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Bivi bag recommendation please

Discussion in 'Shelter & Sleeping' started by bbdave, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. bbdave

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    Could anyone recommend a good bivi bag please I am looking to do some nights out on Dartmoor as the weather improves I have never used a bivi so know nothing about them I am 6' 3" and around 60" around my shoulders I have an old eurohike 3 season sleeping bag to put in it.

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    Personally, I use a military surplus goretex bivi. I picked it up for £30 in very good condition. They are one size are use usually quite large so that shouldn't be a problem. Obviously being goretex it's fully waterproof and breathable. I believe someone is selling one on here, but you can pick them up on eBay, and online as well...


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    Definitely an issue bivi bag
     
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    Another vote here for the British Army gortex bivi bag.
    Downside it's another 850g to carry and an annoyingly bulky but worth it's weight in gold for the protection.
     
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    +1 for the Army Goretex bivy.

    1st class piece of kit.
     
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    Dutch army hooped bivi. Has a hoop and insect netting built-in. I've used mine in summer and winter. Very happy with it. Got mine from Kitmonster.

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    Looks like an ex army one it is then, are the ones from endicotts any good?

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    Alpkit Hunka xl is very good and lighter and more compact than the issue one, and snugpak do a SF XL one with centre zip thats lighter and more compact still, both good for the larger gentleman :)
     
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    + 1 for issue dpm bivi bag if you don't mind carrying a bit of extra weight. I use mine with a issue dpm basha tarp.. perfect combo in imho. :)
     
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    Either the issue bivvy, the dutch hooped bivvy or an alpkit hunka. I've used them all and they all work great.

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    +1 for Alpkit Hunka or issue bivvy. Both work well. The military one is tough and cheap, but heavy. The Alpkit one is lighter. The Alpkit Hunka XL is similar in dimensions to the military one, and allows a winter bag to loft properly.
     
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    Another recommendation here for the issue MVP bag. As most of the guys are saying...a bit heavier, but you won't get better value for money. And bombproof to boot!

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    Dutch issue hooped bivi, used mine a couple of nights back and really liked it, I'm 6'5" and a lump and there was ample room in the large size but that said I'd love an xl version to cram my pack down the end for extra lift/tunnel.
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    I've been looking for a Dutch Army hooped bivi bag for ages but don't seem to be able to find one anywhere. Does anyone know where I might find one in good nick?
     
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    +1 Alpkit Hunka, had mine a while now and still going strong.
     
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    Keep scouting eBay or try the NL websites.
     
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    Thanks for that. I emailed the guy at Bushpappa in the Netherlands who has some of these in stock and he told me that the netting does not keep out midges; this from his experience in the Cairngorms. I was hoping that it did as its primary use will be on the Cape Wrath Trail this summer. I might go for one anyway as they seem to be really good bits of kit but it won't be in my pack as I stomp up the western side of Scotland in July.
     

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