breathable material but having seen the pools of water that formed in my friend’s after a dry night I would question that I would recommend either spending an extra £30-40 to get the excellent Outdoor Research Helium Bivi (above) Or saving your my and just getting a without a hope Summary: not breathable and not worth buying in my opinion Get the OR Helium or go hoopless. This post will teach you everything about s ready for your microadventure If you’re looking for microadventure ideas try the Year of Microadventure Challenge watch a few videos of my microadventures or - of all- buy a signed copy of the -selling Microadventures book! Would you like to receive occasional updates about microadventure news events and plans? Traditionally when heading off into the outdoors you would arm yourself with. I’ve also been looking at Outdoor Research and whether or not to go for the Advanced Bivi with all the features or the Helium which looks like a basic but hooped Having used both simple and fancier bivis for more frequent use would you say it’s worth splashing out on a better ? I’ve only ever used the ex-army and it’s d the job perfectly fine – wonderful living outside used with a roof no complaints On microadventures it held up fine in snow but I got very wet when it rained on the beach My hoodie pillow soaked up most of the water so it wasn’t much fun in the morning but I was only walking 30 mins back to. It contains a a buyer’s guide recommendations of the s and comparison tables with details of every single available in the UK Jump to: Ultimate Comparison Tables | Bivy s | Full Bivy Reviews – 2018 In a hurry? I reckon these are the s in 2018 For details and more options scroll down Thanks Tim To let you know the weight indicated on the stuff sack of my Karrimor Bivi is 206g but on my scales the (including stuff sack) weighs about 260g All the Daniel Hi Tim I wonder if you have heard of a new waterproof and breathable fabric called Hipora or Hypora that is coming from Korea? Several top brands of gloves for skiing and motorcycling have this I recently bought a bivi with this Hipora from a Korean dealer on Ebay America for $35 I have not had a chance to give the a good test since I sweat very little and have never had condensation in the US Army goretex bivi This is the first use I have heard of for Hipora other than gloves Somewhere on Youtube there is a video of a wearing the gloves and putting his hands into a bowl of water and staying dry and then pouring hot water into the gloves and having a cloud of steam form around the fingertips Anyway here is a link to the I bought it weighs 12 ounces /product/buck703-hipora-tech-sleeping--cover/ That’s a really interesting dilemma Tim (if you’re a sad enthusiast like me) I reckon it’d either be Al’s second point ( of you ‘glows’ more) or possibly that of you was giving off more heat (by sleeping warmer and/or having a thinner sleeping ) I never quite understand condensation but I think it happens when warm air hits something cold right? So the temperature of your material would effect it That could of course be complete nonsense… Hello I’m planning to spend a few nights out in the open and I have a is it good idea to use it as extra layer over my sleeping inside the tent ? I got a gore tex off ebay surplus american army and so far only used it together with my tarp but never inside a tent thank. Ex-Army Goretex bivi Everything a good bivi sack should be: big tough waterproof and simple And available from £25+ on Amazon. If you are confident that the weather is going to be warm and dry then you don’t need at all I’ve slept like this on y y nights Thanks for heads up Steve It looks good but I think it’s a little harder to that track down over here in the UK For whatever reason the range of bivys in the US seems completely different from the range available here. For more details including pack size and internal dimensions view the source data in Google Sheets Further to my last post I have been looking at the Highlander Hawk Do you have any information on it? y thanks for. Hmmm I have only two theories 1 Is the Rab Storm really old? 2 Does it happen if you swap s (ie is of you sweatier than the other?!) Other than that I don’t know – according to the price tag the Rab should be much better… There is a solution to midges and insects in Australia you get expensive bivvies I spent over $300 on my bivvie and it has an insect flap and this amazing material called gammatex You get what you pay for and in my opinion its to get few but expensive gear I love your. Pingback: Adventure is Out There: Wild camping north of the M25 - Anna S E Lundberg --> Hi apologies if this is covered elsewhere (I can’t find anything) Inspired by you I’ve used a a little bit and loved it – now my girls (9 and 10) are desperate to ride out and with me (we’ve d y nights in the garden in sleeping with their duvets on top!) – but I’m not sure about s for children? Is it ok just to use a normal I’ve read somewhere about kids getting sort of ‘trapped’ in them? Any experience thoughts? Cheers David Hello! Im looking for a lightweight small pack size and breathable that wont break the bank I was hoping that the kne im considering was in your table but its not! Any thoughts on the Snugpak special forces bivi? Available for less than £5 the orange emergency survival is lightweight 100% waterproof and a viable option in some circumstances (e.g if it’s breezy and/or you don’t really expect much rain) The problem of course is that it is 100% *not* breathable so all the moisture and sweat from your body gets stuck inside the runs down the sides and pools at the bottom Not very pleasant It also has no fastening at the top just a huge hole The option is usually to sleep on top of it until it rains or you anticipate a heavy dew Sleeping somewhere breezy and keeping the open will help circulate air and lying downhill may help drain the moisture Summary: cheap enough that there’s no excuse not to bivouac but only a long-term option for the hardiest. The US military surplus s are rated over four stars and are about $40 for new less for used s I have. Try to find a U.S army issue sleeping system They have a gore tex bobby and multi layer system I use mine quite often and it’s kept me dry in the winter in wisconsin Hi Alastair Great post getting out there with a is great I love my tent but a gives you a better all round outdoor experience Lying there enjoying the night sky is unbeatable (assuming it doesn’t rain) 🙂 Great site by the way Thanks for sharing your adventures with us David 🙂 Reply Right on! Ive actually been using my $20 tent and sleeping together as a makeshift I’ve realized that I would much rather sleep with the stars over my head than a tent covering I just wrap my self up like a burrito and pass out like a baby I sleep better this way and since I free-camp I feel l have a better sense of my surroundings where I can wake up and look around if I hear something or want to make sure the coast is clear And