Bibler Hooped Bivy
Ease of Setup: Unpack from stuff sack, toss on to groundsheet.
Weight: 25 ounces
Price Paid: $199
The Bibler is a well made, well thought-out, comfortable bivy that balances function verses weight. The hoop does a good job of keeping the mosquito mesh off of your face. I had also found by simply positioning the hoop that I am able to stay relatively dry in a downpour. The boxed design at the head of the bivey allows ample room to store items - headlamp, water bottle, eye glasses, clothes, rain jacket, etc.
In making a purchasing decision, I looked at the Bibler Bivey Sack, and OR Advanced Bivey. I climbed into both with a sleeping bag and pad and lounged around in each for fifteen minutes or so. While the OR Advanced Bivey seemed to have more space, it just didn't feel right. I suppose that this is more of a personal preference point. Another concern for me was weight. It seems to me that the primary intent of a bivey is for emergency use. If a bivy hits the 3lb range, then for the same weight cost I might as well bring a light one-man tent.
Strangely enough, I have found the Bibler bivy light enough and comfortable enough that I bring it on all of my trips.
While Bibler bivy is not roomy like a tent, I do find that I can write in my journal using my headlamp. When necessary, I can sit up immediately and get a 360 degree view - useful in times of perceived danger. If I need a bit more shelter, I can quickly rig a tarp alone, or using my walking poles.
While I cannot bring my pack into the bivy with me, I don't really see any reason why I would want to. Because of concerns about rodents, and larger animals, I simply hang the whole pack. Ditto with my boots.
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The Bibler Hooped Bivy is sold under the Black Diamond brand.
The Hooped Bivy has been renamed. It is now known as the Black Diamond Hooped Bivy.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Biblers latest creation is a larger, more spacious (and more civilized!) incarnation of the bivy sack for solo adventures and ultralight trips.
Description of Bibler Hooped Bivy (Long)A bivy sack designed to give your sleeping bag protection from the elements and you warmth to your night, the Bibler Hooped Bivy is a breathable and waterproof bivy designed for climbers, bicyclists and other people looking for a lightweight bivy. Its hoop has been updated to a length of removable copper wire sewn into the sack, so there's nothing to set up and no chance of a broken piece. All of the seams have been factory seam sealed, so there's less of a chance of preciptation coming through. As used in all Bibler Tents, the Hooped Bivy is made of waterproof and breathable ToddTex laminate, and at 22 ounces, this durable, stormproof shelter is ideal insurance for that unplanned bivy night. Experience superior waterproof, seam sealed, storm protection with the Bibler Hooped Bivy. Features:Color:GreenMeasures: 90" x 35" (long version is 99" x 35") and comes with a stuff sack. Weight: 25 ouncesArea: 1.39 m2 (15 sq feet)Weight:
- US Outdoor Store
The Bibler Hooped Bivy Sack is a superlight, bivouac sack designed for climbers, bicyclists and other light weight fanatics.