Hi Guys, I have been lurking on this forum for quite a while and thought Id finally contribute to it. First let me say what a fantastic resource this site is and how much I have enjoyed reading the articles and forum posts. Ive been stuck on how I could contribute (you guys seem to know vastly more than I) and as I have just purchased a new bivi bag I thought Id let you have a review. Review was written at the start of the year and I'm just getting round to publishing it now! sorry guys :?: http://www.fieldandtrek.com/ft1/pro...1123&mscssid=C96W0QJNWTHX9HNNRMKWPRM7A6D78QM2 Of late I have been getting more and more interested in seeing more of the countryside and spending a lot more time outdoors. When I was younger I did that sort of thing all the time. My mates and I would jump on a train, travel somewhere (it didnt matter where in those days) pitch the tent and generally have a great time. These days however those same friends are married with children and refuse point blank to go camping (I quote Stu if it doesnt have a hair dryer Im not coming pointing out that a campsite would have a hair dryer didnt seem to go down that well). This means that my tent (a four man dome thing) would have to be carried by me rather than shared and I decided that I wanted a light weight alternative for just myself. I hunted around on the web for cheap one man tents and decided that if I was going to carry all of that I might as well stick with the tent I already have I decided that I must go even lighter and made up my mind that I would get a bivi bag. Funds being limited though I couldnt lash out £200 plus for a goretex bag with poles etc. A trip to the Trek and Field website gave me what I was looking for a Bivi bag for £55 that weighs less than a half kilo and packs into a medium sized pocket. Rather than trusting my not inexhaustible funds to the internet I ambled over to the Croydon Trek and Field and bought this, Some paracord and a tarpaulin (The Tarp was 6 quid and the paracord about 1.99 from an army surplus store) Eager to try the bag out I rushed out to Epping forest for a night under the stars over the bank holiday weekend. Temperatures reached around 1 or 2 at night and there wasnt a cloud in the sky. I was using it with a two bag Vango mummy bag (cant remember the particular model I have but its a proper 5 season bag) without the outer layer. The bag itself comes in only unfortunate purple (my name not theirs) has no poles and you cannot peg it down (as there are no places to do so) and is mummy shaped. The material itself is Pertex and seems to be relatively tough although I should imagine it would puncture very quickly if mistreated. It has a drawstring to tighten the bag at the end and I made the fatal mistake of drawing the whole thing over my head. When the manufacturers claim that a material is breathable I always assumed that would mean the moisture in my breath would escape this is definitely not the case with this bag and I was woken at four in the morning by condensation dripping onto my face. Without any poles to stretch the material away from your face I should imagine this would be a problem at the best of times and in future I will have the drawstring above my face so that my breath can escape straight out of the bag. Though it was pretty chilly I found the bag itself added another season to my sleeping bag and I was toasty all night (apart from the wet face incident). Conclusion Without actually using this bag in a downpour I cannot say how water proof it actually is though I found it kept me warm and dry (well, apart from my face!). It has an unfortunate colour which would be good in a survival situation as you would be easily spotted but my camping exploits are usually of a more surreptitious nature and its glare is a little irritating. The best factor about this bag is its price which is at least half of any other. Hope that this makes sense - since writing that i've used it in a few downpours and the bag has performed marvelously. This is now a piece of kit that replaces my tent when camping on my own or when a tent is not required. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Oh - and hello!