if it’s going to rain (this is for urban/semi urban environments) I just find a school church or abandd building and they usually have extended roofs that provide some overhead shelter The tent works fine for now but once it’s outlived its usefulness I’ll be buying a proper for sure Great piece brother. Treat yourself to something a bit nicer! Reply Thanks for that Tim I live in the Alps and I’ve recently started taking my 7 year old son out hiking with overnight bivis and he absolutely loves it After spending a very shivery night under the stars in october I thought it was about time we invested in some bivi s and this page has given me all the info. Thanks for the reply Both s only a year or two old and this issue happens before getting in so is not down to condensation from the body but from moisture in the air condensing on the outside of the as the temperature drops Hmm oh well off to buy a new from Alpkit I suppose By the way where is the location of the image near the top of the page – red tent and mountain – it looks like a place I have to visit! Cheers. I carry a small bit of tarp for those times that you get a downpour – just create a basic ‘A’ frame with some sticks and paracord and Bob’s your uncle Obviously this means you can’t see the stars but I use an army bivi which doesn’t cover your face so the tarp is always welcome in worse weather When it’s fine obviously there is. Hello again thank you for the reply I thought as much as regards the 2 bivys alright The method to my madness was to put the sleeping inside the bivy sack to stop the moisture from your breath getting onto the and to stop the sleeping having direct contact with the walls of the tent Then to be in the bivy tent (because id rather be sealed up when im out) but have the vents open and a tarp over the top I realise im adding weight and bulk but I carry a tarp and bivy sac anyway even when bringing a tent so I can leave the main pack behind and not have to worry about shelter if anything goes wrong I can order on line but I wanted the “rab ridge master” because of the extra hoop at the foot end and also the side door entrance simple because with the side door and a tarp over the top I have a nice work and lounge area in bad weather Unfortunately the rab ridge master has been discontinued. I agree that if space / weight is not an issue then the Army s are. I have found the Exped with PU floor as the so far all the /Jerker I find the solar works way warmer inside a sleeping rather than outside Regular bivy works way better in survival situation than light The name of game is holding in the heat of your body and u spend most of your time trying to keep the snug around neck and is pain I wish they made the hoodie version with draw string in the no zipper version like the lite Too much heat loss with zipper. Pingback: Microadventure breaks in the UK: travel thrills without the holiday hassle | Trip- Yes – really good and value for. (My wife and I used two Survival Z Lites for 16 months’ cycling around the world In winter we used them for warmth year-round when camping to protect our inflatable mats and in summer to bivi outside Read my full review here) Summary: light enough to carry in addition to a tent and excellent for Alpine climbing or ultra-running However the Survival Z Lite is not waterproof. There is also a Snugpak (non-SF) Bivi which is bascally the same but lighter as it doesn’t have the. Pingback: Microadventure kit list | Alastair Humphreys --> Got a swift response from Terra Nova: they’ve run out of stock for the Jupiter’s poles so they won’t be in stock again until some time after June Reply Pingback: Wild camping on Dartmoor | safarinewseg Great website Alastair I used an Outdoor Research Helium Bivy for a third of the last year running around the coast of Britain light compact and waterproof Im after a double that isn’t bright orange for discreet nights with the missis Any sources? Save to get e-mail alerts and updates on your eBay Feed Unfollow to stop getting updates on your eBay feed You'll receive email and Feed alerts when new items off email alerts.

Thanks for the details Dennis You sound like a sales! Reply Pingback: comparison table Rival Nemesis - Red NERF Rival Nemesis Blaster Coupon 2018 Pingback: REVIEW: Battle of the Bivys – Teil 2 : SPARTANAT Brilliant thanks for sharing that Brian I’ve added links above or. After strolling for three days and two nights I became as nervous as the deer I startled on my way and I soo needed a shower But I did it on my own in the over regulated and overpopulated Netherlands where the fine for camping in the wild is between 60 and 95 euro’s Showing them your blog I invite people with a garden to get out there and spend the night in their backyard As a micro-microadventure Less scary and yet so. I bought The Rab Ridge Raider bivy sack The upper part of the bivy sack is made of a 3-layer 40-denier eVent fabric which is known for its superb breathability and durability while the floor is made of durable abrasion-resistant nylon The bivy sack comes with DAC Pressfit pole so that you can suspend the material in the head area When the head area is suspended the bivy sack offers an internal height of 58 centimeters which is indeed impressive for such a light and small (when packed) shelter The pole comes in the external sleeve and can be secured with stakes to stay upright Additionally the bivy sack is equipped with six stake loops and a no-see-um mesh door to keep the insects out All in all the Rab Ridge Raider bivy sack is a great option for lightweight hikers and mountaineers who want a shelter that is bigger than an ordinary bivy sack but smaller and lighter than a -person tent. Larger bivi s (like ex-army bivvies or the Alpkit Hunka XL) have enough space to fit your rucksack and boots inside On the other hand some ultra-lightweight s (like the Rab Survival Z Lite) might not even an inflatable camping mat The tables below do not show internal measurements but you can see them in my source spreadsheet Packed size/weight s are generally fairly lightweight The lightest weighs just 200g However some of the fancier hooped bivvies can weigh over a kilogram and ex-army s are often 800g Given that you can get -person tents that weigh less than a kilo these days it is worth paying some attention to the weight Weights of all s are displayed in the tables below. Tim… I know this is a long thread going over a number of years a lot of knowledge displayed…… I have been looking for a twin hooped ex-army bivy that is shown on you tube … supposed to be an ex SAS sniper set up ( handy for hunting) they don’t seem to be available anymore … (A) any idea where I might locate (B) there is a ex-Russian military set up advertised however it seems not to be breathable in the absence of the British army what do you reckon about the Russian ex-military observation twin hooped bivies ……Carinthian do a similar set up however they are Wayyyyyy over my budget For your help thanks Eddy Excellent It’s a