– – 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.