Outdoor Research Bug Bivy
I've been looking for a lightweight alternative to…
Design: Mesh Bivy
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: 14 oz.
Price Paid: about $100
I've been looking for a lightweight alternative to all the small tents on the market, but a conventional bivy sack is still a poor compromise: in good weather, being encased in a limited-breathable fabric is overkill, and in bad weather, you need a tarp or something covering the entrance, so you can get in and out of the bivy without soaking everything.
I have found a better alternative. The OR Bug Bivy (available at Mountain Gear) is entirely mesh with a waterproof bottom. It's so light I got the double wide for the extra room. It weighs nothing, keeps the bugs off you, and offers the same ventilation as sleeping under the stars. I take a 14 oz. Integral Designs tarp for rain, and have a system that weighs under two pounds, but is extremely versatile.
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The Outdoor Research Bug Bivy(TM) offers a lightweight solution to the swarms of fleas and mosquitoes threatening your lightweight solo backpacking trip. This one pound addition will reward you will itch-free days. Fully enclosed no-see-um mesh netting provides complete insect protection through the night A single overheard shock-corded Deltrin pole holds the mesh away from your face Durable Hydroseal(R) coated waterproof floor keeps ground moisture from soaking through your bag as you sleep Zipper opening provides easy entry Fully taped seams Sleeping pad straps Three stake loops; two guy-line loops Small internal mesh pocket
The Bug Bivy provides complete insect protection through the night. A single pole holds the mesh away from your face, keeping the bugs at a distance, and the zipper opening seals out mosquitoes and other small insects. A waterproof floor keeps the moist ground from soaking through your bag as you sleep.
When clear nights prevail but insects threaten to reduce your blood volume, the Outdoor Research Bug Bivy is the sleeping chamber of choice. No-see-um netting won't let the obnoxious little buggers through, and the overhead pole keeps them from getting too close to your head. Single overhead shockcorded Delrin(R) pole keeps bivy up and off of face when sack is closed. Long-zip end opening allows rapid entry so you can minimize the number of micro guests. Sleeping pad straps keep your sleeping pad secure. Small mesh pockets holds nighttime essentials. Includes Delrin pole and stuff sacks. Shoulder girth is 50 in.
Outdoor Research Bug BivyEnjoy life in the outdoors with the Outdoor Research Bug Bivy. This single-person bivy lets you rest and relax without the insect bites. Its No-See-Um mesh shields you from mosquitoes, ticks, black flies, and other insects. It covers most of the bivy while its Hydroseal coated floor prevents water from seeping in from the ground. The bivy has a single shock-corded overhead Delrin pole that raises the canopy and gives enough room for you to stand on your arms, allowing you to read a book and do other things while resting inside. It also has a zipper opening so you can easily enter and exit the bivy. This product can be wachine washed in powder detergent, hanged to dry, or cleaned with a damp sponge. Enjoy the nice view of the backcountry without being bitten by insects. Rest after a day's hike inside the Outdoor Research Bug Bivy.