great and they’re reduced on Amazon at the moment: /1MmfGaT The option would be to ‘forget’ to bring of the s and then tell them they have to share the remaining ! Reply Thanks Mary Sounds like an interesting ! I’ve just got a Hunka XL myself and looking forward to testing. You are using an outdated browser Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience. Html tags you can use: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> Notify me of followup comments via e-mail Three others that I’d mention (not that there aren’t a million of them now) – Nemo’s GoGo (LE and Elite) Titanium Goat Biivvies (Ptarmigan and Kestrel) and the Miles. Al Humphreys adventure + Frank Turner music what. Trying to choose a for my husband for Christmas He’s a ranger with the National Trust for Scotland and spends a lot of nights out on the hill My question is do all the recommended s have a mesh window for insect protection? Midges are hell. Hi Tim nice review Tell me please do you have any experience of Outdoor Research bivis?? The Outdoor Research Helium is a really good At only 510 grams (18oz) this is the lightest hooped by a long stretch It also happens to be much cheaper than most others It is less than half the price of the Terra Nova Jupiter I’ve been using for a couple of years now and reckon it’s excellent It is not as sturdy as the heavier Terra Nova Jupiter so will no doubt be more susceptible to wear and tear But all in all it is a really good for the price especially given how light it is OR Helium from £135 Like the new web site! Good article too on bivi s I used the Rab Survival Z on my walk in Spain and loved the feeling of being connected to nature more so than in a tent While there can be condensation some nights I think the compact and light design cancels out this occasional problem For Scotland in Summer I agree that an enclosed small tent would be better Tarptents may provide the compromise between a bivi and a tent to keep the midges away in Scotland … / Or you can make your own … /projects Thanks Ozzie I think you might be describing the Rab Storm bivi Other readers have had problems with it too (see here) Army bivvies don’t usually have any zips – normally just a large draw cord at the top – so that’s interesting to hear I’m glad you’ve found it useful. You can use inside your tent as an extra layer in the cold It might beat carrying around a bulky 4 season synthetic sleeping That being said if you are going to be camping in freezing temperatures you’ll probabaly want a down anyway They pack down night. The chief disadvantage of these is that you will realise in the morning how much vapour your body gives off in a night! Your sleeping will be quite damp (See facial expression on above…) But for a single night microadventure they are absolutely fine And they only cost about £5.

Magnificent article thanks! Which do you think is more breathable: the Alpkit Hunka or the Highlander Hawk? Both are made of nylon but the Alpkit is more water resistant (and cheaper) and thus might be less breathable I’m thinking of fixing a mesh net in the Alpkit so I would basically get a cheaper lighter and more water resistant version of the Hawk – or at least that’s. Brilliant Info Tim thanks For feedback I used an OR hooped helium bivy for 130 nights in a year running around the coast of Britain and stayed dry in all weathers with varying condensation throughout the year The significant factor is my sleeping though often wet on the outside,was never so inside I love it Question: I want to buy a discretely coloured double lightweight bivy for two of us not bright orange. I’ve been working hard to encourage people to get out and try a microadventure Microadventures are a refresh button for.

The biggest branded rival to the ex-army s is the Alpkit Hunka which has been around for years This is the safest bet for a non-hooped : they are well made waterproof breathable and reasonably priced Summary: excellent basic Hard. Hey Sherpa thanks for flagging up those other bivvies Terra Nova Moonlite – I’ve seen this before but it’s currently out of stock so I’ve emailed Terra Nova to see if it’s coming back It’s really light for a waterproof/breathable so I’d be interested to try it If it’s still being made then I’ll add it to the chart Montbell Breeze Dry Tec UL – seems to be an American that’s not stocked in the UK I’ve not included US bivvies here because their range is for the most part completely different Perhaps I should do a separate article for them SOL Escape Bivis – these look really interesting as cheap lightweight s The reviews on them look alright so I’ll see if I can get my hands on They also look like US products but seem to be available here in the UK too so I’ll get them on the table next time I update it Thanks. Notify me of follow-up comments by email This site uses Akismet to reduce spam Learn how your comment data is processed. Rab’s Survival Z s are sometimes described as “sleeping covers” rather than bivi s They are very thin and are quite a tight fit around camping mat and sleeping However they are extremely lightweight and pack down very small The regular Survival Z’s Pertex Shield is waterproof in all but the heaviest showers (hydrostatic head of 10,000) the Survival Z Lite’s is not waterproof (it uses Pertex Endurance with an HH of 1,000) I would recommend them for protecting a sleeping from dew spills and other damage; for Alpine climbing where you’ll sleep on snow and want wind protection but are not worried about rain; for ultra-running or other activities where every gram counts; in addition to a tent for extra warmth in winter or so you can outside when the weather. Thanks Daniel That’s really helpful (and very light)! Duly added to the table Pingback: HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON A SOLO TREKKING EXPEDITION | Adventure with Adam Pingback: WILD & FREE MICROADVENTURE: SLEEP. Hey Chris thanks for the notes That’s really handy If you get a Snugpak SF then do let me know how you get on. True indeed The only problem with down is it’s blooming expensive!! Iv read great reviews of the vaude however If it was made of event or goretex then I wouldn’t hesitate a bit Thanks again for getting back to me sir Sincerely Mike. Jacqui so sorry for not replying to you I’ve only just noticed your comment You’ve probably long since made your decision but from what I’ve read the Highlander Hawk is a solid choice Proper waterproof and breathable material with a mesh face cover and good reviews In the UK it’s on Amazon for £50: . /dp/B003BBTX8U/?tag=thenexcha0b-21 Good article Tim I often use a rab ascent bivi (similar to the rab storm but made of event) It’s quite a clever design in that it has a zip out bug mesh and a cord attached to the top flap That can be supported by a walking pole to hold the mouth of the bivi open The bug mesh keeps the mozzies out but you get plenty of fresh air circulation I also have a ridge raider thing that I think would be worthy of considering in your article