bivy bag

Discussion in 'Gear Talk' started by fester, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. fester

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    does anyone out there have any experience with a bivy bag that they are happy with?
     
  2. westcoastwill

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    I am using a Gore Tex bivy bag for all my solo trips, have hiked the westcoast trail, paddeled in the Deer Group Islands and in Clayoquot Sound, camped all the time in a Tarp/Bivy Bag combination and was very happy to go as light as possible.

    The only thing i would recommend: go for a Gore Tex fabric and a tunnel tent style bivy bag, where the fabric is not connecting with your sleeping bag.

    Let me know, if you would like more infos!

    :wink: westcoastwill
     
  3. fester

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    what is the make and model of the one you use now?

    It sounds as though you where dissatisfied with the performance of a hoopless style one you used previously? If so which make and model.

    cheers
     
  4. RobG

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    Fester and all,

    I use the Outdoor Research Advanced bivy which has 2 light hoops that raise the shoulder/head area off the shoulders. I use it in conjunction with a Integral Designs Sil Nylon tarp that weighs less than a pound. Sweet system and enables a day boat like a Romany turn into a weekend boat.

    www.orgear.com

    Rob G
     
  5. westcoastwill

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    Hi Fester & Rob,

    The bivy bag i am using is made by Tilak, a company in CzechRepublic, i checked their web site, they dont make it any longer.

    However, to me, it seems, that the OR Gore-Tex Advanced bivy bag seems to be very good, i found a web site on google:

    http://www.backpacking.net/shelters.html

    check out the bags there.

    As mentioned, i would go for a bag with poles, it is a way less claustrophobic sleepeing and will keep moisture from condensation off your sleepingbag. My bivybag has also four tentlines for suspend it like a tent, thanks to the driftwood, it works just great and looks very much like a little tunneltent.

    i will scan a photo and put it in, if i can figure out how to add it into that forum.

    will go for a new trip to the Broken or Deer Island Group in June!

    :lol: westcoastill
     
  6. westcoastwill

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    Bivybag camp in the Deer Group Islands

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    Thanks to Dan`s help, here is the photo form my camp on a great beach in the Deer Group Islands.

    I am quite happy with this setup and with all the driftwood and logs on the beach, there are lots of ways to erect a shelter with a tarp.

    The nice thing with a Bivybag is, that it requires much less space than a tent either in your kayak or piched on the beach.


    :D servus,
    Westcoastwill
     
  7. westcoastwill

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    Fester, just when i was about to give up my search for a new bivybag, i stumbled on to one in this little shop in Vienna.

    The x-tour protector, sells for 319 Euros.

    Check it out at: Cataloge at Bivy tents or at "military sleeping bags" at

    http://herzog-camping.de/Shop.aspx?lvl= ... 0102/02-00


    servus,

    8)

    westcoastwill
     
  8. keabird

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    I second the use of the OR Advanced bivy. I like it better than other bivys because the poles keep the netting off your face. I have used it in hot (95f/38c) to cold (32f/0c) weather. The only reason I don't use it now is that my wife likes to come with me on trips so we bring a tent.
     
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    I've used the South Col and the Unishelter, both by Integral Designs.
    I prefer the Unishelter becuase you can sit up in it.
    Having the screen away from your face is a must. If you can handle the extra few ounces for this feature, do it.
    j
     
  11. westcoastwill

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    After having checked out both Observer models from Integral designs and Carinthia, it looks like they are pretty similar and if i would need a bivy bag, i would go for any of the two bags, depending on shipping costs ecet.

    I have a similar modell form Tilak, but it has only a mesh door on the front side and getting in and out is allways a squeeze. the door on the side seems to make it a heck of al lot easier, thank you for your link, jagir.

    I hope this helps for any upcomming bivy bag shopping!

    servus,

    :D

    westcoastwill
     
  12. Astoriadave

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    I'm not a bivy bag guy for the rain forest climate we have: pretty tough to deal with rain while packing up or unpacking a boat unless you have a place to stash gear out of the rain. No space in/near a bivy bag for gear.

    I'm a tarp devotee, and use one almost every trip. I suppose a bivy bag is just a step down from the MSR Hubba, which is now my one-person tent of choice.
     
  13. westcoastwill

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    Dave,

    from one tarpologist to the other:

    did i mention, that i am allways use a tark with the bivy bag? check out the deer group photo, i posted it earlier on this topic.

    First thing i pitch when it comes to camp it allways the tarp, when i have to pack up again, it allmost allways happenes under the tarp.



    :p

    Westcoastwill
     
  14. Astoriadave

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    Good looking camp. Nice to know tarpology is an international discipline!