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Unread 10-04-2008, 03:40 PM
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Re: camping in a Bivy help

Well you should be out and about by now. Best of luck to ya.

I've slept in a number of different bivy bags before and have always been fortunate to have pretty decent weather. Woke up to 6" snow once but only at about 4500' elevation. But my brother spent 3 straight days in a bivy once in a continuous downpour. About drove him nuts. I'll use bivies for 1-2 night trips. I take tents for anything planned longer than 1-2 nights at a time. A tent is a lot nicer in foul weather.

BTW, I currently use a Bibler bivy tent and it's the best I've used to date. I've tried Integral Designs and it's just too cramped to allow my sleeping bag to remain lofted. It compresses my bag and I get cold at night. Plus the Integral Designs (Canadian Company) doesn't provide any head room. The Bibler I have is similar to yours in shape except I enter throught the top in mine. It looks like you have to slide in from the end in the Outdoor Research bivy?
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    Unread 01-03-2009, 07:25 PM
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    Re: camping in a Bivy help

    This is an older question, but, the topic is an on-going one on BP hunting forums, so, here is my two-bits worth.

    I always carry a bivy when anywhere away from my vehicle and a light siltarp with it. I have three different I.D. bivies and have had several others, I.D. makes the best bivies I know of, by far.

    These are for EMERGENCY camps and not really designed for lonef term camping. Mine are the yellow eVent Bugaboo plus yellow Silshelter, for winter hiking, green eVent South Col plus green I.D. poncho for early season o-nights if caught too far from my truck and my original Unishelter plus Moss Wing tarp or another Siltarp for whatever, I seldom use this now.

    My favourite rig for about any shortterm hunting is my I.D. Mega Sola in O.D. plus an I.D. Silwing in O.D., fast and easy to set up and bombproof, but, not the lightest combo out there. This will handle any weather that I will even think about going out it and is my usual choice for hunting.

    For trips longer than o-nite or MAYBE two nights in moderate rain or really crappy B.C.-Alaskan type weather, I go with my Hilleberg tents and a light tarp and will use my Kifaru 8-man tipi with stove whenever I can get it to where I will be hunting. For ONE combo that will do it all in harsh weather, a Hilleberg Jannu tent plus an I.D. eVent Unishelter and Siltarp II or III is the best available option I know of; this is pricey gear, but, well worth it for use in vile conditions and longterm situations.
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    Unread 01-03-2009, 08:30 PM
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    Re: camping in a Bivy help

    If I had gotten the ID Mega Solo, I would have probably been a happy bivyer. Their standard size bivy compresses my sleeping bag, leaving me with a cold night's sleep. Also, the way the end of their standard size Solo bivy pinches down over my head... - I've never slept very comfortably in it. My son uses it now. I think the Mega Solo by Integral Designs would be a good one if it provided enough clearance to allow the sleeping bag to fully loft up.

    So I switched to a Bibler Bivy and it provides a comfortable space over my head and clearance over the top of my sleeping bag - avoiding the cold nights I experienced in the Intergral Designs standard size bivy. BTW, I'm 5' 10" and weigh 165-170 lbs.
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