Discussion in 'Gear Talk' started by fester, Feb 11, 2006.
does anyone out there have any experience with a bivy bag that they are happy with?
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!
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.
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.
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:
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!
Bivybag camp in the Deer Group Islands
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.
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
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.
Have posted the wrong link for the bivy bag, the correct one is:
sorry for that,
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.
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!
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.
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.
Good looking camp. Nice to know tarpology is an international discipline!
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