is whether each bivi leaves room for a sleeping to loft if an air matress is used I had a very cold night in my raider last winter because I used an exped synmat 9 UL in my bivi I was sleeping in a rap ascent 900 but unfortunately the mat compressed most of the loft out of it I was so cold my muscles cramped up and painfull The storm was too fierce to risk moving as visability was only a few feet (Pen y fan) I have since bought a thermarest Xtherm which is not as thick Yet to try it in winter. Under £20 and with very good specs but no mention of the fabric? Sod it ordered anyway I’ll let you know how I get on /karrimor-x-lite-bivi--781084 Thanks for the comment Tim and an interesting question I’m not sure I paid enough attention in school to be able to answer it with science However even if you’re right about those nights that are 100% humidity and raining all night what about all the nights that aren’t? Either way I love your thinking and would really like to hear how you get on For what it’s worth if you’re really expecting long wet nights then a tent is probably the only real way to stay dry You can get some that way less than a hooped. If you’re looking for microadventure ideas try the Year of Microadventure Challenge watch a few videos of my microadventures or - of all- buy a signed copy of the -selling Microadventures book! Well it looks very small very light and very cheap I’ve not tested it myself (although I’ve just emailed Terra Nova to ask for ) but my hunch would be that it’s either not that waterproof or more likely not that breathable But if you just want something small and light to keep the dew off and protect your sleeping then it’ll probably be pretty good The lightweight alternatives are the Rab Survival Zs which are more expensive and a budget alternative would be the Alpkit Hunka Hope that helps for. Survival s are also great for hu toboganning! See: /SBnwF 🙂 Ah yes! Thanks – brilliantly simple: this is probably why you can make it round the world and I can barely make it to the end of the road without returning home twice for things I’ve forgotten It is a great solution the will ‘grow’ with them too as the knot gets lower down the – thanks David Y thanks for the advice Tim! I decided at the end to go for the ex-army : As you say they seem to tick lots of boxes and are very affordable Test it/use its few time to see if the mesh thing was something more in my mind that in reality (besides slug cannot be that bad can they?) an allnighter and take it from there There is always a fall back position. Hey Jas Thanks for the heads-up I’d not heard of Hipora/Hypora before but it certainly sounds interesting I’ll keep my eyes peeled for any Hipora s appearing in the UK Let me know how you get on with your Tim Reply Pingback: Bikepacking Across the Cairngorms (Photo Blog)The Next Challenge | The Next Challenge Pingback: s! Why do you need ? – theexcitableeducatoroutdoors --> Jake thanks for taking the time to share that information I was waiting for a reply from Rab They said: “There are two different fabrics used on the bivi The base is made from a non-breathable fabric which is used because of its high hydrostatic head of 10,000mmm This is important as it is under direct pressure from your body on the ground The upper fabric is under no pressure and so uses a lighter fabric which is breathable and has a hydrostatic head of 3000mm This is still higher than y tent outer fabrics and more than sufficient to keep rain out.” This obviously contradicts the email that you received but my hunch is that whoever emailed you made a mistake All the literature suggests that the Storm Bivi is breathable and it would be a pretty poor design for it not to be A non-breathable waterproof base on the other hand is common and good practice. I have found the Exped with PU floor as the so far .com/exped/web / all the /Jerker If you do head off on a microadventure please let me know Tag it on Twitter with the hashtag #microadventure or pop something on the new Microadventures Facebook Page If you’d like to come on a microadventure with me sign up here If you have any friends who could benefit from a microadventure please send them. I like the Army Gortex Bivy Cover; the side zipper is very convenient and it is nicely breathable However I also have the RAB Bivy (the model is yellow on top and black floor I think the floor is nylon and the yellow top is event The floor is the problem — I have never had an experience with it that gave me a dry night — the condensation (I believe caused by the nylon floor) spoils the whole experience. Trying a canvas sleeproll this year no idea how it will proceed 🙂 Reply Hey Mike thanks for the kind words Were you suggesting a second bivi inside another ? I’ve not tried it but I am pretty sure that would result in a lot of sweaty condensation Bear in mind that the condensation inside a sealed bivi comes from your body so it’s not a case of keeping it out but letting it out The way to reduce moisture in a bivi is probably just to pitch it somewhere a bit breezy and leave it open as much as possible Presumably you could just pay for shipping for an online order of the Jupiter / Ridge Raider? Or Advanced Bivi was recommend to me by a Swedish friend so checked it out and it does seem like a good piece of kit – do you have any thoughts on this product? This article is part of my Comparison Series You might also like: Comparison of Camping Mats Base Layer Materials Multi Fuel Stoves and Gas Canister Camping Stoves – Thanks Rob I hope you find something appropriate If you do buy online please do consider using my affiliate links above Either way let me know how you. The picture below shows an Army on the left a Rab in the middle and a snoring Welsh in an unknown on. I’m afraid I don’t know What I would recommend is just buying something very cheap Try it out for a few months and decide if you live ing enough to buy something good Seriously – the orange at the top of this post will be fine for you to begin with Good luck! Al Climbing the highest mountain in ireland in a couple of weeks and snow is expected so i want to bring the in case temperature go down more than expected… Laugavegur Trail Iceland… Reply Hi Alfie the Snugpak Stratosphere looks most similar to the Vaude bivi on my list i.e a decent lower budget hooped bivi It’s waterproof and breathable although I think it might be using coated nylon rather than a waterproof membrane which means like the Vaude it might be a little sweatier and/or lose its waterproofing faster over time Looks like a good though and I’m sure it will be fine Enjoy the Highlands! I understand as you stated that waterproof and cheap materials (non-gortex) means lots of interior condensation So here is my question: In an all night rainstorm 100% humidity outside the bivi will it be any less humid inside the gortex bivi versus the cheap AquaQuest “Hoopla” bivi in those conditions? My understanding of porous membranes says no it will not be any better Am I wrong on