Hooped Bivi Bags....thoughts!

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cipherdias

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I'd quite fancy using a bivi bag type thing as I am tired of lugging around a 3kg tent but worried it would be too claustrophobic.
 

SCOMAN

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Bear in mind to be truly successful, IMO, in bivvy camping a tarp is really helpful. Especially the next morning sorting your admin out.
 
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Tiley

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Bear in mind to be truly successful, IMO, in bivvy camping a tarp is really helpful. Especially the next morning sorting your admin out.

Absolutely! A tarp can be a real blessing as it allows you to open things up a little, avoiding the claustrophobia that some folk feel as well as giving you a drier area when it's raining.
 

Erbswurst

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Sorry, if you want something better than the issued British army bivvy bag, there is only the German Army bivvy bag, made by and sold new by Carinthia where you can breath through the fabric.

Should you want something lighter, choose a Snugpack Special Forces bivvy bag. With the half length zipper it's pretty comfortable.

If you don't breath outside the bivvy bag you will get massively condensation problems. So if you don't want to lighten the load I recommend to stick with the issued British army bivvy bag.

For warm weather Snugpack SF and Carithia are the better choice, but in British conditions the British army bivvy bag is probably the best option if you still get easily in and out.

That is Goretex three layer fabric.
Only Goretex gas permeable technology fabric is better, and this is as far as I am informed only available from Carinthia.

ASMC sells German Army Carinthia bivvy bags used in usually good conditions for the price of a new Snugpak SF.
They are heavier than the British army bivvy bag.

If you think about carrying a hooped bivvy bag you should think about the Hilleberg Akto tent as well.
Far more comfortable, very light too.
 
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Oliver G

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A bit of a tangent to this thread but hopefully there may be some answers. I've got an old surplus hooped bivvy with loads of room in the top, I can put by rucksack in there with room to spare. Has anyone had any experiances of sleeping with a dog in the top of the bivvy bag? We want to introduce our dog to camping but I think just an open bivvy and tarp may be a bit much for her just yet.
 

BrewkitAndBasha

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A bit of a tangent to this thread but hopefully there may be some answers. I've got an old surplus hooped bivvy with loads of room in the top, I can put by rucksack in there with room to spare. Has anyone had any experiances of sleeping with a dog in the top of the bivvy bag? We want to introduce our dog to camping but I think just an open bivvy and tarp may be a bit much for her just yet.
(6-month late reply but am enjoying reading through these excellent posts.)

Yes. Only once.

I was on an overnight site-recce trip away from the group (they used dome tents, I used a Wild Country single-hooped bivvy bag, excellent kit IMHO) in Torridon one autumn and the dog chose to come with me. Hoofing down with rain in the late arvo and poor old muttly was gibbering cold, so in she came, curling up at the head-end under the sloping door. She actually managed to stay quite still for the most part, sleeping on top of my damp clothing throughout a long rainy night but for me the wet, smelly "pillow" did not let me sleep much and as for just getting in and out of clothing and trying to stow gear/organise myself before exiting the bivvy bag, well that was just a mad, claustrophobia-inducing contortionist trick! What the heck was I thinking? But we all loved that dog and so what else are you going to do at 2000 feet up a wet mountainside?

The holes in the groundsheet caused by her toenails were easily repaired with duct tape. Gawd bless her.
 

TeeDee

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I've used Bivi's intermittently over the years. I found a Carinthia Observer on Ebay and I have to say it's second to none, breathability, waterproof, bombproof. The two different openings with midge netting is just excellent is the headroom. I was reminded though after waking up in the lashing rain on the Scottish West Coast a tarp is useful to get dressed under. That being said I did manage to stow all my kit in it's waterproof bags and get dressed, including my goretex whilst still in the bivi! The tarp does then add to the weight of the whole sleep kit.

I also have an observer and second what Scoman has said. Excellent Kit.
 
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