Bivvys, Bivis, Bivys, Bivies...

9:26 p.m. on June 14, 2012 (EDT)
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Help me think through a bivy purchase.  I am looking for a lightweight and compact one to carry as backup and for the occasional overnighter.  

I've looked at what Adventure Medical has to offer in their "bivvys."  They are small and light, but sound a bit disposal to me.

Any other recommendations?  I want to try and hit that $50-80 sweet spot... not beyond buying a excellent used one or slumming around on eBay for a while.

12:28 a.m. on June 15, 2012 (EDT)
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I have had my adventure medical for two plus years. I have spent maybe ten nights in it on purpose and once when I had to. It doeasnt seem to have any damage or wear. Its light enough that I always carry it even when I take a tent. I have always used a piece of tyvec as a ground cloth that prob helps but it seems to be fairly robust. I seem to remember a 2 in the name maybe their second version. I dont have much knowledge about any other bivys but that one has served me well. I used it and a fleece liner one night in the mid forties and was able to sleep reasonably well. For the money it is a very durable bivy.

11:19 a.m. on June 15, 2012 (EDT)
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How about this...  

http://www.chinooktec.com/index.php/tents/bivy-sacks/product/124-chinook-summit-bivy

It can be had new for about 90 bucks.   No, it's not the greatest thing in the world but it might be nice to have the face covered.

If there is truth in advertising you can get a GoreTex one for $49

http://www.amazon.com/Military-Surplus-Bivy-Sleeping-Cover/dp/B00276IGM4

This plus a tarp might be an option also. http://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Research-Bug-Bivy-Single/dp/B000FSN2XO

11:34 a.m. on June 15, 2012 (EDT)
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50 to 80 UUuuum

1:59 p.m. on June 15, 2012 (EDT)
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Cleric, keep an eye out on gear trade. They have bivies and sometimes there are some pretty sweet deals. 

Here are their current offerings in the bivy category:

http://www.geartrade.com/browse/bivy-sacks#b

2:12 p.m. on June 15, 2012 (EDT)
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I have this one mentioned before. It's a fine bivy bag. You can't beat the price.

http://www.amazon.com/Military-Surplus-Bivy-Sleeping-Cover/dp/B00276IGM4

2:29 p.m. on June 15, 2012 (EDT)
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Interesting website. Some good deals there for sure.

2:57 p.m. on June 15, 2012 (EDT)
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peter1955 said:

Interesting website. Some good deals there for sure.

They have all kinds of sweet gear there that can save one a tremendous amount of money when compared to retail. 

Boots, clothes, etc. 

It just goes on and on. 

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