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Paulm

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Paulm that's interesting are you saying you have the snugpak sf with the zip and it's a bit tight because I too am not nor will ever be a racing snake which has been a problem in the past with trying to find a bivi bag that allows room for me and sleeping bag.


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Yep, exactly that mate, pretty snug around the shoulders once you are in it with a bag as well. Shame, as otherwise the centre zip and very small pack size would make it a winner for me. Tend to keep it in the day sack now as an emergency backup when out and about and use the dutch army one with the tarp (if not hammocking).

Cheers, Paul
 

weekender

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Yep, exactly that mate, pretty snug around the shoulders once you are in it with a bag as well. Shame, as otherwise the centre zip and very small pack size would make it a winner for me. Tend to keep it in the day sack now as an emergency backup when out and about and use the dutch army one with the tarp (if not hammocking).

Cheers, Paul

That's what attracted me to it small pack size zip for ease of getting in and out.
I can see I'm going to have to go the route of making my own possibly😳 where is a good place for breathable waterproof fabric that doesn't cost the earth??


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Lizz

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I have a Borah Gear Cuben and Sil nylon bivi - with mesh net over the face. It's long and extra wide and will fit a full length pad, me and both a golite quilt and an extra down blanket. It's cosy and dry. borah is in the U.S. And it cost a bit though in a sale. It's so light about 6oz that I don't really notice it. I've used it with a shaped tarp tent (HMG) the Echo 2 and that's great. I did also buy that second hand which meant I got almost 300 quid off! Yep that much! But so so light. My knees thank me!
 

weekender

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Good idea Ged although the issue bags don't pack down as small as the other lightweight fabrics.?


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BushBerks

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Did you completely close the bag to seal it up? If so then of course the condensation will be horrendous, aside from one very expensive version of goretex that is designed for it, no bivvi bag is going to be breathable enough for you to breathe into the bivvi bag.

Infact, that goes against rule 1 of bivving:

Rule 1: Don't breathe into the bivvi bag
Rule 2: Don't breahte into the bivvi bag. Technically the same as Rule 1, but so important it's worth mentioning twice...

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I did indeed. In my defence, this was 20 years ago and I had no concept of how fabric breathed back then hehe! We live and learn eh..? Although, if it's absolutely peeing down, it doesn't make a huge amount of difference. Without a tarp, you're getting wet one way or the other.
 

BushBerks

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I have a Borah Gear Cuben and Sil nylon bivi - with mesh net over the face. It's long and extra wide and will fit a full length pad, me and both a golite quilt and an extra down blanket. It's cosy and dry. borah is in the U.S. And it cost a bit though in a sale. It's so light about 6oz that I don't really notice it. I've used it with a shaped tarp tent (HMG) the Echo 2 and that's great. I did also buy that second hand which meant I got almost 300 quid off! Yep that much! But so so light. My knees thank me!

That sounds pretty much what I've been looking for lately, but HOW MUCH??? :Wow:
 

Kooga

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Keen on the Hunka....but not so much the bright red or blue (the only colours it seems available in :banghead: )
 
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MikeLA

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The only trouble with the Hunka from Alpkit is there is no label inside to say its the XL. I bought one an XL and found it small so contacted Alpkit for advice three times and did not get a reply at all. Still think they sent the standard size.
 
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Kooga

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Mike, have you measured it? The standard is listed as 215cm long and 80cm across shoulders...does this match yours?

Cheers rhyan, am considering the standard myself (short n skinny) which I can't find in kelp. Not really into the stealth thing...but it's nice to fit the surroundings. Is the blue quite a beacon in the woods?
 

Kooga

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At the price though I could get over the lively colour scheme so went ahead and bought it. Most uncomfortable night's sleep I've ever had :(
 

Wacker

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At the price though I could get over the lively colour scheme so went ahead and bought it. Most uncomfortable night's sleep I've ever had :(

Could you elaborate please Kooga? I was looking at the Alpkit bivvy but can't find an in depth review of it and rhyan says they are amazing so would love to know why you had such a bad night in one
 
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