this? I think the expensive gortex will only help inside dampness if the humidity outside the bivy is lower than the humidity inside the bivy Trying to figure out if the cheap hooped bivi that I hope to never use is the better buy for my application than the expensive gortex hooped (terra nova jupiter or rab ridge) bivi Thanks in advance for your reply From another Tim As a longtime hiker/camper I can see a gap in the bivi/tent market that needs plugging Reply Hi Eddy A) My only suggestions would be the obvious online searches (Ebay Amazon Google Google Shopping and perhaps Gumtree) and trying local army surplus stores B) I’ve never seen a Russian military and I can’t find any online to look at If it’s really not breathable then avoid it as it’ll be rubbish Better to get a proper double-hooped (like the incredibly expensive Terra Nova Saturn) or settle for a single hoop (like the Snugpak Stratosphere or Helium if price is the issue) Thanks Tim. Updated MAy 2016: Six Eight new bivvies added to the table from Alpkit Vaude Terra Nova Snugpak Highlander and Outdoor Research Plus hydrostatic head (HH) ratings included for all non-Goretex/eVent fabrics UPDATED JULY 2016: I’ve added some new software to make the table sortable by e.g price weight and whether it’s hooped or has a mosquito net It should also display properly on mobiles I hope it’s helpful but let me know any problems UPDATED OCTOBER 2016: tables are now sortable by e.g size/weight/price and the original source spreadsheets are now available online Details below UPDATED MAY 2018: links updated 26 bivvies now included. I’ve used the Karrimor a couple of times on cold drizzly nights in the woods Kept me dry and very compact too Another budget model I recently spotted is from Decathlon just over £20 gotta be better than a plastic ! .uk/waterproof-and-breathable-hiking-sleeping--cover-grey- All in all they are excellent The downsides are that they are surprisingly big and heavy (you can get - tents that weigh less) and being non-hooped just leave you to flap the Goretex hood over your face during the rain (N.B “Ex-army” these days may not mean it’s ever actually been used by the army which is fine but just watch out for cheap imitations that are not Goretex These will be more like the previous Hi-Gear-type bivvies described above) Summary: big tough waterproof breathable and cheap An excellent Quite big and heavy though and no hoop for. Hi Al Encouraging and inspiring site Definitely up for trying It’s a whole new concept for me as I’ve always been a tent guy Came across the site when looking up what ing was after seeing s fire sale on tera nova Keen to visit that place pictured at the top! Where abouts. Hi Nazzarena The Pieps bivi s look like non-waterproof emergency covers so good as a back up in dry weather or underneath a tarp I’ve added the Vaude Biwak I and II to my table Their hydrostatic head is only 3,000mm which means they are not properly waterproof just OK for a light shower They’re light though and very cheap Hope that helps Tim Pingback: Which should I Buy? | s | Alastair Humphreys First of all thank you for a very good comparison and review There is that you didn’t mention A that I believe are in the same category as Terra Nova or maybe even better The name is “Bivy T” and are made by TAIGA of Sweden /bivy--t-iir-p-847-c- I think I have this is it dark green? They’ve stopped selling them I think but I love it! It’s incredibly light and not too bad on the condensation front I’m about to use it in a snow hole in the Cairngorms next week so will let you know how I get on! What do you think. Hi Going to give ing ago for the first time on the South Downs next week with 2 of my unsuspecting pals Being the generous guy I am I’ve treated them both to a £5 survival each I havent unpacked these yet thought I’d leave it for when we arrive but my question is I could only get double survival s are these going to be too big for person? will this/has this caused any any problems in the past? Great site AH and recently purchased your book both very inspirational! Thanks Steve How about a Dutch army hooped – mines very. Agreed! This trip was torture due to midges. Thanks Tom for review and sharing this post have all information. So what does all of this mean Gortex works well and relatively quickly shedding your water vapor to the outside of your tent or jacket when there is a big difference between the humidity (water vapor) inside your tent/jacket versus outside your tent jacket As the outside weather gets more and more humid and approaches the humidity inside your gortex tent/jacket the shedding effect of humidity slows down and eventually stops when humidity is the same inside your jacket as outside your jacket And it can even reverse pushing humidity from the outside air through the gortex to the air inside your jacket/tent if the water vapor (humidity) outside is greater than the humidity inside your tent/jacket Yes – it’s really good and value. There seem to be a range of s now that are more like micro tents Just about big enough for you to get into but have some structure to them so they rest on top of the sleeping at least at the head anyway Take the terra nova jupiter as an expensive example In terms of the way I travel I prefer a tent (i often have loads of motorcycle gear with me) but these type of s are useful for emergency shelter or when caught out in between cheap gueshouses in South America / Africa and. Tim Moss has supported over 100 expeditions across all seven continents He has climbed new mountains crossed a desert on foot and recently cycled 13,000 miles around the world He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society London and a Guinness World Record Holder He aims to encourage more people to live adventurously. Hi the links you gave for the Terra Nova Jupiter no longer seem to sell that item? I can’t find it anywhere on the website that you link to Mind you I’m tired right now and it’s late so maybe I’m missing it Or do they no longer sell it? Regards That said several reviews do suggest that the breathability – regardless of the technicalities of the fabric –. Thanks Tim! Reply After reading this entry I get hunka on I’ts cool. Tim/jacqui….how about the ‘kelty trail’ for a hoopless bivy with a mozzie mesh? Waterproofing is measured with a rating called hydrostatic head (HH) 10,000 or more means you’ll stay dry in all but the worst weather Lower than that and it will probably start to seep through in heavy weather and puddles I have a with a rating of 1,000 which is fine for spills and brief showers but lets water through in anything more Any made with Goretex or eVent will be waterproof Breathability Breathability is the extent to which the fabric will allow water vapour to escape It is particularly important in s because unlike tents any condensation that forms inside them will instantly make you and your sleeping feel damp If the you are interested in uses Goretex eVent or Pertex then its breathability will be fine Don’t give it another thought.   