Outdoor Research Bug Bivy

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I've been looking for a lightweight alternative to…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: Mesh Bivy
Sleeps: 2
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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Manufacturer's Description

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When clear nights prevail but insects threaten to reduce your blood volume, the Outdoor Research Bug Bivy is the sleeping chamber of choice.


Designed for the solo adventurer who strives for the lightest load possible. Ideal for backpacking, bicycle and kayak touring, and backcountry climbing trips in dry climates. Also a great ultralight choice when sleeping in a lean-to in buggy areas. Full-length nylon no-see-um netting keeps bugs out. Single shock-corded pole holds the netting away from your face. Straps in floor keep your sleeping pad in place. Three stake-out and two guy-line loops help you maximize interior space and secure the Bug Bivy in high winds. Hydroseal-coated nylon floor is durable and waterproof. Taped seams ensure that no water seeps through, even if you set the bivy up on wet ground. Imported. Capacity One person. Dimensions 89"L x 25"W. Peak Height 18". Weight 16 oz.

- L.L.Bean

When the only precipitation you need to be protected from is buzzing around on wings or slithering on its belly, these are the bivouac covers of choice. The no-see-um netting will not let the obnoxious little buggers through, and the overhead pole keeps them from getting too close to your head. We left off a pole at the bottom to eliminate the need for staking out the bivy, but stashing a few things at the foot of it will help keep the netting from resting on bare legs. The long-zip end opening allows rapid entry so you can minimize the number of micro guests. Our Hydroseal-200 coated floor material will prevent a wet ground from soaking through. The single Bug Bivy is perfect for anyone who is trying to avoid malaria, whether you're in the desert Southwest or on a lodge bed in Belize.

- Altrec Outdoors

Description of Outdoor Research Bug BivyThis no-see-um bivy provides complete insect protection through the night. A single pole holds the mesh away from your face, keeping the bugs at a distance. The zipper opening seals mosquitoes and other small insects out. A waterproof floor keeps moist ground from soaking through your bag as you sleep.FeaturesNo-see-um nettingDurable Hydroseal-200 coated waterproof nylon floorSingle overhead shock-corded Delrin poleSleeping pad straps pat. 5,941,264End-opening zipperThree stake loops, two guy line loopsSmall internal mesh pocketAvg. weight 16.0 oz.454 gAvg. weight wo pole 14.9 oz.422 g

- US Outdoor Store