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for those who like to travel really light, I have found my bivvy bag to be amazing. I use it with a therma rest and sleeping bag and thats it! It keeps you nice and dry and draft free. It is also long enough to put your ruck sack in the end too. Does anyone else have one of these and if so what do you think of them. I persoanlly think they are way better than civvy versions and very cheap in comparision. My only gripe is the way they zip up. I would favour a zipper facing in so you can do it up when you are in your sleeping bag. other than that a great piece of kit.
have you got any pictures...??
I have an Old british army Bivi, gortex, no zip, no frills... and i know not having a zip kind of makes it better for really bad weather, but I tend to use it with a tarp to keep the worst off, but it is a pain to get into...
I hate any kind of bivvy bag... I have a medical condition that makes them very uncomfortable... I think it's called a big **** :yikes:
its like this but olive green!
Only spent 1 night in a similar type - civilian. Was a cool night (for here - Australia) and got a fair amount of condensation on the inner wall, much as you would from a single wall tent in the cold, which is touching you so that's a draw back.
As a compromise you can get the hooped bivy's, which is like a mini-tent, still light and compact. l got a cheap one of those (and have slept 2 in it, although I and my girl of that time are thin). I've spent a couple of nights in that and it's better to have the space around you. That one has a mesh top so is better ventilated (removes condensation concerns), and an attached cover that rolls down over the mesh. It weighs 1.3kg, including a couple of pegs. Gives you more room and would cater for larger guys. There's plenty of those about now.
I have used bivi gags, gortex and other "breathable fabrics" on many occasions but have never found them to be condensation free. Using a Mountain Hardwear SL sleeping bag, my own preference is to use them as a ground sheet unless the weather is really bad.