Shouting from my shed Get the latest news updates and happenings via my shed-based newsletter. Hi John How great to hear from you again! That race was of my favourite adventures – happy times indeed… Reply David have you seen the bivvies with mosquito nets? I know the Terra Nova Jupiter has (if you’re feeling flush) Google it or click the link on my name. Prices range about £30 for a budget ex-army to a whopping great £350 for the luxurious Terra Nova Saturn If price is an issue you can always just get an orange survival for £4 and make do with that – Buying online? If you decide to buy a after reading this article please do consider using of my links If you do at no cost to you I will get a small percentage of whatever. Hi I was considering buying a Rab storm bivi but could find no information about the Hyperlite storm fabric used in its construction so I phd Rab and the helpful chap sent me an email with the details of the fabric I was shocked to find that it only has a HH of 3000 and to top this it is a PU coated nylon that is not I repeat NOT breathable!!! Even though the advertising says it’s breathable! Thanks Ian The Dutch Army Hooped Bivis look like they’ll have the same proprerties as a British Army Hoopless Bivi (i.e tough spacious bulky heavy) but with the obvious advantages of a hoop For the prices on Ebay (~£90) they’re probably your bet for a lower cost hooped bivy The US Army Modular Sleep System looks neat and is no doubt very durable If you’re planning on using the sleeping s as well and like the idea of an integrated system then I’m sure they’ll be good Otherwise my hunch is that a simpler British army bivy will be better (i.e possibly smaller/lighter due to less attachments easier to use with other sleeping s and without a opening on the side which could leak) I hope that helps Let me know what you decide. The Survival Z is super lightweight and if you’re not worried about waterproofing you can get the even lighter Survival Z Lite The next thing would probably just be an orange survival Rab Survival. Tim just in to assist in your hunt for info / specs on the Karrimor X-Lite Bivi there is a french site with some info on what appears to be the same product I think it’s had a face lift but it’s the same If you go to this page and use google translate – ner- /forum ?id=24635 it lists the approx dimensions as Overall Length: 215cm (+/-) Shoulder width: 75cm (+/-) Width feet: 50cm (+/-) I’m going to order as it seems quite a view have tested it and it appears to be a decent bit of kit was a toss up between that and an British Military Bivi but I think the low weight / bulk will be. Interesting article Just a heads up to say that the Rab Ridge Raider is now on offer at Go Outdoors Too big is only a problem for the weight of carrying it. The only problem with using a inside a tent is the lack of breathability Even the good s get very sweaty when they’re inside two layers of nylon tent If it’s cold then the sweat can freeze on the inside of your which gets messy – even less breathable and melts again onto your precious (down) sleeping If you’re carrying anyway then you can always put it underneath your camping mat for extra warmth/protection. Hi David I don’t know of kid-specific s If you’re worried you could always tie a knot in the bottom? Let me know how you. Hi Paul getting into and out of bivi s is certainly part of the fun! I suppose options for improving your lot would be: Put your mat outside the bivi rather than inside (obviously works better with solid foam roll mats) Get a bigger bivi Army bivvies are the biggest whilst the lightest s tend to be the smallest Get a bivi with a zipped side entrance Get a hooped bivi They present their own challenges but at least they stay open Apart from that perhaps you could do some practice drills in the safety of your living room? Good luck! Tim. Hi Tim I’m going on the Fjallraven Classic hike in Sweden and only 15 years old I’m looking for a bivy that can withstand the conditions of Sweden in August as well as being very small and compact I have d some research and most of the products out on the market look great but reviews on most say otherwise Most of the issues are condensation or not waterproof and too stuffy from being too small The Outdoor Research bivy s look very good but the Helium had little structure and looks like could rip of and rough objects hit the surface The Advanced bivi of theirs looks amazing and everything I’m looking for but way out of my budget around £100-180 Do you have any recommendations? Any help would be greatly appreciated Thanks. Hey Zac thanks for the message If you want tough and inexpensive go with an ex-army They’re the toughest of the lot breathe well and are huge Failing that the Alpkit Hunka XL would be your next bet Unfortunately hooped bivvis that are tough don’t come cheap The Helium is excellent but you’re right it could rip on rocks Does that help? Thanks Tim Reply Pingback: Bikepacking s | Review | The Next Challenge Hello Tim This is an excellent page Another that you might want to consider including is the Karrimor X-lite I have of these and on the several times I have used it there has been very little or no condensation It looks almost identical to the Alpkit Hunka and the breathability statistics given by the ufacturers are the same but it’s cheaper and more easily available Thanks Daniel Pingback: First microadventure | Breaking Strain Events --> Mark Posted May 6 2014at 2:44 pm Hi Alistair Great website. I’ve not used the Hawk yet I’m afraid but the Alpkit is good and the breathability is fine Alpkit stuff is always decent – not the but reliable – so that would be the safer bet The hydrostatic head of 4,000 on the Hawk won’t be good enough in heavy rain P.S Sewing on a mesh net sounds great If it’s too fiddly though a mosquito headnet would be a crude alternative. Our new search experience requires JavaScript to be enabled Please enable JavaScript on your browser then. The luxury option for bivouacers is the hooped bivi: these s have or more poles like a tiny tent That means you can zip yourself inside when it rains and still sleep comfortably They also allow better air flow meaning less stickiness and condensation inside Pegging the s out means they stand up on their own stay in place and improves airflow for better moisture agement The downside is that they are not instant to pitch and strike and they weigh a little more too Aqua Quest ‘Hoopla’ (and other cheap plastic hooped bivis) >> Tested by the author Pingback: Camping Mats: The Complete & Definitive Guide Pingback: Base Layer Materials - Merino Bamboo Synthetic & Cotton Pingback: The Mid Layers - The Definitive Review Hey Tim! Thanks for the great comparisons What bivy would you recommend for unsupported bikepacking races? It needs to be waterproof breathable and light Seems impossible I will sleep under the open sky every night so waterproofness is a must :) Thanks again. Check price ➜ – BUYER’S GUIDE