Thinking about a bivvi bag to go with my tarp

Jeff Edwards

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I have a Pro-Force Hawk a number of years, prior to that a British Army bivi. I find both roomy however the waterproof access zip of the Hawk makes it easier to get in and out and can be cooler.
I got my Hawk after seeing my sons as they have a zip in midge proof screen. Not a luxury after being eaten in the army version whilst in the lake district.

Both roomy around the foot area.
 

cipherdias

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I still haven’t bought anything yet and as I’m on a buying ban right now I have more time for research :)

What I have bought is a D&D Hammocks 3x3 camo tarp and also a British Army jungle sleeping bag. Tarp will eventually replace my seriously heavy tent and the sleeping bag will replace my big heavy 4 season sleeping bag.

Ideally I am after something relatively light, breathable, not too bulky and relatively easy to get into.


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cipherdias

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If using a jungle bag you'll do well to buy a fleece liner too. Pretty cheap items but worth its weight in gold inside a jungle bag and I dare say gives you a 2/3 seasons warmth. Also makes the setup quite versatile.

I'm speaking from experience BTW because that's exactly what I use.

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It actually came with a liner which I have since taken out as I tend to sleep VERY warm even on cold nights! One thing I have noticed about this bag is the zip and zip puller is very noisy and sounds disturbingly like the bell that my cats wear!


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Onelifeoverland

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You might be surprised how far into the colder season you'll be able to take it with the extra layer :) I also sleep warm and always carry mine for that reason. Sometimes the liner is all that is needed and I might just have the sleeping bag fully open to use as a blanket for when the temp dips in the early hours.
 

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If using a jungle bag you'll do well to buy a fleece liner too. Pretty cheap items but worth its weight in gold inside a jungle bag and I dare say gives you a 2/3 seasons warmth. Also makes the setup quite versatile.

I'm speaking from experience BTW because that's exactly what I use.

OLO
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Yep exact setup I have, although I tend to
Wear thermals rather than a fleece liner, and a hat, thick socks and wool gloves make a difference.

I use a Brit army bivi bag with mine and with the jungle bad can get my thermarest inside aswell
 
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Onelifeoverland

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Ah yes a hat. People tent to underestimate the tremendous difference a hat makes.

Slightly off topic but Mrs Onelifeoverland always used to get cold when away in the camper until I told her to try a hat one night. She thought I was being a bit silly at first, because she'd never heard of such a thing, wearing a hat to bed! Now she wears her little merino hat every night and hasn't complained of cold since.

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