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 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.
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
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.