This should help inform your purchase so you know what to look for in a. Hi Al Is the Alpkit Hunka still the on the market (at its price range) in your opinion? I can’t find any recent reviews on t’interweb I foolishly handed back my loyal issued when I left the forces – some sort of stubborn principle against wearing green and sleeping in ditches! Thanks. Hey Mike you’re certainly right about the hooped bivvies with more structure to them There seem to be even more of them over in the US than here in the UK but we still have plenty I think the main advantages of the hooped bivvies is rain and bug protection The downsides obviously are that they are not quite as good at the rest of the strengths e.g quick pitch/strike being discreet and not weighing. Hey Tobias I’d either go for the Rab Survival Z (not the ‘Lite’ version) Terra Nova Discovery LITE I’ve not slept in either myself but the former has been around for a long time and the latter’s made with Goretex so waterproofing is guaranteed Alternatively I’d consider that little bit extra weight for a Outdoor Research Helium Bivy Only 500g but it’s hooped which is so much better in. I hope this all helps Contact me if you need any more help (after checking this first of course!) If the weather is nice I cannot over-state how cool ing is… If it’s not nice then a basha means you’ll still have fun I really recommend a basha if the weather is a. Hey Denis I think the Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy looks good It’s hooped made with Goretex follows a simple design and is similar in both weight and price to the Terra Nova Jupiter and Rab Ridge Raider so I suspect it will be a good piece of kit Let me know what you decide! Bivouac is a real world that’s been hijacked conjugated (e.g bivouacing bivouacking bivouaced bivouacer) abbreviated ( bivvie bivi) and sometimes both (ing bivvier bivvied) I don’t think there’s any particular spellings that are “right” I tend to go with bivi and ing but include all sorts of spellings to help people find these articles on Google Similarly they are sometimes referred to as bivy s bivy sacks bivy tents and simplies bivvies. A lot of people have awful trouble with midges and so did I until a farmer friend told me of “Avon skin so soft” amazing stuff they don’t come near it it’s the insect repelent I’ve ever know give it a go. Very interesting list thanks for the effort! A few additional lightweight contenders (I hope I didnt overlook anything in your list): Terra Nova Moonlite; Montbell Breeze Dry Tec UL Bivy; SOL Escape Bivi; SOL Escape Lite Bivi If you have any insights on these they would be very much appreciated. Hey Dan thanks for flagging up the Snugpak Special Forces Bivvi Looks like I need to add that to the list What stands out from its stats is the hydrostatic head of 5,000mm (see Buyer’s Guide above for an explanation) That means it will probably be fine in a short shower but won’t keep you dry in heavy rain or if you lie on wet ground At 440g it actually looks slightly heavier than the Alpkit Hunka which is cheaper and has a higher hydrostatic head (10,000mm) so that might be a better option for you Back in stock this month apparently Hope that. – Comparison of Camping Mats Just picked up the Vaude “bivi” that includes a hoop over the head Added ventilation and bug protection as well as giving room for a book will be much appreciated Will be testing in Corsica for a few weeks if any’s interested. If you are in the UK there is usually a risk of rain The cheapest way to stay dry is with of these orange survival s They are a handy thing to own anyway if you are heading into. I looked into this a little deeper and if any is interested here are my findings in simplified terms Apologies in advance for the length of this If you completely under the physics of partial pressures and equilibrium and the structure of gortex and why it works skip to the last paragraph for the “nugget” in this. Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked * Might be a bit over the top budget-vise but I use the Caronthia observer I used it with a carinthia defence 6 sleeping in minus 35 celsius and I was warm and well rested the next day Both are issued to me though… Reply *waterproof rating is the ‘hydrostatic head’ of the fabric 10,000 is fully waterproof All hooped bivvies have mosquito nets To sort table by weight use the ‘Ounces’ column It works better For more details including pack size and internal dimensions view the source data in Google Sheets   Appreciating the commitment you put into your site and detailed information you present It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed information Wonderful read! I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account. © Copyright 2012 – 2013 Alastair Humphreys All rights reserved. Thanks Fraser Very helpful Do let me know how you get on with it It’s cheap and light so I’d be interested to hear how waterproof and breathable. A step-up from the orange bin option is this breathable for £17 The British Army’s s are good too They are GoreTex a discreet green and enormous (a good and bad point) Buy here. Thank you to the y people who have kindly "bought me a coffee" for just £ as encouragement to keep this blog going "Yes I too would like to donate a couple of pounds to. Dear Tim y thanks for an excellent article For a light weight cycle your across the Alps I am planning to I am deciding between rab alpine (more expensive but lighter) or the highlander hawk (cheaper heavier but sturdy low profile) Given pros and cons which would you go for? Thanks again. Good read! I have only ever used the military issue s which are as you say enormous! I have a friend who uses a much smaller (and more expensive!) Rab and it is always wet on the inside due to condensation Because of the larger size and increased airflow inside the good old issue this never happens! I’m doing the southwest coast path in a couple of weeks and was thinking of taking just a bivi tarp and hammock as I have a small lightweight tent but it still feels to heavy I’m thinking lighter faster and easier It may take 6 weeks any comments welcome.! The big square sided hoop makes getting in and out of the much easier than the Jupiter and allows more air in and out It does increase the profile though so makes it a little more intrusive and may even suffer in high winds – not something bivviers usually have to worry about Summary: great bivi good simple design same as the Terra Nova Jupiter but with an extra large hoop and door Check price now ➜ s no longer ufactured The following s are not available any more They are included for reference although you may still find them on Amazon. How about the Pieps Alien Bivy and the current s from Vaude (BIWAK I and II) Thanks I really am not a gear geek I was going to say “you need to ask Tim Moss” and then saw that he has already commented!! Reply If you do head off on a microadventure please let me know Tag it on Twitter with the hashtag #microadventure or pop something on the new Microadventures Facebook Page If you’d like to come on a microadventure with me sign up here If you have any friends who could benefit from a microadventure please send them. Found your site after researching an issue with my so hope you can shed some light Was ing out in Cumbria this week photographing the lunar eclipse with my brother when I noticed my Rab Storm was covered in dew yet my brother’s Aplkit Hunka was perfectly dry This moisture had migrated/formed inside too getting my down quite damp This happened the following night at a different location but similar conditions – clear night sky air temp 8°C and hardly any wind The materials used must be different but wondering why the big difference? I would have been better off not using any cover and may have to downgrade my kit from. Hey Alastair – I just stumbled across you here while making enquiries about s I didn’t know what a was but heard in the news that a Scottish couple were found alive and well yesterday after getting caught out in a storm in the Cairgorms Mountain rescuers who found them said that it was their s that saved them Anyway I just thought i’d drop you a line… I was of the crew on the yacht Maiden that you were on… Cape Town to Rio 2003 yacht race… remember?? Anyway if you have a minute drop me a line….it would be good to hear how/where you are?! Take care – John Dowson. Hi Francis good question I think it just comes down to cost vs weight The Rab Alpine will be the better at just over half the weight but it’s almost four times the price If you’re feeling flush and going really lightweight (e.g no panniers) then go Rab If you’d rather save pennies or are using panniers then go Highlander Of course you could get the Alpkit Hunka which is both cheap. It would be helpful on the comments if people (apart from AL) gave an actual short review of their experience rather than wank on about specs and gear People don’t want the company marketing spiel repeated they want to hear the actual experience At the end of the day you could survive most microadventures in night sleeping in a few layers of clothes with a survival or a weatherproof synthetic sleeping – you don’t need the if it’s just night Our skin is waterproof just make sure your mat is decent! Sorry I wasn’t specific The picture with the red rent and the mountain peak! If you think you will use your regularly for multiple nights or if you are going to in more difficult conditions here are a couple of really good breathable s: I just returned from a wet trip with my Rab Storm bivi which I used in a MLD trailstar tarp My biggest problem was getting in and out of the thing I use a thermorest mat inside which means the becomes flat and stiff Getting in and out at the top end invites clashes with the low roof of the tarp and is almost impossible without dragging myself and the sleeping onto the wet ground Not to mentid calf cramps from the contortions to get my legs out Surely there is and easier way? Hi Greg the SWCP is excellent for ing but distinctly lacking in trees for tarps/hammocks I’d normally say the choice is down to personal preference but on this occasion I’d definitely recommend a or tent rather than a hammock/tarp. Thanks Palle The Bristelcine Bivi is very light but it’s only water resistant so if it rains you’ll get wet Do you have a link for the Mountain Range ? If it’s Goretex then you can’t go too. Hey Simon thanks for the feedback That’s very useful My only concern with the Helium bivy was its durability but if it has survived 130 nights already then that’s good going As for double bivvies the only s I’m are of are those bright orange s (Vaude Biwak II Ortovox Bivy Double and Highlander Double Survival ) My only other suggestions would be to get custom made from a large sheet of Goretex or combining two singles I will let you know if I come across any others and do come back if you find yourself All. I really want to get started but see very few options for s in USA It seems like I am stuck between REI and Chinook and most have pretty unimpressive reviews Any tips on online stores in america? The information is useful It helps me know what I should buy Thank you for sharing Hi Alistair thanks for drawing my attention to that It’s not listed on the Terra Nova site so I’m not sure if it’s still being made but they’re still available online It’s PacLite so it will be both waterproof and have good breathability so as you suggest perforce should be good Apart from it’s price (£170 for a hoopless bivy!) the most likely issues I suspect will be it’s size and toughness It’s only 200cm which is shorter than all of the other bivvies here and I’ve seen some reviewers who’ve sent it back because they couldn’t fit inside PacLite is notorious for tearing easily so it won’t be the toughest in the world but then the groundsheet is a different material and lightweight will always mean a compromise on durability (Look out for new Goretex Active bivvies though – that’s a much tougher material that’s lighter than PacLite). The Terra Nova Jupiter is an excellent High quality waterproof and breathable triple-layer Goretex a solid waterproof ground sheet and a simple hoop system complete with mosquito net You can’t beat the original (although the Rab Ridge Raider is excellent too) It’s not widely stocked at present but there are some available on Amazon Terra Nova Jupiter from £279 Hi Fabio You will never go wrong with an ex-army bivi They’re often a bit big and heavy but always do a great job But if you’re keen for mesh (and don’t want to sleep in a mosquito head net) then the Highlander Hawk Bivi looks good to me Proper waterproof/breathable material built in mosquito mesh and good reviews It’s heavy for hoopless (over 900g) but then so are army bivvies In the UK the Highlander Hawk’s selling for less than £50 too which is. Haha! It is VERY rare that I have more common sense than anybody else!!!! If it is not made with of those branded fabrics then look at its MVTR: moisture vapour transmission rate That is a measure of its breathability 10,000 or more is fine Goretex and eVent should be 25,000+ Less than 10,000 becomes damp and sweaty If a bivi is cheap then it is very likely that it will either be not very waterproof or not very breathable A bit of reading between the lines will usually tell you which Hooped or not hooped Basic s are just large waterproof s They are cheap lightweight and instant to pitch but can be miserable in wet weather Hooped s are like tiny tents They are more expensive and take a couple of minutes to pitch but they are much better in the rain Entry and exit Non-hooped s may have velcro zips or draw-cords at the top closure where you get into and out of the This is a matter of preference though I would probably opt for the simplicity of drawcords. Pingback: Camping Stoves - The Definitive Review | The Next Challenge The big problem with a hammock is that you need two trees correctly spaced at the time you wish to camp I’d go for tarp thermarest.